Thomas & Mary Trip July 2019 travel blog

 

 

 


Day 1: Transfer from Kigali International Airport to your Hotel

Our representative will meet you at Kigali International airport, and then transfer you at your hotel in Kigali.

Hotel: Chez Lando Hotel (BB)

Day 2: Transfer from Kigali to Akagera national park

After a relaxed breakfast from your hotel in Kigali, you head to Akagera National Park.

Akagera National Park covers 2500 km² of savannah west of the Kagera River, in the north-east of Rwanda. The park has a variety of wildlife and is a habitat for over 500 different species of birds. Herds of elephant and buffalo emerge from the woodland to drink at the lakes, while you might stumble across a leopard, a spotted hyena or even a lion. Giraffe and zebra haunt the savannah, and more than a dozen types of antelope inhabit the park.

You will have lunch and in the afternoon you will go for a long game drive in the national park.

You will stay at your booked lodge where you will have a nice hot meal in the evening.

Lodge: Ruzizi Tented Camp (FB)

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 & 4: Game drive and Boat ride on Lake Ihema

In the morning after breakfast, you will go for a game drive in the park in search for wildlife.

Akagera National Park lies in eastern Rwanda, hugging the border with Tanzania. It's characterized by woodland, swamps, low mountains and savannah. The varied terrain shelters wildlife including zebras, giraffes, elephants, lions and hundreds of bird species, such as the rare shoebill stork. In the southern part of the park, vast Lake Ihema is home to hippos and crocodiles.

During the game drive through the Savannah grassland of Akagera national park, you should watch out for animals like the Lions, Leopards, elephants, antelopes and many more. After the game drive, you will have lunch and guided by your guide and then later in the afternoon you will go for a boat ride on Akagera River in search for water loving animals like the hippos, and crocodiles. Return to your lodge for dinner.

Lodge: Ruzizi Tented Camp

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Transfer from Akagera National Park to Kigali

After breakfast, go for a morning game drive and later at around 10am you will bid farewell to Akagera National Park and return to your hotel in Kigali.

Hotel: Chez Lando Hotel

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Transfer from Kigali to Nyungwe forest national park

Today, you will set off towards the famous Nyungwe Forest, one of the largest forests in East and Central Africa. The forest is abundant with flora and fauna including 13 primate species from colobus monkeys, mangabeys, blue monkeys and, of course, our cousins the chimpanzees. Nyungwe Forest is also a famous location for birders. With about 310 recorded bird species, 26 of which are endemic, this is one of the most important - and still little known - bird-watching destinations in Africa.

Check in at your lodge for Lunch & Dinner.

Lodge: Nyungwe Top View Hotel

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Chimpanzee trekking Nyungwe National Park

Today, after your early morning breakfast, you will leave your hotel for a chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe National Park Rwanda experience. Nyungwe forest is well known for having 13 species of primates and was transformed into a park for briefing and chimpanzee trekking. You will be entitled to one hour stay on finding the chimpanzees. After doing the chimpanzee trek, head for lunch at the hotel.

Lodge: Nyungwe Top View Hotel

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8: Nature walk and Canopy walk

Early morning after breakfast, prepare for a nature walk to Kamiranzovu waterfalls. Have your camera and binoculars. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Nyungwe rainforest you may spot species of birds and primates. The guides will share with you about the plant life. Return for lunch and in the afternoon go for a canopy walk which gives you the view of the whole park.

Lodge: Nyungwe Top View Hotel

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9: Transfer from Nyungwe to Volcanoes National Park

After early morning breakfast at the lodge, visit Lake Kivu and enjoy the morning breeze at the shores. Spend just an hour there then return on the road to proceed on your drive to volcanoes national park with lunch en route. Arrive in the park in the late afternoon and connect to your lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay at your booked lodge.

Lodge: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Golden Monkey Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

After a morning breakfast report to the park headquarters for your second experience with different endangered species in the volcanoes "The Golden Monkeys trek is normally an easy trek which may take you 1-2 hours. The Golden Monkeys are the rare species of old world monkey now found only in the Virunga mountain range. As with treks to see the Mountain Gorillas, treks to see the Golden Monkey takes place in the mornings and visitors are permitted to stay for 1 hour with the monkeys.

After trekking, return to your lodge for lunch and in the afternoon you will go for the Community Tour - Visit to Iby'Iwacu cultural village. A Rwanda cultural tour to Ibyiwacu cultural village is one of the key features that make Rwanda safaris exceptional experiences. Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village gives you a rare chance to meet local people, in their environment, with a taste of our culture and traditions. Be genuinely welcomed by the community as a special visitor while they proudly present to you aspects of their traditions and beliefs. The only way to get to know people, is getting close and interacting with local people, and taking part in their daily activities and most of all with them.

Lodge: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

After an early morning breakfast, you will transfer to the park headquarters together with your packed lunch early enough to be briefed about the code of conduct while with the gorillas. This will be followed by entering the forest in search of the gorillas in the forest which may take 2-6 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas in the jungle. Meet and stay with the gorillas for a maximum of one hour.

Lodge: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12: Exit volcanoes national park and transfer to Kigali Airport

Today is your day for packing, have breakfast and transfer to Kigali airport for your out bound flight. On your way and if the weather favors you will get some stopovers to admire the scenery and the beautiful terraced hills.

Meal plan: Breakfast

End of tour

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