This tiny country in the heart of Africa has been described as 'the land of a thousand hills'. Rwanda is full of stunning scenery including endless mountain ranges, volcanoes, lakes and rivers. The highlight of a visit to this country is the opportunity to view the endagered mountain gorilla in its natural habitat, at very close range. This is an ideal extension to your East Africa safari.
Day 1 - Daily Nairobi
After your Kenya or Tanzania safari transfer to Ole Sereni hotel overnight.
Day 2 - Kigali Nyungwe National Park
After breakfast depart for the airport for your flight to Kigale. Drive to Huye for lunch, if time permits visit the Rwanda National Museum. Drive to Nyungwe National Park. Overnight at your chosen accomdation. (b/l/d)
Day 3 - Nyungwe National Park Chimps Trekking
A very early wake up call, then depart for a hike into Nyungwe Forest in search for chimps. Other species to be found include Colobus Monkeys and lots of forest dwelling birds. In the afternoon relax or enjoy optional activities offered by the lodge and the park. Overnight at your chosen accommodation. (b/l/d)
Day 4 - Nyungwe National Park Lake Kivu
After breakfast drive to Karongi, located on Lake Kivu shores and then onto your chosen accommodation. Lake Kivu is the largest of all lakes that fill the valleys of Rwanda. If times permits take a boat ride to visit newarby islands (optional extra). Overnight at your chosen accommodation. (b.l.d)
Day 5 - Karongi Parc National de Volcans
Spend the morning at the lake. After lunch drive to Musanz\e in the northwest part of Rwanda, the main base for gorilla tracking. Overnight at your chosen accommodation. (b/l/d)
Day 6 - Parc National de Volcans Gorilla Trekking
A very early morning transfer to the Park Office for gorilla trekking formalities before starting your trek. Treks vary in duration depending on which gorilla group you assigned to. After locating your gorilla group, you will spend approximately one hour in their company before heading back down the volcano slopes. Lunch at the lodge with afternoon to relax. Overnight at your chosen accommodation. (b,l,d)
Day 7 - Nairobi
Drive to Kigali. Fly to Nairobi. (b)
Prices from £2275 per person
Day 1 - Daily Nairobi
After your Kenya or Tanzania safari transfer to Ole Sereni Hotel for overnight.
Day 2 - Kigali Parc National de Volcans
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Kigali. Met and driven to Musanze in the northwest part of Rwanda and then to your chosen accommodation. (b,l,d)
Day 3 - Parc National de Volcans Gorilla Trekking
A very early morning transfer to the Park Office for gorilla trekking formalities before starting your trek. treks vary in duration depending on which gorilla group you have been assigned to. After locating your gorilla group, you will spend approximately one hour in their company before heading back down the volano slopes. Lunch at the lodge with afternoon to relax. Overnight at your chosen accommodation. (b,l,d)
Day 4 - Kigali
Another opportunity for gorilla trekking or a Golden Monkey trek (optional extra), or morning at leisure at your lodge. After lunch drive back to Kigali. Overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel. (b,l)
Day 5 - Nairobi
Transfer to Kigali airport and fly to Nairobi
Prices from £1690 per person
Parc National de Volcans, Rwanda
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge - The lodge is part of the Governors' Safari Collection and is a perfect base from which to go gorilla trekking. It has magnificent views of the verdant slope of the Virunga Volcanoes to the north and agricultural lowlands to the south. Offers a restuarant, bar and shop. The eight cottages each have an en suite bath/shower, verandah, sitting room with fireplace and dressing room. ****
Gorilla Mountain View - Located close to the Parc National de Volcans in the north of Rwanda, in prime location for tracking mountain gorillas. The main area offers a restuarant and bar area. There are 20 rooms built in the local style each with an en suite bathroom. ***
Nyubgwe Natonal Park
Nyungwe Forest Lodge - Situated in a tea plantation, the lodge is built to blend in with the surrounding environment. A combination of excellant service and African hospitality. A restuarant, boma area, tea lounge and bar and an outdoor heated swimming pool. The lodge has 22 villa rooms and 2 suites, all with en suite bathroom and air-conditiong.****
Nyungwe Top View Lodge - Situated on top of one of the ills in the area offering picturesqu views and tranquil accommodation. A bar and a resturant with open terrace with amazing views of the park and surrounding area. Each of the 12 rooms have a sitting room with a fire place and balcony. ***
Lake Kivu Serena Hotel - A tasteful, open plan hotel on a white sand private beach on the shores of Lake Kivu. A panoramic resturant, two bars, swimming pool and Maisha Health Centre. Leisure facilities include boating, volleyball, tennis, fishing, hiking and trekking. 66 air-conditioned en suite rooms and suites.****
Cormoran Lodge - A log cabin style lodge located in a sheltered bay surrounded by hills overlooking Lake Kivu. Dining area and bar with views of the lake, a games room, gardens and a small beach area and a choice of water sports. The lodge has 6 en suite rooms with balconies and a VIP lodge. ****
Important Essential Information
Observing gorillas in the wild is a very special experience and it is important to preseve these fantastic, endangered animals, so only a limited number of permits are available in each park. Each visitor must obtain a permit before they can embark on a trek, so it is essential to book well in advance. Permits need to be paid for at the initial booking stage and are non-refundable.
Anyone that embarks on a gorilla trek must be fit and in good health, as reaching the gorillas in their natural habitat can be tough, arduos and wet. To reach the gorillas requires trekking through thivk forest at heights of up to 3,000 metres over sometimes difficult terrain. If on the day of your trek you are sick with a cold, flu or other contagious illness, visiting the gorillas will not be permitted and you may not be refunded the cost of the trek.
It is generally quite cold, particulary in the evening, so warm clothing is advised. Recommended clothing is long trousers and shirts when in the forest to avid nettle stings. Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots are essential. It frequently rains so take waterproof clothing and protection for your camera.
Only one hour is allowed with the gorillas at a distance of 7 metres. Flash photography is not permitted. Througout your trek you will be accompanied by a ranger who will explain the rules and take you to the gorillas.
Of course there is no guarantee of seeing a gorilla as they are in their natural habitat.
Other similar escorted tours available