Best Safari Rwanda 9 days
Start your voyage in Nyungwe Forest, the biggest montane forest in central Africa, famous for its recorded 13 primate species. Besides the chimpanzees, you will look of troops of more than 300 Angola Colobus monkeys as well as a diversity of other species of primate. Nyungwe is in addition the most significant ornithological location in Rwanda, supporting close to 300 bird species.
On exploring Lake Kivu’s stunning shoreline, track gorillas within the renowned “Gorillas in the Mist” Parc’ Nationales des Volcans forest. Habitat to 8 habituated gorilla-groups; you will visit a different group on the 2 different observation days. Closely observe the group and witness their personalities as well as the group’s way of life. You will observe the grand silverback, the grooming females as well as the jokey young gorillas, and the.
Local trackers will assist in tracking down the gorilla group that you will be observing in advance, so that you move directly to where the family is within these verdant slopes congested with bamboo forest. Accommodations will be at the attractive Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel as well as Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, alternatively opt to advance to the expensive Nyungwe Forest Lodge or Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge.
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DATE ACCOMMODATIONS ACTIVITIES
Day 1 Travel Day International Flight
Day 2 Kigali
On arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be received by a guide from Insight Safari Holidays after you’ve cleared customs. Your guide will be holding a symbol embedded with your name. He will transfer you to Manor Hotel and assist you as you checked in.
Rwanda is approximated to Scotland’s size. It is a country covered in green whose hilly landscape has very fertile soils. The country is also referred to as the “Land of a Thousand Hills.” Back in 2008, the country became the very first country to choose by ballot a government which comprised mainly of women. Unique about Rwanda is that the country’s law dictates that at least one third of the members of parliament should be female. Rwanda considers that women will never permit the massive killings that happened in the past to ever happen again. Dine and slumber at Manor Hotel.
Day 3 Nyungwe Park
Have breakfast at your Hotel after which you will get an opportunity to tour through Kigali. As the country spent the previous fifteen years rejuvenating, Kigali is today among the most prosperous and progressive capitals in Africa. The city maintains its ambience as a garden city with a natural form dictated by the green slopes on which it lies. It is a very gorgeous city! Your journey starts with a 5 to 6 hour drive to the southwest into the countryside of Rwanda. You will make a halt in Nyabinsindu to explore the Royal Palace of Rwanda. This Royal Palace served as the seat of the feudal monarchy of Rwanda, which existed since 500 years back in time. The Royal Palace is an huge doomed construction entirely built using traditional materials. Today the structure has been thoroughly reinstated to its 19th century condition and is now preserved as a museum. Following lunch in the town of Butare, proceed south in the direction of the enormous Nyungwe Forest National Park. The Nyungwe Forest, stretches over an expanse of 1,000 sq km, and is the biggest montane rainforest in the whole of East and Central Africa. It is among the remaining very old forests in Africa that date back to time before the very-last Ice Age. This forest has an amazing biodiversity as it is habitat to 13 different species of primates among which are chimpanzees, Red Tails, numerous black & white colubus monkeys, vervet monkeys, Mangabeys, golden monkeys and L’hoests. This biodiversity exists majorly because of a combination of various ecological factors. Unfortunately, the Ice Age resulted into the drying of the African forests lying in the lower altitude as in recent times as just ten thousand years ago. Nyungwe makes up a important part of this verdant, central core, that serve as a basis for re-colonization of the lowland forests of central Africa present today.
Day 4 Nyungwe
Have an early breakfast at the Top View Hotel prior to you starting the before dawn search for impressive chimpanzees. Chimpanzees-Tracking is actually more challenging than trekking gorillas. so as to sustain their large brains (similar to those of human),these chimps have to eat a mammoth of various foods (300 evidenced plants plus animals compared to just a counted dozen plants available for gorillas). So as to find all this food, they have to scavenge over a very big home area of up to several hundreds of square kilometers (compared to just 10 to 50 sq. km for gorillas.) With such long movements, tracking them is unavoidably more challenging. Very day the search for the responsive and greatly mobile primates starts in the early mornings. Your guide leads you into the verdant forest and there you wait listening for the hoots plus screeches that will lead you to where the noisy gangs’ is located. Part of the excitement as you stroll in the dense forest as you track the chimps is the breathtaking scenery as well as the sounds of singing birds, monkeys and insects in addition to other residents within the forest. It may take about 45 minutes to finally find these tremendously mobile primates, however on finding them you will observe them and the excitement plus connection between the observers and the subjects is quite amazing.
There are numerous other primate species to marvel at. Besides chimpanzees, you will also look for the numerous Angola Colobus monkeys which are more than 300 in total plus a variety of other species of primate. Actually, the name “colobus” was originated from a Greek word for ‘mutilate’ for the reason that dissimilar other types of monkeys, the colubus monkeys don’t possess thumbs. The park has a network of properly maintained tracks all through the forest to the different waterfalls as well as viewing points. Lose yourself in the pristine pleasures of the aged tall mahoganies, ebonies, as well as the huge ferns towering high in the tree-canopy amidst orchids plus other epiphytes adhering to each branch.
Rwanda is among the leading birding countries in Africa with 670 various bird species contained in an expanse the size of Belgium / Wales. Just Nyungwe holds 300 bird species. The avian highlight species in Nyungwe is the grand blue turaco – outrageously colored green, blue and red birds that fly from one tree to another similar to a procession of rationalized psychedelic turkeys.
Dine and slumber at Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel.
Day 5 Lake Kivu
Enjoy Breakfast at Top View Hill Hotel in Nyungwe. Today you will pleasure in a fantastic speed-boat ride along the course of the beautiful Kivu Lake, which is the biggest lake in the whole of Rwanda, and yet the 6th largest lake in the whole of Africa. This Lake Kivu is situated on the border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo and is surrounded by sheer, verdant terraced hills. Lake Kivu’s bed lies on the Albertine Rift which is gradually being split apart, resulting into volcanic activity within this region. This has made it quite deep and today it is the 18th deepest lake in the world. The Lake is found away from the beaten-path and provides visitors with spectacular views into the long-ago African lifestyle. In this area, the waters are plied by fishermen in dugout canoes which for centuries have remained unaltered in design, as ladies dressed in colorfully clothing smoke traditional pipes made of wood, and troubadours play harmoniously on stringed-iningire or traditional guitars. this boat ride encompasses a visit to isolated villages as well as islands plus opportunities to observe pelicans floating transversely the open waters, magnificent crowned cranes cleaning their golden colored crests al within the swampy areas, in addition to the malachite kingfishers perched above the lake shore.
Dine and slumber at Kivu Serena Hotel.
Day 6 Parc National des Volcans
Have breakfast in the early morning at Kivu Serena Hotel. Starting from the bottom of the Albertine rift, it’s just 1 to 2 hour drive to the foothills of Virunga Mountain range found in Rwanda. Parc National des Volcans was named after a series of self-supporting volcanoes that extend the Rwanda’s portion of the Virunga Mountains. This particular area was a section of the initial national park in the whole of Africa, which was established in 1925.
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The boundaries of the park as well as the “Land of a Thousand Hills” comprised 6 of the Virunga Volcanoes. Towering to approximately 15,000 feet, these are enormous very old volcanoes almost entirely covered by fertile, verdant rainforest. However, Parc National is the place in which Diane Fossey conducted her revolutionary gorilla research. Diane was laid to rest at Karisoke, in the load flanked by Karisimbi plus Bisoke Volcanoes. The movie “Gorillas in the Mist” was filmed in this Parc National des Volcans. These Virungas were a long time ago consistently covered by a forest, however demographic pressure in the latest centuries has resulted into severe deforestation which process hastened to unmanageable levels in the twentieth century. The area about the Virungas is among the remains of that long ago large forest-land. while tourism demonstrated to enhance the local economy as well as a source of durable currency, the severe reduction of the park’s total area stopped. You will have a briefing in the morning by the park officials before trekking golden-monkeys. These golden monkeys wander in the bamboo area of the forest, and the adventure normally necessitates less trekking as compared to gorilla trekking. The Golden monkeys are tremendously attractive, lively and playful primates that live in the Volcans. Their attractive fur-coat have ranked them among the endangered species listed by the IUCN. The Golden monkey is a subspecies of blue money only found within the bamboo forests of the large volcanic chain which forms a section of the boundary between Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Dine and slumber at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.
Day 7 Parc National des Volcans
Have breakfast at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge. following breakfast you will be joined by your Park rangers from the headquarters of Rwandaise du Tourisme et des Parcs Nationaux (ORTPN). After a briefing at the headquarters of the park regarding gorilla trekking manners and the forest, the ORTPN guides will lead you into the rainforest. Among your company will be guides who each day work with these gorillas in Parc National. You will keep searching starting from the area where the gorillas where last seen the previous day and this may last anything from one to five hours. The park employs close to 80 people among which are guides, trackers, plus anti-poaching officials; these speak English as well as French. Walk and ascend through the sheltered bamboo forests on the verdant forested slopes which are habitat to 8 habituated gorilla families. These gorillas are amazingly tolerant to human visitors. At most eight visitors are allowed to see any of the 3 habituated gorilla-families at a time. Enjoy a picnic lunch as you trekking. In the later afternoon set off from Parc National for a road drive to Kigali. We expect that you will arrive in Kigali not before 5:30 pm
Dine and slumber at Manor Hotel.
Travel through Kigali city with Breakfast at the Manor Hotel. If your intercontinental connections allow, you may spend most of the morning or the entire day at Gisozi Genocide Museum which was constructed using funds from the Swedish, US and Belgium, based Clinton-Foundation. After Lunch you will be transferred to Kigali International Airport to catch your return flight. Fortunately you will get to the airport at least 2 hours before your departure flight.
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