DAY 1, October 01, 2020 | Kigali
Arrive in Rwanda's capital of Kigali and check in at the Kigali Serena Hotel, a relaxed yet elegant hotel that is ideally located one of Kigali’s most charming avenues and built around a polished granite atrium that showcases the very best of Rwanda’s cultural art. You will receive a full briefing of your safari from our guide and be left alone to relax and enjoy this wonderful hotel, you enjoy their swimming pool, health club or relax in your room. We will also enjoy a welcome dinner together as a group.
DAY 2, October 01, 2021 | Akagera National Park
After a relaxed breakfast, take a gentle two-and-a-half-hour drive to Akagera National Park where you will be checked into the recently renovated Akagera Game Lodge. Check into your room and return to the main area for lunch, relax and head for an evening game drive. Squeezed in Rwanda’s eastern border with Tanzania, Akagera National Park covers about 1,120 square kilometres and is one of Africa’s oldest protected areas, first gazetted in 1934. The Akegera is a truly off-the-beaten-path destination with recent efforts to relocate both rhinos and lions to the park, making it a Big Five destination with elephant, rhino, and leopard sightings are rewarding, supplemented by a rich birdlife and incredible landscapes. Your guide will treat you to an exclusive bush sundowner before returning to the lodge for dinner and overnight. All meals included.
DAY 3, October 01, 2021 | Akagera National Park
After breakfast, head on a game drive for some wildlife viewing including giraffes, elephants, antelopes and chance for rhinos and cats.
After a rewarding game viewing, proceed to the park headquarters where you will be welcomed by the senior rangers, anti-poaching patrols and community-projects managers who will give you exciting insights on conservation developments; the often very political world of modern wildlife conservation in East Africa and the day-to-day running of a protected area like Akagera National Park.
You will return to the lodge for a hot early lunch, and take a short drive to Twongere Umusaruro Coffee Cooperative of 170 members (163 women and 7 Men). The group precisely sorts through its coffee to select the best specialty coffee beans to be roasted in small batches and served in your cup. You be welcomed by the cooperative administrators who will give you a detailed brief about the group before leading you on a tour to their 10-ha coffee plantation and learn how this group works together to maintain this coffee farm, and you will be able to watch from the start how coffee is grown until it gets into your cup. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. All meals included.
DAY 4, October 01, 2021 | Akagera National Park
Have an early breakfast and go for dawn game drive to catch up with early raisers (lions and leopard) before they go into hiding, expect to see lions, antelopes, giraffes, bush bucks and much more. Before returning to lodge for lunch, join the park ranger for a short-guided walk around the park fence to see wildlife on foot and learn more about conservation challenges of the area. Thereafter, go for afternoon boat cruise on Lake Ihema with high chances to spot variety of wild along the water banks which include hippos, crocodiles, as well as stunning bird species. Return to lodge for a cold drink by the fireplace, have dinner and overnight. All meals included.
DAY 5, October 01, 2021 | Kigali
After a relaxed breakfast, check out of your room and take a gentle drive to Kigali, on arrival, you will check into Kigali Serena Hotel, and have lunch before you head out for a city tour. Start with the new museum, Campaign Against Genocide Museum that opened in 2017 at the parliamentary buildings. This museum tells part of the many Rwanda’s sad stories of the recent years, of despair, struggling to free her people from the yoke of terror, the efforts and the sacrifices that were suffered and written during the time of rescuing the Tutsi from the strangling hands of Interahamwe; the campaign that was started from the parliament buildings and became successful, a “Campaign Against Genocide”. The museum is of great historical, educational and inspirational importance as it conserves, preserves and exhibits better than anything else, the history of how genocide against the Tutsi was prepared and committed and how it was stopped by men and women of Rwanda People’s Army.
Afterwards, proceed to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Museum, one of the museums that was established to commemorate the victims of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide. This is the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. It honors the memory of the more than one million Rwandans killed in 1994 through education and peace-building and here, you appreciate how this tiny country has quickly recovered from the dark history. Return to the hotel for a relaxed evening and dinner.
DAY 6, October 01, 2021 | Nyungwe Forest National Park
Have a relaxed breakfast at 7:00am and take a gentle drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Nyungwe is a magnificent national park that consists of the largest block of montane forest in East and Central Africa. It is a home to a marvelous diversity of unique fauna and flora. The forest has more than 200 different types of trees. The park is most treasured for its primates including the chimpanzees; man’s closest cousin, Black and White Colobus and the delightful L’Hoest’s monkey. On the way to Nyugwe, there is an optional visit to Nyanza King’s Palace and lunch en-route. Arrive at the One and Only Nyungwe House in the evening. Built alongside ancient forest, the lodge sits within the lush green expanse of a working tea plantation, offering an exciting window to Africa’s fascinating wildlife and culture. Each of the its forest-facing rooms are thoughtfully appointed with luxurious touches including open fireplaces and artwork inspired by the beauty and traditions of Rwanda. Overnight Nyungwe House. All meals included.
DAY 7, October 01, 2021 | Nyungwe Forest National Park
This morning, after breakfast, you enter the lush rainforest in the search of the chimpanzee. Be entertained by songs of around 300 bird species that call this forest home. You ranger guide will lead you to trails looking for knuckle prints while keeping ears wide open for vocal calls of the highly communal chimpanzees. Once you find them, you will spend time watching these active primates feed, socialize and after spending one hour with them, return to the lodge for a hot lunch. In the after, go on an optional colobus monkey tracking or stay at the lodge relaxing. Overnight Nyungwe House. All meals included.
DAY 8, October 01, 2021 | Lake Kivu
This morning, have a relaxed breakfast, check out of your room and take a four-hour drive to the beautiful Lake Kivu. This is one of Africa’s Great Lakes and lies on the border between Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. The lake has astonishing beauty, where pristine beaches and sparkling waters of Africa’s sixth largest lake together in breath-taking fashion. Check into your room at the lavish Lake Kivu Serena Hotel where you will enjoy spacious layouts, exquisite bathrooms and sumptuous furnishings. The hotel is seamlessly infused with modern comforts including complimentary wireless Internet. Have lunch and go on evening boat cruise on the lake or relax by the shores of the lake for beach cocktails. Overnight Lake Kivu Serena Hotel. All meals included.
DAY 9, October 01, 2021 | Volcanoes National Park
Have a relaxed breakfast, checkout of your room and take a drive through the rolling hills to Kinigi Town, gateway to the Virunga Mountains. Before lunch, you will be checked in at Virunga Lodge that is perched high on a ridge with the finest views in Africa, overlooking the Virunga Volcanoes and the Musanze valley to the west and Lake Bulera and Ruhondo to the east. While here, enjoy fantastic food, a beautiful luxurious banda (room) with a private terrace from which you can watch the sunrise over the dramatic landscape of mountains and lakes and a private fireplace. All meals included.
DAY 10, October 01, 2021 | Volcanoes National Park
The Parc National des Volcans is the Rwandan portion of the area that is part of the Virunga Mountains, which are shared between Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo; the only habitat to just over 1,000 surviving mountain gorillas on earth! Return to park headquarters this morning where you'll meet your gorilla trekking guides who will give you a brief talk on the procedures and etiquette of gorilla tracking before set off to the dense rain forest with your guides and trackers will be in the forest ahead of your departure, identifying where the gorillas were seen the night before and pursuing them to a point where you will be able to connect. Although the hike can be physically demanding, the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery makes the effort worthwhile in addition to the ultimate reward of getting a close-up with the gorillas; an experience that is regarded as one of the world's most profound wildlife encounters. This will crown your incredible safari in this amazing land! Return to the lodge, have a hot lunch, and relax at the Lodge. All meals included.
DAY 11, October 01, 2021 | Kigali
Have a relaxed breakfast and morning at the lodge, check out and have a gentle drive to Kigali, be transferred to the airport in time for your departing flight.