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30 Days Pearl Of Africa And Rwanda Adventure Safari

30 Days Pearl Of Africa And Rwanda Adventure Safari,  entails exploration of the best Safari parks, chimpanzees, Gorilla, and Golden monkey trekking. As well as beyond-primate trekking activities including Boat rides, Canopy walk, Night fishing community walks to mention but a few.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT ENTEBBE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be welcomed by our meet-and-greet lounge host who helps you through fast-track assistance with VISA and luggage collection. Please look for a white signboard with your name. After immigration and bag collection, you will then be handed over to our driver guide, who will transfer you to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Dinner and overnight at Entebbe Protea Hotel or Lake Victoria Serena Hotel (Luxury), Lake Victoria Granada Hotel or Mestil Hotel (Midrange), Eureka Place Hotel and Suites or Pineapple Guest House (Budget)

DAY 2: BIRDING EXCURSION TO MABAMBA SWAMP

After breakfast at 6:30 Am, you will be transferred to Mambamba Swamp for an all-day shoe bill trucking and sightseeing tour on a motorized traditional canoe as we search for the Shoebill wading through the overgrown papyrus. A site guide from the Mabamba area will join the team to advise on the possible location of the different special bird species in this area. Thereafter, you return to the hotel in Entebbe for dinner and overnight

Dinner and overnight at Entebbe Protea Hotel or Lake Victoria Serena Hotel (Luxury), Lake Victoria Granada Hotel or Mestil Hotel (Midrange), Eureka Place Hotel and Suites or Pineapple Guest House (Budget)

DAY 3: TRANSFER TO SIPI FALLS VIA THE SOURCE OF THE NILE

Following breakfast at 6:00 Am, you will set off for a + 6-hour drive with a stopover in Jinja. visit the source of the longest river in Africa. You will take a boat ride to go to the actual point where the waters of river Nile spills from Lake Victoria and then run at a terrible speed flowing northwards to the Mediterranean Sea, here you have a great opportunity of tasting waters from two different largest and famous water sources in the world. You will then embark on your journey to Sipi Falls with en-route lunch in Mbale town. Upon arrival, you will check in at your lodge followed by an evening at leisure.

 

Dinner and overnight at Sipi Rafiki Lodge (Midrange), Sipi Falls Resort (Budget)

DAY 4: MORNING HIKE TO SIPI FALLS – TRANSFER TO PIAN UPE GAME RESERVE

After breakfast, you’ll head out for a waterfall hike. The waterfalls consist of three prominent layers of waterfalls where the longest drops with a height of 100m. You will enjoy the alluring view of the waterfall on the charming beauty of nature. After an early lunch at 12:00 Pm, you will check out of the lodge and drive approximately 4 hours to Pian Upe game reserve.

 

Dinner and overnight at Kigambira Safari Lodge (Luxury), Rubalika Safari Lodge (Midrange), Uganda Wildlife Bandas (Budget)

DAY 5: SUNRISE GAME DRIVE – TRANSFER TO MOROTO

Wake up early and grab a cup of coffee before heading out for a sunrise game drive to spot more wild game including the Roan antelope endemic to this place in Uganda. Other wild game to look out for include the black and backed and side-stripped jackals, Elands, hart beasts, Zebras, and cheetahs to mention but a few. After this amazing game drive, you return to the lodge for a proper breakfast. Thereafter, you will drive for about 5 hours to Moroto. Upon arrival, you will check in at the lodge followed by dinner and overnight.

 

Dinner and overnight at Kara Tunga Safari Camp or Hotel Africana Moroto

DAY 6: TEPETH-TRIBE CULTURAL TOUR – TRANSFER TO KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Start your day with an African breakfast. Thereafter, you will explore the Tepeth-tribe’s rich and authentic culture. This amazing cultural experiential tour offers you great opportunities to learn how to prepare traditional meals, sing and dance to traditional folklore, craft traditional Karimojong bead accessories, experience the ancient traditions of foreseers, listen to the wonderful stories of elders as well as undertake the traditional Karimojong games. Thereafter, your guide will transfer you to kidepo valley national park. This is about a 4-hour drive passing through flat plains. Upon arrival, you will check in at the lodge followed by dinner and overnight.

 

Dinner and overnight at Apoka Safari Lodge (Luxury) Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Midrange) Apoka Rest Camp (Budget) (Full Board)

DAY 7: FULL-DAY GAME DRIVE IN KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK – 30 Days Pearl Of Africa And Rwanda

After an early morning cup of coffee, you head out for a morning game drive in the savanna plains of Kidepo Valley and Naurus Valley. This will reward you with amazing sightings of Elephants, Elands, hart beasts, Zebras, cheetahs, lions, leopards, antelopes, oribis, Uganda kob ostriches, and numerous birding life. After this amazing game drive, you return to the lodge for a proper breakfast. After lunch, you will head back to the vast savanna plains for a sunset game drive.

Dinner and overnight at Apoka Safari Lodge (Luxury) Kidepo Savannah Lodge (Midrange) Apoka Rest Camp (Budget) (Full Board)

DAY 8: TRANSFER TO ZIWA RHINO SANCTUARY – AFTERNOON RHINO TRACKING

Following your luscious breakfast at the lodge, you will transfer for about 5.5 hours to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Upon arrival, you will check in at your lodge followed by lunch. Later after lunch, you will transfer to the briefing area for an afternoon rhino tracking experience. After this breathtaking experience, you will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

 

Dinner and overnight at Amuka Safari Lodge

DAY 9: TRANSFER TO MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK – 30 Days Pearl Of Africa And Rwanda

Relaxed breakfast at 97h00, you will be picked up by the driver guide who will drive you for a 4hrs to Murchison Falls national park. Upon arrival, you will drive to the top of the falls for a tour around the falls. Sounds of the roaring thunder of the river Nile welcome you as you feel the force of the water under your feet as the half-a-kilometer-wide river narrows through just 7m wide and cascades down through a 45m drop. Murchison Falls National Park has 76 mammal species and 451 bird species. Reptiles like the Nile crocodile, hippo, and the rare semi-aquatic Sitatunga antelope. The big game mammals that you may have a glimpse at include; Lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffes, warthogs, giant forest hog, Uganda Kob, topi, and waterbuck to mention but a few.

 

Dinner and overnight: Nile Safari Lodge or Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury) Pakuba Safari Lodge or Murchison River Lodge (Midrange) Red Chili Camp or Heritage Safari Lodge (Budget)

DAY 10: GAME DRIVE AND LAUNCH CRUISE – OPTIONAL HIKE TO THE TOP OF THE FALLS

After a cup of coffee at 06h00, your guide will lead you to an early morning game drive. The morning drive will take you through different habitats offering you a great opportunity to watch some of Africa’s unspoiled Savana and the BIG 5 game including lions, elephants, buffaloes, and leopards. Other wildlife to see includes giraffes, Hartebeest, Bushbucks, Jackal, hyenas, oribis, Uganda kobs, and many others. After this rewarding game drive, you will return to the lodge for a late breakfast followed by lunch and a little relaxation. In the afternoon at 14h00, you will enjoy a 3hours boat ride sailing to the bottom of the falls along the river Nile. The Nile hosts large concentrations of Hippos and crocodiles as well as a number of bird species including the rare shoebill stork, Fish Eagle, African Skimmer, Grey-crowned Crane, Black-headed Gonolek, Goliath Heron, Green-winged, Long-toed Plover, Saddle-billed Stork. Upon reaching the bottom of the falls using a boat cruise. You will undertake the exhilarating hike to the top of the falls activity. The hike to the top of Murchison Falls offers an unparalleled adventure and a chance to witness the raw power of nature up close. As you navigate the trail, you’ll be surrounded by lush greenery, the sounds of chirping birds, and the occasional rustle of wildlife in the distance

 

Dinner and overnight: Nile Safari Lodge or Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury) Pakuba Safari Lodge or Murchison River Lodge (Midrange) Red Chili Camp or Heritage Safari Lodge (Budget)

DAY 11: FULL DAY GAME DRIVE – NIGHT GAME DRIVE – 30 Days Pearl Of Africa And Rwanda

After a cup of coffee at 06h00, your guide will lead you to an early morning game drive. The morning drive will take you through different habitats offering you a great opportunity to watch some of Africa’s unspoiled Savana and the BIG 5 game including lions, elephants, buffaloes, and leopards. Other wildlife to see includes giraffes, Hartebeest, Bushbucks, Jackal, hyenas, oribis, Uganda kobs, and many others. After this rewarding game drive, you will return to the lodge for a late breakfast followed by lunch and afternoon relaxation whilst utilizing the lodge amenities including the swimming pool as you await the commencement of the incredible night game drive at around 17h00. The night game drive will occupy 2-4 hours depending on the client’s interests and our mission is to search and find the nocturnal animals which among others include hyenas, civets, leopards, bush babies, and several cats. Your will later return to the lodge for a late hot dinner followed by a slumber.

 

Dinner and overnight: Nile Safari Lodge or Paraa Safari Lodge (Luxury) Pakuba Safari Lodge or Murchison River Lodge (Midrange) Red Chili Camp or Heritage Safari Lodge (Budget)

DAY 12: TRANSFER TO KIBALE NATIONAL PARK – 30 Days Pearl Of Africa And Rwanda

Today after breakfast at 06h00, your guide will take you through a 7 hours scenic drive from Murchison falls national park to Kibale. Upon reaching Kibale forest, you will transfer to your lodge fully surrounded by the mystical calls of the monkeys followed by an evening at leisure whilst utilizing complementary activities offered by the lodge. Over a dozen primates inhabit this national park, and various types of monkeys grace the trees around your verandah. Close your eyes, and the soundtrack will provide an incredible appreciation for how remote you are.

Dinner and overnight at Kyaninga Lodge or Crater Safri Lodge or Primate Lodge (Luxury), Turaco Treetops or Isunga Lodge (Midrange), Chimpanzee guest house (Budget)

DAY 13: CHIMPANZEE TREKKING – COMMUNITY WALK AT BIGODI WETLAND SANCTUARY

After a paradisiac breakfast at 06h30, you will transfer to the Kanyancu visitor center and report to the ranger station at 07h00 for a briefing followed by searching through the trees as you set off for chimpanzee trekking. After an interesting and memorable search for the chimpanzees in the forest, you are privileged to spend 1 hour with them taking photographs and videos, and return to the lodge for lunch. After lunch at 14h00, you will visit Bigodi wetland sanctuary a community-based conserved effort for a village walk to immerse you into the interesting cultures of the community.

 

Dinner and overnight at Kyaninga Lodge or Crater Safri Lodge or Primate Lodge (Luxury), Turaco Treetops or Isunga Lodge (Midrange), Chimpanzee guest house (Budget)

DAY 14: QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK – AFTERNOON BOAT CRUISE ON KAZINGA CHANNEL

Following a relaxed breakfast at 09h00, you will board your Safari vehicle and drive for 4 hours to Queen Elizabeth national park. Upon arrival, you will check in to your lodge followed by lunch. After lunch at 15h00, you will enjoy the afternoon boat cruise along the Kazinga channel which will reveal a succession of giants. Elephant herds squirt water on the banks as large hippo pods roll on sandbanks, and crocodiles bathe in the sun. Some hippos escape the water to wander across the savannah and barge past a series of ungulates also in search of water. This astonishing extraordinary boat ride will make a gentle meditation from the exhilarating walk of the previous day in Kibale national park. Later that evening, you will have a community hike to the crater lakes in the community including the famous twin lakes. After this breathtaking activity, you will then be transferred to your lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

 

Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge or Elephant Plains Lodge or Kyambura Gorge Lodge (Luxury), Katara Lodge or Elephant Hab Lodge or Twin lakes lodge (Midrange), Bush Lodge (Budget)

DAY 15: FULL-DAY GAME DRIVE IN QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast at 06h00, you will head out for an all-day game drive. Your guide will ensure to take you to every corner of the park to give you all the opportunity to site almost all the game in the park watch some of Africa’s unspoiled Savana and the BIG 5 game including lions, elephants, buffaloes, and leopards, giraffes, Hartebeest, Bushbucks, Jackal, hyena, oribis, Uganda kobs and many others. After this rewarding game drive in the main parkland, you will have lunch at Mweya safari lodge. After lunch, you will continue with the game drive as you head to the Ishasha sector to search for tree-climbing lions highlight of Queen Elizabeth national park. You will then return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

 

Dinner and overnight at Ishasha Wilderness Camp (Luxury), Enjojo Lodge (Midrange), Ishasha Pride Lodge (Budget)

DAY 16: TRANSFER TO BWINDI – COMMUNITY WALK AND BASKET WEAVING EXPERIENCE

At 06h00, you will head out for a 4-hour scenic drive to Bwindi impenetrable national park. You will enjoy the beautiful views of the green vegetation as you ascend and rise into the mountains on a remote road around Bwindi Forest. Upon arrival at the park, check in at the lodge, followed by lunch. later after lunch at 14h00, you will enjoy a community walk experience that involves interacting with the local community people and learning about their day-to-day activities including local banana bear making, Basket weaving, and crop-to-cup coffee tour experience. You will have the opportunity to taste the local banana juice and bear as well as coffee.

Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Safari Lodge or Gorilla Heights Lodge or Four Gorillas Lodge (Luxury), Rushaga gorilla lodge or Gorilla Leisure Lodge (Midrange) Bweza Gorilla Lodge or Rushaga gorilla havens lodge (Budget)

DAY 17: ULTIMATE GORILLA TREKKING OR GORILLA HABITUATION EXPERIENCE

Your day begins with breakfast at 06h30, then head to the park reception for briefing at 07h00.  Thereafter, you will be guided through the Bwindi Forest jungle to search for the shy mountain gorillas. You will have 1 hour after meeting the gorilla family. You will get a full briefing of their family formations, and background, and observe their lifestyle in their own habitat and family setting. After this mind-blowing activity, you Will return to the lodge for lunch followed by a relaxed evening and dinner whilst utilizing the complementary offers at the hotel.

 

OR GORILLA HABITUATION EXPERIENCE

Your day begins with breakfast at 05h30, then head to the park reception for briefing at 06h00.  Thereafter, you will be guided through the Bwindi Forest jungle to search for the shy mountain gorillas. You will have 4 hours after meeting the gorilla family. You will get a full briefing of their family formations, and background, and observe their lifestyle in their own habitat and family setting. After this mind-blowing activity, you Will return to the lodge for lunch followed by a relaxed evening and dinner whilst utilizing the complementary offers at the hotel.

Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Safari Lodge or Gorilla Heights Lodge or Four Gorillas Lodge (Luxury), Rushaga gorilla lodge or Gorilla Leisure Lodge (Midrange) Bweza Gorilla Lodge or Rushaga gorilla havens lodge (Budget)

DAY 18: TRANSFER TO LAKE BUNYONYI – AFTERNOON BOAT RIDE – 30 Days Pearl Of Africa And Rwanda

Following breakfast at 8h00, you will take a 2-hour scenic drive to Lake Bunyonyi (2hrs drive). You’ll have lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, you’ll undertake a boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi as you enjoy beautiful views of the rolling hills.

 

Dinner and overnight Birdnest Resort lodge or Arcadia lodges (Midrange) Bunyonyi overland resort (Budget)

DAY 19: TRANSFER TO KIGALI – CITY TOUR – 30 Days Pearl Of Africa And Rwanda

On this beautiful day, wake up early and have breakfast before heading out and transferring to Kigali via Gatuna Border. Upon arrival, you will proceed to check in at your hotel followed by lunch. After lunch, you will be driven for 20 minutes to Kigali Genocide Memorial to commemorate the 1994 Tutsi Genocide where the remains of over 250,000 people are interred. After lunch at 14h00, you will then indulge yourself in a sightseeing tour around Kigali city including visits to the kimironko local market. After your sightseeing tour, you will return to the hotel for a relaxed evening and dinner whilst utilizing the complementary offers at the hotel.

 

Dinner and overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel or Marriott Hotel or Four Points by Sheraton or Radisson Blu Hotel (Luxury), Hotel des Milles Collines or M-hotel (Midrange) Chezlando Hotel (Budget)

DAY 20:  A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A RWANDAN AT AZIZI LIFE – 30 Days Pearl Of Africa And Rwanda

At 06h00, you will be transferred to Muhanga to indulge yourself in the local Rwandan life with families that are working to get those chores done for the day. You’ll start with digging the garden using local farming tools, feeding the cows, fetching water, and preparing your traditional lunch to mention but a few. Following lunch at 14h00, you’ll have a conversation (storytelling) with the family members, sing, and enjoy folk dances as a way of socializing in the traditional society. Transfer back to your hotel thereafter.

 

Dinner and overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel or Marriott Hotel or Four Points by Sheraton or Radisson Blu Hotel (Luxury), Hotel des Milles Collines or M-hotel (Midrange) Chezlando Hotel (Budget)

DAY 21:  TRANSFER TO NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK – CANOPY WALK EXPERIENCE

After breakfast on this exciting day amalgamating a series of cultural and historical heritage, your driver guide will pick you up and take you through a 2-hour scenic drive to Nyanza King’s palace museum which offers a detailed look into the Rwandan monarchical system and its abolition in early 1960s. Among the most amazing and impressive icons here are the enormous, doomed structures that are handcrafted entirely with traditional materials. This tour will be 2 hours long followed by lunch in Butare. Later in the afternoon, you will visit Huye Ethnographic Museum for an extensive look at ancient Rwanda’s history for 2 hours. Thereafter, you will proceed and drive for about 2 hours to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Upon arrival at the park, you will proceed to check in at your lodge followed by dinner and overnight.

 

Dinner and overnight at One and Only Nyungwe House (Luxury), Mantis marina bay hotel (Midrange), Emeraude Kivu Resort (Budget)

DAY 22: CANOPY WALK EXPERIENCE – COLOBUS MONKEY TRUCKING – 30 Days Pearl Of Africa And Rwanda

After breakfast at 06h00, you will drive to the park office for a briefing before you undertake the canopy walk experience at Uwinka Park Reception.  You will hike to the suspending 60m-long bridge giving you a panoramic view of the forest and a glimpse of birds. The Canopy walk experience features unmatched marvelous scenery. Suspended above a ravine in the lush montane rainforest of Nyungwe National Park, the canopy walkway provides an exhilarating perspective on the ancient treetops and wildlife. Nyungwe forest is a hotbed of biodiversity. Along the hour’s walk to the canopy walkway from the Uwinka Reception Centre, visitors will see countless butterflies, orchids, and colorful birds, including many endemics to the region. After this exhilarating activity, you will return to the lodge for lunch. After lunch, you will head back to the park reception for Colobus Monkey trekking some of which are endemic to this region including the Rwenzori Colobus Monkey. This hike will usher you into the world of the Grey-Cheeked Mangabeys, L’Hoest Monkeys, Owl-Faced Monkeys, Blue-Monkeys, and Mona Monkeys. Further into the forest and off the beaten track of the trails and accompanied by a guide you will run into a group of up to 200 Rwenzori Colubus Monkeys.

 

Dinner and overnight at One and Only Nyungwe House (Luxury), Mantis marina bay hotel (Midrange), Emeraude Kivu Resort (Budget)

DAY 23: CHIMPANZEE TREKKING – GIHAYA ISLAND AND COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE

After breakfast at 05h00, your guide will drive to Cyamudongo visitor reception to experience the misty rain forest of Nyungwe. you will drive for one hour to the park office for a briefing before you undertake the chimpanzee trekking activity After an interesting and memorable search for the chimpanzees in the forest, you are privileged to spend 1 hour with them taking photographs and videos and return to the hotel for a lunch. Later in the afternoon at 15h00, you will engage in 2 hours community experience at Gihaya Island. This visit will incorporate a 1-hour boat ride through lake Kivu to and from the island offering unique folk songs, music and cultural dances.

 

 

Dinner and overnight stay at One and Only Nyungwe house (Luxury), Mantis Marina Bay (Midrange) Emeraude Kivu resort (Budget)

DAY 24:  CROP TO CUP TEA TOUR – TRANSFER TO KIBUYE – LOCAL NIGHT FISHING EXPERIENCE

Following a luscious breakfast, you will be taken through the tea plantation tour experience at Gisakura tea experience from crop to cup. The Gisakura tea plantation stretches into hundreds of hectares and farmers can be seen planting, tending, or harvesting tea depending on the period of visitation which an enthusiastic traveler may also wish to divulge.  After this breathtaking activity, you will depart for a 2 hours scenic drive to lake kivu – Kibuye. Upon arrival, you’ll check in at your lodge and have lunch followed by a 2hrs boat cruise on Lake Kivu. Later that evening at 17h00, you will join the Kibuye fishermen for a night fishing experience using the local methods. Thereafter, you will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Dinner and overnight stay at Cleo Kivu Hotel (Luxury), Inn on the Lake (Midrange) Moriah hill resort (Budget)

DAY 25: KAYAKING -TRANSFER TO GISENYI – 30 Days Pearl Of Africa And Rwanda

Following an early breakfast, you will head out to experience 3 hours kayaking adventure on Lake Kivu from 7h30, departing to Karongi (Kibuye). This is a breathtaking ride with an exploration of the impressive lakeshore scenery, the discovery of birds, wildlife, and interacting with local communities. Thereafter, you will return to the lodge for lunch, freshen up, and check out to hit the road to embark on a 3-hour scenic drive to Gisenyi as you enjoy the beautiful views of the rolling hills and green vegetation. Upon arrival, you will check-in at the hotel followed by an evening at leisure utilizing the hotel amenities.

 

Dinner and overnight at Kivu Serena Hotel (Luxury), Kivu Hillview Hotel (Midrange), and Kivu Paradise (Budget)

DAY 26: BOAT RIDE – BOARDER VISIT – TRANSFER TO VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast at 08h00, you’ll enjoy a boat ride on Lake Kivu to the hot springs. Thereafter, you’ll tour around Gisenyi city including Visiting the Border of Rwanda and DR Congo. After lunch at 14h00, you will be transferred to the Volcanoes National Park in Kinigi – Musanze. You will enjoy the beautiful views of the rolling hills and green vegetation.

Dinner and overnight at Bisate Lodge or One and Only Gorillas Nest Lodge (High end), Amakoro Lodge or Bishop’s House or Virunga Lodge or Virunga Resort Inn (Luxury), Five volcanoes boutique hotel or Ingagi Parkview Lodge or Amarembo Gorilla village lodge (Midrange), Classic resort lodge or Lalocanda (Budget)

DAY 27: DIAN FOSSEY TOMB IN VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK – AFTERNOON AT LEISURE

Following breakfast at 06h30, you’ll transfer for a briefing prior to hiking to Dian Fossey’s tomb. The tomb of American primatologist Dian Fossey lies at Karisoke Research Centre within Volcanoes National Park where travelers pay regular tributes to this great conservationist who kick-started gorilla protection in the park. Fossey was killed in 1985 by poachers in Volcanoes National Park while carrying out her primary work of protecting mountain gorillas.

 

Dinner and overnight at Bisate Lodge or One and Only Gorillas Nest Lodge (High end), Amakoro Lodge or Bishop’s House or Virunga Lodge or Virunga Resort Inn (Luxury), Five volcanoes boutique hotel or Ingagi Parkview Lodge or Amarembo Gorilla village lodge (Midrange), Classic resort lodge or Lalocanda (Budget)

DAY 28: BISOKE MOUNTAIN HIKE – GORILLA GUARDIAN’S VILLAGE

Mount Bisoke also known as “Visoke” is included among the active volcanoes found within the Virunga ranges. With a height of 12,175 ft, Bisoke lies within the borders of Rwanda in Volcanoes National Park and DR Congo in Virunga National Park. However, the summit and greater part of the mountain is situated in Rwanda.  The mountain was formed as a result of a rift that gradually divided sections of East Africa. It has two crater lakes – one at the very top and the other (Lake Ngezi) found along the way. Its last eruption was in 1957, giving it the biggest Crater Lake within the Virunga Mountain ranges. Hiking Mount Bisoke usually starts in the morning at the Kinigi reception center with a briefing from an assigned ranger. Requirements include a hiking permit, passport, and other documentation. After registration and briefing, hikers are then transferred from the reception center to the starting point. The journey to the head trail and starting point takes 40 minutes through a rough road. At this point you will be provided with hiking sticks from the park officials, as well as meeting the armed rangers to escort you up to the summit, hiring of porters to help with extra luggage is also done here. Porters will also help you navigate difficult sections of the trail by pulling you up or down depending on the terrain you encounter. After a successful hike to the summit, you will return to the starting point to meet up with your guide, who will you transfer you to the lodge for lunch. Your afternoon will be spent at leisure.

Dinner and overnight at Bisate Lodge or One and Only Gorillas Nest Lodge (High end), Amakoro Lodge or Bishop’s House or Virunga Lodge or Virunga Resort Inn (Luxury), Five volcanoes boutique hotel or Ingagi Parkview Lodge or Amarembo Gorilla village lodge (Midrange), Classic resort lodge or Lalocanda (Budget)

DAY 29: GOLDEN MONKEY TREK – GORILLA GUARDIANS’ VILLAGE

After breakfast at 06h30, transfer to Kinigi Park offices. At around 07h00 you will get a briefing about Golden Monkey tracking code of conduct before heading out to the golden monkey tracking trails. After this intimate experience, you will return to the lodge for lunch. Thereafter, you will transfer to the Gorilla Guardians’ village to experience Rwanda’s cultural preservation through key aspects including the importance of cows, how to milk a cow, local banana beer making, traditional dance, basket weaving class by the Rwandan women, herbal medicine experience to mention but a few.

Dinner and overnight at Bisate Lodge or One and Only Gorillas Nest Lodge (High end), Amakoro Lodge or Bishop’s House or Virunga Lodge or Virunga Resort Inn (Luxury), Five volcanoes boutique hotel or Ingagi Parkview Lodge or Amarembo Gorilla village lodge (Midrange), Classic resort lodge or Lalocanda (Budget)

DAY 30: TRANSFER TO KIGALI – DEPARTURE – 30 Days Pearl Of Africa And Rwanda

After breakfast at 08h00, you will take a 3-hour scenic drive to Kigali. Upon arrival at Kigali, you will have the opportunity to pick out some of Rwanda’s unique art pieces and blends including baskets, coffee, chilies, and many others at the selection of key Souvenir shops including Kimironko Market. You will then have a late lunch at Sundowner before transferring to the airport for your homebound flights.

Included

  1. All Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking permits
  2. All ground transportation in a 4WD Vehicle with a pop-up roof for easy game viewing and photography
  3. All game drives and Boat cruises
  4. Rhino trekking
  5. All other activities indicated in the itinerary
  6. All Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  7. English-speaking Experienced Safari-guide
  8. Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  9. Refreshments and snacks in the vehicle

Excluded

  1. All Tips to Hotels/Lodges/Camps staff and Safari Guide
  2. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks that are not accompanying meals.
  3. All flight/s and departure taxes and other taxes.
  4. Visa fees. Visas are available online or upon arrival at all Entry points.