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Remarkable Rwanda - Gorilla Trek tour

Remarkable Rwanda - Gorilla Trek

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
10 days
From: $ 5,275 $ 528 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore Rwanda
  • Explore the Volcanoes National Park and spot incredible wildlife from spotted hyenas to the extremely rare golden monkey
  • Enjoy Mountain Gorilla Safari

Short Description

Few countries have the intense and diverse cultural and natural history that Rwanda offers. Rwanda has rebuilt and risen from the tragedy of the 1994 Genocide, and is now one of the leading countries for international investment and progressive growth in Africa. In addition to the renowned mountain gorilla population in the Virungas, Rwanda also boasts such hidden gems as the Nyungwe Forest, stunning Lake Kivu and a growing culinary and social scene in Kigali.

Explore the "Land of a Thousand Hills" with an expert guide, learning about the past challenges and future potential, witnessing the captivating primates and hiking some of the last untouched forests in the region. Accommodations are comfortable, but vary from city hotels to rustic lake-side cabins. Our vehicles are custom-designed safari-modified 4x4s designed for the often rough and changing road conditions.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Kigali, Rwanda
End City Kigali, Rwanda

Destinations

Rwanda

Cities & Attractions

Kigali

Age Requirement

12

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Itinerary

Day 1:

Accommodations: Kigali Serena Hotel

Welcome to Rwanda!

Arrival in Kigali is typically later in the evening. You'll have a hotel transfer and will stay overnight at the Kigali Serena Hotel.

Day 2:

Palace of the King of Nyanza

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations: Nyungwe Forest Lodge

You will be served breakfast early morning and then we will drive you to the Nyungwe forest. On the way, you will visit the Palace of the King of Nyanza and the Butare National Museum. Lunch will be provided on the way as well. In the evening, you will arrive at the Nyungwe Forest Lodge, where you will overnight.

Day 3:

Rainforest and Birds

Accommodations: Nyungwe Forest Lodge

On the third morning of this Rwanda primate safari, we will enter the rainforest in search of chimpanzees. The rainforest is a lush place. You will be able to see around three hundred species of birds, twenty four of which are endemic; over a hundred varieties of butterflies and orchids can also be found in this forest. In the afternoon, you will get to rest at the lodge or go bird watching in the vicinity.

Day 4:

Colobus Monkey in the Nyungwe Forest

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations: Nyungwe Forest Lodge

After breakfast, you will be taken to the Nyungwe forest to track the Colobus Monkeys which are black and white in color.  En route, you will see thirteen primate species that include chimpanzees, Ruwenzori and Colobus monkeys. You will also come across l’Hoest monkeys. The Colobus breed in larger groups, including a group that contains almost four hundred semi-habituated monkeys, considered to be the largest horde of African arboreal primates. You will have the opportunity to rest at the lodge or go bird watching in the afternoon.

Day 5:

Canopy Forest Walk

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations: Cormoran Lodge

On the fifth morning, we will take you on an incredible forest walk that will last almost an hour. You will get a chance to go above the tree tops on suspended bridges. This will provide a great view of one of the largest African rainforests. It will also give you a view of birds and primates at your eye level.

We will drive you in the afternoon to Kibuye by the shores of the beautiful Lake Kivu and you can spend some time playing in the lake. In the evening, you will get to unwind and rest at the lodge. You can also rent equipment for water sports at the lodge.

Day 6:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Golden monkeys, buffaloes, bush bucks and spotted hyenas!

On the sixth morning, you will be taken to Gisenyi from Kibuye. You will get to see the beautiful Lake Kivu and the surrounding islands. Lunch will we served in Gisenyi before going to the Volcanoes National Park. This park is full of bamboo forests, heaths and open grasslands. However, it is most recognized for its mountain gorillas. You will also find other mammals in the park like the golden monkeys, buffaloes, bush bucks and spotted hyenas.  There are about one hundred and eighty recorded bird species with at least thirteen species and sixteen subspecies which are widespread in the Ruwenzori Mountains.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Day 7:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Mountain Gorilla Safari

This is the day dedicated to tracking gorillas. On the seventh morning, we will take you to Park Headquarters after breakfast. You will meet local guides who will brief you on the gorilla trekking etiquette. We will then hike into the forest to where the gorillas were spotted on the previous night and start tracking from that point.  The trekking will take anywhere from one to six hours and you will get to climb up to almost seven thousand feet.  The terrain you will come across may be rough.  The hike is physically challenging but the beautiful forest and the scenery surrounding it will make the trekking memorable.

Once you spot the gorillas, you will forget all about your fatigue as it is an unforgettable experience. Picnic lunches will be provided. It is advisable to carry adequate supply of water with you. Cameras are recommended for the trek. Rain can arrive anytime without warning as the cloud cover develops suddenly; hence, waterproof clothing is essential along with a waterproof bag for cameras and film. You have to remember that it is illegal to carry plastic bags in Rwanda.

Day 8:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Mountain Gorilla Safari

This is the second day dedicated to gorilla tracking. You will be staying overnight at the Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.

Day 9:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations: Kigali Serena Hotel

Volcanoes National Park - Golden Monkeys

On the ninth morning, you will get to explore the Volcanoes National Park and look for the golden monkeys which are extremely rare. You'll find an exclusively habituated group of these primates in this park. You are driven to Kigali in the afternoon.

Day 10:

Meals: Breakfast

City Tour and Departure

On the tenth morning, we will take you on a city tour. You can see the Genocide Memorial Centre and some other cultural sites. You will be provided airport transfer in the afternoon for your departure flight.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

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Cancellation Policy:

If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, please notify us as soon as possible. If written cancellation is received by ROW (call to verify) before the final balance is due, you will be given a refund less the amount of deposit. Deposits are non-refundable. If cancellations are made on or after the final due date, no money will be refunded. You are welcome to find a replacement for yourself. Please understand that once you’ve signed up, we lose the right to sell your reserved spaces to other individuals or groups. Therefore, we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies. For this reason we a strongly recommend you consider purchasing a travel protection plan.

 

Trip Protection Plan

We offer a comprehensive cancellation and trip protection plan through our office and recommend this coverage which protects your payments if you have to cancel for medical or other covered reasons.

Age Notes

Min. Age: 12

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RemRwaRow

Meals Included:

7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 8 Dinners

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