10 Days Tanzania & Rwanda Gorilla Trekking

10 Days Tanzania & Rwanda Gorilla Trekking

Day 1:  Arrival Kilimanjaro  – Arusha

You will be met on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to Arusha where you will spend one night

Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn ( 4 star ) or Kili Villa ( 5 star ) – Standard room  – Bed & Breakfast

Day 2: Lake Manyara / Tarangire & Ngorongoro 

  • Depending on your time of travel, we would recommend either Lake Manyara (November to May) or Tarangire National Park (late June to October) for game viewing

  After breakfast this morning you will be met at your lodge by your professional driver/guide.  After a short safari briefing, depart Arusha and drive to Lake Manyara or Tarangire National Park.

Your private safari vehicle includes:  driver/guide, free wifi, charging facilities and bottled water.  The same guide will remain with you for the duration of your trip

Located only 125km west of Arusha, Lake Manyara is one of the oldest wildlife sanctuaries in the region and despite its small size, the park offers a variety of habitats with a shallow soda lake that covers 77% of the park.  The park also boasts a ground water forest, open grassland, acacia woodland and the rift wall.

Well known for her tree climbing lions, Lake Manyara is also home to;  buffalo, elephants, leopards, massive troops of baboons, impala, giraffes, zebra, wildebeest, ostrich and hippos.

Popularly referred to as an ornithologist’s paradise, Lake Manyara National Park contains over 400 bird species found in most savanna and river habitats in East Africa. Common water birds to be seen here are pelicans, spoonbills, Egyptian geese, hammerkops and the migratory flamingoes, which arrive in hundreds of thousands creating one of Africa’s great natural sights over the soda lake.

Departing Lake Manyara, we make our way up the escarpment to the highlands of Ngorongoro with spectacular views of Lake Manyara below.  Arrive at your lodge in time for lunch.

Spend 2 nights at the lodge of your choice.

Overnight: Neptune Ngorongoro ( 4 star ) or &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge – Fully Inclusive basis

Day 3:  Ngorongoro Crater 

This morning after an early breakfast, we head down into the caldera of Ngorongoro Crater for a day’s game viewing with packed lunch.

One of the natural wonders of the world, Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest inactive and intact volcanic caldera.  The crater, which formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself two to three million years ago brings a feeling like no other as you stand on the crater floor in amazement at the sheer height of her walls.

Game viewing on the crater floor often turns up the big 5 in a relatively short space of time. The crater has a population of over 25,000 animals with most of them being ungulates, which in turn brings a high density of predators.  The crater floor is fantastic for close-up photography.  Enjoy a picnic lunch on the crater floor with further game viewing in the afternoon.

Return to your lodge – overnight on a fully inclusive basis

Day 4: Ngorongoro –  Serengeti 

This morning after breakfast we depart Ngorongoro and drive to the central Serengeti.  On the way, you have the opportunity of visiting a Masai Village and/or OIduvai Gorge (optional excursions)

We will be spending 3 nights in the Serengeti with either morning and afternoon game drives, or full day drives with packed lunch.

Overnight:  Serengeti Serena Lodge ( 4 star ) – all meals  or Melia Lodge ( 5 star )  – Fully Inclusive basis

Day 5 & 6 : Serengeti National Park 

Relax with two full days in the Serengeti, home to more than three million large mammals spread over vast endless plains.  It is here that we may encounter the fascinating spectacle of the annual wildebeest migration, where one and a quarter million wildebeest trek in columns of up to forty kilometres long in search of grazing, drawing with them their predators and numerous other species of game.

Enjoy a full day’s game drive in Serengeti National Park with packed lunch.  Or you may prefer a morning and afternoon game drive returning to camp for lunch and a siesta. You are free to discuss with your guide on the ground

The magic of the Serengeti is everything you dream it to be and more!  Whether you are a frequent traveller to Africa or choosing Tanzania as your first African destination, the Serengeti is a place that never fails to thrill!  Everywhere you go, the environment is literally heaving with life – a photographer’s dream!

Day 7:  Serengeti  – Rwanda 

This morning you will be transferred to Seronera Airstrip for your flight to Kilimanjaro and onward to Kigali.

Rwanda is a breathtakingly beautiful country dotted with immaculate villages, and verdant tea plantations that spill down the hillside.  Known as ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills’ Rwanda has a very rich culture with some of the friendliest people on the continent

The Volcanoes National Park, at the foot of the Virunga mountains bordering Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, is home to the endangered Mountain Gorillas. Spending an hour in the company of a gorilla family is truly something that will be hard to beat.  However, Rwanda has more to offer than gorilla trekking. For the very active there are exquisite volcano hikes, or relax and take in some culture, visit the drum makers, micro- brewery, museums etc

Kigali

There are a number of smart shopping malls in Kigali city centre with some chic boutiques and coffee shops. But if you’re after something more authentic, take a stroll around one or two of its lively markets, you’ll usually be met with great friendliness. If you like browsing for curios and souvenirs from your Rwanda holiday, pay a visit to the Caplaki handicrafts cooperative, which sells a variety of local crafts.

Alternatively, the lively Nyamirambo area of Kigali is regarded as the most vibrant quarter of the city, known for its excellent tailors and hair salons, as well as its many bars and cafes. As with any city, take care if visiting at night but during the daytime, Nyamirambo Women’s Centre offers interesting walking tours around their neighbourhood that takes in their own craft shop, a typical Rwandan meal and the local market too.

Overnight: Hotel Des Mille Collines ( 4 star ) or The Retreat By Heaven ( 5 star )

Day 8: Musanze – Rwanda 

This morning you are met at your hotel by your driver/guide with private safari vehicle. Visit the Genocide Museum and enjoy a Kigali City tour inclusive of lunch before heading off to Musanze (previously known as Ruhengeri) to your base for gorilla trekking

Perhaps the city’s best known landmark, and with good reason, is the very insightful and moving Kigali Genocide Memorial standing amid beautiful rose gardens and fountains. The memorial sets out the history leading up to the genocide in Rwanda and also explains other genocides around the world. It includes poignant displays of victims’ photographs and belongings, bringing the realities of the atrocities to life. While it might seem an unusual tourist attraction and can be upsetting, it does help to put into context how and why the genocide happened and to better appreciate just how far the country has moved on together in the intervening years. It also plays a vital role in educating Rwanda’s new and future generations about the genocide.

Other Trips in Volcanoes National Park

Apart from gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park – there are other interesting hiking trails here. Before your visit to the gorillas.  One of the more popular routes is to the tomb of Dian Fossey and the Karisoke Research Centre she established, which takes a couple of hours of fairly steep walking. Another beautiful option is a day hike to the crater lake on Mount Bisoke.

Several other primates have made Volcanoes National Park their home too and it’s possible to track two troops of habituated golden monkeys, a totally different experience to gorilla tracking. Golden monkeys tend to inhabit the bamboo forests on the lower slopes, so the walk to reach them is relatively easy. Again, once you find them, you’ll have just an hour in their presence. They’re fast-moving little creatures, and very entertaining as they constantly swing through the bamboo or chase each other in circles all around you. They’re also very pretty, with shiny reddish-gold backs that blend in perfectly with the golden bamboo.
People are as much a part of Volcanoes National Park as its primates and a visit to one of the cultural centres in the area to gain an insight into local life and traditions is not only very interesting but also benefits the local communities and deters them from engaging in negative activities like poaching. Two very good examples are the SACOLA Cultural Centre, with excellent traditional Intore dancing, and Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village, both near Kinigi.

Wildlife of Volcanoes National Park

Even without mountain gorilla safaris, Volcanoes National Park would be fascinating. Its altitude ranges from about 2,500m to the peak of Karisimbi, at 4,500m, resulting in extensive bamboo forests and some of the last remaining afro-montane forest habitat on the planet.

As well as its infamous mountain gorillas, the Park harbours a spectacular array of rare and endangered animals and plants. There is a variety of other primates, including the endemic golden  monkeys,  forest elephants, buffalo, giant forest hogs (Africa’s largest swine), bushpigs, bushbucks, black-fronted duikers, spotted hyenas, and around 200 species of birds.

Spend two nights here inclusive of all meals (other inclusions as shown below)

Overnight : Bishops House ( 4 star ) or Bisate Lodge  ( 5 star ) – Fully inclusive of all meals

Day 9: Gorilla Trekking 

Today one of the most humbling and enthralling wildlife experiences imaginable awaits your discovery. Coming face to face with an endangered mountain gorilla is something words cannot aptly describe.

Please note that gorilla trekking is strenuous with treks ranging from 45 mins up to eight hours, at high altitudes in hot African conditions.

The thrill of the hour you spend quietly observing these gentle giants once you find them is well worth the hike to get there! Although mountain gorillas are wild animals and it should be noted that sightings cannot be guaranteed, viewing success rates are well over 95%.

Return to your lodge and overnight.

Day 10:  Departure Kigali

This morning you have the option of trekking Golden Monkeys before returning to Kigali (+-3 hour comfortable drive).  Transfer to the airport for departure or overnight Kigali

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Contact us for more information.

Our itineraries are “recommended itineraries” and may be booked as suggested. However, they also serve to inform you, as a possible first time traveller to Africa, an idea of what can be done. If you find that the recommended itineraries do not suit you entirely, we will tailor make a program to best meet your individual requirements.

Costs will vary according to season & year of travel, as well as desired standard of accommodation 

There are no set departure dates.  Please inform us of your preferred dates of travel

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8 Day Uganda Gorillas & Game

8 Day Uganda Gorillas & Game 

Day 1:  Arrival Entebbe 

You will be met on arrival at Entebbe International Airport and transferred to Hotel No 5 Guest House.

Nestled in the leafy suburbs of Entebbe, Hotel No.5 is a stylish boutique hotel. With all luxurious rooms opening onto the garden and swimming pool, this is a great option for guests looking for an intimate stay in a tranquil setting. Make yourself at home – unwind beside the swimming pool, pamper yourself with a spa treatment, or work up a sweat in the hotel gym.  Attention to detail , outstanding dining and an attentive guest experience are synonymous with Hotel No 5.

Depending on your time of arrival, you may like to spend a little time exploring Entebbe.

Set on the shores of Lake Victoria, Entebbe is a small town that is easy to explore on foot or local motorbike taxis.  Explore the markets, hunt for souvenirs or crafts, meander through the Botanical Gardens or enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Victoria. You’ll find a wide variety of restaurants, bars and clubs where you can sample the local beer, catch a game of football and meet the friendly locals.

Overnight:  Hotel No  5 – Bed & Breakfast 

Day 2: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest 

This morning after an early breakfast you will be transferred to Entebbe domestic airport for your scenic flight to Kihihi(+-1 hour)  You are met on arrival and driven to the camp/lodge of your choice.

A roughly a 90 minute drive through local villages and along mountain roads brings you to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a World Heritage site.

Bwindi is one of the richest ecosystems in East Africa and home to over 120 mammals, 345 species of birds, 200 species of butterflies and 160 species of trees. The park contains an estimated one half of the world’s population of the endangered Mountain Gorilla, making it an extremely valuable conservation site.

Spend three nights in Bwindi at the camp/lodge of your choice

Set within the National Park, just steps away from the Gorilla Trekking headquarters, Buhoma Lodge offers cosy accommodation in wooden chalets with uninterrupted views of the pristine rain forest. Well loved for its warm welcome and attentive service, Buhoma is an eco friendly lodge operating on solar power, constructed using sustainable local materials. Each of the ten wooden chalets offers a private verandah and enchanting forest views.

Awaken to chattering forest birds, and watch out for the occasional mountain gorilla that has ventured right in to visit the lodge.

Overnight : Buhoma Lodge [ 4 star ] – Including All meals and local drinks  OR  Overnight: Gorilla Forest Camp  [ 5 star ]including; All meals, all drinks (excluding premium brands & champagne), laundry, community walk, concession fees

Day 3:  Gorilla Trekking 

Coming face to face with an endangered mountain gorilla is an experience so surreal it will stay with you for life!

Please note that gorilla trekking is strenuous with treks ranging from 45 mins up to eight hours, at high altitudes in hot African conditions. The thrill of the hour you spend quietly observing these gentle giants once you find them is well worth the hike to get there! Although mountain gorillas are wild animals and it should be noted that sightings cannot be guaranteed, viewing success rates are well over 95%.

Should you be interested in the Gorilla Habituation Experience, please let us know and we will send you an amended itinerary that accommodates this option

Gorilla Habituation

A gorilla habituation experience is the process where wild mountain gorillas get used to the presence of humans. In Uganda, gorilla habituation is only done in the southern area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in the Rushaga region.

There are two gorilla families that you can meet that are part of the habituation process in southern Bwindi: the Bikyingi gorilla family and the Bushaho gorilla family. Presently, the Byikingi gorilla family has one silverback, nine adult females, two sub-adults and nine infants.

A maximum of eight visitors are allowed to partake in a gorilla habituation experience per day. It is one of the best ways of viewing gorillas up close and allows you to enjoy the beauty of these magnificent creatures.

*Please ask for rates for this option.  Permit prices differ and this activity only takes place in a certain region of the park so your itinerary will change

After gorilla trekking, head back to your lodge/camp for a complimentary massage after your trek, or explore the surrounding Bwindi community.

Overnight : Buhoma Lodge – Including All meals and local drinks  OR  Overnight: Gorilla Forest Camp  including; All meals, all drinks (excluding premium brands & champagne), laundry, community walk, concession fees

Day 4:   Gorilla Trekking or Exploring the area

You have the option of a 2nd gorilla trek, or you may prefer to spend your last day in this paradise exploring more of what the area has to offer.  Perhaps consider a cultural interaction with the pygmy people, or you may wish to enjoy any of the other options available to you such as a visit to a local school/orphanage/hospital or Batwa pygmy village, and some local curio shopping.

Overnight at Buhoma Lodge or Gorilla Forest Camp with all meals and local drinks included

Day 5:  Queen Elizabeth National Park

Today we bid Bwindi farewell and continue our adventure through Uganda.  After breakfast we drive from Bwindi to the southern Queen Elizabeth National Park (a 2-3 hour drive), with a brief stop en route at the Ishasha Community Uplift project.

*Note if you opt to stay at Kyambura Lodge, you will enjoy a game drive en route to the Kyambura region of Queen Elizabeth National Park and not overnight in the Ishasha region of the park.

Ishasha – Queen Elizabeth National Park

Located in the western arm of the Great Rift Valley, the park is home to a wide variety of wildlife including elephants, leopard, lions, hippos, buffalo, Uganda kob, baboon, and many species of birds.  The southern Ishasha area includes the massive Maramagambo, one of the largest surviving natural forests in Uganda, and is home to the tree climbing lions typically found in the area.

Enjoy afternoon game drives, looking out for the huge herds of buffalo, elephant and Uganda kob.

Overnight : Ishasha Wilderness Camp [ 4 star ] including all meals & local drinks  or Kyambura Gorge Lodge  [ 5 star ] including all meals, house brand drinks (premium drinks are not included), soft drinks, laundry service, lodge activities, 30min complimentary massage per person per stay

Please note Kyambura Gorge lodge is not in the Ishasha region of Queen Elizabeth National Park and you will drive to Kyambura Gorge from Bwindi with a packed lunch and game drive en route.

Day 6:  Queen Elizabeth National Park Game Drives  

Spend the day enjoying game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park, rounding things off with scenic bush sundowners including drinks and snacks. This is what memories are made of!

Overnight : Ishasha Wilderness Camp or Kyambura Lodge including all meals and local drinks

Day 7:  Kazinga Channel / Mweya   

Head toward the ‘Mweya’ sector of the park to enjoy a leisurely boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a 32-kilometre long natural channel linking Lake Edward and Lake George.  Kazinga’s shores are dotted with herds of lazy buffalo, pods of hippos wallowing without a care, and countless bird species.  Drift past local fishing villages, and soak up the peaceful tranquillity of this beautiful African day.  (Cruise normally departs at 14h00, although this depends on availability when booking and is subject to change – no drinks/ snacks provided on boat)

Overnight : Mweya Safari Lodge [ 4 star ] Including all meals or Kyambura Lodge [ 5 star ] including all meals and local drinks

Day 8: Chimpanzee Trekking / Departure

Early morning start today, with the highlight being your Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge.

The forest is alive with noise! Chimpanzees can be quite active and may move quickly through the forest canopy… or, if you are lucky, you may find them resting or eating near the forest floors. It’s an exhilarating walk, in beautiful scenery.  As with gorilla trekking, sightings cannot be guaranteed.

After this activity, we depart to the nearby Mweya airstrip for your return flight to Entebbe. Please do not book a flight out of Entebbe before 19h00.

You may be interested in adding another night in Entebbe.  Exciting options include:-

  • a visit to Ngamba Chimpanzee Island (morning & afternoon scheduled departures)
  • a visit to Uganda Wildlife Education Centre – please note that most chimpanzee close up interactions require compulsory vaccinations prior to arrival
  • a visit to Mamba Swamps

 

Contact us for more information.

Our itineraries are “recommended itineraries” and may be booked as suggested. However, they also serve to inform you, as a possible first time traveller to Africa, an idea of what can be done. If you find that the recommended itineraries do not suit you entirely, we will tailor make a program to best meet your individual requirements.

Costs vary according to the time of year you are wishing to travel, as well as your preferred standard of acommodation 

PACKAGE INCLUDES: 

  • Meet & greet at Entebbe airport
  • airport transfers throughout
  • 1 night accommodation at Hotel No.5 including breakfast
  • Return domestic flights from Entebbe to Kihihi/ Mweya on a scheduled flight (light aircraft)
  • 4×4 transport with English speaking local driver/guide as above
  • Bottled water in safari vehicle
  • 3 nights accommodation at Buhoma Lodge including all meals and local drinks

OR

3 nights at Gorilla Forest Camp including; All meals, all drinks (excluding premium brands & champagne), laundry, community walk, concession fees

  • Community visit en route from Bwindi to Ishasha
  • 2 nights accommodation at Ishasha Wilderness Camp including all meals and local drinks / or 3 nights Kyambura Lodge
  • 1 night accommodation at Mweya Safari Lodge (*only applicable if staying at Ishasha Wilderness Camp) including all meals (no drinks) 
  • OR 3 nights at Kyambura Gorge Lodge including all meals, house brand drinks (premium drinks are not included), soft drinks, laundry service, lodge activities, 30min complimentary massage per person per stay
  • All park entrance fees
  • Boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel
  • Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Full liability insurance cover
  • 24 hour emergency contact

 

PACKAGE EXCLUDES: 

  • Gorilla Permit of USD600 per trek Bwindi
  • Kyambura chimpanzee permits USD 50 each
  • All international flights and airport taxes
  • Personal expenses such as porters, drinks, tips, visas and travel insurance 
  • Services/activities/meals not included above

Please note – two gorilla trekking options are available on this itinerary. Please specify your permit requirements at time of booking. 

OPTIONAL EXTRAS: 

Guided forest walk Bwindi |  Bwindi  Community visit Bwindi | Bwindi  Batwa Pygmies visit Bwindi | Ngamba Chimpanzee Island | Uganda Wildlife Education Centre | Mbamba Swamps | Botanical Gardens | Lake Victoria Sunset Cruise | Markets

POPULAR TRIP EXTENSIONS:  MURCHISON FALLS: River Nile, game drives, chimpanzee trekking, fishing, bird-watching.  Suggested add on 3-4 nights.

KIBALE: Chimpanzees and other primates, forest walks, crater lakes.  Suggested add on 2 nights. 

JINJA: Source of the Nile, adventure activities including white water rafting, bungi jumping, quad biking. Suggested add on 2-3 nights.

 

Please contact one of our travel professionals  for your tailor made quotation 

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7 Day Gorilla Trekking & Nyungwe Forest Adventure – Rwanda

7 Day Gorilla Trekking  & Nyungwe Forest Adventure

Day  1:  Arrival Kigali 

You are met on arrival at Kigali airport and transferred to Kigali Serena Hotel where you will overnight in a standard room on a bed and breakfast basis.

A visit to Kigali Serena Hotel offers a rich and vivid immersion into the culture, heritage and traditions of Rwanda.

Set on an enchanting boulevard in the heart of Kigali, Rwanda, in a secure location just a five-minute walk from the CBD, lies Kigali Serena Hotel. A distinctively rich blend of Rwandan heritage, art and culture with contemporary 5-star comfort in 148 sophisticated rooms and suites, Serena Kigali hotel provides a private and peaceful retreat like no other for discerning international diplomats and executives.  Amenities include:-

  • Pool, Pool Deck and Gardens
  • International Conference Centre
  • Maisha Spa & Health Club
  • Executive Lounge & Bar
  • Concierge Services
  • The Milima Restaurant
  • The Sokoni Café and Bar
  • The Executive Lounge and Bar
  • Business Centre, travel desk, taxi and limousine service
  • Gift Shop, news-stand and travel requisites kiosk

Kigali

There are a number of smart shopping malls in Kigali city centre with some chic boutiques and coffee shops. But if you’re after something more authentic, take a stroll around one or two of its lively markets, you’ll usually be met with great friendliness. If you like browsing for curios and souvenirs from your Rwanda holiday, pay a visit to the Caplaki handicrafts cooperative, which sells a variety of local crafts.

Alternatively, the lively Nyamirambo area of Kigali is regarded as the most vibrant quarter of the city, known for its excellent tailors and hair salons, as well as its many bars and cafes. As with any city, take care if visiting at night but during the daytime, Nyamirambo Women’s Centre offers interesting walking tours around their neighbourhood that takes in their own craft shop, a typical Rwandan meal and the local market too.

Overnight:  Kigali Serena Hotel  – Standard Room  – Bed & Breakfast

Day 2:   Kigali  – Gorilla Trekking 

This morning you are met at your hotel by your driver/guide with private safari vehicle. Visit the Genocide Museum and enjoy a Kigali City tour inclusive of lunch before heading off to Musanze (previously known as Ruhengeri) to your base for gorilla trekking

Perhaps the city’s best known landmark, and with good reason, is the very insightful and moving Kigali Genocide Memorial standing amid beautiful rose gardens and fountains. The memorial sets out the history leading up to the genocide in Rwanda and also explains other genocides around the world. It includes poignant displays of victims’ photographs and belongings, bringing the realities of the atrocities to life. While it might seem an unusual tourist attraction and can be upsetting, it does help to put into context how and why the genocide happened and to better appreciate just how far the country has moved on together in the intervening years. It also plays a vital role in educating Rwanda’s new and future generations about the genocide.

Overnight :  Bishops House [ 4 star ] – All meals, soft drinks and local beer  or the luxury Bisate Lodge  – All meals and local brand drinks  [ 5 star  ] 

Other Trips in Volcanoes National Park

Apart from gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park – there are other interesting hiking trails here. Before your visit to the gorillas.  One of the more popular routes is to the tomb of Dian Fossey and the Karisoke Research Centre she established, which takes a couple of hours of fairly steep walking. Another beautiful option is a day hike to the crater lake on Mount Bisoke.

Several other primates have made Volcanoes National Park their home too and it’s possible to track two troops of habituated golden monkeys, a totally different experience to gorilla tracking. Golden monkeys tend to inhabit the bamboo forests on the lower slopes, so the walk to reach them is relatively easy. Again, once you find them, you’ll have just an hour in their presence. They’re fast-moving little creatures, and very entertaining as they constantly swing through the bamboo or chase each other in circles all around you. They’re also very pretty, with shiny reddish-gold backs that blend in perfectly with the golden bamboo.
People are as much a part of Volcanoes National Park as its primates and a visit to one of the cultural centres in the area to gain an insight into local life and traditions is not only very interesting but also benefits the local communities and deters them from engaging in negative activities like poaching. Two very good examples are the SACOLA Cultural Centre, with excellent traditional Intore dancing, and Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village, both near Kinigi.

Wildlife of Volcanoes National Park

Even without mountain gorilla safaris, Volcanoes National Park would be fascinating. Its altitude ranges from about 2,500m to the peak of Karisimbi, at 4,500m, resulting in extensive bamboo forests and some of the last remaining afro-montane forest habitat on the planet.

As well as its infamous mountain gorillas, the Park harbours a spectacular array of rare and endangered animals and plants. There is a variety of other primates, including the endemic golden  monkeys,  forest elephants, buffalo, giant forest hogs (Africa’s largest swine), bushpigs, bushbucks, black-fronted duikers, spotted hyenas, and around 200 species of birds.

Bisate Lodge, adjacent to Volcanoes National Park, combines the bucket-list gorilla trek with a pioneering vision of reforestation and community partnership.

Overnight :  Bishops House [ 4 star ] or the luxury Bisate Lodge  [ 5 star  ]

 Day 3:  Gorilla Trekking

Today one of the most humbling and enthralling wildlife experiences imaginable awaits your discovery. Coming face to face with an endangered mountain gorilla is something words cannot aptly describe.

Please note that gorilla trekking is strenuous with treks ranging from 45 mins up to eight hours, at high altitudes in hot African conditions.

The thrill of the hour you spend quietly observing these gentle giants once you find them is well worth the hike to get there! Although mountain gorillas are wild animals and it should be noted that sightings cannot be guaranteed, viewing success rates are well over 95%.

Overnight :  Bishops House [ 4 star ] or the luxury Bisate Lodge  [ 5 star  ]

Day  4 :  Nyungwe Forest National Park 

After an early breakfast, you will set off to discover the primates and scenic splendour of Nyungwe Forest National Park. 

Rwanda has possibly the best roads in East Africa, and all major centres are connected by local and luxury transfer services. The 6-7 hour journey (the last 1.5 hours is through the National Park) will take you west, you will soon climb into the mountains of the Nyungwe National Park and down into Gisakura and One &Only Nyungwe House.

The transfer offers a comfortable journey and fascinating insight into the rural towns and scenic landscapes of central Rwanda, including a beautiful arrival into the mountains of Nyungwe National Park.

 Nyungwe National Park lies in south-west corner of Rwanda, at the border with Burundi to the south and Lake Kivu and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west. Nyungwe National Park is an untouched natural rain forest that is filled with exciting biodiversity The Nyungwe Forest probably is one of the best-preserved montane rain forest in Central Africa.

The Park was established in 2004 and covers an area of approximately 970 km2 of rain forest, bamboo, grassland, swamps, and bogs. The nearest town is Cyangugu, 54 km to the west. Mount Bigugu is located within the park borders.

Nyungwe’s biodiversity is astonishing by African standards, and is one of the most endemic species-rich areas in all of Africa. Whilst the terrain and undergrowth make chimpanzee tracking a challenge, the forest is also home to Rwenzori colobus monkeys including a four hundred-strong semi-habituated group thought to be the largest troop of arboreal primates in Africa.

Nyungwe Forest Natural Biodiversity

The Nyungwe forest has a wide bio-diversity of animal species, making it a priority for conservation in Africa. The park contains 13 primate species 275 bird species, 1068 plant species, 85 mammal species, 32 amphibian and 38 reptile species, 120 species of butterfly and the occasional, ever-changing chameleon hiding in the bushes.

Many of these animals are restricted-range species that are only found in the Albertine Rift montane forests Eco – region in Africa.

The primate fauna include; Rwenzori Colobus, Chimpanzees, L’Hoest’s monkeys, silver monkey, golden monkey, and the owl faced monkey, red tailed monkey, vervet monkey, the olive baboon, and the grey cheeked Mangabey and the three species of bush baby.

Overnight :  One & Only Nyungwe Forest House  (5 star accommodation) – including all meals and soft drinks

Day  5:  Chimpanzee Trekking

 Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe starts very early in the morning in-order to find the chimpanzees in their nest and to also increase your chances of viewing the chimpanzees since they are wild.   The actual trek starts at 5am and therefore, you should be at the park head quarters for briefing by 4:30am.

Nyungwe forest national park is home to a great number of primates, birds and also butterfly species.   The park has over 400 chimpanzees, boasting two wild chimp communities located in Uwinka and Cyamudongo A group of well -trained guides lead the clients into the forest in search for  chimpanzees.

Although chimpanzee viewing is not guaranteed, these guided walks through the forest will teach you a lot more about the different creatures and wildlife that Nyungwe forest is home to

Trekking  time ranges between 2 to 6 hours round trip. This includes the 1 hour of viewing and following the chimpanzees whilst taking pictures

Return to One & Only Nyungwe Forest – overnight

Day 6 : Monkey Trekking  & Canopy Walk

 This morning after breakfast at the lodge, go in search of grey-cheeked mangabey and Rwenzori colobus monkeys, the latter of which can be found here in troops of several hundred. And there’s no need to trek far to see l’Hoest’s monkeys – you will often see them ambling along the roadside as you drive past.

Return to your lodge for lunch

This afternoon enjoy an optional canopy walk. 

Forest hiking trails in Nyungwe

 Over 130 kilometres of hiking routes have been created in Nyungwe Forest National Park, allowing visitors to explore its interior and its fascinating habitats.

Walking in Nyungwe is excellent, with trails lasting from one to eight hours. The beautifully named Igishigishigi Trail is one of the shortest hikes yet includes East Africa’s highest canopy walk with spectacular views across Nyungwe Forest, while the 6 hour Bigugu Trail leads you to the highest mountain in the Park at 2950m.

Birdwatching in Nyungwe Forest

The birds in Nyungwe Forest National Park are spectacular. Around 310 species reside here, although as in most tropical forests, you’ll have to look hard for them. Giant hornbills, great blue turacos and red-breasted sparrowhawks are amongst the specials, of which 27 are endemic to this section of the Albertine Rift Valley.

Overnight One & Only Nyungwe Forest

 Day  7:  Departure 

Today we drive back to Kigali.  You have the choice of a packed lunch or enjoying lunch in Kigali depending on your flight departure time

If necessary we can add another night in Kigali prior to departure.  Or you may be interested in adding an extension to Akagera National Park for further wildlife viewing opportunities

 

 

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4 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Adventure

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Day 1      Arrival in Kagali – Rwanda 

 You are met on arrival at Kigali airport and transferred to Kigali Serena Hotel where you will overnight in a standard room on a bed and breakfast basis.

A visit to Kigali Serena Hotel offers a rich and vivid immersion into the culture, heritage and traditions of Rwanda.

Set on an enchanting boulevard in the heart of Kigali, Rwanda, in a secure location just a five-minute walk from the CBD, lies Kigali Serena Hotel. A distinctively rich blend of Rwandan heritage, art and culture with contemporary 5-star comfort in 148 sophisticated rooms and suites, Serena Kigali hotel provides a private and peaceful retreat like no other for discerning international diplomats and executives.  Amenities include:-

  • Pool, Pool Deck and Gardens
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  • Maisha Spa & Health Club
  • Executive Lounge & Bar
  • Concierge Services
  • The Milima Restaurant
  • The Sokoni Café and Bar
  • The Executive Lounge and Bar
  • Business Centre, travel desk, taxi and limousine service
  • Gift Shop, news-stand and travel requisites kiosk

Kigali

There are a number of smart shopping malls in Kigali city centre with some chic boutiques and coffee shops. But if you’re after something more authentic, take a stroll around one or two of its lively markets, you’ll usually be met with great friendliness. If you like browsing for curios and souvenirs from your Rwanda holiday, pay a visit to the Caplaki handicrafts cooperative, which sells a variety of local crafts.

Alternatively, the lively Nyamirambo area of Kigali is regarded as the most vibrant quarter of the city, known for its excellent tailors and hair salons, as well as its many bars and cafes. As with any city, take care if visiting at night but during the daytime, Nyamirambo Women’s Centre offers interesting walking tours around their neighbourhood that takes in their own craft shop, a typical Rwandan meal and the local market too.

Overnight : Kigali Serena Hotel  – Bed  & Breakfast 

Day 2     Kigali  – Gorilla Trekking

This morning you are met at your hotel by your driver/guide with private safari vehicle. Visit the Genocide Museum and enjoy a Kigali City tour inclusive of lunch before heading off to Musanze (previously known as Ruhengeri) to your base for gorilla trekking

Perhaps the city’s best known landmark, and with good reason, is the very insightful and moving Kigali Genocide Memorial standing amid beautiful rose gardens and fountains. The memorial sets out the history leading up to the genocide in Rwanda and also explains other genocides around the world. It includes poignant displays of victims’ photographs and belongings, bringing the realities of the atrocities to life. While it might seem an unusual tourist attraction and can be upsetting, it does help to put into context how and why the genocide happened and to better appreciate just how far the country has moved on together in the intervening years. It also plays a vital role in educating Rwanda’s new and future generations about the genocide.

Other Trips in Volcanoes National Park

Apart from gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park – there are other interesting hiking trails here. Before your visit to the gorillas.  One of the more popular routes is to the tomb of Dian Fossey and the Karisoke Research Centre she established, which takes a couple of hours of fairly steep walking. Another beautiful option is a day hike to the crater lake on Mount Bisoke.

Several other primates have made Volcanoes National Park their home too and it’s possible to track two troops of habituated golden monkeys, a totally different experience to gorilla tracking. Golden monkeys tend to inhabit the bamboo forests on the lower slopes, so the walk to reach them is relatively easy. Again, once you find them, you’ll have just an hour in their presence. They’re fast-moving little creatures, and very entertaining as they constantly swing through the bamboo or chase each other in circles all around you. They’re also very pretty, with shiny reddish-gold backs that blend in perfectly with the golden bamboo.
People are as much a part of Volcanoes National Park as its primates and a visit to one of the cultural centres in the area to gain an insight into local life and traditions is not only very interesting but also benefits the local communities and deters them from engaging in negative activities like poaching. Two very good examples are the SACOLA Cultural Centre, with excellent traditional Intore dancing, and Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village, both near Kinigi.

Wildlife of Volcanoes National Park

Even without mountain gorilla safaris, Volcanoes National Park would be fascinating. Its altitude ranges from about 2,500m to the peak of Karisimbi, at 4,500m, resulting in extensive bamboo forests and some of the last remaining afro-montane forest habitat on the planet.

As well as its infamous mountain gorillas, the Park harbours a spectacular array of rare and endangered animals and plants. There is a variety of other primates, including the endemic golden  monkeys,  forest elephants, buffalo, giant forest hogs (Africa’s largest swine), bushpigs, bushbucks, black-fronted duikers, spotted hyenas, and around 200 species of birds.

Overnight :  Bishops House [ 4 star ] – All meals, soft drinks and local beer  or the luxury Bisate Lodge  – All meals and local brand drinks  [ 5 star  ] 

Day  3   Gorilla Trekking 

Today one of the most humbling and enthralling wildlife experiences imaginable awaits your discovery. Coming face to face with an endangered mountain gorilla is something words cannot aptly describe.

Please note that gorilla trekking is strenuous with treks ranging from 45 mins up to eight hours, at high altitudes in hot African conditions.

The thrill of the hour you spend quietly observing these gentle giants once you find them is well worth the hike to get there! Although mountain gorillas are wild animals and it should be noted that sightings cannot be guaranteed, viewing success rates are well over 95%.

Today one of the most humbling and enthralling wildlife experiences imaginable awaits your discovery. Coming face to face with an endangered mountain gorilla is something words cannot aptly describe.

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Overnight :  Bishops House [ 4 star ] or the luxury Bisate Lodge  [ 5 star  ] 

Day  4  Departure 

After breakfast we return to Kigali and Kigali Airport for your outbound flight.  Depending on your time of departure it may be necessary to spend an additional night in Kigali

 

 

 

 

 

 

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