Rwanda – Gorilla Trek : 8 days
On arrival at Kigali on your flight from Nairobi you will be met and transferred to the Akagera National Park. Overnight Akagera Game Lodge. Akagera is dominated by a labyrinth of swamps and lakes that follow the meandering course of the Akagera River, one of the main sources of the River Nile. Giraffe and zebra haunt the savanna alongside more than a dozen types of antelope, such as the diminutive Oribi and the world´s largest antelope, the Eland. There are pods of hippopotami, and huge crocodiles soak up the sun. Along the lake shores are some of the continent´s densest concentrations of water birds, while the marshes are home to endangered bird species such as the exquisite papyrus Sonolek and the bizarre shoe-bill.
Full day with game drives in the Park. Overnight Akagera Game Lodge.
Drive to Butare. Visit the famous National Museum. After lunch continue to the Nyungwe National Park. Overnight at Gisakura Guesthouse.
This 1000 sq.km. jungle in the south of Rwanda is the largest and most ancient afro-mountain forest remaining in East & Central Africa, dating back to the last ice age. The forest is interspersed with well marked and maintained trails and boasts 13 rare primate species, the world´s largest ever recorded arboreal troop of black/white Colobus monkeys, over 300 species of birds and 100 types of orchids. Nyungwe forest and chimpanzee trekking is the ideal complement to any Gorilla safari.
Primates trekking within the Park (chimpanzees and Colobus monkeys). After lunch drive to Lake Kivu. Overnight Kibuye Guesthouse.
Lake Kivu is a beautiful inland sea enclosed by steep, green terraced hills along the Congolese border. Three resort towns, Gisenyi, Kibuye and Cyangugu are connected by a road that rises and falls through lush plantain fields and misty rainforest to offer sweeping views over the blue water. It is one of the classic road journeys in all of Africa. There is also charter boat service on the lake connecting the 3 towns.
Morning boat ride on Lake Kivu. Drive along the lake to Gisenyi. Overnight Kivu Sun Hotel.
After an early breakfast drive to Ruhengeri/ Kinigi in the Parc National des Volcans. Gorilla trek!
Overnight Gorillas Nest Lodge.
Located in the Virunga Mountains, a magnificent chain of dormant volcanoes in the North of the country, the park forms part of the extension of the Congo-Nile divide, separating two of Africa´s most important watersheds. They´re also home to the world´s last surviving mountain Gorilla population, currently a mere 700 individuals.
Morning at leisure at the lodge. After lunch, transfer to Kigali. Overnight Novotel.
After breakfast, late morning transfer to the airport in time to check in for your flight to Nairobi.