On Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Kinigi (Volcanoes NP)
AAB Tours and Travel guide receives you into Rwanda and takes you around Kigali city to places like the Genocide Memorial Centre at Gisozi or to the market place to see the way of life of the Rwandese. Rwanda has good-looking scenery distinguished by green highlands and emerald vegetation. Rwanda’s abundant flora and fauna, includes the rare mountain gorillas, admired by international visitors who qualify the country to be among the rapid promising tourist hub in East Africa. In the evening, you will be taken to Ruhengeri for dinner and over night at Kinigi Guest house, Muhabura Lodge, Mountain Gorilla Nest lodge, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or Lapalme Hotel or Volcanoes Lodge.
On Day 2: Gorilla Tracking
Enjoy your morning breakfast and be taken ORTPN office by our guide. The park ranger guides will brief you before heading for tracking gorillas -the supreme primates in the animal kingdom. No exact time is known for the thrilling exercise by a look at the gigantic human-like primates is a moment well-spent. You can use the last hours of the day for an expedition to see the eye-catching Lake Bulera and Ruhondo. Then retire for overnight and dinner.
On Day 3: Trek Golden Monkeys, Transfer to Gisenyi (Lake Kivu)
After a morning meal, report to Rwanda tour offices (ORTPN offices) to be briefed about the Golden monkey trekking in Volcanoes NP. Trekking these monkeys is an outstanding experience especially when you see them snap and correlate in different ways as they play hide-and-seek a great deal to the excitement of the guests. Golden monkeys live only in the Virunga Conservation Area and have been well adapted in two groups. The Kabatwa group lives near the Park headquarters and the Musanga group near the Karisimbi, a relatively longer walking distance. This trip is very exciting and it’s full of photo opportunities.
Have lunch and take an expedition to Gisenyi on the shoreline of Lake Kivu in the Albertine rift valley. Lake Kivu is among the African Great Lakes. Situated on the DR Congo-Rwanda boarder, Lake Kivu drains into the Ruzizi River that flows southwards into Lake Tanganyika. Lying at an altitude of 1,460 metres (4,790 ft), Lake Kivu covers about 2,700 km2 (1,040 sq mi). With the depth of 480 m (1,575 ft), Kivu is ranked 15th in the world. In Lake Kivu lies the world’s tenth-largest inland island, Idjwi, as well as the minute island of Tshegera, which also lies within the margins of Virunga National Park. Settlements on the lake shores consist of Kabare, Sake, Kalehe, Bukavu and Goma in Congo and Gisenyi, Kibuye and Cyangugu in Rwanda. dinner and over night at Kivu Sun Hotel, Kibuye Guest House, Malahide Paradise Hotel, Palm Beach Hotel and Kivu Serena Hotel.
On Day 4: Gisenyi (Lake Kivu) – transfer to Kigali
Have breakfast and take a boat ride to some of the Islands in Lake Kivu. Go to Napoleon Island, Amahoro and Nkombo islands plus a tour around the fishing villages, rural coffee washing stations and Nyamyumba Hot springs. Return to the main land for dinner and over night at your hotel.
On Day 5: Kigali Visit and Departure
As you prepare for your departure and in case you missed some places on the Kigali city tour, visit the genocide memorial centers, notably Gisozi and Murambi (Gikongoro) in Kigali where the history of the genocide in Rwanda is given in details. A tour to the genocide memorial is for a good number of visitors an expressive experience. Move to the airport for your departure.
End of the trip.
GORILLA TREKKING REQUIREMENTS
1. 2 –3 pairs of light weight slacks/trousers – that can dry quickly.
2. 2-3 short sleeved t-shirts,
3. 1 pair of shorts
4. 1-2 long sleeved shirts
5. 1 sweater or sweatshirt and strong waterproof walking boots/jacket
6. Hat-wide brim or with a visor for sun protection
7. Lightweight wool socks
8. Pair of sports sandals
9. Gloves – gardening or similar for gorilla trekking
10. Insect repellent, flashlight, binoculars, camera and extra lenses
11. Sunscreen glasses
12. Extra batteries – Some safari Lodges have facilities for recharging batteries
13. Personal toiletries,