Day 1: Arrival at Kigali &Transfer to Ruhengeri / Musanze
You will be picked up from the airport or your accommodation in Kigali and transfer to Ruhengeri also known as Musanze town in the Northern Province and the base town for activities in Volcanoes National Park. Dinner and overnight stay atHotel Muhabura.
Day 2: Golden Monkey Trekking & Iby’iwachu Cultural Village
Breakfast will be served early and drive back to the park headquarters as above. Receive briefing and go for Golden monkey trekking. Tracking is done in Volcanoes national park, but less strenuous compared to Gorilla trekking.
It lasts 2 to 5 hours and return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, you will visit Iby’iwachu cultural village where you will learn and experience traditional Rwandese lifestyle. Return in the evening for dinner and overnight stay at Hotel Muhabura as above.
Day 3: Twin Lakes Tour &Transfer to Gisenyi
Have breakfast and head out for a tour of Rwanda’s twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo where you will do a canoe ride and visit the locals on the Island. You will also visit the Rugezi marshes for great bird watching within the same area.
Have lunch and transfer to Gisenyi – the border town between Congo and Rwanda arriving late afternoon and relax at the hotel enjoying the sunset. Dinner and overnight stay at Ubumwe Hotel.
Day 4: Nyiragongo Hiking
Wake up to an early breakfast and cross the border by 8:30am and proceed to Kibati patrol post to begin your Nyiragongo hike with overnight at the summit shelter where you will take in rewarding views of the lava lake. Meals and drinking water will be provided.
Day 5: Transfer to Kibumba Tented Camp
Today, you descend down from Nyiragongo arriving back at Kibati by 11am and transfer to Kibumba Tented Camp in preparation for the next day’s Gorilla trek in Congo’s Virunga National Park. Meals and overnight stay at Kibumba Tented Camp.
Day 6:Gorilla Trekking in Virunga National Park – DRC
Have your breakfast early (about 7am) and drive to Bukima ranger post for briefing and Gorilla trekking in Virunga national park. The experience is unique every time but you are only allowed 1 hour maximum with the Gorillas in every location. After trekking, transfer back to Kibumba Tented Camp and spend another night.
Day 7: Transfer to Nyungwe forest national park – Rwanda
Enjoy breakfast at leisure and depart Kibumba for Nyungwe forest national park arriving in time for lunch. Have lunch and relax at the lodge while admiring the vast tea plantations or go for an optional nature walk in Nyungwe forest with lots of monkeys and birds. Dinner and overnight stay at Gisakura Guesthouse.
Day 8: Chimpanzee Trekking& Canopy Walk
Your morning in Nyungwe begins as early as 6am with breakfast and drive to the park offices for briefing and after enter into the tropical rain forest to search for the shy chimpanzees hopping on the tree branches and take unforgettable photos and videos.
Have lunch and in the evening, experience the canopy walk which offers clear view of plants, primates, birds, butterflies very close. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Gisakura Guesthouse as above.
Day 9: Transfer to Kigali
Schedule your breakfast as desired on a usually hazy morning in Nyungwe and later embark the vehicle and transfer to Kigali with lunch en-route. You will visit the Nyamata and Ntarama genocide sites and continue to Kigali arriving late afternoon. Have dinner and stay overnight at Step Town Motel
Day 10: City tour, Airport Transfer & Departure
Depending on your flight schedule, you can have breakfast at 9am and head out for a tour of Kigali city – one of the cleanest cities in Africa! Visit the Kaplaki crafts village for souvenir shopping, Kimironko market and the Gisozi Genocide memorial site in Kigali.
Lunch could be in between or after depending on how long you take at one site. Later transfer to the airport for your onward flight.