A round trip through Rwanda

Tour Highlights

This tour offers unique opportunities to explore Rwanda with its natural treasures and rich culture. A visit to the Genocide Museum is both informative and inspiring. Akagera National Park offers beautiful landscapes and wildlife like the Big Five and over 400 bird species. Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park is one of the memorable activities on this trip and visiting the Dian Fossey’s grave at Karisoke Research Camp.

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Itinerary Details

Day 1
Upon arrival at Kigali International airport we are received by a Kiboslopes representative and drive to Scheba hotel to check in and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Scheba Hotel
Meal Plan: B

Day 2
After breakfast we embark on a tour of Kigali which is ranked as the cleanest city in Africa. During this tour, we will visit historical places like the Richard Kandt Museum which was the first modern house in Kigali, the Genocide memorial to have a better understanding of the tragedy that happened in 1994. The tour through the old and new Kigali takes us to cultural and artistic places like the Inema Arts Centre and pass through Nyamirambo, the most vibrant area in Kigali. We have lunch here and later drive back to Scheba Hotel for an overnight stay.

Accommodation: Scheba Hotel
Meal Plan: B

Day 3
After breakfast, we take a 2 and half hours’ drive to Akagera National Park. On the way, we pass by Imigongo Art Center in Kayonza for a cup of coffee and some shopping. After check in at the Park, we head to Akagera Game lodge for check-in as well as refresh for an evening boat cruise on one of the Parks’ lakes, Lake Ihema. We enjoy a relaxing and fun cruise and then return to Akagera Game lodge for an overnight stay.

Accommodation: Akagera Game Lodge
Meal Plan: B L D

Day 4
After an early breakfast with packed lunch, we go for a game drive within Akagera National park with the chance to meet the big five (elephants, rhinos, buffalos, leopards, lions) Beside the big five Akagera NP offers beautiful landscapes and plenty of other animals like zebras, bushbuck, antelopes and primates like olive baboons, velvets and secretive blue monkey which are seen during the day. Akagera NP is also home to over 500 birds’ species. The games drive starts from the South gate and exit in the North gate for an overnight stay at Epic Hotel and Suites.

Accommodation: Epic Hotel
Meal Plan: D B

Day 5
At 8 am in the morning, we leave Epic Hotel heading to Musanze, the most popular touristic city and the gateway to the Volcanoes. The city has got so many restaurants and hotels seen along the way. We have lunch on the way at la Palme Hotel and go for canoeing in River Mukungwa and enjoy beautiful surroundings of vegetation and views of the Volcanoes. From canoeing, we drive to Five Volcanoes Lodge for an overnight stay.

Accommodation: Five Volcanoes Lodge
Meal Plan: B L D

Day 6
After breakfast, we drive to Volcanoes National Park headquarters for briefing which starts at 7 a.m for the hike to Dian Fossey’s grave. We take a 30 minutes’ drive from the National park HQ to the trailhead to access the Karisoke Research Camp where Dian’s grave is located in between Mt. Karisimbi and Mt. Bisoke. We enjoy a walk for 10 minutes to the park boundary. The walk from the park boundary to the research center where Dian’s grave is taken about an hour and affords good views of forest hogs, forest elephants, a variety of primates and bird species.
After enjoying the beautiful and wonderful hike we drive to the hotel for lunch and after have a village tour. A big number of the population living around the Volcanoes used to be poachers but have since changed and are great conservatives as they now understand the importance of the Park’s existence. From that wonderful village tour, we drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Five Volcanoes Lodge
Meal Plan: B L D

Day 7
After an early breakfast, we report to the Volcanoes National Park Headquarters at 7 am for briefing to start gorilla tracking. The trek may take anything between 2 to 4 hours until we spot the gorillas feasting on bamboo sprouts. We have an hour to observe them in their habitat and take pictures. This is a once in a lifetime experience. After gorilla tracking, we drive back to the hotel for lunch then drive to Lake Kivu, Gisenyi and spend the rest of the evening at the beach. Overnight stay will be at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel.

Accommodation: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel
Meal Plan: B D

Day 8
After breakfast we enjoy a 3 hour’s boat ride from Kivu Serena Hotel to Kibuye. Along the ride, we get to see beautiful islands within Lake Kivu, a view of Goma city of the Republic Democratic of Congo as well as people fishing on the lake. We stop for Lunch at Rushel Lodge a beautiful lodge on the lake shores and then continue to Cormoran Lodge located in Karongi city where we spend the night.

Accommodation: Cormoran Lodge
Meal Plan: B L D

Day 9
Today is a leisure day at the Lake. We can opt to go for water sports activities like kayaking, fishing, swimming, boat tours or relax at the beach enjoying the sun and Kivu smell. We will have both lunch and dinner at Cormoran Lodge.

Accommodation: Cormoran Lodge
Meal Plan: B L D

Day 10
After breakfast we drive to Nyungwe National Park using Kivu Belt Road. Enjoy a ride of around 3 hours along Lake Kivu to the Park. We check in at Top Hill View Hotel, have lunch and drive to Uwinka at Park Office for briefing and start the 2-3 hours canopy walk, enjoying a 2.1 km walk in the beautiful natural rain forest and also experience a 160 m skywalk on 90 m high level from the ground. After the Canopy walk, we drive back to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Accommodation: Top Hill View Hotel
Meal Plan: B L D

Day 11
After breakfast we drive to Kigali, a five hour drive, through the southern part of Rwanda known as the Heritage Corridor for its rich culture and historical sites. Along the corridor, we make stopovers to visit some cultural sites and museums. The first visit will be to the Ethnographic Museum located in Huye District, the cultural city, learn more about the Rwandan culture where a traditional troop will perform a dance for us. We have an optional lunch at Ibis Hotel then continue to Nyanza passing by Save where we find the first built Catholic church in Rwanda in 1900. We also make a stop at the Kings Palace Museum, a replica of the ancient Kings houses and learn more about the Rwandan Kingdom life. We continue to Kigali with more stopovers at cultural and historical sites on the way including, Kabgayi Basilica and King Ruganzu footprints in Muhanga. Upon arriving at Kigali, we drive to Scheba Hotel to check in and get ready for a wonderful dinner at Ubumwe Grand Hotel rooftop which is few meters from Scheba Hotel. We enjoy our dinner with the best view of Kigali at night and then drive back to Scheba hotel for an overnight stay .

Accommodation: Scheba hotel
Meal Plan: B

Day 12
After breakfast we drive to Kigali International Airport which is 20 minutes from the hotel for our departure.

  • Tour Days: 12
  • Price Guide:
    No of PeoplePrice 2019 USD Per Person Sharing
    1pax $ 8,546/=
    2pax$ 6,447/=
    3pax $ 5,748/=
    4pax and more$ 5,398/=
  • Important:

    - meal plan as specified –BB (bed and Breakfast), HB (Half board; breakfast and dinner), FB (Full board; breakfast, lunch and dinner)
    - Airport transfers and safari on 4x4 vehicles
    - English speaking driver guides and unlimited gamedrives
    - Park entry fees
    - Kigali city tour with Genocide memorial and Richards Kandt, Ethnographic Museum & Kings Palace entry fees
    - Gorilla Trekking fees
    - Sunset Cruise at Akagera
    - Canoeing
    - Diane Fossy Hike
    - Canopy walk
    - Visit fees to Ethnographic Museum & Kings Palace

    - International flight arrival and departure
    - Lunch and dinner Day1 and Lunch Day2 and Day 11
    Drinks in hotels and lodges/ telephone/ laundry/ tips

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