After breakfast at your hotel, your safari driver guide will be waiting for you at the lobby and, upon check out, you be taken for a driving tour of Nyungwe National Forest. On the way, take pleasure in the work of Rwanda’s local artists on your visits to Rwesero Art Museum, originally built as a palace for King Mutara III Rudahigwa, and the National Museum of Butare, which houses a rich collection of traditional Rwandan art. Lunch is provided en route. Arrive at your lodge in time for dinner.
This morning, after breakfast, enter the lush rainforest in search of the chimpanzee. Return to the lodge in time for lunch, and in the afternoon you have the opportunity to relax at the lodge or go birding in the area. This beautiful forest hosts around 300 bird species, 24 of which are regional endemics, and over 100 varieties of orchids and butterflies.
After breakfast, enter Nyungwe forest to track the black and white colobus monkeys. Along the way take the chance to see 13 species of primates including chimpanzee, Rwenzori colobus, and l’Hoest’s monkey. The colobus live in large groups, including a 400-strong semi-habituated group thought to be the largest troop of arboreal primates in Africa. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to relax at the lodge or go birding in the area.
After breakfast, enjoy the chance to view the forest from a canopy walkway. This gives excellent views of one of African’s largest temperate rainforests and offers the opportunity to view primates and birds at eye level. In the afternoon, after lunch and checkout, your safari driver will take you to Kibuye on the shores of the beautiful Lake Kivu. In the afternoon, explore your surroundings by relaxing in and around the lodge, which also has water sports equipment for hire.
In the morning after breakfast and checkout, your safari driver guide will be waiting for you at the lobby and, upon check out, drive** you from Kibuye to Gisenyi, allowing you to take in the beauty of Lake Kivu and the multiple islands. Also, nearby Iby’ Iwachu Cultural Village gives you the rare chance to meet and interact with local people, in their environment, with a taste of Rwandese culture and traditions. We will have lunch in Gisenyi before driving to Volcanoes National Park, situated in northwestern Rwanda. **Alternatively, take a private boat cruise of 2 hours from Kibuye to Gisenyi taking in the beauty of the lake and having the chance to visit the islands offshore and view the wide diversity of birdlife on the lake.
After breakfast we will take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the etiquette of gorilla tracking. We then hike into the forest to where the gorillas were seen the night before and track from that point. The trek can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes not in excess of 7,500 feet. Although the hike is physically demanding, the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trekking worthwhile. Once the gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world. Picnic lunches are provided.
This morning we have a city tour, including a visit to the Genocide Memorial Centre and other cultural sites. In the afternoon you are transferred to the airport for your international departure flight home