Rwanda Cultural Tour With Gorilla Tracking (11 Days)

 

This is a cultural trip to Rwanda which combines both cultural visits and Gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans. on this trip, you will visit the  Omwami’s palace in Nyanza, Rugarama hot springs, Nyungwe Forest in South West of Rwanda, for chimpanzees tracking. You will also visit Parc National des Volcans (PNV) in the north of Rwanda which habituates approximately 300 mountain gorilla species. Seven Gorilla families are habituated  for tracking. They include; Mahoro and Umubano families found on the Visoke volcano, Hirwa family on the Sabinyo volcano and Sabinyo family located between the Sabinyo and Visoke volcanoes. There are also Susa family with 35 individuals on the Karisimbi volcano and 13 individuals on the Sabinyo volcano. there is Kwitonda family as well. Each of the Gorillla families allow a maximum of 8 tourists tracking per day. On addition to gorilla tracking, you may also  climb the Visoke volcano and track other primates including golden monkeys. You will visit the Dian Fossey’s Karisoke Research Centre on a village walk and Rwanda genocide museum.

Track Gorillas in PNV, Chimpanzees and Golden monkeys in Nyungwe Forest, Visit Dian Fossey’s Grave and Rwanda genocide museum: 11 Days

Tour Code: RW8

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Day One: Arrival
On your arrival at the airport, you will and greet with our driver guide who will then Transfer you to Kinigi at the foothills of the Volcanoes. O/N: Hotel La Palme or Virunga Hotel Ruhengeri or Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (BB)

Day Two: Parc National des Volcans (Gorilla tracking)
After breakfast, you will drive to the Park Headquarters for briefing by the guides before heading for gorilla tracking in the park. Tracking can be hard ad challenging hence requires physical fitness of the participants.  Parc National des Volcans is a forest with hilly sceneries, steep slopes and swamps can make tracking a hard and tiring experience. Tracking can take as long as up to 9 hours of a walk in the forest searching for the gorillas. However an our of interaction with this closest relatives to human is indeed a rewarding experience. O/N: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or Hotel La Palme (FB)

Day Three: Golden Monkey tracking and Volcano climbing
You will climb Bisoke volcano and or Karisimbi volcano stunning scenery, crater lake which give nice views and forested slopes with bamboo forest. You will track golden monkeys which are listed a mong the endagered animal species, you may also visit the grave of Dian Fossey and the Research Centre he established at Karisoke. Drive back to Kigali for and overnight. O/N: Chez Lando Hotel (BB).

Day Four: Parc National des Volcans– Kibuye
Enjoy a gentle breakfast after which you will go to Lake kivu in Kibuye. Drive through beautiful sceneries of tea plantations en route. Arrive Kibuye at the shores of lake kivu and take a late afternoon rest at the shores of cool water. O/N: Molia Resort (FB).

Day Five: Lake Kivu– Nyungwe Forest
Enjoy a relaxed morning at the shores with sunrise before taking a gentle drive to Parc National des volcans. You will see stunning sceneries of hills/volcanoes en rout to Kinigi where you will rest in your hotel overnite: O/N: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or Hotel La Palme (FB)

Day Six: Nyungwe Forest
You will go primate tracking in the forest in search for chimpanzees, and colubus monkeys. You will continue on a guided nature walk in the forest searching for birds including; the black and white casqued hornbill, turaco and many others, the forest has over 300 species of birds. On the forest walk you will also see gisakura water falls. O/N: Gisakura Guest House (FB)

Day Seven: Nyungwe Forest

In Nyungwe Forest NP: guided nature walk or primate treks. Of a particular interest are the large social groups of Angolan Colobus (Colobus angolensis), which may be over 300 individuals. These are the largest troops of this species known in the world!  Nyungwe forest counts 25% of the African Primates. O/N: Gisakura Guest House (FB)

Day Eight: Nyungwe Forest NP -Lake Kivu

After breakfast you will go for a nature walk in the morning before leaving for Lake kivu in Kibuye. Drive through beautiful sceneries of tea plantations en route. Arrive Kibuye at the shores of lake kivu and take a late afternoon rest at the shores of cool water. O/N: Molia Resort (FB).

Day Nine: Nyungwe – Butare.
After breakfast you will depart for Butare the second largest city of Rwanda and ”intellectual” city of Rwanda. It hosts the National Museum, Universities and research institutions. On your way to Butare you will Visit the Botanical Gardens and the locally revered hot springs in Rugarama.
O/N Ibis hotel or Hotel le petit Prince (FB).

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Day Ten: Cultural excursion
This day starts with an early morning breakfast before visiting cultural  centers in and around butare. You will visit the National Museum which is one the best ethnographic museums of East Africa. It’s has good information on the cultural history of Rwanda and the region.The National Museum in Butare was donated in 1989 by the Belgium government and gave back a part of the ethnographic collection acquired during the colonial period. The design and concept of the museum was realized in co-operation with the Royal Museum for Central Africa of Tervuren, Belgium.  The modern building has different sections and displays a wide collection of monochrome pictures, traditional artifacts and objects, tools and different craft products. Traditional ceramics and baskets (handicrafts) are manufactured and can be bought as souvenirs. The National Museum is one of the structures and objects which surprisingly remained untouched during the civil war of 1994. Lunch at Butare and later we will drive to Kigali.

On your way to Kigali, you will visit Nyabisindu the former Mwami’s palace (King’s palace) and the seat of the feudal monarchy. The palace has been reconstructed to its 19th century state and shows a traditional dome that can be compared with the Kabaka’s palace of Buganda.
O/N: Gisakura Guest House or similar (FB)

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Day Eleven: Kigali city tour
Go for a tour of the city including a visit to Genocide Memorials; In Rwanda where you will find Memorials to remember the genocide of 1994. The most important Genocide Memorials are those of Kigali (Gisozi) and Murambi (Gikongoro) and the most prominent one at Nyamata (some 70km south of Kigali) where the history of the genocide is explained. A visit to the genocide memorials is regarded as an emotional event to most visitors. Explore the markets, handicraft shops, the Moslem quarter in Nyamirambo, and the Franco-Rwanda cultural centre. Enjoy local dishes prepared by most of the hotels and restaurants in this area. ON:  (BB

Day Twelve: Kigali city tour
Transfer to Airport during time for your flight for departure. (HB)

Tour Ends.

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Departure Dates: Daily

Itineraries that include a visit to the gorillas are subject to availability of permits at time of booking. Unless otherwise stated, only one gorilla permit is included in the safari cost; the other trackings require a supplement to be paid at time of booking.

Pinnacle Africa Safaris will advise the most appropriate airlines to use to fly to Rwanda. We could book your flights; alternatively you can contact your Africa tour operator or travel agent. Safaris start either in Kigali in Rwanda, or Entebbe or Kampala in Uganda.

Please note: Rwanda is one hour behind Uganda.

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Unless otherwise stated, prices quoted include a safari car for the itinerary stated, accommodation on a shared basis and meals (in Kampala/Kigali bed and breakfast only and on safari full board), 1 boat/launch trip, park fees, chimpanzee permits and one gorilla permit.

For all categories of accommodation, ALL drinks (except bottled water) are excluded in the safari cost and clients are to pay for them directly to the hotels/Camps or Lodges. Clients could choose to fly out the following day in case there are no flights for their destination on the last day of the itinerary. A supplement for the extra night will be required.

Prices do not include airfares to Uganda/Rwanda, entry visas and airport taxes, all personal expenditure such as tips, telephone calls, laundry and drinks. For single rooms, the supplement (SRS) has to be paid. Fees for mountain climbing, fishing and other specialist activities will attract an extra charge where not stated.

Prices are quoted in US Dollars. At the time of booking, clients should confirm with us the prevailing exchange rates for Pounds and Euros, if they wish to pay in those currencies. At the time of booking, the client(s) will need to pay for all gorilla permits needed in full otherwise a deposit equivalent to 20% of the cost of a safari paid, whichever is higher.

Key to Itineraries:

O/N: Overnight
FB Accommodation on Full Board basis. All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are included in the safari cost.
HB Accommodation on Half Board basis. One meal (either lunch or dinner) as well as breakfast are included in the safari cost.
BB Accommodation on Bed & Breakfast basis. Only breakfast is included in the safari cost at the stated property.
B Accommodation on Bed Only basis. All meals at the stated property are not included in the safari cost. To be paid for directly by the client.

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