12 Days (11 nights) exploring Rwanda- Wildlife tour begins with gorilla adventure in the Volcanoes park followed by a visit to the late Dian Fossey graves and karisoke research center .  You will get an opportunity to track the gorillas for the second time plus a golden monkey track on the 5th day. Continue with a visit to the Akagera wildlife park, well known for its huge population of giraffes in East Africa.

Day 1: Arrival-Volcanoes national Park

Pick up from the airport on arrival, have lunch in Kigali, get on the road to Volcanoes national park for 3 hours.  Virunga National Park is in the magnificent Virunga Mountains, located in the Northern Province of Rwanda, on the border of Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. The Virunga Mountains consist of six Volcanoes which include Karisimbi, Bisoke and Mikeno Volcanoes, and are home to the famous gorilla families and various other animals. The vegetation in the park is mainly Bamboo and rainforest. Apart from Mountain Gorillas, other animals like golden monkeys, chimpanzees live in this place too. Do not miss out on Dianne Fossey visit if you have enough time. Dianne Fossey is the researcher who dedicated her life to the Gorillas. Relax the rest of the afternoon or do a community walk

Day 2: Gorilla tracking

Arise early in the morning, have breakfast and drive to the park headquarters. Get briefed and begin the tracking. Gorilla tracking takes 2-8 hours depending on the movements.   A maximum time of 1 hour is allowed to do photography and admire the gorillas. Return to the base dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 3: Dian Fossey trail

After breakfast, go and visit Dian Fossey grave and research centre. Later have lunch. In the afternoon you will visit the twin Lakes Burera and Ruhondo, close to the gorilla-tracking center of Musanze. These two lakes are termed as the twin lakes. The local people do traditional fishing on these lakes, you can also get on a traditional boat or canoe to visit the island on these lakes. Scenery is good and it is an excellent spot for bird watching. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay

Day 4: second Gorilla tracking

Arise early in the morning, have breakfast and drive to the park headquarters. Get briefed and begin the tracking. Gorilla tracking takes 2-8 hours depending on the movements.   A maximum time of 1 hour is allowed to do photography and admire the gorillas. Return to the base dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 5: Golden Monkey Tracking- After breakfast you will go for Golden monkey tracking where you might spot other primates. Return to the lodge and relax the rest of the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the lodge

Day 6: Volcanoes -Akagera National Park

Breakfast, transfer to Akagera National Park. Akagera National Park borders with Tanzania and is dominated to the east by the maze of swamps and lakes that follow the meandering course of the Akagera River. The vegetation is mainly acacia woodland interspersed with open grassland, high rolling hills along the western boundary and patches of thick forest.It is a home to large herds of buffalo, giraffe, zebra, elephants, dozens of antelopes, most commonly the handsome impala, but also oribi and bushbuck, as well as the topi. Leopard and hyena might be seen on a night drive. For hippos and crocodiles can be spot while on a boat trip on Lake Ihema. It is a home to about 525 species of birds. On arrival you will do a game drive. Dinner and overnight at the lodge

Day 7: Akagera National Park- Enjoy an early morning game drive through the Akagera , have lunch and in the evening go for a boat ride. Dinner and overnight will be at the lodge.

Day 8: Kigali- After breakfast, enjoy a short game drive before you head back to Kigali where you will have lunch, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 9: Kigali- Nyungwe forest.

After breakfast at your lodge, drive to Nyungwe Forest which takes about 4-5 hours. Nyungwe National Park is a large mountain rainforest that covers an area of over 1000 km2 where various primates and bird species live. It is a home to about 310 bird species, 26 of which are endemic, 85 mammal species, 32 amphibian and 38 reptile species. It is almost 3000 meters above sea level with Mount Bigugu the highest point in the Park.  It is also a home to chimpanzees and some other primates such as Ruwenzori colobus and Lhotse’s monkeys. There is a variety of hiking and walking trails. Some of the birds found in this forest include the Albertine Rift Endemics like the Rwenzori Turaco, Handsome Francolin, Mountain Black Boubou, Rwenzori Batis, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Archer’s Robin-chat, the rare Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Neumann’s Warbler, the near-endemic Kungwe Apalis the attractive Mountain Masked Apalis, and a cluster of colourful Sunbirds including Ruwenzori Double-collared, Purple-throated, Blue-headed and the stunning Regal Sunbird, Stripe-breasted Tit and Strange among others. Have lunch on arrival. Dinner and overnight at the lodge

Day 10: Chimp trekking- Breakfast, go for chimpanzee tracking. Other primates, birds and butterflies might be spotted. Dinner and overnight at the lodge

 Day 11: Nyungwe-Kigali –  After Breakfast, transfer to Kigali. You will have lunch at the National Museum that is located in Butare. Butare is about 135 km from Kigali. This museum has a lot to offer culture ways. Visit the Museum briefly and later proceed to Kigali. Dinner and overnight at the lodge

Day 12: Departure- Breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

 

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