On arrival, our representative will welcome and transfer you to Volcanoes National park. You will enjoy a spectacular scenic view of the Virunga Mountains en route . Dinner and overnight stay at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury)/ Hotel La Palme(Deluxe)/ Hotel Muhabura (Budget).
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is located in Musanze district northern Rwanda neighboring Volcanoes National Park. The lodge is located on the foothills of the Mount Sabinyo, a volcanic mountains that make up the Virunga ranges. The lodge is about 15 minutes from the main entrance to Rwanda’s Park National des Volcans.
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is an ecolodge with 30 spacious cottages. The cottages are made of stone and thatch. All cottage comes with a living area with a fireplace, en-suite facilities and a private veranda. The main lodge area has a restaurant serving home cooked food and a bar
- Gorilla Trekking
- Golden Monkey Tracking
- Dian Fosey Tomb Hike
- Mount Bisoke Volcanoe Hike
- Ibi'Iwacu Village Cultural Tour
- Mount Karisimbi Hike
Take your early morning breakfast and transfer to the park headquarters for briefing before commencing the mountain gorilla trekking. Spend at least an hour interacting with these awesome gorillas – take photographs as they feed or dramatically play around. After lunch visit Ib’iwachu Cultural Village – get immersed in real Kinyarwanda cultural practices! Dinner and overnight stay at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury)/ Hotel La Palme (Deluxe)
Serenely sited 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 destination in Rwanda for an extended holiday or simply a week-end escape.
Within several hours drive 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; 66 luxury hotel rooms, executive suites and family accommodation, 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). This hotel on Lake Kivu also boasts a world-class fully-integrated Conference Centre, a distinguishing service offering in Rwanda.
- Wide selection of rooms and suites: all with AC, satellite TV, Wi-Fi and voice-mail
- The Kiyaga Restaurant
- The Lake View Bar and Terrace
- The Ziwani beach café and bar
- Swimming pool, pool deck and gardens
- The Maisha Health Club
- Dedicated conference and social events centre
- Business Centre, travel desk, taxi and limousine service
- Gift Shop, news-stand and travel requisites kiosk.
After your breakfast undertake a hike to Karisoke Research Centre to witness the graveyard for the famous primatologist – The Late Dian Fossey. Later transfer to Lake Kivu for relaxation at the beach and stay an overnight at Lake Kivu Serena; alternatively stay an overnight at Lake Bunyonyi Arcadia Cottages / Bird Nest Lodge in Uganda
After your breakfast, you will then drive to southern Rwanda to Nyungwe forest national park. Alternatively cross to Uganda’s Kibale forest national park – the most renowned primates park in Africa, with over 13 primates species in one forest. Dinner and overnight stay at Nyungwe forest lodge if in Kibale stay at Crater Lodge – Kibale, Ndali Lodge or Kyaninga Lodge
Ndali Lodge is a fantastic traditional colonial lodge set in the stunning crater region of Western Uganda. Built of local stone and thatch, the 8 luxury bandas offer views over the dramatic Rwenzori Mountains; each banda is en-suite with a private veranda. The dining room and lounge offer relaxing views over the crater lake below. Ndali Lodge is set in a stunning location on the rim an extinct volcano which has now filled with water to become the breathtaking Lake Nyinambuga – 250 acres in size and 130 metres deep.
- Swimming Pool
- Sauna + Massages
- Guided Walks
- Spotting Birds
- Game Drives
After breakfast transfer to the park headquarters to be briefed about the “dos and don’ts” while with the chimps in the forest. Your guide will transfer you to the starting point for Chimps tracking. Expect to encounter the chimps and many other primates like the black and white monkeys and various bird species along the trail. Dinner and overnight stay at Nyungwe Forest Lodge (5-star Lodge).. If in Uganda, this afternoon transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park for an overnight stay at Mweya Safari Lodge / Kyambura Game Lodge / Enganzi Lodge / Katara Lodge
Kyambura Game Lodge is a new luxury lodge situated on the eastern edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park with stunning views over the park and Kyambura Gorge. The lodge has been built using environmentally friendly local materials.
Accommodation is provided in 8 spacious and tastefully decorated self‐contained grass‐thatched cottages, with bath tubs/showers with views to the park, running hot and cold water and equipped with 220v electricity. Each cottage is privately located and has a lovely wooden balcony from which the diversity of wildlife in the park can be viewed and enjoyed.
The lodge also has a beautiful swimming pool and camp fire around which local traditional dancers will entertain you as you relax after the day’s activities.
- Game Viewing
- Bird Watching
- Community Walks
Take breakfast and transfer to the park headquarters for briefing by the park warden. Begin the forest hike along with other visitors and park rangers following well tended trails to the colobus monkeys; in the alternative a canopy walk is another highlight worth undertaking. Dinner and overnight stay at Nyungwe Forest Lodge . In case you opt for Uganda, a game drive in the park and a boat cruise along the Kazinga channel will be a big highlight.
Designed to fit harmoniously within its beautiful natural surroundings, Nyungwe Forest Lodge offers guests exceptional 5-star comfort and ensures an experience rich in local culture, fluently fused with quality service and African courtesy. The lodge is situated in Gisakura, a working tea plantation, on the edge of the Nyungwe National Park. The Nyungwe Forest is the largest mountain rainforest on the African continent with over 13 different species of primates, representing 20% of all the apes in Africa.
- Chimpanzee trekking
- Black and White Colobus monkey trekking
- Grey – cheeked Mangabey Trekking
- Blue Monkey and Golden Monkey Trekking
- Kamiranzovu Swamp walk
- Kamiranzovu Waterfall walk
- Various guided Walking trails from 1 hours to 7 hours
- Bird watching walk
- Cultural area walk with lodge guide
Enjoy your breakfast and drive back to Kigali for your scheduled flight back home. Visit Murambi Memorial, Nyanza palace or Butare Museum enroute. In case you are to travel the following day, a city tour that includes visiting the handicrafts market and Gisozi genocide site would be optional.