LIONKING 13 day Best of Rwanda Safari

Trip Summary:

13 day best of Rwanda safari will provide you with opportunity of a game viewing and boat cruise in Akagera national park; visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial, National Museum at Butare and the ancient King´s Palace at Nyanza, chimpanzee trekking and canopies walks in the Nyungwe Forest, boat ride in the Kibuye, Mountain Gorillas tracking, golden monkeys in the Volcanoes National Park, and other primates in the jungles of Rwanda Itinerary:

Day 1:

Arrival Kigali International Airport On arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to Hotel in Kigali for overnight on BB Distance: 15km (10 min drive) Medium range accommodation: Chezlando /Garr Hotel (BB) High accommodation: Serena Kigali (BB)

Day 2:

Kigali – Akagera National Park After breakfast go for a city tour of Kigali with possible visit to genocide memorial and latter transfer to Akagera National park close to the border with Tanzania. Dinner and overnight at your lodge on Full board Distance: 145km (4 hours drive) Medium range accommodation: Akagera Game Lodge (FB) High accommodation: Ruzizi Tented Lodge (FB)

Day 3:

Akagera National Park After breakfast go for game drive to see various savannah wildlife and afternoon take the boat cruise to counter numbers of aquatic animals. Dinner and overnight at your lodge on Full board Medium range accommodation: Akagera Game Lodge (FB) High accommodation: Ruzizi Tented Lodge (FB)

Day 4:

Akagera National Park- Kigali After breakfast go for game drive to see various savannah wildlife and afternoon drive back to Kigali. Dinner and overnight on FB Distance: 145km (4 hours drive) Medium range accommodation: Chezlando /Gorilla Hotel (BB) Luxury accommodation: Serena Kigali (BB)

Day 5:

Kigali - Nyungwe Forest National Park Depart for Nyungwe National park via Butare visiting enroute, the famous National Museum at Butare and the ancient King´s Palace at Nyanza. Afterward continue to Nyungwe national park arriving for dinner and overnight at your lodge or hotel on Full board Distance: 255km (7 hours drive) Medium range accommodation: Nyungwe Top View Hotel (FB) High accommodation: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (FB)

Day 6:

Nyungwe Forest National Park After your breakfast, go for Chimpanzee Trekking and other monkeys in the tropical rain forest. After lunch, go for the canopy walk which sets 50 meters above the ground with a 150-meter walkway and known as the first of its kind in East Africa and third on the continent after South Africa and Ghana. These canopies walks allows visitors to see the forest from above the trees and be at eye level with birds and monkeys that inhabit the upper storeys of the forest. Later return to your hotel/lodge for dinner and overnight on Full board. Medium range accommodation: Nyungwe Top View Hotel (FB) High accommodation: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (FB)

Day 7:

Nyungwe Forest National Park- Lake Kivu (Kibuye) After breakfast you will depart for Kibuye which lies at the eastern tip of Lake Kivu. Kibuye is often hailed as the most impressive scenic spot of the lake. Lunch at the shore of the Lake Kivu and afterward take a boat trip to the island of Amahoro Napoleon’s island. Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel on Full board Distance: 175km (3hours drive) Medium range accommodation: Moriah Hills Resort / Bethanie Centre (FB) High accommodation: Cormoran (FB)

Day 8:

Kibuye – Gisenyi (Lake Kivu) After your breakfast, we drive to Gisenyi, town located at the shore of the Lake Kivu. It lies on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. Evening will be at pleasure. Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel on Full bord. Distance: 235km (6hours drive) Medium range accommodation: Palm Garden Hotel / Paradis Malahide (FB) High accommodation: Serena Lake Kivu (FB)

Day 9:

Gisenyi (Lake Kivu) Today is for relaxation at the shore of the Lake Kivu with optional activity as per the client interest (nature walk, boat on the lake, visit of the community group). It lies on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. Evening will be at pleasure. Dinner and overnight at your hotel on full board. Medium range accommodation: Palm Garden Hotel or Paradis Malahide(FB) High accommodation: Serena Lake Kivu (FB)

Day 10:

Gisenyi (Lake Kivu) - Volcanoes National Park After breakfast you will depart for Volcanoes National Park. After lunch, visit the twin lakes of Bulera & Ruhondo- These are beautiful lakes located at the base of volcano Muhabura and close to the border with Uganda. They are surrounded by steep hills with a backdrop of the Virunga volcanic mountains. Dinner and overnight your hotel on Full board Distance: 62km (1 hour drive) Medium range accommodation: Gorilla villa / Gorilla hotel (FB) High range accommodation: Mountain Gorilla view lodge (FB)

Day 11:

Volcanoes National park After your breakfast, you will proceed to the National Park headquarters. Meeting with the park ranger and followed by park formalities, we are embark on a once in a life time experience of tracking mountain gorillas. The trekking may be fairly strenuous; up to six hours or longer at a relatively high altitude. For your own enjoyment, physical fitness with no health complication is required. Dinner and overnight at your hotel on Full board Medium range accommodation: Gorilla villa / Gorilla hotel (FB) High range accommodation: Mountain Gorilla view lodge (FB)

Day 12:

Volcanoes National park Today, you will proceed to the National Park headquarters for Golden Monkey tracking in the Volcanoes National Park. Later, return to your hotel to freshen up and if time allows, visit the local market and community. Dinner and overnight at your hotel on Full board Medium range accommodation: Gorilla villa / Gorilla hotel (FB) High range accommodation: Mountain Gorilla view lodge (FB)

Day 13:

Volcanoes National park – Kigali - Departure After breakfast transfer to Kigali, depending on your flight scheduled, proceed to Kigali International airport for your flight back Distance: 115km (3 hour drive)

TOUR COST(2017)

The tariff includes:

Airport transfers Full board accommodation with meals mentioned Ground transportation in modified safari car English speaking Driver/Guide Gorilla, chimpanzee, golden permits, canopy walk fees, cultural sites fees Entrance fees to the national park and other sites on the itinerary Local government taxes

The tariff does not include:

Air ticket. Tourist insurance health insurance Entrance visas: Rwanda 50 USD directly from Airport Optional activities, Personal natures and tips