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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.
Rwanda is a 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 as well as a chance to spot the Big 5 with a game drive experience and boat safari in Akagera National Park.
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 title of being Remarkable.
Kigali – Kigali
Depending on arrival time
Welcome to Kigali, Rwanda!!!
Your professional English-speaking driver/guide and tour representative will be on hand at the arrivals exit of Kigali International Airport and transfer you to your hotel. On arrival at the hotel you will take your COVID-19 test (if still applicable) before a short briefing about your itinerary and our beautiful country before checking in to your hotel for a freshen up and overnight stay.
Dinner and Overnight stay at your accommodation (Serena, Heaven Retreat or similar)
Have your breakfast at leisure while waiting for your COVID-19 results, Once the results are out Negative you’re clear to resume your tour. Your driver-guide will pick you up from the hotel reception to transfer you for the activities of the day, you will begin with Question Coffee Masterclass at Gishushu.
QUESTION COFFEE MASTER CLASS
Rwanda is famous for Mountain Gorillas, recovery post-genocide, and rich culture but did you know Rwanda has some of the finest specialty coffee in the world. High altitudes, high rainfall, and volcanic soil are perfect conditions for growing coffee and Rwanda have all of these Question Coffee is the leading producer, roaster, and exporter in Rwanda and they will host you for a 2-hour coffee master class where you will learn about.
Coffee History of Rwanda
Later after this amazing activity, you will be transferred for lunch at the historical Hotel Des Mille Collines common known as Hotel Rwanda because of the Hollywood Film. After having lunch you will be transferred for another activity which is Kigali Genocide Memorial and Museum.
Kigali Genocide Memorial
This is an extremely moving, challenging, educational, and ultimately inspiring memorial and a great place to understand the cause, tragedy, and successful rebuilding post-genocide. The reconciliation and rebuilding have been miraculous and these memorials are built to inform, educate, and prevent such a tragedy to ever occur again.
The tour is very transparent and educational but very somber and humbling when you realize that over 250,000 deceased are buried on the site of the memorial. Guaranteed you will feel every emotion during this visit.
The most common question that goes through your mind is “would I be capable of that level of forgiveness if I found myself in this situation”. That’s a true inspiration and this will take for like 1 -2 hours. After this activity, we will transfer you to Hotel Des Mille Collines for a hot lunch before transferring you to your hotel for freshening up.
Dinner and overnight at your accommodation.
TRANSFER TO AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
Today after your break fast, the Wilderness Magashi Camp driver will meet you at Serena Hotel Reception for your transfer to Akagera National Park. With a detailed briefing of the day. Leaving Serena Hotel, Kigali at 8:30am you will make your way through beautiful and scenic villages and countryside as you take the 3 hours transfer to Rwanda’s very own Big 5 Safari park, Akagera National Park.
The last hour of the journey will be through the park itself, so you will be able to spot game straight away.
On arrival the Magashi team will warmly welcome you, assist you with check in and brief you on the camp and activities.
The choice is now yours to either relax and freshen up at the lakeside camp or take any two inclusive activities which are part of your package. Chose between:
Night Game Drive
Boat Launch Safari
Dinner and overnight at your accommodation
Enjoy Akagera the way you want to. Take it easy at the camp of partake in one of the inclusive activities:
Morning & Afternoon Game Drives
Night Game Drives
All meals and drinks inclusive.
Return to your accommodation for freshen. Dinner and over night at your accommodation
Today have your breakfast at leisure and later you will be assisted to check out of your accommodation. Embark on your vehicle for your 3 hours transfer to Kigali. You will arrive on time for lunch. After your lunch at Khana Khazana
Later after your lunch, you will proceed with your 2 hours scenic transferred to Musanze at the base of the magnificent Volcanoes National Park check in to your hotel, freshen up and after you will go to near by testing center for your final COVID-19 test. After the test you will return to your accommodation for relaxation with Hotel facilities.
Before dinner at your accommodation we have organized a special behind the scenes experience with The Gorilla Doctors. The professional veterinarians and conservationists play a huge role in ensuring future population growth by treating injured and sick Mountain Gorillas. Think about it, if your population is only 1063 in the entire world how devastating an unchecked illness could be. They will show you a presentation of their history, work, and achievements and also educate you on the behaviors and language of the Mountain Gorilla. This adds huge value to your trek tomorrow.
Retire for dinner and overnight at Bishops House, Bisate Lodge or Singita Kwitonda Lodge
MOUNTAIN GORILLA TREKKING
Today you have a unique and privileged experience to trek and meet at close quarters the rare Mountain Gorilla. There are only around 1063 of these magnificent creatures left in the world with around 1/3 of those in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.
Early in the morning after breakfast you will be taken to the park headquarters where you will be educated on the trek, Gorilla behavior, and assigned into groups of suitable fitness.
The trek can take between 2-6 hours depending on the movements of the Gorillas. This is considered one of the great natural animals encounters on the planet.
The rangers will lead you deep into the forest in search of 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 you find them.
Afterward, we return to your lodge for freshening up and lunch after your delicious lunch you can relax the rest of the evening sharing the experience of the day.
Return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight at your accommodation
GOLDEN MONKEY TREKKING
After an early breakfast we leave for the Golden Monkey Trek at 6:30am. 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 accommodation for a freshen up, have lunch and after lunch the Hotel team will help you to check out by around 13:00pm. We then take the 2 hours transfer back to Kigali.
Arriving in Kigali around 15:00pm, We transfer you to Kimironko Market.
Is one of the busiest markets in the town. Vendors at the market can be seen selling a variety of items from regions such as Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Visitors to the market will be able to buy fruit, vegetables, clothing, and general household necessities.
As your flight doesn’t leave until the late evening 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 save travels and many fond memories.