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8 Days Rwanda Cultural Tour & Gorillas




Safari Overview

On this 8 days Rwanda cultural and gorilla safari expect to experience the authentic Rwandan culture and heritage coupled with the amazing gorilla trekking experience. The drive to the countryside of Rwanda will grant you beautiful views of the Rwandan landscape hence the reference – Rwanda, a land of a thousand hills. You will visit Akagera national park and thereafter a pastoral cultural home to engage in activities surrounding the cow.
Highlights of the 8 days Rwanda Cultural and gorilla safari.

-Game drives in Akagera national park
-Cultural and community experiences
-Boat ride on Lake Ihema & Lake Kivu
-Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes national park
-Photography moments

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival for a cultural experience of Rwanda

Today is your arrival day for the 8 days Rwanda cultural and gorilla safari. You will be welcomed by our driver guide from the airport and transferred to your hotel in Kigali depending on time of arrival. If your flight is early morning, you will take a Kigali city tour before traveling to Akagera national park. If in the late afternoon, you will over night in Kigali. Meal plan – Dinner

Available Safari Lodges:-
High end/ Luxury facilities: -Kigali Serena Hotel Mille Collins
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Hotel Chez Lando| The Manor Hotel
Budget/Low facilities: Accord Hotel Kigali| Civitas Hotel

Day 2: Game Drive in Akagera National Park

Giraffe in Akagera national park. We shall start with a morning game drive in the northern part of the park where we look out for some of the large mammals in this area. They include Elephants, Giraffes, Zebras, Buffaloes and the recently re-introduce lions. A huge human wildlife in this area conflict was solved by fencing the part of the park near communities. In the afternoon, we shall do a boat ride on Lake Ihema or you can choose to relax at the lodge. We will overnight in the park eager to experience. Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Available Safari Lodges:-
High end/ Luxury facilities: -Ruzizi Tented Lodge
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Akagera Game Lodge
Budget/Low facilities: Karenge Bush Camp

Day 3: Visit a homestead for a Rwandan Cultural Experience

Eastern Rwanda is relatively flatter than most of the country and preferred by the pastoralists. We visit a homestead of cattle keepers and engage in the different activities. We start early morning with the milking cows with hands as opposed to machines. The herdsman will guide you on how to soothe the cow and milk it. After the session, you set the cows for the days grazing. You also have lessons on how milk is converted traditionally into different products like ghee and yoghurt.Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation – Local Homestead

Day 4: Community Visit – Medicine Man

Most rural communities have a resident medicine who knows how to mix different herbs to cure illness. We will have an opportunity to pick the herbs from the fields and learn the way in which they are prepared and the different mixtures to make medicine for particular ailments. We shall also participate in cooking traditional food and thereafter enjoy the meal. Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation – Local Homestead

Day 5: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

After breakfast, we relieve the cultural experiences in the homestead and transfer to the volcanoes national park where the massive gentles giants inhabit. Volcanoes national park is located in northern Rwanda about 2 hours from Kigali in Kinigi, Musanze. You have several photography opportunities as you travel north to the volcanoes. We will arrive to the lodge later that evening ready for the gorilla hike the next day.

Available Safari Lodges:-
High end/ Luxury facilities: -Governors camp Silverback | Gorilla Nest Lodge | Gorilla View Lodge
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Da Vinci Lodge | Le’ Bambou Gorilla Safari Lodge La Palme Hotel
Budget/Low facilities: Kinigi Guest House |Muhabura Guest House

Day 6: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Have breakfast, transfer to the park headquarters where you will meet the ranger guides. When you are done with the briefing you will begin the trekking. The trek can be quite tough that it takes a lot of time approximately 2-8 hours. After the trekking in the afternoon, we visit to Iby’Iwacu cultural village for a glimpse into the culture and history of Rwanda. Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Available Safari Lodges:-
High end/ Luxury facilities: -Governors camp Silverback | Gorilla Nest Lodge | Gorilla View Lodge
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Da Vinci Lodge | Le’ Bambou Gorilla Safari Lodge La Palme Hotel
Budget/Low facilities: Kinigi Guest House |Muhabura Guest House

Day 7: Lake Kivu – Fishing Village Tour

After a relaxed breakfast, we transfer to Gisenyi on Lake Kivu for relaxation and activities on the lake. Lake Kivu is a beautiful lake bordered between Rwanda and Congo in western Rwanda. On the menu today is taking a boat ride to the Napolean Island, take a visit to the hot springs or simply relax at the beach or by your hotel.

Today we spend the day exploring the Gisenyi area especially the fishing village. You learn and participate in the traditional fishing methods and fish preservation by the fishermen plying the waters of Lake Kivu.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Available Safari Lodges:-
High end/ Luxury facilities: -Lake Kivu Serna Hotel
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Water front Resort Lake Kivu |Cormoran Lodge
Budget/Low facilities: Moriah Hill Resort Kibuye|Paradise Malahide

Day 8: End of the Rwanda Cultural Experience Safari

Its been a worthwhile exploring Rwandan cultural heritage and community experiences. You will be transferred to your hotel or the airport for your flight back home.

Inclusions / Exclusions

Inclusions
-Gorilla trekking permit
-Community experiences
-Ground transport per 4WD
-Bottled water
-Full board accommodation
-Park entrance fees
-Boat trips
-Game drive
-Boat trips
-Service of an English-speaking driver guide
-All mentioned activities except for the optional ones

Exclusions: – Extras at the accommodation i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc. Tips to porters and driver/ guide and Insurance.