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5 Day Safari: More Than Gorillas Safari

Rwanda
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Duration

5 Days 4 Nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

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Overview

This 5 Days Gorilla Rwanda Safari starts with a complementary tour of the city, the first
colonial resident governor of Rwanda; Kigali city is surrounded by lush hills of green and is
referred to as the land of a thousand hills. A lifetime experience of tracking mountain gorillas.
This safari introduces you to an exclusive and unforgettable chance of interacting with the
gentle and powerful giants.
You will watch the young ones jump from branch to branch, watch also the female giants feed
and groom the groups as well as the Silverback as he ensures the safety of his territory. Take as many
photos as you can but still follow the instructions given by your guide.
This activity is a must for the eco- tourist’s travel list, tracking the mountain gorillas is a unique
wildlife adventure.
 Destination – Gisozi genocide memorial site & Kigali museum
 Activities – Gorilla tracking, City Tour + Intercultural Exchange, Golden Monkey Trek

 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 Landcruiser / 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: Arrive at Kigali International Airport

On your arrival, Kubwa Five Safaris representative with your name printed on an A4 paper will
welcome you to Rwanda at Kigali International Airport and be transferred to a hotel of your
choice i.e.. Great Seasons Hotel (Budget) | Lemigo Hotel (Mid-range) | Kigali Serena Hotel
(Luxury) for overnight on bed and breakfast in Kigali.
Driving distance: 15 Minutes
Activity: 0
Overnight: Great Seasons Hotel | Lemigo Hotel | Kigali Serena Hotel
Meal Plan: Bed & breakfast
Great Seasons Hotel is a modern facility, comfortable and conveniently located in the quiet and high-end suburb of Gacuriro/Kagugu hills, just 15 minutes drive from Kigali International Airport, 10 minutes to the city center and only 5 minutes drive away from the famous Rwanda Genocide Memorial Center. The hotel has standard rooms, Twin rooms, Junior Suites, and Executive Suites. The Executives suites have two
bedrooms, a large sitting room, and a fully equipped kitchenette.
Lemigo Hotel: Situated in Kigali, 300 m from International Gorilla Conservation Program, Lemigo Hotel features rooms with air conditioning and free WiFi. Units at the hotel offer mountain views and guests can enjoy access to a hot tub and a sauna. The accommodation provides a free shuttle service and a 24-hour front desk for guests. Guest rooms is fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a coffee machine,
a bath or shower, free toiletries, and a desk. All rooms come with a private bathroom, and some units at the hotel have a terrace. All units at the Lemigo Hotel are equipped with a seating area.
Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. There is an in-house restaurant, which
specializes in Indian and Asian cuisine. Lemigo Restaurant ranks among Kigali's best fine dining
establishments and features a delightful menu prepared by the Executive. The accommodation features a fitness center.
The elegant Kigali 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. The restaurant 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.

Day Two: RUHENGERI

After breakfast, your day starts with a complementary tour of the city. Named in 1907 by Dr. Richard Kandt, the first colonial resident governor of Rwanda; Kigali city is surrounded by lush hills of green and is referred to as the land of a thousand hills. Get to visit interesting spots which may include; the craft market, Gisozi genocide memorial site & Kigali museum.
Depart for a 2 hours’ drive to Ruhengeri area the second largest town in Rwanda, with its stunning backdrop of five volcanic mountains – The Virungas. Arrive at Red rocks Intercultural
Exchange center for lunch then joins the local brew makers to understand the chemistry of the
process of brewing a local beer from bananas fruits. If you find the activity interesting enough
you can join the women in squeezing the juice out of the bananas and drink a glass of juice
(Optional). Understand how long juice takes to turn into alcohol after adding in sorghum floor.
Enjoy the big glass of our local brew.
Among other activities, they also do basket weaving and with your visit, this local community will be proud of this activity, and families supported financially. Later drive to the hotel of your choice i.e. Garden Place Hotel (Budget) | Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Mid-range) | Virunga Lodge (Luxury) dinner and overnight.
Driving distance: 2 hours
Activities: City Tour + Intercultural Exchange
Overnight: Garden Place Hotel | Mountain Gorilla View Lodge | Virunga Lodge
Meal Plan: Full board – Lunch, Dinner, bed & breakfast
The Garden Place Hotel is a uniquely spacious hotel offering comfortable stylish
accommodation to both business and holiday travelers. It is strategically located near Rwanda
Volcanoes. The Hotel offers a distinctive blend of comfort, warmth, and personalized hospitality.
The luxury rooms boast a view of volcanic mountains. The Garden Place Hotel is a perfect
option location for those wishing to do gorilla tracking or simply to come to relax in the serenity
and beauty that the Virunga Mountains of Northern Rwanda has to offer.
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is located in Kinigi in northern Rwanda and on the edge of the
Volcanoes National Park, home to the endangered Mountain Gorillas. The 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. The Eco-lodge supports the surrounding rural community by purchasing farm-fresh
produce that is served in the lodge’s restaurant.
Virunga Lodge is the premier luxury gorilla lodge of Rwanda and one of Africa’s finest and
most renowned lodges. The lodge is perched high on a ridge with stunning views of the Virunga
Volcanoes and the Musanze valley to the west and Lake Bulera and Ruhondo to the east. It offers
the finest views in Africa, uniquely decorated rooms in the Rwandese style, fantastic food and
exceptional and personalized service by our carefully trained staff. It is the first accommodation choice for the luxury traveler tracking the endangered mountain gorilla. In 2017 Virunga Lodge has been ranked on Condé Nast Traveler’s list of the best Africa Resorts in their 30th annual Readers Choice Awards.

Day Three: Golden Monkey Tracking and Iby’iwacu Village Visit

This day is set out for Golden Monkey tracking in the Volcanoes National Park. Entering dense
stands of bamboo interspersed with open glades; you will make your way deep into golden
monkey territory. Guides lead visitors to the habitat of groups of ‘habituated’ golden monkeys that have become accustomed to human presence. Though viewing is kept to a
maximum of one hour, travelers can get an up-close look at the golden monkey in its natural
habitat. Adult monkeys frolic in plain view, feeding on bamboo leaves and leaping from perch to
perch. Females carry their young, completely comfortable among onlookers. Later visit
Iby’iwacu Cultural Village a Non-Profit umbrella organization that aims at improving the lives
of reformed poachers and communities around Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park through
provision of conservation incentives, supporting community enterprise development and
livelihood based projects. Return to your hotel to freshen up and have lunch then later dinner and
overnight.
Driving distance: 45 minutes
Activities: 1 Golden Monkey Trek
Overnight: Garden Place Hotel | Mountain Gorilla View Lodge | Virunga Lodge
Meal Plan: Full board – Lunch, Dinner, bed & breakfast

Day Four: Gorilla Tracking

After an early breakfast, you will proceed to the National Park headquarters – Kinigi to meet
your guides for the day. After completing our park formalities, we are embarking on a once in a lifetime experience of tracking mountain gorillas. Once you spot them you are allowed to spend an
hour watching your closest long-lost cousin. This is perhaps one of the most breath-taking
wildlife experiences on earth!!! You get so close to these awesome giant primates. You stare at
each other blankly not knowing who to break the long silence first. Tracking the gorillas through
the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga is a magical experience. These massive
primates are extremely rare, with less than 700 living today. You will get within meters of the
family, and be privileged to spend an hour amongst them. The trekking may be fairly strenuous; up to six hours or longer at a relatively high altitude. We encourage for your own enjoyment to make sure that you are perfectly fit and healthy. (We’ve had people as old as 70years old do gorilla tracking so this should not be a problem; all you need is to ask your driver guide to request a shorter group for you if you cannot trek far)It is important to bring good hiking boots,
long trousers, gloves for protection against stinging nettles, some snacks & sweets (for you, not the gorillas) as well as sufficient water as the rain forest gets hot and humid during the day. You will spend one hour with the gorillas, but it is an hour you will never forget. Return to your hotel
for lunch and later dinner and overnight.
Driving distance: 45 minutes
Activities: 1 Gorilla Trek
Overnight: Garden Place Hotel | Mountain Gorilla View Lodge | Virunga Lodge
Meal Plan: Full board – Lunch, Dinner, bed & breakfast

Day Five: Depart

After breakfast, you will depart for a 2 hours’ drive to Kigali. Engage in last-minute shopping in
one of the friendliest African capitals, before returning to the airport for your onward international flight back home.

Included/Excluded

  • Ground transportation, full board accommodation, and en route meals as indicated in the itinerary, one gorilla 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.

Tour's Location

Rwanda

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