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Rwanda Gorilla Safari, 14 days

Day 1;  Arrive Kigali- City Tour

On arrival , you will be welcomed by a tour guide from AA Safaris and tours ltd  who will brief you about your 14 Days Rwanda Gorilla and Wildlife Safari before you transfer to Kigali.  Indulge  in a Kigali city tour  –  Visit the genocide memorial and some other cultural centres.  Retire for dinner and over nights .

Budget : Chezlando Hotel

Moderate accommodation package: Hotel Des Mille Collines/  Hotel Umubano / Hotel Gorillas

Luxury: Kigali Serena Hotel

Day 2; Kigali – Akagera National Park

Take breakfast and then you will be transferred to  Akagera National Park .  Check in and then later have lunch . In the afternoon , you will do a game drive.   Akagera NP is a home to various savannah  wildlife  which include; Zebras, Girrafees, antelopes which include the diminutive Oribi, the ungainly Tsessebe and the shy Bushbucks,  Herds of buffalos and elephants come out of the savannah in the evening to drink some water from the edge of the  Akagera river. The park is also home to  over  525 species of birds, 4 endemics and big numbers of birds migrating from elsewhere and during a walk in this savannah one can get an opportunity to see the spotted hyenas, warthog and occasionally have a stray lion moving around.  The park also hosts acquatic mammals that include hippos, crocodiles while the  shoebill stock which is the treasure of the Akagera together with the papyrus Gonolek are always   seen occasionally .  You will return for dinner and over night at either;

Budget : Centre St Joseph

Moderate : Akagera Lodge (FB)

Day 3; Game drive and Boat Ride on Akagera River

Go for an early morning game drive to search for those animals that you may have not seen in the previous game drive. The guide will help you search and spot the animals and then latter transfer to the lodge.   Have lunch and then go for a boat-trip along Akagera River  to search for those famous  and legendary aquatic mammals – the Hippos and Crocodiles.  Dinner and over night  at your lodge.

Day 4; Akagera – Kigali

Indulge in another Rwanda Safari Game drive in the morning then head to Mt Mutumba(1825M above sea level) for Picnic lunch . The mountain has  magnificent  scenic view  of the park.  You will later transfer to Kigali for  dinner and over night at your lodge in Kigali .

Day 5; Transfer to Nyungwe through Butare.

Drive to Butare to Visit the National museum and then drive to proceed to Nyungwe forest National park for dinner and over night at  either

Budget : Gisakura Guesthouse

Luxury : Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Day 6; Chimpanzee and primate walk in Nyungwe NP.

You will go for a Chimpanzee tracking safari in Nyungwe Forest. Search for  man’s closest cousin the Chimpanzees  with the aid of the rangers who will also  give you the names and knowledge about the other flora and fauna that you will encounter along the Chimpanzee trekking tour in Nyungwe forest. Requires an early departure from the Hotel

Later return to the lodge  for lunch . In the afternoon  , there is an optional visit to Uwinka and then later retire for dinner and over night at your lodge

Day 7; Nyungwe Forest

Go for a nature walk  this time to search  for the black and white Colobus monkeys. The guides will this time explain  to you the names of the birds along this trail together with the flora and Fauna and return to the lodge for lunch. Later relax  as you wait for dinner and over night at your lodge.

Day 8; Transfer from Nyungwe to Kibuye ( Lake Kivu).

Take your breakfast and drive to the Bugarama hot water springs (the largest and biggest natural spring in Rwanda) via Cyamudongo natural forest. It is possible to take a warm bath in the hot springs if time allows but this must be pre-arranged so that we plan for it before.  We will later drive  to River Rusizi for a day trip with lunch and fresh drinks and then later transfer to Kibuye town.

Budget: Bethanie hotel

Upmarket  Moriah Hills  Hotel

Day 9; Transfer to Kibuye to Gisenyi

In the mid morning you will  transfer to Gisenyi .

Budget: Ubumwe Hotel / Malahide Paradise

UpMarket :  Kivu Serena Hotel.

Day 10; From Gisenyi  To  Volcanoes National Park

Take breakfast and later go  for nature walk along the shore of Lake Kivu  or take a boat ride along Lake Kivu and later have lunch . In the afternoon , you will transfer to Parc Des Volcans.

Budget : Kinigi Guest House /     Muhabura  Hotel
Standard : Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Le-Bamboo Gorilla Lodge Upmarket : Virunga Lodge / Sabyinyo Silver back lodge

Day 11; Africa Gorilla Holiday

Take breakfast and then later take your packed lunch with you for briefing at the ORTPN offices for briefing for gorilla tracking escorts and rangers.  You will then start the search for the gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. The bamboo forest log  will dribble as you first perceive sound the breaking of bamboo  indicating that the  gorillas are nearer   then bingo  you  face to face with one of the most charming and mesmerizing beings in the world. After gorilla tracking and encounter, stay with the gorillas for 1 hour and then and  trek back to your  lodge . There is an optional visit to the twin lakes of Ruhundo and Bulera but this can only be done if gorilla tracking ends early.

Relax as you wait for dinner and over night at your lodge

Day 12 ; Golden monkey Trek

Wake up early in the morning and then assemble at  the  ORTPN  Offices once again to get another briefing from the rangers to prepare you for Golden monkey trekking .

Medium budget: Muhabura Hotel (BB)

High budget: Le-Bamboo Gorilla Lodge (FB)

Day 13; Dian Fossey Tombs trek

Take a nature walk to the grave of the late famous gorilla s research – Dian Fossey. The trek is shorter and may take 3 hours.  The rangers will explain all the history of how the lady was assassinated and what impact her research has done to  help in the conservation of the gorillas. Later, return  and transfer to  Kigali. Dinner and over night  at your lodge in Kigali

Day 14; Transfer to the airport for your outbound flight

End of Rwanda safari with AA safaris and Tours ltd. If you wish to combine your Rwanda Gorilla Safari with Uganda, please do not hesitate to let us know.  We will make it happen.

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