3 days – Gorillas in the mist Rwanda

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3 days
Private Safaris
Kigali - Kigali
Rwanda
Min Age : 15
Tour Details

Remarkable Rwanda is one of the world’s most captivating and sort after destinations.  From near destruction in the tragic 1994 genocide to a never before seen reconciliation, recovery and period of peace and stability, Rwanda is now considered a leader in the region and an innovative developing country which bans plastic bottles, is the 7th safest place to walk alone at night in the world and has the world’s highest representation of women in Parliament.

Home to some of the most special animal encounters on the planet you will get to trek and spend time with rare and critically endangered Mountain Gorillas and the unique and playful Golden Monkeys. 

To make the tour just that little bit more memorable we have a series of cultural and local experiences which often surprise as being some of the most memorable parts of a tour. Rwanda truly earns it’s title of being Remarkable. 

Accommodation upgrades are available upon request. Rates are an indication and may differ at time of booking.

[Detailed Itinerary]

Highlights

Coffee Tour, Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park, Gonden Monkey Trekking

Start - Finish

Kigali – Kigali

Departure time

To be confirmed

Included

  • 3 days hire professional English speaking driver/guide.
  • 3-day exclusive use of 4WD.
  • 2 Nights at Davinci Gorilla Lodge on Full Board basis.
  • 1 x Gorilla Permit pp (Rwanda)
  • 1 X Golden Monkey Trek Permit
  • 1 x Iby'Iwacu Cultural Village Tour pp.
  • 1 x Farewell Dinner on final night in Kigali.
  • 1 x Question Coffee Master Class pp.
  • 1 x 1/2 day city tour (Nyamirambo Walking Tour & Kigali Genocide Memorial Visit).
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance pp.
  • Coverage Guaranteefund
  • 24/7 assistance

Excluded

  • International flights (bookable by African Travels on request)
  • Travel and cancellation insurance
  • Visa
  • Personal items
  • Tips (guideline for the guide is from USD20 per day)
  • Laundry
  • All drinks
Itinerary

Day 1Volcanoes National Park

Welcome to Kigali, Rwanda. Our tour representative and your driver/guide will meet you at Kigali International Airport.

Here we warmly welcome you at Kigali International arrivals and transfer you to Kigali’s best cafe, Question Coffee Cafe for a tour briefing followed by a super interesting Coffee Masterclass from the experts. Rwanda has some of the world’s highest grade Arabica coffee and Question Coffee are the experts who support many local women’s coops to much greater success.

After the coffee master class and caffeine pick up we head off on the 2.5 hours scenic drive to Volcanoes National Park in the north of Rwanda. En route you will discover why Rwanda is called The Land of a Thousand Hills as the drive is very scenic.

On arrival and if the weather cooperates you will travel through the city of Musanze and then arrive at your lodge with great views of the Peaks of Volcanoes National Park.

Check in with lunch, a freshen up and relax in the grounds of your lodge before we take an afternoon tour to Ibyiwacu Cultural Village.

The village is fascinating with a variety of cultural experiences it can offer, and probably the best way to get to know the local people, their culture, and their ‘ways of living” is to take part in daily life activities. Agricultural tourism will be part of the wider experience where guests will join local people when they go to their agricultural fields to work and learn about their work, harvest and participate in food preparation and making processes like millet grinding using stones, carrying potatoes and water on their heads, and attend lessons and participate in preparing a local dish i.e. (Ubugari, Igikoma etc)

The wider part of experience is IGITARAMO, where all gather around camp fire, with drums and local dances before sunset, where stories, riddles are recounted by storytellers of the old Rwanda with everyone seated around the fire.

Every evening the village members gather around a campfire and begin a session of storytelling and dancing. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight

Day 2Volcanoes National Park

Today you have a unique and privileged experience to trek and meet at close quarters the rare Mountain Gorilla. There are only around 1,000 of these magnificent creatures left in the world with around 1/3 of those in the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.

This is considered one of the great natural animal encounters on the planet.

After an early breakfast we leave the lodge around 6:30am and take you to the Volcanoes National Park headquarters where you will be briefed by the park rangers, educated on the trek, Gorilla behavior and assigned in to groups of suitable fitness.

Then set off for your Mountain Gorilla tracking. This experience of gorilla tracking is a once in a life time adventure. The rangers will lead you deep into the forest in search for the Gorillas. You will move up and down the rugged terrain until you finally meet these harmonious creatures that will entertain you with performances for about 1 hour once your find them.

The activity in Rwanda can take 3-5 hours since the gorillas move up and down but any tiredness will soon disappear as you experience one of the world’s great natural animal encounters.

Return to your lodge to swap stories and experiences of your incredible trek with each other and other guests.

Dinner and overnight stay at your accommodation.

Day 3Golden Monkey trek/ End of itinerary

After an early breakfast we leave for the Golden Monkey Trek at 7 am. Golden Monkeys are very rare and nowhere in Africa is there better access to large habituated numbers than in Rwanda.

These unique, playful and beautiful creatures will entertain you for a good hour and the trek on average is normally much easier than the Gorilla Trek.

After the trek return to your lodge for a freshen up and check out. Your departing flight doesn’t leave until the evening so now we will transfer to Kigali and use our remaining time to experience the culture and coffee of Rwanda. We will take a packed lunch to have on the return journey to Kigali.

On arrival we take you to visit the educational, emotional, challenging and inspiring Kigali Genocide Memorial. This transparent memorial will educate you on the causes, horrors, impact and ultimately inspiring reconciliation that is unprecedented in its successes.

From this moving experience we then take lunch and transfer for a visit to Nyamirambo Women’s Center. Here we do an interesting walking tour of Kigali and see the real and interesting sites of every day Rwandan’s in one of Kigali’s oldest suburbs.

As your flight leaves at night, we will take you to dinner at one of Kigali’s very good restaurants before transferring you to Kigali Airport for your flight home.

We wish you safe travels and many fond memories.

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