9 DAY RWANDA GORILLA AND CULTURAL TOUR

Safari Overview
This 9 day cultural safari begins with a visit to King’s palace in Nyanza, Continue to the locally revered hot springs of Rugarama near Nyungwe Forest in South West of Rwanda.  You may drive to Gisenyi, where Ross Carr’s orphanage with thousands of orphans is found. Here visit a local lake. End the day with a trip to Ruhengeri, where the Batwa pigmies, an animist community were recently resettled. Here a cultural performance by the Batwa can be organized for you. In case you are interested in visiting the genocide memorials in Gisenyi, Butare and Ruhengeri, our tour guide will be able to take you there. Return to Kigali after wards.

Tour Itinerary:
Day 1: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest
Following breakfast, transfer to Nyungwe Forest with stop-over at local markets along the way. Visit the traditional palace of Rwanda’s Former Kings in Nyanza. Drive past green fields of tea scattered across the hillsides and the small wooden houses characteristic of the surrounding forest. Dinner and overnight ORTPN Rest House (BLD)

Day 2: A trip to Butare Cultural Museum
Have breakfast, tour the Botanical Gardens and a cultural museum in Butare. Then transfer to the hot springs in Bugarama. Dinner and overnight ORTPN Rest House (BLD)

Day 3: Lake Kivu Tour
Following breakfast undertake a primates tracking tour in the Nyungwe Forest in search of immense troops of Angolan Colobus and the Golden monkeys, and the chimpanzees. In the afternoon after your lunch, drive to Gisenyi. Enjoy swimming in the bilharzia-free fresh water of Lake Kivu. The background of the lake is beautified by Nyiragongo Volcano which recently erupted in 2002. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Izuba-Meridien (FB)

Day 4: Tour Ross Carr’s Orphanage. Stay in Kigali for an overnight.

Day 5: A visit to local Dian Fossey projects
 Early in the morning transfer northwards to Ruhengeri. In the afternoon visit the surrounding communities. Visit local Dian Fossey projects. Dinner and overnight Gorilla Nest Lodge/Kinigi Guest House

Day 6: Community walk
After breakfast undertake a community walk. A local traditional dance by the Batwa (Pygmies) can be pre-arranged for you upon your request. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Nest Lodge/Kinigi Guest House

Day 7: Touring Karisoke Gorilla Research Centre

After breakfast tour Karisoke Gorilla Research Centre started by Dian Fossey, the famous primatologist.  Later in the day transfer back to Kigali. Along the way, view beautiful rolling hills of Rwanda that made the Country to be called the “land of a thousand Hills”.

Day 8: Kigali City Tour
After breakfast have a city tour - visit the Nyabugogo market, the Moslem quarter in Nyamirambo, the Franco-Rwanda cultural center and a genocide memorial Centre. Do shopping of crafts and souvenirs. Later return to your lodge Dinner and overnight.

Day 9: Departure
This day is reserved for your flight out of Rwanda

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