7 days Luxury Rwanda primates and Birds

7 days Luxury Rwanda primates and Birds

7 days Luxury Rwanda primates and Birds

Overview

7 days Luxury Rwanda primates and Birds offers the opportunity for once in a lifetime wildlife encounters. You’ll track chimpanzees and spot monkeys, baboons and other wildlife in Nyungwe National Park. Trekking deep into the forests of Parc National des Volcans, you’ll search for endangered mountain gorillas with expert local rangers. You’ll also have an opportunity to explore Kigali and its colourful markets, cross Nyungwe’s Canopy Walkway and kayak on Lake Kivu not forgetting the different bird species.

Day 1. Arrival and hotel transfer

On arrival, you will be swiftly escorted by our representative who will transfer you to your chosen accommodation. As this is your first day, you will have time to leisurely explore Rwanda’s lively city.

You’ll have an opportunity to visit the bustling local markets and the Caplaki Craft Co-operative where you’ll find local craftsmen in wooden huts. They’ll be selling handicrafts, including jewelry, paintings, batik, fabrics, wood carvings, traditional masks, baskets, bags, scarves and beading.

Accommodation: Heaven Boutique Hotel

Meal plan: Lunch and dinner

Day 2. Kigali-Nyungwe forest national park

After breakfast, you’ll be driven through spectacular scenery to Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda’s mountainous southwest. The rain forest within the park is home to chimpanzees and monkeys, plus an abundance of birdlife and butterflies. Upon arrival, have lunch and then head out for birding in Nyugwe forest national park.

Accommodation: One&Only Nyungwe House

Meal plan: all meals and drinking water

Day 3. Chimpanzee tracking and bird watching

Today, you’ll join a guided hike through the dense forest of Nyungwe National Park to track chimpanzees. This is a phenomenal wildlife experience that is at par with gorilla tracking. Whilst the trek is undoubtedly exciting, it can be challenging as the chimps are very mobile and they’re always running around in the canopies, on the move from one place to another.

During your time in Nyungwe National Park, you’ll also have an opportunity to cross the Canopy Walkway, a 200-meter bridge suspended between giant trees, 50 meters above the forest. The walkway offers incredible views of the upper canopy and it is excellent for spotting wildlife. Many of the primates live in trees so you’ll have better chances of locating them from the walkway. It is also a fantastic way to see the birds and butterflies that are found in the forest.

Accommodation: One&Only Nyungwe House

Meal plan: all meals and drinking water

Day 4. Transfer to Lake Kivu

Today, you’ll depart Nyungwe and head to your next accommodation which is located on the white sandy shores of Lake Kivu. Here you can relax on the stunning palm-fringed beaches, kayak on the calm waters of the lake; take a boat tour where you will view lots of bird species to the nearby islands and on the shores of the lake or coffee and banana plantations. You can also hike in the surrounding hills or visit Imbabazi Orphanage.

Accommodation: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

Meal plan: all meals and drinking water

Day 5. Transfer to Volcanoes national park

After a hearty breakfast at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel, you’ll be driven from Lake Kivu to Parc National des Volcans (Volcanoes National Park), which is roughly a 4 hour drive passing through breathtaking scenery. On arrival at your accommodation, you’ll have a briefing about tomorrow’s gorilla trek.

Accommodation: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Meal plan: all meals and drinking water

Day 6. Gorilla tracking

After an early breakfast, you’ll venture out to Kinigi, at the foothills of the Virungas, in Parc National des Volcans where you’ll begin your trek. Your guide and tracker will lead you deep into the forest in search of your allocated gorilla family. Your trek could last from 30 minutes to eight hours depending on the exact location of the specific gorilla family which you’re tracking.

When you meet the gorillas you’ll have the chance to spend up to one magical hour quietly observing them. The gorillas are likely to be just a few meters away from you and they will continue to go about their daily lives, feeding and interacting with each other, under the watchful gaze of the silverback.

Late in the afternoon, you’ll be transferred back to your accommodation where you can spend the evening reflecting on your incredible encounter with the wild mountain gorillas of Rwanda.

Accommodation: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Meal plan: all meals and drinking water

Day 7. Birding and transfer back to Kigali city

After an early morning breakfast, you will go for birding in volcanoes national park in search for different bird species, after some hours of birding, you will come back to your lodge for lunch, check and transfer back to Kigali city arriving in the late evening hence the end of your 7 days Luxury Rwanda primates and Birds.

Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch

 

Included

Park fees (For non-residents)

Gorilla permits (One per person, non-resident)

Chimp permits (One per person, non-resident)

All activities (Unless labeled as optional)

All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)

A professional driver/guide

All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)

All Taxes/VAT

Round-trip airport transfer

Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Excluded

International flights

(From/to home) Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour

Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)

Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

Some meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Drinks

 

 

 

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