Gorilla Trekking : Volcanoes National National Parks.
Chimpanzee Trekking : Nyungwe Forest National Park
Golden Moneky trekking: Volcanoes National Park
Congo Nile Trail Scenic drives : On the shores of Lake Kivu from Cyangugu to Kibuye up to Gisenyi
Leisure & Adventure Activities : Coat cruise and relaxation on Lake Kivu in Gisenyi
Authentic Rwanda Cultural Performance: Ibyi’iwacu Cultural Village
Kigali City Experience : Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, Kigali City Tour, Kimironko Market.
Day 1: Arrival Kigali Airport – Kigali City Tour – Visit Hotel Rwanda
Arrive at Kanombe Kigali Airport. Meet and greet by your driver guide and transfer to your accommodation in Kigali.
Hotel Des Mille Collins is in Kigali City. From the inspiration of Rwanda’s fascinating terrain, this hotel’s name mimics the country’s tagline, “the land of a thousand hills”. The Hotel is most famous for having opened its doors to over 2,000 Rwandans in 1994 during the terrible genocide against the Tutsis. Awesome food featuring both Rwandan and international cuisine, incredible views of Rwanda’s many hills are maxed by a décor of art and a sense of lavishness.
Overnight at the Hotel Des Mille Collins (Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast)
Day 2: Kigali City – National Museum Butare – Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park
Travel by road with your driver to Nyungwe Forest National Park via Butare for the fascinating canopy walk. Lunch will be served at a restaurant in Butare en-route to Nyungwe Forest National Park.
Located in Southwestern Rwanda close to Rwanda’s border with Burundi, Nyungwe Foret National Park. The park is the largest protected mountain forest in Africa sitting on a total land area of over 1000 square kilometers. Nyungwe forest is also known to be one of the most preserved forests on the African continent which is very rich in biodiversity; mainly for its over 1000 different species of fauna and flora combined.
This Rwandan park is most popular for its canopy walk, a bridge suspended 60m above the forest floor permitting authoritative views over the forest covering. The air is fresh, and you will enjoy the sight of fantastic birds flying across as you walk on top of the most important biodiversity site in Rwanda; a walk that many royals, heads of state and celebrities have also made.
Resting on the edge of Nyungwe Forest, One & Only Nyungwe House guarantees stunning views over the green canopy with a guarantee of pure luxury. The lodge combines five-star service with African hospitality, ensuring that each and every guest experience is rich in local culture and history. Accommodation is in form of 22 spacious villa rooms and 2 luxurious suites an ideal place to stay during luxury safaris in Rwanda.
Overnight at One & Only Nyungwe House (Meal Plan FB: Breakfast, Lunch & Diner + Non premium drinks)
Day 3- Chimp Trekking Nyungwe Forest – Transfer to Kibuye driving along Congo Nile Trail
Morning Rwanda Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest. After a hearty early morning breakfast, we will transfer to the park for the Rwanda Chimpanzee Trekking experience. Nyungwe Forest National Park is an ideal location for enjoying chimpanzee trekking close to the gorilla habitat in Volcanoes National Park. The trek to find the chimps in this forest starts in the morning and we advise our Bic Tours guests to pack well for the day including long trousers, long sleeved shirts, rain jackets (remember this is a rain forest), strong hiking boots, sun glasses and a hat. A maximum of 8 tourists can track the chimpanzees in a group and since they have been habituated (made accustomed to visitors) they are relatively friendly. It is a fascinating encounter on foot and a beautiful moment shared with man’s closest relative in the forest. In this same park you can also sight over 300 different bird species, orchids, many butterflies and about 75 species of mammals including 12 other primate species; these include the Ruwenzori colobus Monkeys, the grey cheeked Mangabeys; and the golden monkeys is reported to have been seen here as well.
We will return to the lodge for lunch and then transfer to Kibuye via Nyamasheke driving along the shores of Lake Kivu. Dinner will be served at the lodge.
Pitched right next to the gorgeous Lake Kivu, Moriah Hill Resort is a favorite for Bic Tours guests on Rwanda holidays. The hotel is set in a tranquil setting, far from the fast life of Kigali city. Comfort, security, luxury in chic bedrooms are only a few elements that make this resort a beloved location for our guests on safari in Rwanda.
Overnight at Moriah Hill Resort (Meal Plan HB: Diner & Breakfast)
Day 4: Scenic Drive along the Shores of Lake Kivu on the Congo Nile Trial to Gisenyi
Transfer by private boat from Kibuye to Lake Kivu Serena area.
After breakfast at Moriah Hill Resort we will checkout and enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Kivu to discover its different beautiful islands. During the boat cruise we can visit the local fruit bat population, a variety of bird species including pelicans, crowned cranes and malachite kingfishers. Depending on how busy the day is, this boat cruise lasts an average of 2 hours.
We will continue towards Gisenyi town also located along the shores of Lake Kivu for lunch and relaxation around one of the African Great Lakes that is found in Rwanda which lies within the Albertine Rift Valley (the western arm of the Great Rift Valley). Here we will see one of the most glorious sunsets on the African horizon, which can be enjoyed from the comfort of your room. Dinner will be served at the hotel.
Lake Kivu Serena presents a continuous series of incredible surprises from the soothing and stimulating to the African earth décor. The Hotel is managed by the Serena Hotels, a brand of luxury hotels. Whether in a superior room, family room or an Executive Suite, you are sure to have a private balcony that grants secluded but still intimate and endless views of the lake. The bathrooms are exquisite, the rooms feature air conditioning and flat-screen televisions with both satellite and cable channels and complimentary wireless internet is also available.
Overnight at Lake Kivu Serena (Meal Plan: HB ~ Dinner & Breakfast)
Day 5 – Full Day relation on the Shores of Lake Kivu – Explore life in Gisenyi towm
Enjoy a full day relaxation on the beautiful sandy beaches of Lake Kivu in Gisenyi.
You will have the entire day to yourself to rewind, unwind and revitalize on the white sandy beaches of Lake Kivu as we prepare for the next day’s activities. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at the hotel
Overnight at Lake Kivu Serena (Meal Plan: FB ~ Breakfast, Lunch & Diner )
Day 6- Transfer to Volcanoes National Park Kinigi – Visit and enjoy Ibyiwachu Cultural Village
After breakfast, we will transfer by road to the Kinigi area for a visit to the Ibyiwachu Cultural Village.
You will transfer by road with our Bic Tours driver towards Kinigi Ruhengeri which is located very close to the Volcanoes National Park. Check-in at Gorilla View Lodge and enjoy lunch at the lodge.
In the afternoon we will head out for a visit in the Ibyiwachu Cultural Village to experience firsthand a taste of the fascinating Rwandan culture; the traditional lifestyles, activities, the famous dances and artefacts of the people of Rwanda. This will also be an opportunity to support the community as an incentive to encourage them to protect the mountain gorillas and their habitat. This is a project that has been developed by members of the community for the community. We will then return to Mountain Gorilla View Lodge for dinner.
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is located right at the edge of Volcanoes National Park and is only a 10 minutes’ drive from the entrance to the home of the mountain gorillas in Rwanda where Gorilla Safaris in Rwanda start. The lodge sits right at the foothills of one of the volcanoes that form the Virunga massif called Karisimbi. All the 30 chalets feature en-suite facilities and come with a bonus of a tea/coffee making machine.
Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Meal Plan FB ~ Breakfast, Lunch & Diner )
Day 7: Gorilla Trekking at Volcanoes National Park
Transfer to Volcanoes National Park for Rwanda gorilla trekking and golden monkey experience.
We will arise early for breakfast and thereafter transfer to the office of Rwanda Development Board (RDB) in Kinigi where the pre-trekking briefing on the different do’s and don’t’s for you’re a gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda take place for all tourists on Rwanda Gorilla Safaris. We will have made an advance Rwanda gorilla permit booking to guarantee that you can track the mountain gorillas in Rwanda.
Because it is unpredictable to know where the mountain gorillas will be on the day and therefore the hike may last for a while, we will ensure to leave with packed lunch from the lodge and enough water for the hike.
After the briefing you will be informed of the group which you will be tracking and also allocated tour guides to lead you through this out-of-the-world experience of coming face to face with the few remaining mountain gorilla individuals. The mountain gorillas are habituated and are used to daily visits by tourists. You can read more about gorilla tracking in Rwanda here.
After the gorilla trek, we will return to the lodge for dinner and an evening at leisure.
Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Meal Plan: FB + Non Premium Drinks)
Day 9: Transfer to Kigali for your Outbound Flight
After breakfast at the lodge, we will transfer back to Kigali City for approximately 2 hours.
We will have a short city tour in search of souvenirs for you to take home to your friends and family. Lunch will be served at a selected restaurant in Kigali City and we will later on transfer to Kanombe Kigali Airport arriving in time for you to check-in for your outbound flight.
END OF YOUR TRIP AND OUR SERVICES
What is included
- Meet & greet at Kanombe International Airport Kigali.
- Transfers to and from the Airport.
- 4WD Safari Vehicle with fuel for all the safari days
- English Speaking Driver Guide.
- 8 Nights Accommodation as per selected Hotels & Lodges.
- Meals at the Hotels and lodges as indicated (BB, HB or FB).
- 2 bottles of safe drinking mineral water per day in the vehicle all the days of the Safari.
- Visit to Iby’iwacu Cultural village
- Boat cruise on Lake Kivu
- Canopy walk Nyungwe Forest National Park
- 1Chimpanzee Trekking permit in Nyungwe Forest National Park
- 1 Golden Monkey Trekking permit per person at Volcanoes National Park.
What is not included
• Gorilla Trekking Permit per person @ $1,500 in Volcanoes National Park
• International Flight
• Personal Travel Insurance
• Tips & Personal Presents
• Soft Drinks, Alcohol and spirits