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14 DAY RWANDA GRAND TOUR

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Elly Mwesiga

Pinnacle Safaris Africa

Africa Gorilla and Wildlife Safari Company

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14 DAY RWANDA GRAND TOUR

LEVEL OF SERVICE: High level or mid range lodges only This safari takes you to visit all the 3 National Parks of Rwanda – Nyungwe Forest National Park in the South West, for chimps and birds; Kibuye and Gisenyi at Lake Kivu; Akagera Park in the east for game, including elephant, buffalo, leopard, zebra, as well as hippo and crocodile and boat cruise. The tour ends with Parc National des Volcans (Volcanoes National Park) in the North for gorilla tracking. Lake Kivu is unique: Its deep waters contain an enormous quantity of dissolved gas. There are, in fact, 65 billion cubic metres of methane, in other words the equivalent of 50 million tonnes of petrol lying at the bottom of the lake under 250 m of water. If it were exploited, this energy, veritable manna from heaven, would provide Rwanda with an almost inexhaustible source of energy, freeing it from worry about energy needs linked to its development projects. There is a pilot station for the extraction of methane for energy. You also visit Nyungwe, in South West of Rwanda, a gigantic afro-montane forest. With over 10000sq.km in size, Nyungwe is the undisputed giant in Central Africa. The natural forest is renowned for its large troops of colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, butterflies and a rich variety of orchids. Over 300 bird species have been recorded. The terrain in Nyungwe Forest is rugged and steep, and you will be at relatively high elevation, and it can rain at any time of the trek so come with appropriate clothing. Visit some cultural sites en route - the Museum in Butare and the local king’s palace at Nyanza. Activities: Gorilla Trekking, Bird Watching, Chimpanzee Trekking, Cultural Activities, Guided Nature Walks & Hikes., Wildlife Viewing Parks & places: Akagera National Park, Butare and the National Museum, Genocide Memorial Centre at Gisozi, Lake Kivu, Nyungwe Forest NP., Volcanoes National Park.

DAY 1

Arrival

On your arrival at the airport, you will and greet with our driver guide who will then brief you on your tour. Overnight: Chez Lando hotel for Mid range, Bed & Breakfast Or: Hotel des Mille Collines for upper range, Bed & Breakfast OR: Kigali Serena Hotel (high level), Bed & Breakfast

Kigali
DAY 2

Akagera Park

Cultural tour of Kigali city, with an optional visit to the Genocide Memorial Museum at Gisozi [1 hour]. You will then drive for 3 hours to Akagera NP, via Kayonza to the Eastern part of Rwanda. We will arrive before lunch at the beautiful Lodge which has a swimming pool. Take a swim before lunch. After lunch you will start your exploration with a game drive by visiting the giraffe valley. O/N Akagera Game Lodge for Mid Range (B,L,D) OR: Ruziizi Tented Lodge for high end, (B,L,D) Read more

Akagera Park
DAY 3

Akagera Park

Enjoy the Lodge and its astonishing views over Lake Ihema. After an Early breakfast your exploration starts with a boat trip on Lake Ihema which is a very rewarding experience for seeing the large number of hippos, buffalo, the huge Nile crocodiles and many birds. After the boat trip you will continue your exploration along the lakes Kivumba, Hago, Mihindi and Rwanyakizinga. They are the most interesting part of the park especially for birders. You will return for your lunch and enjoy a fresh swim at the Lodge. In the late afternoon you will return to the giraffe valley which is usually full of surprises. Boat cruise on the Lake. O/N Akagera Game Lodge for Mid Range (B,L,D) OR: Ruziizi Tented Lodge for high end, (B,L,D) Read more

Akagera Park
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DAY 4

Akagera Park

More game viewing, relaxation and 1 boat cruise You will wake up early in the morning and leave after breakfast for another day of exploration. This time you will start with a visit to the height of Mutumba, the highest point of the park. You will have a view of all the Akagera lakes and the Karangwe mountains in Tanzania, with Lake Tanganyika visible at a distance. Descend to the Lake area where you will have a picnic lunch on edge of one of the beautiful lakes. In the afternoon you will drive back to the lodge. Lunch and an afternoon boat cruise. O/N Akagera Game Lodge for Mid Range (B,L,D) OR: Ruziizi Tented Lodge for high end, (B,L,D) Read more

Akagera Park
DAY 5

To Kigali and to go Volcanoes NP

Return to Kigali where you arrive mid morning. Transfer to Kinigi at the foothills of the Volcanoes. Enjoy the rolling hills for which Rwanda is well known [Approximate drive time: 6 hours] Overnight: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge for mid range (B,L,D); OR: Jack Hanna Cottage for Upper range, (B,L,D) OR: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge or Virunga Lodge for Luxury, (B,L,D) • Mountain Gorilla View Lodge: rate is inclusive of all meals, and taxes only.  Jack Hanna Cottage: rate is inclusive of all meals, tea, coffee, water and 18% Vat tax.  At Virunga Lodge the tariff is on an all-inclusive basis and in addition to accommodation and meals, include unlimited consumption of all available alcoholic and soft drinks, laundry services, and any activities clients wish to do around the lodges. One complimentary massage per guest is also offered.  At Sabinyo Silverback Lodge: Rate includes full board accommodation with 3 meals per person per night booked, laundry, room service, drinks (wines, beers & soft drinks), Community Bed Night Fees and applicable VAT. Rates exclude drinks (champagnes, liqueurs & spirits), and personal expenses. Read more

Volcanoes National Park
DAY 6

Gorilla Tracking in Volcanoes NP

After breakfast, you will depart for the headquarters of the Park for briefing before starting to track gorillas. After an hour of experiencing the closest primate to human. You will retire for lunch. Overnight: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge for mid range (B,L,D); OR: Jack Hanna Cottage for Upper range, (B,L,D) OR: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge or Virunga Lodge for Luxury, (B,L,D) Read more

Volcanoes National park
DAY 7

Second Gorilla Tracking or Options

Optional second gorilla tracking. Or do one of the optional activities: see list below: -Golden Monkey Tracking -Day hike at the Visoke -Nature walk with park fees -Dian Fossey Tomb visit -Climb Mount Muhabura -Escorted Village and Community Walk -Scenic Walk & Bird Watching -Local Women Basket Weaving Experience Overnight: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge for mid range (B, L, D); OR: Jack Hanna Cottage for Upper range, (B, L, D) OR: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge or Virunga Lodge for Luxury, (B, L, D) Read more

Volcanoes National park
DAY 8

To Lake Kivu

Gentle drive to Lake Kivu, to relax by the Lake and enjoy local culture, after days of intense activity. O/N: Paradise Malahide or Palm Garden Resort for mid range (B, L, D) OR: Serena Kivu Hotel (B, L, D)

Lake Kivu
DAY 9

At Lake Kivu

Day at leisure. By the sandy beaches of Lake Kivu. Optional boat cruise on the lake to see local island communities (on payment of supplement). O/N: Paradise Malahide or Palm Garden Resort for mid range (B, L, D) OR: Serena Kivu Hotel (B, L, D)

Lake Kivu
DAY 10

To Nyungwe Forest National Park

Long drive, via Kibuye to Nyungwe Forest – this is a long day’s drive. Arrive late afternoon. O/N: Nyungwe Forest Lodge for high level (B, L, D) – no option

Nyungwe Forest National Park
DAY 11

Primates in Nyungwe National Park

Early morning visit to Nyungwe Forest. In Nyungwe Forest NP: optional guided nature walk or primate treks. Of a particular interest are the large social groups of Angolan Colobus (Colobus angolensis), which may be over 300 individuals in a group. These are the largest troops of this species known in the world! Nyungwe forest counts 25% of the African Primates! O/N: Nyungwe Forest Lodge for high level (B, L, D) – no option Read more

Nyungwe Forest National Park
DAY 12

Chimpanzee tracking, or birding

Go chimp tracking (optional), in the largest forest in Central Africa. MORE Optional activities: EITHER Go chimp tracking, OR Guided nature walk in the forest to see a variety of animals and some of the three hundred bird species found here, which include the Rwenzori turaco and black and white casqued hornbill. Picnic lunch. Return late afternoon. O/N: Nyungwe Top View Hotel for Mid range (B, L, D), OR: Nyungwe Forest Lodge for high level (B, L, D) Read more

Nyungwe Forest National Park
DAY 13

Cultural visits in Butare

After breakfast you will depart for Butare the second largest city of Rwanda and is regarded as the intellectual city of Rwanda. In Butare, visit the Botanical Gardens and a cultural museum. Butare hosts the National Museum, several academic (University) and research institutions. Time permitting, you will visit Nyanza (currently Nyabisindu) the former Mwami's palace (King's palace) and the seat of the feudal monarchy. The palace has been reconstructed to its 19th century state and shows a traditional dome that can be compared with the Kabaka's palace of Buganda. You will visit the National Museum which is one the well set-up if not the finest ethnographic museum of East Africa. It's a good source of information on the cultural history of Rwanda and the region. Time permitting, visit the locally revered hot springs in Rugarama. The National Museum in Butare was donated in 1989 by the Belgium government and gave back a part of the ethnographic collection acquired during the colonial period. The design and concept of the museum was realized in co-operation with the Royal Museum for Central Africa of Tervuren, Belgium. The modern building has different sections and displays a wide collection of monochrome pictures, traditional artefacts and objects, tools and different craft products. Ethnographic objects are grouped together according to theme giving excellent information on the daily life. Traditional ceramics and basketry are still manufactured and belong to the finest handicrafts of the region. The National Museum remained surprisingly untouched during the civil war of 1994. O/N: Nyungwe Top View Hotel for Mid range (B, L, D), OR: Nyungwe Forest Lodge for high level (B, L, D) Read more

Nyungwe Forest National Park
DAY 14

Return to Kigali and departure

Return to Kigali. Along the way, make stops at places of interest including local markets, the traditional palace of Rwanda’s Former King in Nyanza. Drive past green fields of tea scattered across the hillsides and the small wooden houses unique to the areas surrounding Nyungwe Forest. Fly out if you have any onward flight. [Approximate driving time: 6 hours] End of service Read more

Kigali

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Kigali
Day 2
Location Akagera Park
Day 5
Location Volcanoes National Park
Day 8
Location Lake Kivu
Day 12
Location Nyungwe National Park
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Kigali
Day 2
Location Akagera Park
Day 5
Location Volcanoes National Park
Day 8
Location Lake Kivu
Day 10
Location Nyungwe Forest National Park

TRIP PACKAGE

Package Includes

  • Daily breakfast, except of first day
  • Meal plan as listed in the itinerary (Bed & Breakfast in Kigali, Full Board on tour)
  • Accommodation on a shared basis, as listed in the itinerary
  • All entrances fees for parks
  • 2 boat cruises in Akagera Park
  • Game drives in Akagera Park
  • Mineral/bottled water in vehicle
  • All transfers, fuel with vehicle
  • English speaking driver-guide all along the tour
  • Cultural visits as stated
  • Optional activities as shown: gorilla permits, boat cruises in lake Kivu, chimpanzee fees, primate fees, quoted separately

Package Excludes

  • Meals in Kigali
  • Other optional activities in Nyungwe Forest: nature walks, canopy walk, birding
  • Other optional activities in Volcanoes Park: Golden Monkey Tracking; Day hike at the Visoke; Nature walk with park fees; Dian Fossey Tomb visit; Climb Mount Muhabura; Escorted Village and Community Walk; Scenic Walk & Bird Watching; Local Women Basket Weaving Experience
  • Extra drinks at lunches and dinners
  • Air tickets
  • Personal Expenditures; phone calls, laundry
  • For Single rooms, the Supplement (SRS) has to be paid.
  • Visa fees for Rwanda

More Information

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Silvia and Andrea Gotti , United States

Amazing experience, great organization and very professional personnel. Pinnacle safaris exceed our expectations. They fit our way to think about travel. Very professional staff, amazing accommodations. Eco-friendly and population/ambient Respectfully. They make out honey moon unforgivable! Thanks! I strongly recommend pinnacle safaris to all my traveller friends! Read more

Michael and Antje, Germany

The experience was so amazing and wonderful - we will keep it in our hearts forever!!! From our point of view the safari was performed very professionally and enthusiastically!!

Sandra Bayer, Austria

I went Rwenzori Trekking + Queen Elizabeth + Gorilla trekking - the whole organization was perfect - the guides were very friendly!

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