General

Day 1, Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park
After breakfast, you will drive southwest to Nyungwe forest National Park. En route visit the Butare town which is the country’s 2nd capital after Kigali. Here visit the National Museum, National University and the Botanical gardens. Proceed and have another stopover in Nyanza for a visit to the Old King Mwami’s palace. Nyungwe forest is on a high elevation and simply placed on a 970 square kilometers land and it is very apparent that it creates its own climate from its own biodiversity. Upon arrival in Nyungwe, participate in the evening forest walk. Dinner and overnight stay at Nyungwe Forest Lodge/Gisakura guest House

Day 2, Chimpanzee Tracking
After a morning breakfast, you will head to the Park headquarters for chimp trek briefing. After this you will then go for chimp trek in the forest. The time taken to encounter the Chimps is unpredictable but usually takes between 3- 10 hours. Along the way, you will encounter other primates species found in this Park such as the Silver monkey, Owl faced monkey, Ruwenzori colobus, L’hoests monkey, and the Grey cheeked Mangabey and so many others. Return for dinner and overnight stay at Nyungwe Forest Lodge/Gisakura guest House

Day 3, Transfer to Kibuye on the shores of Lake Kivu
After breakfast, you will drive to Bugarama hot water springs via Cyamudongo natural forest. This is basically the largest water spring in the country. If planned, you can take a warm bath in the hot waters. After this, visit the River Rusizi for a day trip with lunch en route. After transfer to Kibuye town for dinner and overnight stay at Moriah Hills Hotel or Kibuye Guest House

Day 4, Transfer to Gisenyi
After your morning breakfast, you will take your time to tour around Kibuye and then later transfer to Gisenyi by either speed boat ride or by vehicle ride. You will either way enjoy your journey since you will pass through picturesque areas hence making it enjoyable. Dinner and over night at Kivu Serena Hotel/Hotel Malahide

Day 5, Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
After breakfast, set out for the short nature walk along the shores of Lake Kivu with in Gisenyi. Later transfer to Volcanoes National Park after lunch in Gisenyi town. Reach Parc Des Volcans in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay Virunga Volcanoes Lodge / Sabinyo Silver Back Lodge/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Kinigi guest house/Hotel Muhabura

Day 6, Gorilla Trekking
After breakfast, you will set out of your lodge with your packed lunch to the ORTPN Offices for briefing and gorilla tracking escorts and Rangers. You will then start your trek of the Gorillas. Once you come across the bamboo forest logs and also your first perception of the sound the breaking of bamboo indicating that the gorillas are nearer. Prepare yourself for the enjoyful encounter with the Gorillas and wonderful experience. Stay with the gorillas for 1 hour and then and trek back to your lodge or lunch and in the afternoon, visit the twin lakes of Ruhondo and Bulera. Dinner and overnight stay Virunga Volcanoes Lodge / Sabinyo Silver Back Lodge/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Kinigi guest house/Hotel Muhabura

Day 7, Transfer back to Kigali
After breakfast, you will go for a short tour around Ruhengeri and then later transfer back to Kigali reaching in time for Lunch. Drop off will be at your Hotel in Kigali or at the Airport for your flight back home.

Activities

Chimpanzee Tracking, Gorilla Trekking

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