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Rwanda in Depth, including Gorilla Trekking
International flights quoted separately
Explore the rainforests, lakes & mountains of Rwanda in depth, with your own private guide. Travel to the pristine forests of Nyungwe to see chimps & white colobus monkeys in their natural habitat & a vast array of tropical bird life. Relax on the shores of Lake Kivu, before tracking endangered mountain gorillas on foot in Volcano National Park. English speaking guide, transfers, gorilla & chimp permits included.
You will be met at
and transferred to your hotel in this bustling city.
Check in, settle in and relax in your warm African surroundings.
Today enjoy a short tour of
, including a visit to the Genocide Memorial, before travelling to Butare, the former colonial capital and intellectual centre of the country, where we visit one of the finest museums in East Africa.
After travelling 6-hours through scenic countryside, we arrive at pristine
in southwest Rwanda. Check into your mountain lodge, situated in Central Africa's best preserved rainforest in the watershed between the Congo River to the west and the Nile River to the east.
This morning we explore the amazing flora and fauna of
in the rainforest.
Nyungwe Forest National Park covers an area of approximately 375 sq.miles (970 sq.km) of pristine rainforest, grasslands, wetlands, waterfalls, bamboos and bogs. Its is home to an extremely wide diversity of life, including 85 different mammals and 13 primate species - 25% of all those found in Africa. These include chimpanzees, olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys and grey-cheeked mangabey. Also the golden monkey, blue monkey, L'Hoest's monkey, Hamlyn's monkey, red-tailed monkey, Dent's mona monkey & vervet monkey.
Many of these animals are found only in these montane forests, with Nyungwe Rainforest having more endemic species than any other forest in the Albertine Rift Mountains. The rainforest also offers outstanding bird watching as it is home to over 275 bird species, 32 amphibians, 38 reptiles and over 1,000 different plant species.
In the afternoon enjoy a tour of a nearby tea plantation and interact with the local farmers.
Note: Chimp trekking is limited to a small group, with a minimum age of 12 years. Please note the chimpanzees move a lot - sometimes far into the dense forest. So wear good walking shoes and expect to walk a lot today in very hilly terrain.
This morning we head into
Angola Colobus monkeys
, which can found here in large troops of several hundred - e.g. up to 450 members of a single group. With their distinctive black face, surrounded by long white locks of hair and mantle of white hair on their shoulders, they are an awesome sight.
In the afternoon enjoy a thrilling
, descending down a zig-zag footpath to the first tower deep in the forest valley. Then enjoy a 1.5-hour walk along the suspension bridge which allows access to the treetop canopy - where you can see apes, birds, butterflies, insects, flowers, plants and other wildlife that lives in the roof of the forest.
This morning we travel 4-hours from
in the western part of the country.
After checking into your lodge, enjoy a tour of the vicinity and some relaxation.
Today we transfer by boat from
to the "sea port" of Gisenyi, passing several small fishing villages. You will also see people from Idjwi Island coming to sell theiir goods.
Check into your lodge on beautiful
- one of Africa's great lakes situated in the Albertine Rift, a western branch of the
Great Rift Valley
At leisure to relax on the shores of fresh water
, which empties into the Ruzizi River and flows southwards into Lake Tanganyika.
Here you can enjoy boat excursions on the lake, with scenic views of the various islands, and escorted walks along the lakeshore. Watersports on the lake include wind surfing, catamaran sailing, kayaking and jet skiing and the Gisenyi volcanic hot springs are also within easy reach.
In the evenings you may glimpse the volcanic glow from great Mount Nyiragongwe in the Virunga Mountains.
Today travel 1.5-hours from
Volcanoes National Park
home to half the world's population of critically endangered mountain gorillas, and also a sanctuary for colobus monkeys and chimpanzees.
Travel through beautiful terraced hills and climb to the base of the spectacular volcanoes of the Virunga range. This dense equatorial jungle is accessible only on foot and features one of the richest ecosystems in Africa, including 120 species of mammals, 350 bird species including hornbills and turacos, 220 butterfly species, 27 frog species as well as chameleons, geckos and many other endangered species. It also boasts over 1,000 different flowering plants, ferns & trees.
Check into your lodge and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Rise early today to travel to
Volcanoes National Park
where rangers will allocate you to a small group to track a troop of endangered
, accompanied by a guide.
Expect to walk 2 to 4-hours each way in steep and muddy conditions, to view a family of these enormous animals on foot and observe their behavior up close - a rare privilege indeed!
You must be over 16 years to track gorillas and sufficiently fit to walk for the period indicated. Ensure you arrange a packed lunch with the lodge and carry sufficient water (at least 2-3 bottles of 500ml). Warm weatherproof clothing is advised for the wet cool climate high in the mountains, including a rain poncho. You should wear long trousers, long sleeved tops, long socks (to tuck into your trousers), suitable walking boots and gardening gloves to protect your hands from nettles and undergrowth. Also hat, sunscreen & mosquito repellant.
You can not be sick or have any infectious disease and no eating or drinking is permitted in the vicinity of the gorillas. Only one hour is allowed with the gorillas and you have to keep a distance of at least 5 metres. No touching the gorillas is allowed (although they may decide to touch you)! The maximum number of visitors allowed per day is 6-12 people per group and no flash photography is allowed.
Today enjoy a guided nature walk in
Volcanoes National Park
, tracking troops of rare
and other primates.
These rainforests are home to 670 bird species, so superb bird watching is also assured.
In the afternoon enjoy a canoe ride on the scenic
of Burera and Ruhondo, which together offer an important wetlands habitat for water birds.
Today transfer 2.5-hours to
for your flight home.
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