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Authentic Rwanda

Permits Included!We don't like extras, so the costly Gorilla & Angola colobus monkey tracking permits have been included with this tour. Learn more
Discover and explore the very best of Rwanda on this 8-day independent tour. Explore the beautiful national parks, lush rainforest and colourful culture of Rwanda. Experience one of the greatest wildlife encounters on earth observing the magnificent mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, trek in search of colobus monkeys and admire the exotic birdlife.FROM KIGALI TO NYUNGWEDiscover the history of Rwanda in the capital of Kigali, then continue the journey to Nyungwe Forest National Park, most likely the best preserved montane rainforest in Central Africa. Here you'll trek the forest in search of the Angola colobus monkeys and exotic birdlife, before touring a nearby tea plantation.CLOSE ENCOUNTERSHead north to Musanze, a village located at the foot of the Virungas - a chain of mostly dormant volcans. In the Volcans National Park, you'll get up close and personal with a family of rare mountain gorillas. Spend an incredible hour observing these magnificent creatures in their daily life feeding, playing, resting and raising their young. You'll also visit an ex-poacher's village that is now an award-winning conservation initiative, visit the local market and explore the local area.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Meet & greet on arrival and private airport transfers
  • Exclusive use of 4WD vehicle

Accommodation & Meals

  • 7 nights in African-style hotels & lodges (3-4 star)
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based driver/guide
  • Professional trackers while trekking

Entrance Fees & Permits

  • Entrance fees to all national parks are included
  • Gorilla & Angola colobus monkey tracking permits are included (approx US$1,575)

Sightseeing

  • City tour of Kigali, including the Genocide Memorial
  • Track the very unique Angola Colobus Monkeys of the Nyuengwe Forest
  • Visit a Rwandan tea plantation
  • Explore local markets enroute to Lake Kivu
  • Search for the rare and critically endangered mountain gorillas in the foothills of the Virungas
  • Visit an award-winning conservation initiative in Rwanda, run by former poachers
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
8
Price From
AUD $8,935
Start Location
Rwanda
End Location
Rwanda
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Private
Physical Rating
Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
15 Dec 201807 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $9,555 
01 Jan 201931 Dec 2019Fully BookedAUD $7,655 
ItineraryExpand
Authentic Rwanda

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Arrive Kigali

Welcome to Rwanda! After being met and transferred to your hotel enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2. Kigali - Nyungwe Forest National Park

After breakfast enjoy a city tour including the Kandt Museum, Old Kigali and the craft centres. After lunch, continue to beautiful Nyungwe Forest National Park. [B,L,D]

Day 3. Nyungwe Forest National Park

This morning, transfer to the park headquarters for a half-day forest trek in search of the Angola colobus monkeys. Other primates likely to be seen during the trek include L'Hst's monkey and the grey-cheeked mangabey. The park is also home to a range of exotic and interesting bird species - 24 species are endemic to this specific area of the Rift Valley. Return to the lodge for lunch, before an afternoon tour of a nearby tea plantation. [B,L,D]

Day 4. Nyungwe Forest National Park - Lake Kivu

Head north today towards Kibuye, located on the shores of Lake Kivu, stopping at some colourful local markets en route. After lunch, continue to Gisenyi on the northern end of the lake. Lake Kivu is one of Africa's Great Lakes and the sixth-largest in Africa! [B,L]

Day 5. Lake Kivu - Musanze

Enjoy a morning at leisure to relax in this idyllic location before heading north to Musanze, located at the foot of the Virungas. The Virungas are a chain of mostly dormant volcans lying along Rwanda's northern border. They are home to the critically endangered mountain gorillas as well as other mammals, including the black-fronted duiker, buffalo, spotted hyena and bushbuck. [B,L,D]

Day 6. Volcans National Park Excursion

Today is a real highlight - visit a family of mountain gorillas! After a short briefing, an exhilarating trek takes you through the rainforest, walking in the footsteps of the rare mountain gorilla. Spend an hour with these magnificent creatures as they go about their daily life. This afternoon, visit an ex-poachers' village, an award-winning conservation initiative. [B,L,D]

Day 7. Musanze - Kigali

This morning, explore the local area including a visit to the local market, before returning to Kigali. [B,D]

Day 8. Depart Kigali

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey. [B]