Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Adventure – 1 night Kigali | 1 night Nyungwe National Park | 2 nights Lake Kivu | 2 nights Volcanoes National Park | 1 night Kigali
It was so lovely dealing with Tammy from Pembury Tours. She was very responsive to all my questions and requests and didn’t mind making multiple changes to the itinerary. We had a fantastic trip which all went off without a hitch and we were extremely happy with the service we received from Tammy and Pembury Tours.
You fly via Lusaka and arrive in Kigali later in the evening. Upon arrival at Kigali Airport you will be met by a representative and transferred to The Marriott Hotel Kigali.
You are collected from your hotel after an early breakfast and you depart for Nyungwe. The road transfer is about 5 hours long and so we suggest you take a good book along to keep you entertained. A picnic lunch will be enjoyed en route.
In the southwest corner of Rwanda, Nyungwe Forest National Park is a vast untouched tropical rainforest with a high, dense canopy. Nyungwe became a National Park in 2004 and offers spectacular biodiversity.
The heart of Nyungwe Forest is like a scene from a fairy tale. Tall old mahoganies, ebonies and giant tree ferns tower above you, whilst orchids and other epiphytes cling to every branch. Brightly coloured birds flit around, butterflies are everywhere, and walking quietly you may even encounter larger forest residents, including a variety of primates for which Nyungwe National Park is renowned.
This morning you enjoy a nature walk in the Nyungwe Forest. You return to the lodge to freshen up before departing.
Thereafter drive to Lake Kivu and transfer to Lake Kivu Serena Hotel for your two night stay. The driving time is about 2 – 3 hours covering some beautiful countryside and you are provided with a packed lunch en route.
Lake Kivu is a grand freshwater lake in the Albertine Rift Valley and the largest in the country. It is one of the most beautiful of the central African Lakes and offers both sandy beaches and cool waters.
Day 4: Today is spent at leisure to enjoy all that Lake Kivu has to offer.
This morning you are collected and transferred to Mountain Gorilla View Lodge in Volcanoes National Park for a two night stay. The drive will take approximately 3 – 4 hours.
In the heart of Central Africa, so high up that you shiver more than you sweat,” wrote the eminent primatologist Dian Fossey, “are great, old volcanoes towering up almost 15,000 feet, and nearly covered with rich, green rainforest – the Virungas”.
The Volcanoes National Park sits on the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It’s a spectacular park, encompassing five of the eight rainforests and bamboo covered volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains. With approximately 900 Mountain gorillas left in the wild, Rwanda is a real success story as conservation efforts over the last decades see the population slowly increasing in numbers.
An exhilarating trek through the cultivated foothills of the Virungas offers stirring views in all directions. Then, abruptly, the trail enters the national park, immersing trekkers in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with the calls of colourful birds and chattering of the rare golden monkey, and littered with fresh spoor of the mountains’ elusive populations of buffalo and elephant.
Return to Mountain Gorilla View Lodge for a late lunch and overnight at the Mountain Gorilla View Lodge in a Twin room on a full board basis.
This morning you will be collected by a representative for your Golden Monkey trek.
Thereafter, you will be transferred to the Kigali Marriott Hotel. (dinner is for your own account).
This morning you will enjoy breakfast and time at leisure. You are collected by a representative for the day’s activities.
You will enjoy lunch (included) at Mile Collines, which was made famous in the movie Hotel Rwanda.
After lunch you will be taken on a city tour of Kigali and then a visit to the Genocide Museum.
After your tour you are taken back to the hotel to collect your luggage and then transferred to the airport for your departure flight out of Kigali Airport.