Ultimate Rwanda - ACR10


Day 1: Arrival - Akagera National Park.
(We recommend flights arriving into Kigali by 1pm latest). Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by Adventure Consults’ representative, transfer to Kigali for a briefing and start your 3 hour journey to Akagera National park. The only Savannah park in Rwanda, is located along the Eastern border of the country, where the typically hilly countryside gives way to the savannas of the Great Rift Valley. Dominated by lakes, swamps and marshland, the area boasts a huge compliment of nature and wildlife that cannot be found elsewhere in the country. It is a unique habitat and home to big game (including the Lion, Elephants, Zebras Topi, lots of primates and Bird species. Afternoon Game drive with an optional sundowner while enjoying the panoramic views across the scattered grasslands. Meals and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 2: Game viewing – Akagera National park.
Morning game drive towards Lake Ihema circuit where you will be rewarded with an array of Big game including the Lion, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, hippos, crocodiles among others. Akagera has got amazing views of the gentle hills blending beautifully with lowland swamps and water bodies. After lunch you have an option to go for a presentation on the ecology of Akagera and the conservation efforts including the coexistent dynamics between the local people and wildlife. Alternatively, simply relax at the lodge or take another Game drive .Meals and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 3: Akagera - Nyungwe Forest; Approx. 8 hrs drive.
Morning start for Nyungwe with stops at places of interest. Lunch enroute and proceed to Butare, visit the Nyanza palace. Drive straight to Nyungwe forest arriving late afternoon. Relax at the Lodge or take walk by the tea plantation. Meals and Overnight Nyungwe Forest Lodge.

Day 4: Chimpanzee Tracking/Canopy walk/Colobus Monkey trek.
Early morning transfer to the park headquarters in time for Chimp tracking. The forest has got well marked walk ways that leads you to the amazing Chimps. It’s challenging and at times steep but an encounter with the excited Chimp family can be so enchanting! You will return later in the afternoon, lunch at the Lodge. In the afternoon, go for Canopy walk giving you an opportunity to see the bigger part of Nyungwe’s beautiful flora or take a walk near the lodge where you will have an interaction with the Black and White Colobus Monkey. Meals and Overnight Nyungwe Forest Lodge.

Day 5: Nyungwe Forest - Kigali. App. 6 hours.
Morning start for Kigali with stops at interesting places for photo opportunities. Optional city tour or simply relax after 5 days in the bush. Overnight at Kigali Serena on Bed & Breakfast basis.

Day 6: Kigali - Virunga volcanoes/Kinigi. App. 3 hours.
Morning start for Parc des Volcans with views of the great, old volcanoes towering up almost 15,000 feet, and nearly covered with rich, green rainforest. With stops at place of interest, proceed to Kinigi. Meals and Accommodation at the Lodge.

Day 7: Gorilla Tracking in Parc des Volcans. Tracking takes 3 to 6 hrs.
Early morning transfer to the park headquarters for a briefing by the park staff. Loaded with your drinking water, packed lunch and walking stick, enter the forest in search for the famous Mountain Gorillas. The trail into the forest, will abruptly immerse you in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest – Home to the Gorillas. An exhilarating Gorilla trek through the cultivated foothills of the Virungas can be muddy and challenging but offers a Great experience. Alive with the calls of Gorillas you will spend an hour before sloping back to the base. As you slope, through gaps in the forest canopy, the magnificent peaks, among the highest in Africa are glimpsed. Meals and Accommodation at the Lodge.

Day 8: Golden Monkeys or Visit Dian Fossey's grave.
This morning, you have an option to have an encounter with the rare chattering Golden Monkeys or visit Dian Fossey’s grave where she was laid to rest together with her best friends ‘the Gorillas’ that lost the battle to the poachers – the stories at this site are touching but gives you a background of Dian’s Love for these endangered relatives to humans. Alternatively, have a relaxed day and drive to Gisenyi. Lunch will depend on the day’s activity. Dinner and overnight Kivu Serena hotel.

Day 9: Lake Kivu Today, you’ve got lots of options out of which you can pick any that suites your interest.
Weather permitting, you may go for a boat ride on Lake Kivu (for 2 hours) or visit the Imbabazi Orphanage- Rosamond Halsey Carr (1912-2006) or simply explore the old town of Gisenyi, enjoying the hustle and bustle of the local market or wander through the leafy streets admiring the old colonial buildings or alternatively enjoy an afternoon swim & relaxation by the Lake. Meals and Overnight Kivu Serena

Day 10: PNV – Kigali – Return flight. App. 3 hrs.
Morning start for Kigali, time permitting, have a tour of the city including a visit to genocide memorial, handicraft shops, local markets etc. and later drop off at the airport in time for your return flight.

Accommodation
We don’t restrict on where to stay as this entirely depends on guest preference and budget. Please see below and get in touch for more options and discounted quotes.
Upmarket/Lion Range – Rusizi tented Camp/Akagera Game Lodge, Nyungwe Forest Lodge, Virunga Lodge/Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Kinigi) & Kivu Serena.
Midrange/Pride Range – Akagera Game Lodge, Nyungwe top hill View, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.odge, Nyungwe top hill View, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.

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