Kristina's African Safaris

Gorilla Safaris Gorillas in the Virungas and Bwindi Classic Rwanda and Uganda Gorillas in PNV and Southern Bwindi
Gorillas in PNV Primaste and Birds in Nyungwe Wildlife and Birds in Akagera Discover Rwanda
Classic Uganda and Rwanda Gorillas, Wildlife and Chimps Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Gorillas in Southern Bwindi
Climbing the Rwenzoris Sipi Falls, the Nile and Rafting Chimps on Ngamba Island Wildlife and Birds in Murchison Falls

RWS7 Discover Rwanda

A 9 day safari which starts and finishes in Kigali. This safari can also be done on a private basis. [One PNV gorilla permit is included in the cost but the other gorilla tracking requires a supplement to be paid at time of booking.]

This safari lets clients discover the best of Rwanda. It starts with the wildlife and birds in Akagera in the east with its beautiful wetland savannah. The highlight of the safari is, of course, tracking the mountain gorillas in Parc National des Volcans (PNV) in the Virunga volcanoes in the northwest. This safari offers an opportunity to track gorillas twice. PNV in Rwanda has five habituated gorilla families and tracking most groups in the afro-montane forest usually takes only a few hours. You can also climb a volcano, visit the remains of Dian Fossey’s grave and the endangered golden monkey. You continue to Nyungwe, in southern Rwanda, a massive afro-montane forest, the largest in Central Africa. The forest has 13 primate species including chimpanzee and large groups of colobus monkeys. Other attractions are 300 bird species and a variety of orchids and butterflies.

Clients stay 2 nights in Akagera Lodge, 3 nights at Volcanoes Virunga Lodge and 3 nights at ORTPN Resthouse on the western edge of the Nyungwe Forest.

Day 1 MONDAY
Met on arrival at airport and transfer to Kigali. Briefing on your safari. After lunch, depart at 2pm for Akagera. Game drive before sunset. O/N: Akagera Lodge (FB).

Day 2 TUESDAY
Game drives in the park or a canoe ride on Lake Ihema to see the large number of hippo, the huge Nile crocodile and birds. O/N: Akagera Lodge (FB).

Day 3 WEDNESDAY
Early start for Kinigi. The journey north goes through the beautiful terraced hillsides that characterise much of Rwanda’s landscape, gradually climbing to the base of the awesome volcanoes, sometimes with as many as five peaks visible. Late lunch on arrival at PNV. O/N: Volcanoes Virunga Lodge (FB).

Day 4 THURSDAY
Go gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans (subject to permit availability at the time of booking). Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest of the Virungas is a magical experience. If you are lucky you can get to the gorillas, spend an hour with them, and be back at the base in time for a late lunch! Some gorilla families however are more elusive, and tracking can take a full day, especially when it is wet and muddy. O/N: Volcanoes Virunga Lodge (FB).

Day 5 FRIDAY
Either go gorilla tracking again in Parc National des Volcans (on payment of supplement at time of booking), or visit the golden monkeys or drive to Gisenyi, visit Ross Carr's orphanage and Lake Kivu or climb the Visoke/Muhavura volcanoes, or trek to Dian Fossey's grave, or visit the local school, community projects or walk to Lake Bulera. O/N: Volcanoes Virunga Lodge (FB).

Day 6 SATURDAY
Early start for Nyungwe. Visit the old palace in Nyanza. Drive past green hills of tea and the vast Nyungwe Forest. O/N: ORTPN Resthouse (FB).

Day 7 SUNDAY
Go on an escorted walk in search of the large groups of colobus monkeys and birds including the Rwenzori turaco. Or go chimp tracking. Picnic lunch. Return late afternoon. O/N: ORTPN Resthouse (FB).

Day 8 MONDAY
Guided nature walk in the forest or go chimp tracking. O/N: ORTPN Rest House (FB)

Day 9 TUESDAY
Leave for Kigali. Time permitting, go for a tour of the city including a visit to the market, a pottery project, handicraft shops, the Franco-Rwandan cultural centre and a genocide memorial. Transfer to the airport (HB).

 


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