8 Days
Tammy’s Unforgettable Rwandan Gorilla Trekking Adventure

Tour Highlights

  • Rwanda
  • Volcanoes National Park
  • Canopy Walk
  • Lake Kivu Beach Activities
  • Gorilla Trekking
  • Golden Monkey Trek
  • Kigali City Tour
  • Adventure Experiences

Client Review

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.

Susan & Carla G

Tour Consultant's Overview

Susan contacted me about 6 months before her expected date of travel. She was interested in an itinerary encompassing a few different countries in East Africa. After some discussion Susan decided to focus on just one aspect of the trip and visit Rwanda for the once in a lifetime chance of Gorilla Trekking. We added a few stops in along the way so that they were able to get a feel of the country and its beauty. I managed to co-ordinate flights for both travellers who were travelling to Rwanda from different parts of the world and we were able to come up with a seamless and successful trip.
Tammy Harding
Day 1 Johannesburg to Kigali (1 night)

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.

Day 2 Kigali To Nyungwe (1 night)

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.

Day 3 to 5 Nyungwe to Lake Kivu (2 nights)

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.

Day 5 Lake Kivu to Volcanoes National Park (2 nights)

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.

Day 6 Volcanoes National Park with Gorilla Trekking

PARC NATIONAL DES VOLCANS

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.

Day 7 Volcanoes National Park to Kigali with Golden Monkey Trek (1 night)

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).

Day 8 Kigali & Departure

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.

Kigali: Marriott Hotel Kigali

Within walking distance of several embassies, Kigali Marriott Hotel offers luxurious accommodation in downtown Kigali. Featuring on-site convention space and meeting rooms, this hotel also offers free WiFi access.

Each room at Kigali Marriott features floor-to-ceiling windows and a private balcony with a seating area. The rooms are equipped with flat screen HDTVs and a minibar. The marble bathrooms are fitted with a shower, with slippers and free toiletries provided for your comfort.

Cucina Restaurant at Kigali Marriott serves innovative Italian cuisine, while the Lobby Bar is the place to unwind with a cocktail overlooking the city.

Pamper yourself with a variety of treatments at the Saray Spa, keep active at the fitness centre or relax by the poolside. Kigali Mariott guests benefit from a 24-hour front desk, concierge service and currency exchange services. Shuttle services and car hire can also be arranged.

Nyungwe National Park: Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel

Nyungwe Top View Lodge is heaven on earth, idyllically situation on top of one of the hills of the Nyungwe Forest, the largest single forest block in East Africa and the biggest water reservoir for Rwanda.

Nyungwe Top View Lodge offers the most beautiful and tranquil accommodation with each apartment comprising of a sitting room with a fire place to warm you up and a balcony with picturesque views of sunrise or sunset as well as incomparable views of the Nyungwe National Park, Kahuzi Biega National Park, tea plantations, Lake Kivu, the volcanoes and Idjwi Island.

The lodge offers relaxing accommodation facilities with spectacular views. All the rooms comprise of a bedroom with attached bathroom, a drawing room with fireplace, and a balcony with stunning views.

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

Serenely situated on the white sandy shores of Lake Kivu, the sixth largest lake in Africa, and surrounded by extensive tropical gardens, the tastefully open-plan Lake Kivu Serena Hotel offers the ideal escape.

Within several hours of both the Rwandan capital and the glorious Volcanoes National Park (home of the world famous mountain gorillas), it overlooks its own private beach and offers a panoramic restaurant, indoor and beachside bars, a luxury swimming pool and the 'Maisha' Health Centre (offering an extensive range of health and beauty regimes, boating, swimming, volley ball, tennis, fishing, hiking and trekking).

All the rooms are presented in typical pan-African style with balconies and extensive views of the lake. Facilities include 24 hour room service, telephone, in-room satellite television, private safe, tea and coffee making facilities, and hairdryers.

The 66 standard rooms offer one queen-sized double bed or two queen-sized double beds and a luxury bathroom.

Volcanoes National Park: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is located in the foothills of Mount Karisimba, one of the volcanic mountains that make up the Virunga Massif. The lodge is about 10 minutes' drive to the main entrance of the Volcanoes National Park where gorilla trekking starts.

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is located in Kinigi in northern Rwanda on the edge of the Volcanoes National Park, home to the endangered Mountain Gorillas.

The lodge is located on the foothills of Mount Karisimba, one of the volcanic mountains that make up the Virunga Massif. The lodge is about 10 minutes' drive to the main entrance of the Volcanoes National Park where gorilla trekking starts.

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is an ecolodge with 30 spacious chalets. To ensure the least disruption of the surrounding environment, the ecolodge is constructed with locally available material. Every chalet comes with a sitting area with a fireplace and has a tea/coffee making machine. The ecolodge supports the surrounding rural communities by purchasing farm-fresh produce that is served in the lodge's restaurant.

Included in price Nyungwe National Park: Canopy Walk & Tea Plantation Tour

Tour Nyungwe Forest National Park of Rwanda from 50 meters in the air on the Canopy Walk and access impressive insights into East Africa’s largest and oldest Afro-Montane Forest. The 200m long walkway hangs across a steep and deep valley filled with thick forest. The Canopy Walk offers breathtaking views across the misty forest, and sightings at eye-level, of a number of unique wildlife species inhabiting the canopies.

The Canopy Walk activity takes close to 2 hours, the start and end point being at the Nyungwe National Park headquarters – the Uwinka tourist reception center. The first about 200 meters is a walk along a forest trail under the thick canopies for a chance to observe the ground level nature before taking on the canopy walkway to access the top level of the forest. Notable sightings include several monkeys such as L’Hoest’s Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, Black-and-white Colobus, Red-tailed Monkeys, and lots of birds. Nyungwe Forest National Park is home to a remarkable diversity of wildlife including 13 species of primates, more than 300 species of birds, 85 mammals, over 1000 plant species, 32 amphibian and 38 reptile species. Many of the species are endemic to the Albertine Rift region within which the forest lies.

Suggested Lake Kivu: Beach Activities

Swimming:
Swimming is a common activity which is carried on this lake since the lake allows the tourists to relax and chill out as they take a swim. There are no hippos, crocodiles and no Bilharzia in this lake making it perfect for swimming. This is mainly because the temperatures of the water are favorable.

Relaxing on the Beach:
Relaxation along the shores of Lake Kivu is the perfect thing to do especially either before or after having a gorilla trek in the Volcanoes National Nark or a volcano hike as well as chimpanzee trekking. Chilling out along the shores of Lake Kivu makes a memorable start or end to your safari in Rwanda. Many holiday makers relax as they enjoy the tropical sun, read a book or view the beautiful scenery of the lake. The lake is also surrounded by fishing boats, a beautiful breeze off the lake as well as by mountains which provide the best scenic views while relaxing along its shores.

Water Sports:
Water sports are so common along Lake Kivu as there are many water activities that can be engaged in by the holiday makers. Some of these include; water skiing, wind surfing, paddling and enjoying a motor boat on the lake. Fishing is also a common activity on Lake Kivu.

Beach Visits:
Many holiday makers have been attracted to the beautiful sandy beaches around Lake Kivu and these encourage relaxation due to the cool breeze and natural waves. The beaches are surrounded by mountains that make it an outstanding sight and a perfect place to relax. Many gorilla trekkers relax along these beaches to cool off

Included in price Volcanoes National Park: Gorilla Trekking

After a briefing with National Park’s personnel your hike begins, and may take anything from 30 minutes to several hours. Although Gorilla trekking requires no formal training, walking at altitude can be tiring, and with few clear cut paths through the bush, your focused concentration is a must.

Once you reach your Gorilla family, you’ll spend a memorable hour watching them interact with each other: eating, grooming, playing or catching a nap. It’s a humbling experience to sit amongst our “cousins” and the hour will pass before you can blink – so take some photos and then simply soak up every moment of this incredible experience. Mountain Gorillas are wild animals, as such sightings cannot be guaranteed, and however the success rate is well over 90%.

Included in price Volcanoes National Park: Golden Monkey Trek

Trekking to see the golden monkeys is another highlight of Volcanoes National Park. The Golden Monkey (Cercopithecus Mitis Kandti) is a local subspecies of the widespread Sykes Monkey, also known as the “Blue Monkey” and is endemic to the high altitude forests of the Volcanoes National Park area. The Golden monkeys are rare species is listed as endangered. The monkeys are playful and inquisitive and often spend their time leaping from bamboo branches or frolicking on the forest floor towards the base of the volcanoes and have overcome their initial shyness to accept their daily visit by researchers and tourists.

There are two habituated groups of Golden Monkey, one group comprises around 80 - 100 members and has its home at the foot of Mt Sabyinyo.

In the same way you track mountain gorillas so will your track the golden monkeys. Treks to see the Golden Monkeys take place in the mornings and visitors are permitted to stay for one hour with the monkeys.

Included in price Kigali: City Tour

The Kigali City Tour offers you an in-depth view of Kigali, past and present, bringing you the genuine heartbeat of the city. The city, which is inhabited by one million people, is divided into three districts, Gasabo, Kicukiro and Nyarugenge. Founded in 1907 as a German settlement, Kigali did not become the capital until Rwanda’s independence in 1962 when it replaced the colonial seat of power in Butare. The Kigali City Tour begins as a historic journey through the city with a guided tour from the first modern building from which the capital city was first founded, to the rapidly growing neighborhood’s that are changing the face of the city.

Included in price Kigali: Genocide Museum

The Genocide Memorial site is a grim reminder of the senseless massacre of innocent’s lives in 1994. The memorial is the final resting places for more than 250 000 victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi, a place for remembrance and learning. The Memorial also sheds light on other massacres including Cambodia, the Balkans and the Holocaust. Rwanda’s recovery, growth and development is incredible, a true testament to humankind’s resilience.

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This itinerary started on 30 July 2018
When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: USD$ 5,025
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