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4 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari and Lake Kivu

Day 1 : Arrival and transfer to Kinigi (Volcanoes NP)

A safari guide from AA SAFARIS AND TOURS LTD will meet you and welcome you to Rwanda . Though near  the equator , Rwanda  has a breezy temperate climate because  its on a high altitude. Kigali- its  capital, has a mean temperature of 19 degrees Celsius. Rwanda is also famous for its scenic landscape with typically verdant highlands and picturesque, tenderly undulating knolls. Its copious flora and fauna, including the rare mountain gorillas are well-liked with eco-lovers makes it one of the fastest growing tourism destination in East Africa . Depending on your arrival time, your driver-guide may propose a visit of Kigali city which includes the Genocide Memorial centre at Gisozi and may be a market place  to check the way of life of the people in Rwanda. You will  be  later transferred to  Ruhengeri  for dinner and over night at  a hotel on the foot hills of Volcanoes Np of your budget –

Budget accommodation – Kinigi Guest house or Muhabura Lodge

Standard accommodation – Mountain Gorilla Nest lodge / Mouantain Gorilla View Lodge or Lapalme Hotel

Luxury accommodation – Volcanoes Lodge / Sabinyo Silver back lodge

Day 2 : Gorilla Safari Rwanda.

After breakfast, our safari guide will escort you to ORTPN office and hand you over to ranger guides.  Rangers will brief you and then later e a briefing trek down the Volcanoes Np  to search for gorillas -the greatest primates experience ever!    The time taken to trek the gorillas is unpredictable but on encounter one can say it is a worthwhile! If gorilla trekking ends early  and there is still time; you can  you may opt to take an excursion to discover the stunning lakes in the region (Lake Bulera & Ruhondo)  at an extra cost –  Overnight at  the lodge of your budget.

Day 3 : Visit of the Golden Monkeys – transfer to Gisenyi (Lake Kivu)

Have breakfast  breakfast and report to the  ORTPN offices for another briefing this time about the Golden monkey trekking in Volcanoes NP . The golden monkeys (cercopithecus mitis kandti) trek will offer you an exceptional  experience  – You will encounter the monkeys retort and interrelate differently as  they will keep on playing hide-and-seek much to the glee of the visitors. The golden monkeys stay  only in the Virunga Conseravtion Area. They have been well habituated and there are 2 troups. The Kabatwa troop is  lives near the  Park headquarters and the Musanga troop is close to  the Karisimbi and has a much longer walking distance.  This is a another experience that you must not miss while in Rwanda as  excellent photo opportunities await!

Gorilla Safari Rwanda

Return for lunch and travel to Gisenyi on the shores of Lake Kivu. Take pleasure in the magnificent Lake Kivu! Lake Kivu lies in the Albertine rift and is  among  the African Great Lakes. It  is placed on the border of Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda , a part of the Great Rift Valley. Lake Kivu drains  into the Ruzizi River, which pours southwards into Lake Tanganyika.  The lake occupies  an aggregate surface vicinity  of  approximately  2,700 km2 (1,040 sq mi) and lies at a an altitude of  1,460 metres (4,790 ft) above sea level. The lake bed sits ahead a rift valley that is gradually being towed apart, bringing about volcanic activity in the area, and making it predominantly deep: its maximum depth of 480 m (1,575 ft) is ranked fifteenth in the world. The lake is bordered by regal mountains.  In Lake Kivu lies the world’s tenth-largest inland island, Idjwi, as  well as the infinitesimal island of Tshegera, which also lies within the margins of Virunga National Park.  While settlements on its shore include Kabare, Sake, Kalehe, Bukavu, and Goma in Congo and Gisenyi, Kibuye and Cyangugu in Rwanda.

You will relax as you wait for dinner and over night at

Budget –Kivu Sun Hotel / Kibuye Guest House

Standard – Malahide Paradise Hotel / Palm Beach Hotel

Luxury – Kivu Serena Hotel

Day 4 : Gisenyi (Lake Kivu) – transfer to Kigali

Take breakfast and go for a boat ride to some of the Islands in Lake Kivu. Visit Napoleon Island, Amahoro and Nkombo islands , you can also take a tour around the  fishing villages, rural coffee washing stations and Nyamyumba Hot springs. We shall take time to visit some splendid sites  along the ride and then return to the main land . Drive to Transfer back to Kigali to catch your onward flight back home.

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