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Kigali: City Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

1. Kigali: City Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

Start off your day by being picked up from either your hotel in Kigali or meeting at a designated point. Get to know your local guide with a short introduction and then drive off in a customized 4x4 land cruiser or safari van to kickstart your city tour of Rwanda's capital. Learn about the history of Kigali from your guide on your way to each stop. Watch the city's lush green hills flash by you.  Tour Juru Park and ascend to one of the highest points in Kigali. Take in a panoramic view of the city and surrounding countryside.  Visit the Kigali Museum and learn about local and national history from both pre-colonial and colonial periods. You will have the chance to visit the Kandt House Natural History Museum and Rwanda Art Museum. You will also see the Camp Kigali Memorial and the Kigali Genocide Memorial site, a somber reminder of the massacre in 1994. Learn more about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times up until the 1990s and how Rwanda has dealt with its past.  Continue the tour and see the new developments in Kigali and where its new hubs are thriving. Experience the aromas of Kimoronko Giant Market and the colorful handmade arts and crafts market at Caplaki Craft Village. Finish your full day of sightseeing in Kigali with drop-off back at your hotel or at the original starting point.

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From Kigali: 1-Day Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

2. From Kigali: 1-Day Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Trek up the mountains of the Mghahinga National Park in Uganda and get the opportunity to see the magnificent mountain gorillas in their natural habitat on a 1-day guided tour from Kigali. Get picked up at 3:00 AM from your hotel in Kigali and travel northwest to Mghahinga National Park for approximately 3 hours. Enjoy breakfast served ala-carte style with a variety of fresh pieces of bread, pastries, and hot and cold selections at a hotel close to the park.   Make a brief stop at the border to clear with customs and then continue to the National Park headquarters to meet your guides for the day. Embark on a once in a lifetime experience of tracking mountain gorillas. The trekking may be fairly strenuous; up to 3 hours or longer at a relatively high altitude.  Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga is a magical experience. These massive primates are extremely rare, with less than 1000 living today. Once you spot the gorillas you are allowed to spend an hour watching them. You have an opportunity to get within meters of the families. This is perhaps one of the most breath-taking experiences on earth. Return and stop for lunch in town and later proceed to Kigali. If leaving Kigali, you will arrive in time to transfer to the airport for your onward flight, or if time allows, go on a last-minute shopping before departure.

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Rwanda: 6-Day Gorilla and Golden Monkey Tracking, Big 5 Tour

3. Rwanda: 6-Day Gorilla and Golden Monkey Tracking, Big 5 Tour

• Day one: Transfer from Kigali to Musanze Begin the experience with a Kigali city tour, visiting interesting spots like the craft market, the Gisozi genocide memorial site, and Kigali Museum. Following, embark on a two-hour drive to Musanze, stopping at Red Rocks Intercultural Exchange Center for lunch. Listen as local brew makers provide an introduction to the chemical process of brewing local beer from bananas. Settle in for overnight at The Garden Place Hotel. • Day two: Golden monkey tracking in Volcanoes National Park After breakfast, report to the park headquarters for your first experience with endangered species in the Volcanoes NP, the golden monkeys. The trek is typically an easy one, taking one to two hours. After the trek, return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the IbyIwacu Cultural Village to learn about Rwanda's pre-colonial history through a series of demonstrations and activities. Try your hand at archery, learn local food preparation techniques, become familiar with traditional medicines, and even act as king or queen for the day. Overnight at The Garden Place Hotel. • Day three: Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park After an early morning breakfast, transfer to the park headquarters with your packed lunch early enough to be briefed on the code of conduct while with the gorillas. Then, enter the forest in search of the gorillas, which may take two to six hours depending on their movement through the jungle. Meet and stay with the gorillas for a maximum of one hour. Overnight at The Garden Place Hotel. • Day four: Musanze - Kigali - Akagera National Park Wake early and have breakfast before checking out from the lodge. After that, your driver-guide will transfer you to Akagera National Park through Kigali. Overnight at Akagera Game Lodge. • Day five: Game drive and boat ride in Akagera National Park Enjoy an early morning breakfast and start your day of game-spotting in an open-top vehicle. A half-day game drive here grants you the opportunity to spot a variety of game including elephants, buffalos, hippos, lions, Masai giraffe, gazelles, impala, baboons, oribi, Butchel’s zebras, topis, bush babies, leopards, bushbuck, and more. Continue with a boat trip after lunch on Lake Ihema for a close encounter with the crocodiles and hippos along the river banks. Look up to witness the large concentration of over 525 bird species both migratory and Savanna-related. Unique species such as shoe billed stocks and papyrus gonolek may be encountered. Endemic species include the jacanas, ibis, sand pipers, and herons. Return for dinner and overnight at Akagera Game Lodge. • Day six: Transfer from Akagera National Park to Kigali Have breakfast and then enjoy a morning game drive before returning to Kigali. Get dropped off at your lodge in Kigali for check-in, or at the airport for your departure flight.

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Rwanda: 9 Days Gorilla Trekking Adventure Safari

4. Rwanda: 9 Days Gorilla Trekking Adventure Safari

Day 1: Transfer from Kigali to Akagera National Park Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Kigali and transfer you to Akagera National Park. Enjoy an afternoon game drive, and keep your eyes open for the Big 5 and big cats. Overnight at Akagera Game Lodge. Day 2: Game Drive and Boat Cruise Head out on another game drive in the early morning. After lunch, take a boat trip on Lake Ihema for a close encounter with the crocodiles and hippos along the river banks. Spot some of the over 525 bird species, both migratory and savanna-dwelling, in the area. Overnight at Akagera Game Lodge. Day 3: Akagera National Park — Kigali — Musanze Have breakfast and then enjoy a morning game drive before returning to Kigali. Visit interesting sights, which may include the craft market or the Kigali Genocide Memorial. Afterward, depart for a 2-hour drive to Musanze. Arrive at the Red Rocks Intercultural Exchange Center for lunch, before joining the local brew makers to understand the process of brewing a local beer from bananas. Overnight at The Garden Place Hotel. Day 4: Golden Monkey Trekking in Volcanoes National Park After breakfast, report to the park headquarters for your first experience with an endangered species in Volcanoes National Park. The golden monkey trek is normally an easy trek that takes 1-2 hours. Later, visit the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. Overnight at The Garden Place Hotel. Day 5: Hike to Bisoke Crater Lake Today you will hike to the top of Mount Bisoke Crater. Overnight at The Garden Place Hotel. Day 6: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park After an early morning breakfast, transfer to the park headquarters together with your packed lunch. Learn about the code of conduct for your encounter with the gorillas in a short briefing. Then, enter the forest in search of the gorillas, which may take 2-6 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas in the jungle. Meet and stay with the gorillas for a maximum of 1 hour. Overnight at The Garden Place Hotel. Day 7: Lake Kivu and Transfer to Nyungwe National Park After early morning breakfast at the lodge, drive for 1 hour to Rubava to visit Lake Kivu and enjoy the morning breeze on the shores. Spend 1 hour there, then get back on the road to proceed on your 4-5 hour drive to Nyungwe National Park with lunch en route. Overnight at Emeraude Lake Resort. Day 8: Chimpanzee Trekking — Canopy Walk Have breakfast then head out on a trek to find chimpanzees in Nyungwe National Park. You enjoy a 1-hour stay on finding the chimpanzees. After the chimpanzee trek, head for lunch at the hotel. After lunch, go back to Nyungwe National Park for a canopy walk. Overnight at Emeraude Lake Resort. Day 9: Nyungwe National Park — Butare — Kigali After an early morning breakfast, transfer back to Kigali where you will be dropped off at your hotel or at the airport to catch your flight back home.

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Kigali: 3-Day Trip with Gorilla Trek in Uganda

5. Kigali: 3-Day Trip with Gorilla Trek in Uganda

Day 1: Arrival in Kigali, Rwanda In the evening, get picked up and taken to your hotel. Have dinner at around 7:00 PM in the hotel restaurant. Day 2: Explore Kigali - Visit Genocide Memorial - Bwindi National Park Start your day with breakfast served buffet-style at the hotel beginning at 8:00 AM. Dig into a variety of fresh breads, pastries, and hot and cold dishes. Leave your hotel at around 9:00 AM for a morning of discovery in the Rwandan capital of Kigali. Learn about the city's past and present.  Visit the Genocide Memorial, which remembers the mass slaughter of a million Tutsi, Twa, and moderate Hutu in 1994. At around noon, take an hour-long break for lunch at a local restaurant. Then, after lunch, set off for Bwindi National Park on a 3-hour journey. You will stop briefly at the border to Uganda to clear with customs and then continue your trip. Arrive at the lodge and have time to settle in before dinner. Freshen up in your room with a private bathroom. Make use of the amenities including a restaurant and bar. Have dinner at around 7:00 PM in the lodge's restaurant. Depending on the lodge that is available, you will likely be just minutes away from the main gate of Bwindi National Park.  Day 3: Mountain Gorilla Trek Have a buffet-style breakfast from 6:00 AM. Then, at 7:30 AM, take a drive of about 30 minutes to the National Park headquarters to meet your guides for the day.  After completing the park formalities, embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience of tracking mountain gorillas. Learn how the park is home to over a third of the remaining 1,000 Mountain Gorillas in the world. Walk for two to four hours through thick bush and over steep, rugged terrain at elevations ranging from 7,000 to 9,000 feet. Once you spot the gorillas, spend up to an hour watching these incredible creatures from close by. Depending on the length of our trek, you will return to the lodge by about 1:00 PM and have lunch at 1:30 PM. At 2:00 PM, check out of the lodge and drive for 4 hours back to your hotel in Kigali, arriving in time for some last-minute shopping and a transfer to the airport or hotel in Kigali.

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Kigali: 2-Days Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

6. Kigali: 2-Days Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Day 1: Kigali to Musanze Start with pickup from your hotel or the airport in Kigali. Meet your driver-guide who will brief you about the itinerary for the 2-day tour. First, visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial. Learn about the horrors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, which claimed the lives of members of the Tutsis and Twa ethnic groups. Travel north to Volcanoes National Park, located 80 kilometers from Kigali. Visit the Twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. Take some scenic photos and try to spot a variety of native birds who inhabit the marshlands. Enjoy an overnight stay in your hotel, where you can rest for the second day. Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park After an early morning breakfast, transfer to the park headquarters with your packed lunch. Enter the forest and begin your quest to spot gorillas in their natural habitat. Depending on the movements of the gorillas, this portion of the tour can take between 2 and 6 hours. Once you spot these amazing animals, enjoy up to one hour of observing their behaviour. Afterwards, be returned to your hotel in Kigali.

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Rwanda: 3-Day Gorilla Trekking, Big 5 & Big Cats Safaris

7. Rwanda: 3-Day Gorilla Trekking, Big 5 & Big Cats Safaris

Day 1:  After breakfast in the morning, meet your driver/guide at your hotel in Kigali and set off for Akagera National Park. Drive for around 2.5 hours admiring the beautiful scenery during the journey. Feel free to ask the guide to make a stopover at any point to take photos. When you arrive at the park, take a short game drive then proceed to your accommodation to check-in. After lunch,  take a boat trip on Lake Ihema to watch hippos and crocodiles basking in the water or by the shores. Stay overnight at Akagera Game Lodge.  Day 2: After breakfast at the lodge, bid Akagera National Park farewell and return to Kigali. Visit the Genocide Memorial Center - the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the genocide against the Tutsi. After lunch, transfer to the Volcanoes National Park - located 80 km from Kigali and approximately a 2-hour drive away. When you arrive, visit the Twin Lakes which flow into one another with plenty of bird watching opportunities and spectacular views of the surrounding volcanoes. Stay overnight at The Garden Place Hotel.  Day 3: Wake up for an early morning breakfast and get ready to leave your lodge at 6:30 AM for the gorilla trekking. First, read to the park headquarters where you will be allocated a guide and briefed before heading into the forest. Trek to 1 of the 10 habituated gorilla families in Rwanda on this exclusive tour; only 8 people are able to trek each gorilla family. Travel through the forest in the company of your experienced ranger while searching for the mountain gorillas. It may take between 2 to 6 hours to locate these great apes, depending on their movement across up to 40 km of territory. The park rangers and guides will clear the way and assist you through the forest. Once a gorilla group is located, spend an hour with them as they move, feed, play and rest. Experience sitting with the animals - one of the most amazing and unique wildlife encounters you will ever have. Finally, transfer back to your hotel in Kigali where your tour concludes.

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Rwanda: 5-Day Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking Tour

8. Rwanda: 5-Day Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking Tour

Spend 5 days immersed in Rwanda's wilderness. With experienced guides, see its forests, lakes, and canopies, and take part in a thrilling adventure: chimpanzee and gorilla tracking, which will allow you to come face-to-face with the country's most magnificent animals. Day 1 – Kigali to Nyungwe National Park   Your guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Nyungwe Forest, one of the largest in East and Central Africa. This forest contains 13 species of primates and over 310 recorded bird species, making it a great bird-watching destination. Have dinner and overnight at the lodge (Emeraude Kivu Resort).   Day 2 – Chimpanzee Tracking and Canopy Walk in Nyungwe Forest   After a very early morning breakfast (4:30 AM), head to the chimpanzee trekking trail for an experience you’ll never forget. Hike through the forest’s secret paths with a professional tracker to look for the population of chimpanzees and to observe them in their natural habitats.   In the afternoon, go for a 1.5-hour canopy walk, which takes place above a deep gorge cutting across a massive forest. Explore the beautiful foliage and animal habitats, and keep your eyes peeled for blue monkeys and unique birds that dwell in the upper levels of the forest canopy.   Day 3 – Nyungwe to Volcanoes National Park   After an early morning breakfast at the lodge, visit Lake Kivu and enjoy the morning breeze at its shores. Spend an hour there before getting back on the road to head to Volcanoes National Park (with lunch en route). In late afternoon, you’ll arrive at the park and head to your lodge to relax, have dinner, and stay overnight (at La Locanda).   Day 4 – Gorilla Tracking in Volcanoes National Park   After breakfast, drive 30 minutes into the park to the Office Rwandais du Tourisme et des Parcs Nationaux. There, your guide will divide you into groups based on interest and fitness. From here, take an exciting journey into the forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes, and bamboos to reach the gorillas’ location. Your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests, and chewed bamboo shoots. Once the gorillas have been located, spend a maximum of 1 hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a humbling and emotional experience.   Day 5 – Twin Lakes, Transfer to Kigali   After breakfast, visit the Twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. These magnificent lakes (and the swamp, Rugezi), are excellent photogenic, serene, and scenic places for bird watching activity.   Later on, your guide will transfer you back to Kigali. Depending on your departure flight, you can visit the Genocide Memorial and Education Center, which opened in 2004. Your guide will then take you to the airport for your flight home.

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From Kigali: 5-Day Gorilla Trek, Big 5 and Big Cats Tour

9. From Kigali: 5-Day Gorilla Trek, Big 5 and Big Cats Tour

Day 1 After getting picked up from your hotel in Kigali in the morning, begin the journey to Akagera National Park. Upon arrival at the park, proceed to the hotel for check-in and later enjoy an evening game drive. Day 2 Enjoy an early-morning breakfast before your half-day game drive in an open-roofed vehicle begins. Spot a variety of game including elephants, buffalos, hippos, lions, Masai giraffe, gazelles, impala, baboons, oribi, Butchel’s zebra, topi, bush baby, leopards, and bushbuck. After lunch, board a boat for a ride along Lake Ihema and enjoy a close encounter with the crocodiles and hippos along the river banks. You will also be able to spot some 525 bird species before heading back to the hotel. Day 3 After breakfast, enjoy a morning game drive before continuing your journey to Musanze, the second largest town in Rwanda, with a stunning backdrop of 5 volcanic mountains – The Virungas. Arrive at the Red Rocks Intercultural Exchange Center for lunch before joining a local brew maker to learn more about the process of brewing local beer from bananas. Spend the night at The Garden Place Hotel. Day 4 After an early-morning breakfast, transfer to the volcanic park headquarters for a briefing before you enjoy a trek with Rwanda's native gorillas. Then, enter the forest in search of the gorillas, which may take 2-6 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas in the jungle. Meet and stay with the gorillas for a maximum of 1 hour before heading back to the hotel.  Day 5 Rise early for check-out and breakfast before you begin the journey back to Kigali and visit the Twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo along the way. In Kigali, enjoy some free time for shopping at the local market before getting dropped off at the airport in time for your flight home.

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Kigali: Akagera National Park Big 5 & Big Cats Day Safari

10. Kigali: Akagera National Park Big 5 & Big Cats Day Safari

Embark on a full-day safari adventure in Akagera National Park, known for its varied terrain of savannah and wetlands which makes the park home to a wide variety of fauna. Spot exciting wildlife such as the Big 5 and big cats on your game drive and enjoy the magnificent views of the natural surroundings. Meet your small group early in the morning (around 5 AM) and hop in the van which will take you straight to Akagera National Park. After a short introduction and safety briefing, you'll have time to get comfortable before heading out in search of the Big 5. Explore routes less traveled in your game viewing 4x4 with your experienced guide tracking the animals you want to see. Encounter wildlife such as elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, kudu, and of course lion, leopard, and cheetah. Akagera National Park lies in eastern Rwanda, hugging the border with Tanzania. It's characterized by woodland, swamps, low mountains, and savannah. The varied terrain shelters wildlife including zebras, giraffes, elephants, lions, and hundreds of bird species, such as the rare shoebill stork. In the southern part of the park, vast Lake Ihema is home to hippos and crocodiles. On completion of the game drive (+-3.5 hours), return to base camp for a debrief from your professional guide and tuck into a delicious meal. After, return to your hotel in Kigali.

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