the Secrets Of Rwanda
Kigali - Where the Adventure Begins
A warm welcome on arrival at Kigali International Airport, where our friendly driver will escort you to the hotel.
Kigali City is Rwanda’s capital city, as well as the cultural, transport, and economic hub. One of the most picturesque cities in Africa, with its interesting architecture, busy streets and verdant hillsides, visitors enjoy the fascinating museums, historic memorials, colourful markets and unique arts centres.
Exploring Kigali’s Best Kept Secrets
After breakfast, a professional English-speaking guide will meet you, for a day to explore the real Kigali.
The Kigali Genocide Museum is the first stop. A tour of this memorial is transparent and educational but at the same time sombre and moving, as over 250,000 deceased are buried on the site.
Move on to the Nyamirambo Woman’s Centre. Meet Aminatha, a local housewife who will take you to the local markets to buy the produce you need, and continue to her home for a traditional cooking class, where you prepare food from scratch and get to enjoy the local delicacies with her family.
From the Chaotic City to the Serene Forest
Today’s adventure will be a drive into the magnificent Nyungwe Forest.
The heart of Nyungwe Forest is like a scene from a fairy tale. Tall old mahoganies, ebonies and giant tree ferns tower above, whilst orchids and other epiphytes cling to every branch. Brightly coloured birds flit around, butterflies are everywhere, and walking quietly you may even encounter larger forest residents, including a variety of primates for which Nyungwe National Park is renowned.
Foraging in the Forest
Early wake up this morning with an On-the-go breakfast, in preparation for the Colobus Monkey Trek through Nyungwe Forest, the only place in Africa where these monkeys are found.
Embrace the home of East Africa’s most diverse primate population, while tracking the Colobus monkeys through Nyungwe’s lush forest trails.
After lunch, head out to the famous Nyungwe Canopy Walkway. Experience the rainforest from a dazzling new perspective. The only walk of its kind in East Africa, this breath taking construction hangs 60 metres above the forest floor between giant trees and towers, revealing a stunning view of the flora and fauna below and above.
Exhilarating Forest Encounters
This morning is another early start, for a Chimpanzee Tracking Experience in the Nyungwe Forest.
Dashing at high speed through the flora, hooting and clanging – it truly is an exhilarating experience to encounter chimpanzees playing, wild and free. Home to one of East Africa’s last intact chimpanzee populations, Nyungwe is an ideal place to observe chimps in their natural habitat.
The afternoon is free to relax or independently explore.
After an early dinner, another Forest adventure lies in store.
When the sun goes down, the forest really comes to life! Heading out on foot with an expert Field Guide, spotlights are used to seek out the intriguing nocturnal creatures that emerge from their tree hollows, burrows, nests, and dens at twilight. On clear nights, you can then take a turn on the telescope and hear fascinating stories about the dazzling equatorial night sky.
From the Serene Forest to the Five Volcanoes
Enjoy breakfast, before today’s adventure which will be a drive out to the Volcanoes National Park.
Bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo in Rwanda, the Volcanoes National Park is best known as a sanctuary for the region’s rare mountain gorillas. A face to face encounter with these intriguing creatures is definitely a bucket-list activity.
Traditions to Historical Wonders all in a day
After breakfast, the day will be spent exploring the tradition and culture of the people that inhabit the Volcanoes National Park.
The day is spent in a traditional rural Rwandan village that has existed for centuries living with and next to mountain gorillas in Parc National des Volcans. The community you visit will genuinely welcome you as a special guest while they proudly present you aspects of their traditions and beliefs.
In the afternoon, head out into the National Park for a walk to the grave site of Dian Fossey, the renowned American conservationist and primatologist, renowned for her work with the gorillas.
Bucket list Gorilla Trek
An early morning wake up call and light breakfast, before being met by an experienced guide at the Volcanoes National Park headquarters for the start of your Gorilla Trekking Experience.
Gorilla Trekking in the Volcanoes National Park offers a unique opportunity of discovering the 10 families of gorillas that live within the National Park. Each group is guided by a guide and two scouts. The amount of time set aside per trek is different depending on where the gorilla family is situated.
Time to take your memories Home
A leisurely breakfast this morning, then you will be driven back to Kigali for your flight home.
"If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa" John Hemingway
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