On your arrival in Kigali you are picked up and transfer you to your overnight hotel where you can spend the rest of the day relaxing after your journey. Hotel facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, terrace and café, so make yourself at home.
Nyungwe Via Nyanza
This morning you head south west to the old seat of power of the Rwanda kingdom, Nyanza. You can see the restored traditional Royal Palace. You break the journey at Butare, site of the National Museum which offers an insight into Rwandan cultural heritage. There's a lunch stop at a local restaurant after which you continue to Nyungwe House in time for dinner.
Nyungwe Forest Trek
You arrive at Nyungwe Forest park HQ for a half day trek in search of the Angola colobus monkeys which can be found in troops of several hundred! Nyungwe has been classed as 'Africa's Galapagos Islands' due to the diversity of primates (including chimps), birds and plantlife here. The trek can last up to six hours and is a fair to moderate trek. In the afternoon you tour a local tea plantation.
After breakfast you are driven north to Kibuye on the shores of Lake Kivu, with stops at local markets on the way giving you a feel for village life. You have lunch at a lodge, then continue to Gisenyi on the northern end of the lake. The hotel is on a sandy beach and has a swimming pool and water sports centre. This is a beautiful spot and a nice place to relax.
To Virungas and Golden Monkey Trek
You depart Lake Kivu Serena travelling further north to Ruhengeri at the foot of the Virungas. This chain of mostly dormant volcanoes covered in montane forest is home to the endangered mountain gorillas and golden monkeys as well as other mammal species (such as buffalo, duiker, bushbuck). This afternoon you have the exciting prospect of a forest trek in search of golden monkeys. The inquisitive, playful creatures are utterly endearing and this is sure to be one of the highlights of your holiday. You return to the lodge in time to freshen up before dinner.
This is the day you've been waiting for! You head off into Volcanoes National Park in search of mountain gorillas. Your trek could take anything from one to four hours through the ancient forested hills. It can be hard-going, but every effort is worth it when come face-to-face with the gorillas. You have one magical hour to watch them and they are completely at ease with your presence. You won't forget this in a hurry! Return to Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge to reflect on all you've experienced.
Kigali City Tour
Today your return to Kigali for an overnight stay at the Serena Hotel. Later your guide collects you for a city tour. Kigali has been the country's capital since independence in 1962 and the tour includes Kandt Museum, old Kigali, craft centres and the genocide museum. It's informative and thought provoking.
Akagera Boat Trip
After breakfast your have a drive of about two hours through attractive scenery to Akagera National Park and check in at Ruzizi Tented Camp, Take time to unwind and later this afternoon you are taken on a boat trip on Lake Ihema which continues until sunset. Take your camera to capture the colours and views. Back at camp you have time to shower and change for dinner.
Akagera National Park
You have an early start today, as you set off on a game drive in Akagera National Park with your driver-guide. It is a huge wetland and savannah region, with a rich biodiversity of mammals and bird species, and since rhinos and lions were reintroduced here in the 2015 and 2017, it is Rwanda's only 'big 5' park. You take a packed lunch with you and make the most of your day in this special park dominated by a labyrinth of swamps and lakes around the Kagera River. Within the acacia-dotted savannah lands you can hope to see elephants, buffalo, perhaps hyenas, giraffes and zebras, impalas and eland.
To Kigali And Home
This morning you travel back to Kigali and say goodbye to your driver-guide at Kigali airport where you check in for your flight home. (Flight departures will be late afternoon or early evening due to transfer time back to Kigali)
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