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10 Day Safari: Rwanda Safari Adventure

Rwanda
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Duration

10 Days 9 Nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

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Overview

Summary:
In this 10 days safari, you will explore the three biggest National Parks (Akagera National park,
Nyungwe National park, and Volcanoes national park) in Rwanda. You will track the critically
endangered mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park located in the Virunga Mountains.
This is perhaps one of the most breathtaking wildlife experiences on earth!!! You get so close to
these awesome giant primates.
 Destination – Akagera National park, Nyungwe National park, and Volcanoes national
park.
 Activities – Game drive, Gorilla and Chimpanzee Tracking, and Boat cruise
 Tailor-Made- We are specialists in personalized, tailor-made travel and your holiday will
be custom-designed to suit your requirements. We are all individuals, so why be tied to a
set group tour or a set itinerary? Our experienced staff can help you design your own
individualized holiday. Explore at your own pace, choose your own style of
accommodation, and include your own choice of sightseeing and activities.

 Accommodation – It is valid and will greatly depend on your budget. We can and will
help you choose from the list when planning your trip. At whatever level, we provide the
very best for our guests. Kubwa Five Safaris reserves the right to substitute equivalent or
superior hotels. If a hotel of equivalent standard is not available Kubwa Five Safaris may
substitute the next best quality hotel or suggest a superior at an extra charge. There is free
wi-fi in hotels.
 Transportation – 4×4 Safari Land cruiser / Minivan (up to eight passengers) with pop-up
tops and seven window seats for game viewing. Groups of twelve or more people who
would like to travel in one vehicle are offered 25-28 seat coasters that have about 16
window seats. Our Safari vehicles are well maintained to provide maximum level of
comfort and safety.
 Our Drivers /Guides – We recognize this for a fact! The success of your safari will largely
depend on your driver/guide. It is because of this that we have a great team of carefully
selected drivers /guides, well trained.

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Itinerary

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Day One: Arrival in Kigali.

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, Kubwa Five Safaris representative with your name
printed on an A4 paper will be ready to receive you and tell you so much about the natural
beauty of Rwanda. You will appreciate the country as a land of thousand hills. Our guide will
drive you to your hotel and these range from luxury, moderate, and budget accommodation. They are beautifully designed to make your stay comfortable. You check-in and have dinner and
overnight at luxury Accommodation: Kigali Serena Hotel Moderate Accommodation: Manor Hotel
Budget Accommodation: Sinai Suite/ Tea House. Serena Hotel is perfectly situated within one of the city’s most vibrant boulevards. Here, guests are welcomed into a gleaming granite atrium, adorned with fantastic Rwandan artworks, where they are then ushered to contemporary rooms that feature air conditioning, Wi-Fi connectivity, a satellite television, and a lovely ensuite bathroom. The hotel offers a wonderful selection of dining options; from the Milima Restaurant that overlooks the sparkling swimming pool to the Sokoni Restaurant that has become a popular meeting place for both locals and travelers alike. In the evenings retreat to the hotel’s convivial lounge where two bar areas await.
Manor Hotel: Located grandly in Kigali, within close proximity to Kigali's most exclusive
addresses. A two-minute walking distance from the golf club, ten-minute walk from the Kigali
Convention Center and a five-minute drive to the Genocide Memorial Center. Whether it be for
business or leisure our team will help you get anywhere that you need to go within Rwanda and
East Africa. At The Manor Hotel, the magnificent décor and the contemporary design of the
lobby welcome you to an experience to remember.
Sinai Suites is well equipped with modern facilities for short-stay accommodation and long term
apartments. We offer local transportation to ensure maximum comfort. We have partnered with major Tours Agencies that can tailor tourism trip in Rwanda and the rest of East African
countries. Sinai Suites offers accommodation needs for visitors in Kigali, Rwanda with splendid
comfort far away from home. We are located in Kimironko, 7 minutes drive from Kigali International Airport, and 20 minutes’ drive from Kigali City center.
Tea House: A fantastic and relaxing place to stay in Kigali: very close to the airport, a large white
house, wonderfully styled and surrounded by a nice garden. Large, colored, very clean, and
comfortable tea rooms. Free and fast internet connection. Free airport pick up. Delicious and
huge breakfast included on the full price. Professional, kind, helpful, and welcoming staff.
Excellent service with meticulous attention to detail.

Day Two: Transfer to Akagera National park and evening game drive.

See plenty of wildlife in Akagera National Park. Have a lovely breakfast and drive off to the
beautiful Akagera National Park. The journey is amazing as you will see magnificent sceneries,
the vehicle can be stopped at any time to take pictures and get a closer view at interesting
features. We arrive during lunchtime and check in to our desired lodges. In the afternoon, we go
for a game drive; you will get a chance to see animals such as elephants, Impalas, Zebras, and
many others. Make sure your camera is fully charged to enable you to take the best shots as you catch a glance at the animals. After a wonderful time in the park, we return to the lodge. Have dinner and overnight at Akagera game lodge. Akagera Game Lodge is located in the south of Akagera National Park in Kayonza District,
Eastern Province, Rwanda. You can access the hotel via Rwamagana, Kabarondo and
Rwinkwavu Road. The trip from Kigali to the hotel will only take you 2 hours. From the lodge,
you can enjoy some pretty amazing views of Lake Ihema. It offers comfortable accommodation
with simple but tastefully furnished rooms, a restaurant, a swimming pool, a curio bar, a tennis court, and a few other life comforts. Usual board basis is there is access to wifi and television for those who cannot live without communication channels.

Day Three: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise.

Wake up early morning, have breakfast, and proceed for a second-morning game drive. We will drive to the northern part of the park to see the early risers as they go back to sleep. Such animals are only active at night and rarely seen during the day. As you drive through, you see animals like bushbucks, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, lions, and many others. You will see them in large numbers as they try to look for pasture. Return to the lodge for lunch and relax. In the afternoon, we get ready for the boat cruise on Lake Ihema, you will get a chance to see hippos thrashing the water, crocodiles basking in the sun, different bird species, and other animals seen at a distance. The encounter will be rewarding and memorable. Have dinner and overnight at Akagera Game Lodge

Day Four: Transfer from Akagera to Nyungwe National park.

Have a beautiful breakfast and drive off to Nyungwe National Park. The journey will be
interesting with stopovers; you will visit the Butare Museum and Nyanza museum. You will take
nice pictures and get information about Rwanda’s culture. Have lunch and proceed to the park.
We arrive late in the evening and check in to your desired lodge. Have dinner and overnight at

Luxury Accommodation: Nyungwe One & Only Lodge
Moderate Accommodation: Nyungwe Top View Lodge
Budget Accommodation: Gisakura Guest Hotel.
Nyungwe One & Only Lodge Located in the heart of a tea plantation with a stunning jungle
backdrop, the former Nyungwe Forest Lodge, now part of the famous One & Only chain, is one
of the most exclusive lodges in all Rwanda, with 22 fancy rooms and suites in six opulent
wooden villas.
Nyungwe Top View Hotel is idyllically situated on top of one of the hills of Nyungwe forest
area; the largest single forest block in East Africa and the biggest water reservoir for Rwanda.
Gisakura Guest House is located 2km outside the Nyungwe National Park close to the
Gisakura Tea Estate precisely on the road from Park to Rusizi former Cyangugu. Its
accommodation is extremely cheap and comfortable. Rooms are of three categories furnished with shower and hot water is always available from the electric heater.

Day Five: First Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe National Park and afternoon primate walk in the forest.

Have an early morning breakfast and proceed to the park headquarters for briefing about the
rules of tracking the chimpanzees. The encounter is amazing as you hike through the jungle, you
will get a chance to see them face to face as they do their daily work; some playing, feeding and
others resting. They will surely entertain you and all you have to do is to take as many pictures
as possible. After a thrilling moment with the chimpanzees, return to the lodge for lunch and in
the afternoon, go for colobus monkey tracking. As you hike, you will come across other primates
such as vervet monkeys, baboons, and others. Bird watchers will get a chance to see many
species. Have dinner and overnight at
Luxury Accommodation: Nyungwe One & Only Lodge
Moderate Accommodation: Nyungwe Top View Lodge
Budget Accommodation: Gisakura Guest Hotel.

Day Six: Second chimp tracking and afternoon canopy walk

With an exquisite breakfast, get ready for the second chimpanzee tracking. This time we take a
different route. You will see many of these and appreciate the fact that Rwanda is gifted by
nature. The encounter is always unique and beyond comparison. Have lunch and in the
afternoon, we go for the spectacular forest canopy walk, this is well constructed to offer you a better view of the birds, primates, and a breathtaking view of the forest. It’s quite adventurous and memorable for a lifetime. Dinner and overnight at
Luxury Accommodation: Nyungwe One & Only Lodge
Moderate Accommodation: Nyungwe Top View Lodge
Budget Accommodation: Gisakura Guest Hotel.

Day Seven: Transfer to Volcanoes national park.

Have an early morning breakfast and drive off to the Volcanoes National Park. The journey is not
boring as you take beautiful sceneries of the area, with stopovers anytime you see something
interesting. Lunch is en-route and we arrive late in the park and check in to your desired lodge.
Have dinner and rest at.
Luxury Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Moderate Accommodation: La Palme Hotel
Budget Accommodation: St Anne hotel/Garden Place Hotel
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is located on the foothills of Mount Karisimbi, one of the
volcanic mountains that make up the Virunga Massif. The lodge is about 10 minutes drive to the
main entrance of the Volcanoes National Park where gorilla trekking starts. Mountain Gorilla
View Lodge is an Eco-lodge with 30 spacious chalets. To ensure the least disruption of the
surrounding environment, the Ecolodge was constructed with locally available material. Every
chalet comes with a sitting area with a fireplace and has a tea/coffee making machine.
La Palme Hotel is a three-star hotel, located in Musanze City; offering Luxurious accommodation to business and Leisure tourists to Musanze. An exceptional dining experience awaits you at La Palme Hotel. Our unique and renowned restaurant will delight your senses with French and Oriental kitchens. African meals can be obtained on prior request. The full breakfast is included in our room service rate. Our adjacent Mini Bar makes you enjoy a range of drinks carefully selected for your unique taste and satisfaction.
Saint Anne Hotel is a nice, comfortable and affordable hotel located in Ruhengeri Town,
Musanze District in the Northern Province of Rwanda. We tailor every arrangement to your wishes and needs. Our goal is to give both hosts and guests the feeling of being in the best of
hands. Come and share with us the best the region has to offer.
Garden Place Hotel: The hotel is the best place you would rather be. It is situated in Ruhengeri
offering comfortable stylish accommodation to both business and holiday travelers. It takes an
hour and 30 minutes drive from the airport to the lodge hence easy access. Regarding the rooms,
the hotel has 28 rooms divided into 17 double, 2 VIP’s and 9 standard rooms. Both rooms have
modern bathrooms with plenty of hot water and pressure, hairdryers, telephone, flat-screen
satellite TV, and balcony for great views.

Day Eight: Gorilla tracking.

Have a pretty breakfast and proceed to the park headquarters for a briefing about the rules and
guidelines that govern tracking the gorillas in the park. The activity takes about 2 to 8 hours with
strictly one hour of being with the gorillas. The experience of hiking through the jungle is
breathtaking and some level of physical fitness is required. Accessibility of the gorillas will
depend on where they were the previous day. Confronting the gentle giants will be breathtaking,
you will see them do their daily routine; mothers feeding their young ones, playing, feeding and
others resting. You are kindly asked to keep a distance while watching the gorillas. Silence must
be observed and remember to remove your flashlight because it distracts them. After a thrilling moment with the gorillas, return to your lodge and relax. In the afternoon, you may opt for a cultural walk or nature walk. You will see the Banyarwanda community and how much they
value their culture, they will entertain you with A group of gorillas relaxing their traditional
dance and you may participate if you so wish. You will drive to visit the beautiful twin lakes and
enjoy the calm environment. Dinner and overnight at
Luxury Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Moderate Accommodation: La Palme Hotel
Budget Accommodation: St Anne hotel/Garden Place Hotel

Day Nine: Golden monkey or Dian Fossey

Have an early morning breakfast and set off for the golden monkey tracking. As you hike, you
will meet other primates along the path. Spotting the golden monkeys in the wild will be amazing; you will see them jump from one branch of a tree to another. Others will be playing and feeding. Make sure your camera is on standby because you may miss to take the best shots in
stunning positions.
OR
Go hike Dian Fossey at Karisoke research center; Dian Fossey was an American primatologist
who struggled to protect the lives of the gorillas. She was killed and buried adjacent to Digit, a
mountain gorilla. Drive to Lake Kivu and enjoy the cool environment of relaxation. Have dinner
and overnight

Luxury Accommodation: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel
Moderate Accommodation: Stipp Hotel/ Paradise Malahide
Budget Accommodation: Discover Rwanda Hostel/ Monsanto Hotel

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel has located just 3 km from the center of Gisenyi-the western edge of Rwanda's a large, international-style hotel with a range of facilities and activities, and fronted by a long beach. The 66 en-suite rooms at Lake Kivu Serena are set in two diagonal lines, one overlooking the gardens and the other facing the communal areas below and with views over the lake; we would definitely recommend
the lake-view rooms. The facilities at the Lake Kivu Serena are excellent. There is a large swimming pool overlooking the lake, with plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas dotted around. A shallow children’s swimming pool adjoins the main pool, although parental supervision is recommended. Loungers and umbrellas are set out, too, along the beach that runs in front of the hotel. There are tennis courts that guests can use as well as a watersports center with catamaran, jet skis and more.
Stipp Hotel Gisenyi is situated in Gisenyi. Featuring a 24-hour front desk, this property also boasts a
restaurant and an outdoor pool. Volleyball and basketball is an 8-minute walk from the property.
The units come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bath or shower, and a desk. The hotel features certain units that include lake views, and every room is equipped with a private bathroom and a wardrobe. Guest rooms come with a seating area. A continental breakfast can be enjoyed in the breakfast area. It offers a range of wellness facilities including a sauna.

Paradise Malahide is ideally situated in an area of unparalleled natural splendor. Located just seven kilometers from downtown Gisenyi, this beautiful space provides the perfect escape. The Discover Rwanda Hostel - Rwandas first youth hostel - located near the center of Kigali in Kacyiru, is
the perfect place for you to start exploring the heart of Africa. The Hostel boasts great value
accommodation, a fun atmosphere, excellent customer service, and a wealth of information about what to see and do. With a relaxing environment from the bar terrace, private rooms, dormitories, camping, hot showers, and catering available, you are guaranteed to find just what you are looking for. The Hostel has great views over the green hills of Rwanda at the end of the Nyaratarama golf course and views of the city which can be enjoyed from our large garden and balcony areas.

Musanto Hotel: Located in Gisenyi, it features a garden. This 2-star hotel offers free WiFi. The hotel
features a terrace and a 24-hour front desk. A continental breakfast is served each morning at the property. The on-site restaurant specializes in international cuisine. Cycling is among the activities that guests can enjoy near the hotel. Soccer Field is 1,000 feet from Musanto Hotel, while Gisenyi Hospital is an 8-minute walk from the property.

Day Ten: Boat cruise and transfer to Kigali.

Have a wonderful breakfast and get ready for a boat cruise, you will ride up to the coffee island
and enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding islands. Return to the hotel and drive off to
Kigali. Depending on the time, you may visit a few shops and buy yourself a souvenir. If you
have no flight, check in to your hotel, and if you have driven off to the airport for your flight back
home. Say farewell to Rwanda.

Included/Excluded

  • Ground transportation, full board accommodation, and en route meals as indicated in the itinerary, one gorilla and Chimpanzee permit per person to be secured and paid for well in advance, park fees and relevant government taxes, services of an expert guide, airport transfer.
  • Airfares, Visa fees, Personal insurance, Expenses of personal nature such as; drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation, and meals not indicated in the itinerary

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