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Rwanda Gorilla Tracking, Cultural Village & Lake Kivu Tour - 5 Days

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Overview

Rwanda Gorilla Tracking, Cultural Village & Lake Kivu Tour - 5 Days

Enjoy an array of relaxing and winding activities after your gorilla trek at Rwanda’s white sand beaches along Lake Kivu. After the exciting but perhaps also tiring mountain gorilla trekking safari, Lake Kivu provides the ideal place for rest and recuperation. For sunbathing, swimming and watersports, the Rwanda Riviera town of Gisenyi is the place to be.

If you love speed boats, canoe sailing, or just mountain walks and picnics, Lake Kivu will provide these facilities to your satisfaction.

Lake Kivu is an extraordinarily beautiful inland sea enclosed by steep, green terraced hills along the Congolese border.

You also experience Rwanda's traditional culture at Iby'wacu cultural village.

You accommodation both for the gorilla tracking and Lake Kivu has been carefully selected to offer you the most memorable stay during your time with us.

  • Day 1: Arrival and transfer to hotel in Kigali
  • Day 2: Tour Kigali city, cultural village visit, Volcanoes National Park, home of Rwanda's mountain gorillas
  • Day 3: Volcanoes National Park and gorilla trekking
  • Day 4: Boat trip along Lake Kivu and overnight
  • Day 5: Departure
Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Hotel

On arrival to Kigali, you will meet and greet. Transfer to the hotel and check in overnight.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Kigali Serena Hotel

Moderate: Flame Tree Village Hotel

Low Budget: Step Town Hotel

Day 2: Volcanoes National Park, Home of the Mountain Gorillas

Transfer to Volcanoes National Park with private vehicle and driver. Your guide will take you on a tour of the new and vibrant capital city of Kigali.

The new prosperity features a number of thriving markets and features the mountain terrain famous in Rwanda. A sober contrast to its recent history. For survivors and others whose families were murdered in Rwanda´s genocide 1994, the memorial sites and centres are places of dignified remembrance for loved ones lost. It is also a place of reflection and learning for the wider community, both in Rwanda and internationally.

We then drive to Iby'Iwacu Cultural Village for a wonderful and interactive experience, learning all about Rwandan traditions, culture, songs and dance. You may also participate in the local activities and taste local foods and wines. You will spend more time here participating in Gitaramo, a cultural tradition of sharing stories, song and dance.

Ranging in altitude from 2,400m to 4,507 the Volcanoes National Park (French: Parc National des Volcans) is dominated by the setting of volcanoes after which it is named. Best known to the outside world as the place where for almost 20yrs the American primatologist Dian Fossey undertook her pioneering studies of mountain gorilla behaviour.

Day hikes to see the gorilla families can be strenuous on tracks climbing through the forest, and time is very limited once contact is made with the gorilla families. It is a rare and memorable experience to visit with these giant cousins of man.

Our accommodation is ideally positioned for those who want to watch animals in their habitat, specifically the endangered Rwanda mountain gorillas that still roam these areas.

Share in the cuisine of Rwanda, which is served with the hospitality for which we all return to African countries.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Moderate: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge | La Palme Hotel

Low Budget: Kinigi Guest House | Muhabura Hotel

Day 3: Volcanoes National Park | Gorilla Trekking

Have breakfast and go to ORTPN offices for briefing after that set off in the forest for gorilla trekking.

A thrilling trek through the refined foothills of the Virungas provides inspiring views in all directions. Then, suddenly, the trail enters the national park, engrossing trekkers in the strange closeness of the rainforest, alive with the calls of colorful birds and chattering of the rare golden monkey, and besieged with fresh spoor of the mountains' elusive populations of buffalo and elephant.

Through gaps in the forest canopy, the marvellous peaks are sighted, easily easy to get to and among the uppermost in Africa, indicating an ascent.

Gorilla trekking is quite strenuous but a worthwhile on encounter of these gentle giants. The enthusiasm of your coming across with these apes will wipe away your intricacy of the strenuous trek. Spend time watching gorillas, watch the adults feeding their young ones, brushing and resting as the youngsters play from vines in a pleasurably playful display.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Moderate: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge | La Palme Hotel

Low Budget: Muhabura Hotel

Day 4: Lake Kivu

After breakfast, you will have a morning boat ride on the lake. You will have a chance to see bird species and different water animals on the lake shore.

Accommodation options available

Up-market: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

Moderate: Paradise Malahide

Low Budget: Kivu Sun Hotel

Day 5: Departure

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a flight back home.

 

Accommodation
Inclusions
  • Private/exclusive transportation using a 4x4 safari vehicle with all fuel
  • Services of a good English speaking tour guide cum driver
  • Accommodation while on safari as per the itinerary with all meals (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Bottled drinking water for the journey provided on the vehicle
  • All park entrance fees
  • One gorilla permit trekking Parc Volcanoes
  • A visit to the cultural village
  • Boat trip along Lake Kivu
  • Ranger fees
  • Kigali City tour

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