Highlights of 7 days Explore Rwanda
Highlights of 7 days Explore Rwanda
Nyungwe Forest National Park enjoys some of the richest biodiversity in all of Africa. Nyungwe is one of the oldest green expanses in the continent and includes a very wide variety of rare and endangered species including troops of chimpanzees and other primates.
Forest Canopy Walk
Is East Africa’s only canopy walk. This walk runs along a ridge before climbing a 50m-high platform and a suspended walkway above a steep and deep valley stretching across the massive forest and lasts about 1½ hours. It takes you through some beautiful foliage and animal species. You have a chance to spot blue monkeys and unique birds that dwell in the upper levels of the forest.
Welcome to the land of a thousand hills! This small but scenically stunning country is thus known for its endless rolling green hills, which you will experience on your fly-over to Kigali International Airport.
At the airport you will be greeted by your Game Ranger Tours guide and driven to your hotel in a quiet leafy street in the heart of down-town Kigali. Over a complimentary drink by the hotel’s pool bar your guide will brief you on the details of your upcoming adventure.
If time allows, you are free to explore the city today. Your guide can take you on a city tour or visit the craft markets to browse amongst the pottery, carvings, batik, weaving, musical instruments, leather and fabrics on offer. Prepare to use your haggling skills!
Heaven Boutique Hotel
Walking the streets of Kigali today, it is hard to imagine the 100 days of madness in which an estimated one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were systematically butchered by the Interahamwe in one of the most savage genocides in history. This centre has been built near the mass graves of 250,000 of those who perished and attempts to explain the event in context - from the divisive colonial experience in Rwanda and the heinous crimes that took place in 1994 to the aftermath of the genocide and the search for justice. The tour concludes with a section about other massacres of global significance. The Genocide Memorial is a place of commemoration for the 250,000 victims buried in mass graves here and an important remembrance of the unfathomable brutality of the 1994 genocide. The exhibit is an intensely emotional experience but also an educational one, where you will learn about the darkest hour in Rwanda’s recent history.
At Nyamata church south of Kigali also serves as a homage to those who perished as well as those who have endured tragedy in the family. The excavated clothing and skeletal remains of the deceased as well as personal stories of survivors are on display.
We shall then visit the kandt museum of natural history were you will learn about the coexistence of people & their environment in the old colonial buildings
We shall visit the ivuka arts studios in Kigali a place where talented local airtists make fine art,walk towards the local market ,and finally the craft markets.
Meal : breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
Accommodation: Heaven Boutique hotel.
Few people know that you can actually go on a wildlife safari in Rwanda. Akagera National Park is located in north-eastern Rwanda and covers 2500 km² of savannah plains. The park has a variety of wildlife and is a habitat for over 500 different species of birds.
On a game drive in the park you may see herds of elephant and buffalo emerge from the woodland to drink at the lakes, and if you are lucky, maybe even leopard, spotted hyena or lions. Over the past couple of years several black rhinos have been reintroduced to the park after having been made extinct in 2007. That officially makes Rwanda a Big 5 country again!
You will have almost a day to explore the park and its inhabitants today. A knowledgeable ranger will join you in your vehicle to guide you around the park and hopefully help you spot all the big 5!
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
We shall drive to Ruhengeri kinigi town where there are cultural performances at Lby’iwacu cultural village .This is a village of one of the amazing projects which welcomed the former poachers in Rwandan culture. It offers the visitor a chance to interact with local people .
Learning about history of former poachers ,lots of traditional dance and music, how the kings and queens of Rwanda live traditional herbalists and lots of things to learn from this centre.
Journey time: 2 Hours
Accommodation: Garden place Hotel / My Hill Eco lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner.
The caves are found in volcanoes national park the tour will take 3 hours with a Ranger guide with all information about the historical site.
What to expect:
The caves are generally cold and quiet on the inside with streams of water slowly flowing out of the rock ceiling and down the rocky walls to holes underneath the cave floor. It’s usually takes between one to two hours to complete exploring the caves. The caves consist of complex and numerous tunnels, many of which are home to thousands of bats. The bats can be seen hanging on the cave walls that have been darkened by smoke that has been partly trapped by the numerous cobwebs for thousands of years. Exploring the cave involves manoeuvring through a two kilometre dark tunnel that consists of hardened rocks. There is complete silence inside the caves that is only interrupted by whispers, flying bats and echoes from human voices far away. One will need a strong torch/light, helmet, gloves, boots and a head cap to navigate through the various tunnels during the one to two hour trail.
Journey time: 1 hour
Hotel: Paradise Malahide
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Optional: Explore more of Lake Kivu and community Tour.
We will further into the local community and see how banana & sorghum beer are produced to get an experience the local way.
Lake Kivu offers some of the best outdoor activities in Rwanda from hiking or mountain biking the Congo Nile Trail, a network of over 200 km of trail stretching along the length of the lake, to birding walks and boating excursions.
Should you want another day to fully explore this stunning region let me know.
From the hotel in the morning after breakfast we will drive to Nyungwe Forest in western Rwanda
At the end of the day you will reach Nyungwe Forest National Park, one of the world’s oldest and most beautiful rainforest in Africa. The forest is incredibly biodiverse with 13 known primate species residing here, from colobus monkeys, mangabeys, blue monkeys and, of course, our nearest relatives, the chimpanzees.
Nyungwe Forest is also famous among the birding community who come to spot some of the 310 bird species recorded here, 26 of which are endemic to Rwanda.
You will have plenty of time to explore the interior of the forest tomorrow on the canopy walk.
Nziza eco lodge
Breakfast & Dinner
Today you will venture deep into Nyungwe Forest National Park in search of the chimpanzees.
On a Chimpanzee Tracking experience in Nyungwe Forest you will have the opportunity to follow an experienced guide into the forest to observe these fascinating creatures at a close range. Watching them interact with each other and go about their daily routine of grooming, playing and foraging is an incredible experience.
While your chances of encountering chimpanzees are high during your tracking excursion, it is never 100% guaranteed. These are, after all, wild animals with wills and minds of their own!
From the trails below the foliage you will now head up high into the forest canopy on one of East Africa’s first canopy walks. The network of suspension bridges will lead you on a 1.5 hour walk over a deep gorge, through beautiful and lush vegetation and difference animal habitats.
1-2 hours each way
Today is the last day of your 7 days here in Rwanda.we will drive back to Kigali ahead of your flight schedule but before On your drive today, you will be passing through the town of Butare, about 135km from Kigali. Here you can visit Butare National Museum displaying a range of ethnographic objects that will give you an insight into the rich traditional life and culture of the country.
Not included today
Included in the tour package
- Airport transfer on Day 7 carried out by your driver/guide
- Transportation in a 4WD safari Land Cruiser
- All fuel for the tour
- Professional English-speaking driver/guide
- All Accommodation in Mid range
- Meals as listed
- Drinking water in the vehicle
- Park entrance fees
- Activities as listed
- 1 Chimpanzee Tracking permit per person
- International flights
- Meals that are not part of your accommodation
- Activities that are mentioned as optional in the program
- A porter to carry your daypack during gorilla tracking (recommended)
- Government tax or increments in park fees
- Personal insurance (medical/travel)
- Tips and gratuities to your driver/guide, rangers, site guides, porters, hotel staff, etc.
- All expenses of a personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, souvenirs etc.)
- 4wd Full-Size Toyota Landcruiser
- Travelling with 1-4 people
- The Toyota Land Cruiser is the most used safari vehicle in Africa. It is durable, elevated and spacious. It looks good too!
- The vehicle is suitable for a maximum of 4 travellers and has a pop-up roof for perfect views!