DAY 1: ARRIVAL KIGALI AND TRANSFER TO HOTEL
On arrival at Kigali International Airport in Rwanda, you will be received by one of our tour guide who will transfer you to the hotel.
Day 2: KIGALI CITY EXPLORATION
Start historical-minded exploration of Kigali city with visits to landmarks from colonial, post-independence, genocide and post-genocide times i.e. Kigali Genocide memorial site where over 259,000 genocide victims were put to rest in mass graves,Kimironko Local Market Belgian camp where they killed the 10 Belgian UN soldiers who were protecting the moderate prime minister before the start of genocide etc.
DAY 3: EXPERIENCING RWANDAN LIFE
In the morning after the breakfast, head to Muhanga to Join a locals at their hillside, working, feasting, creating and laughing by participating in a day of life of artisans, imigongo ( cow dung art experience), traditional cooking , Candle Dipping and Hive Making. After we head to Butare and visit the Nyanza Loyal palace en route to Butare.
Day 4: VISIT MUSEUM IN BUTARE
After the breakfast we go to the National Museum, introduction to Rwanda’s kingdoms, discovery of colonial architecture in the afternoon enjoy traditional dancers from the museum , visit the Catholic church in Butare.
Day5: TRANSFER TO NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK
Early morning after the breakfast heads to the Nyungwe National Park, by arriving have a walk on the canopy walk. From there we head to the hotel for relaxing around this impenetrable forest.
DAY 6: CHIMPANZEE TREK
Your visit is to see the primates, with 13 species of Chimpanzee resident in Forest, you go to the park office before heading to trek chimpanzee. After Lunch we go to hike Kamiranzovu waterfall.
DAY 7: TEA PLANTATION VISIT
After breakfast, we go for visiting the tea plantation and later head to Kibuye along the Kivu Lake; you will have a fantastic view of the country of a thousand hills.
Day 8: ENJOY BOAT AND KIBUYE
In the morning after the breakfast you will have a boat trip to visit different island in the kivu lake, after lunch have a drive to visit the environmental museum and later back to your hotel for enjoying the beach.
Day 9: TRANSFER TO GISENYI – CONGO-NILE TRAIL EXCURSION
Discover the historical Congo-Nile trail enroute to Gisenyi or Rubavu. You explore the beauty and unique sites of the trail of which include experiencing coffee and tea tours, local livelihoods, fishing with local fishermen using traditional boats.
DAY 10: COMMUNITY PROJECTS IN GISENYI
It will be an educational revealing day with tours to women who live with HIV/AIDS, former prostitutes, widows of genocide, street kids etc.
Day11: KAYAKING IN KIVU LAKE
In the morning after the breakfast, you will enjoy the kayaking in Kivu lake after you have a city tour of Rubavu for visiting Two borders with DRC and hot springs later back to your hotel for overnight.
DAY 12: BUHANGA ECO PARK – RED ROCKS
This morning , drive to Musanze by arriving meet with your respective park rangers who takes you to the Buhanga Eco Park, this has been a sacred forest where the Rwandese Kings performed initiation ceremonies; today it is a testimonial to past societies that conducted such rituals. There is an opportunity here to go on a trail walk through the park and see where these rituals took place.
When you reach one of the ritual sites in the park, you are confronted with a small ditch that is surrounded by a flowery thicket and small lava stones. This is where the kings’ assistants, the Abiru, pick some herbs and add to spring water to make a ritual bath for the king’s coronation. After we will visit the red rocks for home stay.
DAY 13: GORILLA TREKKING AND CULTURAL VISIT
After an early morning breakfast, you will transfer to the park headquarters together with your packed lunch early enough to be briefed about the code of conduct while with the gorillas. This will be followed by entering the forest in search of the gorillas in the forest which may take 2-6 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas in the jungle. Meet and stay with the gorillas for a maximum of one hour. Ascend for a community walk to the Banyarwanda people and enjoy their different performances and also explore more about their unique culture. Overnight in Muhabura Hotel.
DAY 14: GOLDEN MONKEY TREKKING
Early this morning meet with your respective park rangers, who will take you to see the rare and Albertine rift endemic golden monkeys. Visit the twin lakes in the afternoon.
DAY 15: TRANSFER TO THE AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
In the morning, after the breakfast we will embark on a transfer to Akagera National Park. Arriving there you will relax at your hotel.
DAY 16: AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK TOUR AND BOAT TRIP
Early in the morning after the breakfast we will we go for the game drive and in the afternoon have a boat ride on Lake Ihema that will reward you with views of a large number of hippos, huge Nile crocodiles and a variety of bird species.
DAY 17: GAME DRIVE IN AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
Early morning, after breakfast heads for search the big 5 plus the 12 species of antelopes including the biggest antelopes such as the eland cape and roan antelopes, the topi, some of the 525-bird species including 4 Albertine rift endemics, reptiles, amphibians, plants, magnificent landscapes, historical sites; a place with the highest concentration of birds per square kilometer in any national park of Africa and hundreds of hippos etc.
DAY 18: TRANSFER TO KIGALI
After a morning breakfast, embark on a transfer to Kigali, visit Agahozo Youth Village in your way to Kigali.
Day 19: BUGESERA
This day is dedicated to an excursion to the Nyamata and Ntarama Genocide memorials after you will head for lunch in la Palice hotel on the beach of Rumira Lake. Back to Kigali for overnight.
DAY 20: KIGALI COMMUNITY VISIT
After the breakfast you will have Nyamirambo Walking Tour, Nyamirambo is a bustling multi-cultural commercial district in Kigali. This unique experience brings you right into the heart of the colours, noises and smells of urban Rwanda. And visit Bwiza Village during this visit you can see how the government has helped to bring new housing to this community along with their local arts and crafts.
DAY 21: DEPARTURE
After the breakfast go for last souvenir shopping prior to your departure flight.