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Gorillas in the Mist SAFARI- Volcanoes National Park, Kigali, Kivu Lake

Short introduction to the beauty of Rwanda! Start your safari with a unique city tour by foot, followed by a traditional lunch. Explore the thousands of hills, come eye to eye with the impressive gorillas and finally unwind at the lovely beaches at Lake Kivu.

PROGRAM

DAY 1 KIGALI
Welcome to the Land of the Thousand Hills! Arrival at Kigali Airport where you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at Golf Hills Residence. No meals.

DAY 2 KIGALI – NATIONAL PARK OF VOLCANOES; OK 100 KM 2,5 GODZINY
After breakfast discover the capital city of Rwanda with a memorable walking tour. This unique experience will give you a taste of the bustling multi-cultural district Nyamirambo, with all its colours, noises and smells.

It is the oldest area in the capital city where you can witness the everyday life firsthand. Visit the local market, a local hair salon and the Muslim quarter with this Arab influences. The tour will be guided by one of the ladies of Nyamirambo Women’s Center, a community-based project, and will end with a delicious traditional lunch in a home of your Rwandan hosts.

In the afternoon we will leave the vibrant city behind us and proceed to one of the most beautiful national parks of the country: Volcanoes National Park. Dinner and overnight at Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 3 VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK – GORILLA TREKING
Wake up early and after breakfast we head to the park headquarters (15 min drive) for a detailed briefing. From here you will be transferred by car to the point where your tracking will start.

You will make a beautiful hike through the green landscape and hills of the Virunga Volcanoes, in search of the endangered mountain gorillas. Spend a magical hour with these amazing creatures while your guide will explain more about the different individuals and their behaviour.

In the (early) afternoon return to the lodge, with a visit to the twin lakes Burera and Ruhondo: two beautiful lakes situated at the base of the Muhabura Volcano. Dinner and overnight at Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 4 VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK – LAKE KIVU 65 km 1,5 GODZIN
Today we head towards one of the great lakes of Africa for a well-deserved rest at the shores of Lake Kivu. En route we will visit Imbabazi Centre, a fascinating community that has become a haven of love and safety for more than 400 lost and orphaned children after the terrible genocide. Founded by Roz Carr, it is now much more than an orphanage, as it includes a nursery school, farm, and historic gardens. Tour around the former orphanage, hear more about Roz’ friendship with Dian Fossey, and enjoy lunch while being entertained by a traditional dance troupe performance.

After this visit we will proceed to Gisenyi and check in at our accommodation right at the shores of Lake Kivu. Enjoy a sundowner and dinner on the lakeside and try out the local specialties such as grilled fish from the lake or goat meat skew. Overnight at Palm Garden Resort. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 5 LAKE KIVU – KIGALI – WYJAZD 160 km – 3 godziny
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast before we calmly head back to Kigali. Here you will still have time to visit the Genocide Memorial Centre, reflecting one of the worst crimes against humanity that the world has ever seen.

Another possibility is the Natural History Museum, also known as Kandt House. It was the former residence of Richard Kandt, a German doctor and explorer searching for the source of the river Nile.

Enjoy lunch at your own arrangement. Our recommendation: Bakery & Café RZ Manna in Nyarutarama and try out their delicious coffee, waffles and sandwiches! In time you will be dropped at the International Airport in time for your night flight. Breakfast only

Travel tip: Enhance your Rwanda experience with a visit to Nyungwe Forest or Akagera National Park to experience all remarkable highlights of the destination!

price 1722$/pp.

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LAKE KIVU

National Park
Kivu Lake
LOCATION
Western part of Rwanda; on the border between Rwanda and Congo.
ATTRACTIONS
Huge lake, one of the greatest in Africa, island on the lake – one of 10th the largest island in the hinterland, lake situated at different see levels.
BEST TIME
All year except April and May (rain season).
DESCRIPTION
Lake Kivu is one of the African Great Lakes. It’s situated on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, and is in the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift. Lake Kivu empties into the Ruzizi River, which flows southwards into Lake Tanganyika. The lake covers a total surface area of some 2,700 km2 and stands at a height of 1,460 metres above sea level. The lake is on the ground of Rift Valley. There is one of 10th the largest island in the hinterland – Idjwi. On the shore of the lake there are many settlements of Rwanda and Congo: Bukavu, Kabara, Kaleh, Goma in Congo and Gisenyi, Kibuye and Cyangugu in Rwanda. There are beaches and fishing spots around the lake.
You can have a great adventure in Africa in Lake Kivu Park.

PRICE INCLUDED

* Airport transfer to/from Kigali Airport
* Ground transport per private 4WD vehicle (Land Cruiser)
* English speaking driver/guide
* Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary, based on a shared twin/double room
* Meals as described in the itinerary
* Bottled mineral water in the vehicle
* Entrance fees and ranger fees for national parks
* Activities and excursions mentioned in the program
* AMREF Evacuation Air Ambulance insurance

PRICE NOT INCLUDED

* International flight
* Visa ( to be applied for in advance)- https://www.migration.gov.rw/index.php?id=203
* Gorilla permit
* Optional activities
* Meals and drinks not mentioned above
* Items of personal nature
* Tips

ACCOMMODATION

Golf Hills Residence in Kigali
Located in the quiet environment of Nyarutarama, Golf Hills Residence is composed of two different buildings. Facilities include a cosy lounge and restaurant. The rooms feature satellite TV, Minibar and a private bathroom. The majority of the rooms has a balcony with view of the Nyarutama Golf Club. WiFi is available.

Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge in Volcanoes National Park
Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge is located at the base of Volcanoes National Park. The cottages are all equipped with a mini fridge, fire place, bathroom with bath and/or shower and have a private terrace. There is a restaurant and bar. WiFi is available.

Palm Garden Resort in Gisenyi near the Lake Kivu
Palm Garden Resort is located near Lake Kivu, 7 km from Gisenyi. The lodge is surrounded by a tropical garden with a private beach adjacent. There is a restaurant and bar but it’s also possible to dine on the shores of Lake Kivu. Two types of bungalows are featured including the Modern Bungalows, which are located on the upper part with beautiful views, and the African Bungalows closer to the lake. Both bungalows are built from natural stones with a private bathroom and terrace. The traditional African rooms have an outdoor shower. WiFi is available.

DETAILS

This is PRIVATE SAFARI middle class . Minimal age of the participant is 15 years old and child pays as an adult. Minimal number of participants is 1 adult.

START KIGALI
first meal- LUNCH second day
FINISH KIGALI
last meal- BREAKFAST fifth day

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