Day 1 : Arrival - Kigali
Upon arrival at Kigali international airport, our representative outside customs and immigration hall will meet you. He will then introduce you to your driver guide who will transfer you to your hotel in Kigali. On arrival at the hotel, you will check-in followed by dinner.
Day 2 : Day 2: Kigali City Tour / Kigali Genocide Memorial / Rwanda main mosque
Peacefully nestled along picturesque hilltops, Kigali is a thriving African city immediately notable for its cleanliness, orderliness, and hospitality. Kigali is a great place to begin or end any Rwanda journey, as it’s conveniently located in the geographic center of the country. The city is clean and safe, with extremely welcoming people. Travelers will enjoy exploring the great cultural activities – including several award-winning museums, burgeoning music scene, and some of East Africa’s most memorable dining experiences. This tour will take you to the following sites:
KIGALI GENOCIDE MEMORIAL CENTRE: The Kigali Memorial exists as a permanent memorial to those who became victim to the genocide in 1994. It deals with a topic of international importance, with far-reaching significance, and is designed to engage and challenge an international visitor base. Here you will be able to visit the three permanent exhibitions, the largest of which documents the genocide in 1994 and pay tribute to the victims of the genocide.
Campaign Against Genocide Museum (Est. Visit Time 1hr30min)
H.E Paul Kagame opened this campaign against Genocide Museum officially on 13th December 2017.
CAG Museum is built in the Parliamentary building which was once known as Conseil National de Development because this building hosted the Rwandan Patriotic Front politicians and the 600 man protection force (3BN) from 28th December 1993 as they were in the preparations for the installation of Broad Based Transitional Government and the National Transitional Assembly and these 600 man protection force the (3BN) were the ones given the order first on 07/04/1994 by the RPA Chairman of High Command Major General Paul Kagame to break out from their initial positions defend themselves and rescue victims of Genocide in their vicinity when campaign against Genocide began
CAG Museum depicts in details how the Campaign Against Genocide Plan was executed by RPF/A following the withdrawal of UN troops leaving the targeted Tutsi under the mercy of the Genocidaires and how only the RPF/A forces who were in the war of liberation took the unilateral decision to stop Genocide, Rescue victims of Genocide and defeat the Genocidal forces. This CAG Museum also has its outer part comprised of monuments including that of the 12.7mm Machine Gun that helped in containing the advancing genocidal forces.
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM-KIGALI - Also known as ‘Kandt House’, it is approximately 10 km from Kigali International Airport, this Museum is dedicated to Dr. Richard Kandt a German doctor and explorer who embarked on an exploration of Rwanda in 1897, searching for the source of the Nile River. The Natural History Museum aims at explaining the richness of Rwanda's Nature. The idea being that it is only through the knowledge of the nature we live in that our behavior and understanding will change. This museum showcases many specimens and replica of the natural wonders of the country
You will break off for lunch at Hotel des mille Collines/ Hotel Rwanda and later proceed to transfer to Volcanoes National park – if time permits you will visit the Diana Fossey Museum. On arrival, you will check-in at the lodge and followed by dinner.
Day 3 : Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park
Today at – 05:00 am – drive to the Volcanoes National Park offices for yet another hike “Gorilla Trekking” briefing still will start at 7:00 am. You will then start your walk at 8:00 am.
Volcanoes National Park protects the steep slopes of this magnificent mountain range and is the home of the rare mountain gorilla and the rich mosaic of montane ecosystems, which embrace evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath, but the high point will be spending an hour with the remarkably peaceful gorillas despite their size and appearance as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, resting and raising their young.
After your trek, you will drive to the Lodge to freshen up before lunch. This afternoon is at leisure.
Day 4 : Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park – Canopy
This morning after your breakfast at 07:00am, you will transfer to Nyungwe Forest National park with an en-route lunch in Kibuye. After lunch, you will proceed to Uwinka RDB park offices for the canopy walk.
The Canopy is about 2 hours hike from the starting point at Uwinka RDB Visitors center. This forest is on a mountain and so the hike down is quite slippery because of the mere fact the ground on which the tourists trek is wet and moist. The bridge suspended between huge trees gives one a feel of fresh air, 60 meters above the forest floor. Besides the freshness in the air and splendid aerial view of the trees, you will enjoy the sight of beautiful birds flying across as you enjoy the walk. You will proceed to the lodge for your dinner and overnight.
Day 5 : Short Hike of the Congo Nile Trail
After breakfast this morning at 08:00am, you will hike to the Congo Nile, the trail is a long Lake Kivu that extends from Rubavu, continues through Rutsiro via the Karongi, Nyamasheke districts and ends at Rusizi District. 227 km (141 miles) of beautiful landscapes, including rolling hills and clear water.
The entire trek can be completed in a 10- day hike. However, the trip can be done in sections if travelers do not have the time to complete the entire trail. Trails give stunning views of the Lake Kivu coastline and offer adventurous travelers an exciting way to discover Rwanda. You will hike for 2-3 hours of this trail and return to the lodge for lunch.
The rest of the day will be at leisure.
Day 6 : Chimpanzee Tracking – Tea plantation Tour in afternoo
This morning at 05:00am you will meet with your guide at the park headquarters for chimpanzee tracking briefing. After the briefing you will drive to the starting point in Cyamudongo sector.
Nyungwe is an ideal destination for lovers of primates, with 13 different species living here, and most visitors will go for at least one tracking experience, the most popular of which is chimpanzee trekking. Starting very early in the morning, chimps are tracked in groups of eight, you will have just one hour in their company once they’ve been located. Sightings aren’t as reliable or as clear as gorillas however, since they often remain in dense forest, but their engaging playfulness and human-like characteristics make the long day worthwhile. Later you will return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon visit the Gisakura tea estate or relax at the lodge.
Day 7 : Transfer back to Kigali via Nyanza King’s palace
Today you will transfer back to Kigali via the King’s palace in Nyanza - On another fantastic hilltop just opposite the National Art Gallery, this is the former palace of King Mutara III (also known as Rudahigwa), who built his palace here in the 1930’s. Today, visitors can tour an impressive and historically accurate reconstruction of the royal compound and marvel at the intricacies of the traditional architecture. A colonial building, which was also used as the palace for a time, sits next door and contains a series of exhibits on the monarchy and court customs that history buffs won’t want to miss. If time permits, you will visit local markets and art centers in Kigali for souvenir shopping and later transfer to the airport for your departure flight.