Day 1 : Kigali
Meet and Greet services, road transfer to Kigali Serena Hotel
Afternoon at leisure. Kigali's people are some of the most friendly and welcoming you will ever meet. They cannot wait to share this beautiful country with you
A wide range of fascinating activities are available in and around Kigali some of which include:-
- Banana juice making at a local community
- Traditional Drumming & Dance class
- Iby'Awacu Cultural Village
- Certain nationalities do not require a visa to enter Rwanda. The current exemption list includes Burundi, DRC, Kenya, Mauritius Tanzania and Uganda. - All nationalities are advised to check the website www.migration.gov.rw for the latest. Visa applications MUST be submitted online at least 3 days before arrival as some international airlines will not let you board without it. Rwandan Immigration officials will usually have a copy of this form on their desk when you arrive, which speeds up the process. The process may take about a week. - NB: Australia, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, UK & USA passport holders can get visa on any Rwandan entry point.
PLASTIC BAGS - The Government of Rwanda passed a law prohibiting the manufacturing, importation, use and sale of polythene bags in Rwanda on 10th September 2008.
Day 2 : Volcanoes National Park
Have Breakfast at your hotel
Embark on a City Tour of Kigali including the Genocide Memorial site a grim reminder of a senseless massacre of innocent’s lives in 1994. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide; learn about other genocides in the world and how this country has dealt with that past. Tour more and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience.
Lunch at hotel des mille colline.
After lunch, depart on a scenic drive west wards to Ruhengeri, the base for Gorilla trekking at the Parc National des Volcans. The town itself, located only 25km from Uganda boarder, is relatively a small city. The constant flow of humanity is quite remarkable. The Town has great views of the surrounding volcanoes. People are very friendly here and although a former Belgian colony (and thus French-speaking), many people speak English here. Upon arrival have lunch and enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Overnight: Mountain Gorrilla View Lodge (Full Board)
This is a 3 hour drive. While the distance is not that far, there are newly imposed speed restrictions which means the transfer takes an hour longer than previously.
Please allow yourself sufficient time to return to the airport if not spending your last night in Kigali
Day 3 : Volcanoes National Park
Early breakfast at your lodge, 0630 hrs; Transfer to the Volcanoes National Park HQs 0700 hrs; Registration where the park staff determines which group of gorillas you will visit. The park staff discusses your fitness level and advises you of the trekking times and conditions to the various groups based upon their location in the park the previous evening. There are a total of 80 gorilla permits available each day with a maximum of eight trekkers visiting any one group.
Once the trekkers are put into groups, each group’s Lead Guide briefs the trekkers of the trekking procedures as well as the “do’s and don’ts” while in the presence of gorillas. After the briefing, trekkers return to their respective vehicles for the drive up the mountain to the starting point.
Porters may be hired for the trek to carry your backpack and gear; Cost, US$10 per person/per day. We advise that you utilize this service.
Trekking can take from two to six or more hours if the gorillas move before the park rangers locate them the next morning. The guides stop frequently to allow trekkers a chance to rest and take photos along the way. After trekking, have lunch at the lodge; Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Full Board)
Day 4 : End of Itinerary
Dependent on your departure time, you may be able to enjoy another excursion before your departure, such as a Golden Monkey trek or a visit to Diann Fosseys Tomb
Enjoy the Scenic drive from the foothills of the Virunga volcanoes and drive south some banana plantations on a scenic drive to Kigali. Everything and everywhere, sheer green hanging on the hills; Rwanda truly - land of a thousand fertile green hills. Africa's hidden gem!
Upon arrival transfer to Kigali International airport for your departure flight