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ZNTR004: 10 Days Rwanda Safari with Akagera

ZNTR004: 10 Days Rwanda Safari with Akagera - ten days

Vehicle : 1 x 5/ 7 Seater 4x4 Land Cruiser
Starts : Kigali
Ends : Kigali
Meals : as indicated on itinerary at a glance

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

Day

Location

Accommodation

Board

Activity

1

Kigali

Casablanca Hotel

BB

Arriv Trsf, at leisure

2

Akagera N.P

Akagera Lodge

LDBB

Boat Trip

3

Akagera N.P

Akagera Lodge

LDBB

A/P game drive

4

Akagera/Nyungwe

Nyungwe Forest Lodge

LDBB

Flight/Canopy walk

5

Nyungwe N.P

Nyungwe Forest Lodge

LDBB

Chimp Trek

6

Lake Kivu/Gisenyi

Lake Kivu Serena

L-DBB

Leisure

7

Volcanoes N. Park

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

LDBB

Leisure

8

Volcanoes N. Park

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

LDBB

Gorilla Trek

8

Kigali

Casablanca hotel

L-BB

City tour

4

Depart

Trf

FULL ITINERARY

Day 1 - Kigali
Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by our tours representative, outside the airport arrivals section and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight at Casablanca Hotel BB

Day 2 - Kigali/Akagera National Park
Breakfast at the hotel.
Drive to Akagera national park arriving in time for lunch with a game drive Enroute. Lunch at the lodge.
In the afternoon enjoy a boat trip returning at the lodge in the early evening.
Dinner at the lodge.
Overnight at Akagera Lodge L DBB

Day 3 - Akagera National Park
Full day in Akagera with morning and afternoon game drive. All meals and overnight at Akagera Lodge L DBB

Day 4 - Akagera National Park/ Kigali/ Nyungwe - Canopy walk
Early breakfast at the lodge.
Later, drive back to Kigali to connect to your onward flight to Nyungwe.
Arrival at Kamembe the airstrip and transfer to Nyungwe Forest lodge.
Transfer to the lodge for lunch.
Afternoon enjoy a canopy walk.
Dinner and overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge LDBB

Day 05 - Nyungwe Forest National Park - Chimpanzee Trek
Start early for early morning forest nature walk in the park tracking Chimpanzees in the Cyamudongo forest. This is the time to watch the forest's birdlife too. Return to the lodge for lunch.
In the afternoon enjoy a walk along the tea Plantation or relax at the lodge. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight: Nyungwe Rainforest Lodge - LDBB

Day 6: Nyungwe Forest National Park - Lake Kivu
This morning drive to Kibuye on the shores of Lake Kivu, with stops at local markets along the way. Enjoy lunch at Moriah Hill Resort before continuing to Gisenyi on the northern end of the lake arriving at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel in time for dinner. Lake Kivu Serena Hotel is ideally located on a sandy beach, in the Rwandan resort town of Gisenyi, on the shores of Lake Kivu. Together with her 7,000 km2 catchment area, multiple islands and surrounding hills, Lake Kivu lies in the Albertine Rift and covers most of Rwanda's western border with DR Congo. It is one of Africa's Great Lakes and the 6th largest in Africa.
Overnight at Lake Kivu Serena [D,B,L]

Day 7 - Lake Kivu - Ruhengeri
This morning is at leisure at Lake Kivu to enjoy the facilities of the hotel before departing for a leisurely drive in the afternoon through the Rwandan countryside to Kinigi township on the foothills of the Virunga volcanoes. Arrive at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge in the late afternoon for dinner and overnight accommodation. 'In the heart of Central Africa, so high up that you shiver more than you sweat," wrote the eminent primatologist Dian Fossey, "are great, old volcanoes towering up almost 15,000 feet, and nearly covered with rich, green rainforest - the Virungas'. The Virungas are home to the rare and critically endangered Mountain Gorilla. Other mammals present include the Golden Monkeys, black-fronted duiker, buffalo, spotted hyena and bushbuck. There are over 170 species of birds recorded including at least 13 species and 16 subspecies endemic to the Virungas and Rwenzori. Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge [D,B,L]

Day 8 - Ruhengeri (Volcanoes national park)
Early breakfast.
0620 hrs: Transfer to the Volcanoes National Park HQs for your first day of trekking.
0700 hrs: Briefing by your trackers then drive to the trail head for the start of your amazing Gorilla Tracking adventure.
Porters may be hired for the trek to carry your backpack and gear.
The cost is ten USD per person/per day. We advise that you utilize this service.
Your trek again starts in the cultivated foothills of the Virunga's offering stirring views in all directions. When it enters the national park, trekkers will be immersed in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with the colorful bird calls, chattering golden monkeys, littered with fresh spoor of the mountains' elusive buffalo and elephant. Through gaps in the canopy, the magnificent peaks are glimpsed, among the highest in Africa yet easily accessible, beckon an ascent.
Weaving through overhanging vines, moss-covered hagenia trees and giant lobelias that thrive in the tropical climate, our experienced trackers, who have spent their entire lives in or close to this forest, soon bring us up close with one of the Gorilla Families.
Upon sighting the gorillas, you will stay with them for a magical hour as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, resting; raising their young. Coming face to face with a giant silverback must truly be one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth!
After the trek, rejoin your driver Guide for a transfer to your lodge/hotel for lunch.
Afternoon at leisure to enjoy optional activities offered at an extra cost.
Optional visit to Iby'iwacu village at an extra Usd 25.00 per person.
Dinner at the lodge.
Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (LDBB)

Day 9 - Ruhengeri - Kigali
Breakfast at the lodge.
Depart from foothills of the volcanoes and drive south past coffee, tea and banana plantations on a scenic drive to Kigali. Everything and everywhere, sheer green and hanging on the hills; Rwanda truly - land of a thousand fertile green hills. (2.5 hrs).
Enjoy a City Tour of Kigali.
The history of Rwanda dates back centuries, Kigali has been a part of it for 100 years. Founded in 1907 as a German settlement, Kigali did not become the capital until Rwanda's independence in 1962 when it replaced the colonial seat of power in Butare.
Visit the Kandt museum, see old Kigali and the craft centres then visit the genocide memorial site. 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 in Kigali. (Cost included).
Overnight at Casablanca Hotel [BB]

Day 10 - Kigali/Depart
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Kigali international airport for your scheduled departure flight home. (Cost of flight not included).

RATES IN ($) USD
Validity: 01.07.2014 - 31.12.2015

Each of the 2 pax traveling sharing a twin/double room Usd $4,604.
Each of the 3 pax travelling sharing a twin/double room Usd $4,069.
Each of the 4 pax traveling sharing a twin/double room Usd $3,562.
Each of the 5 pax traveling sharing a twin/double room Usd $3,506.
Each of the 6 pax traveling sharing a twin/double room Usd $3,472.
Each of the 7 pax traveling sharing a twin/double room Usd $3,421.
Single Room supplement Usd $687.
+
1 gorilla permit cost offered separately Usd 750.00 per permit per person. (Subject to change for 2015)

Costs Includes:
Airport transfers and assistance
Accommodation in Kigali on bed and breakfast basis
Accommodation at Lodge / hotel on Full board
City Tour of Kigali
Private transport in a 4x4 Land cruiser
Services of an English speaking driver-guide
One gorilla permit (Cost given separate from Per person cost)
One way scheduled flight Kigali/Kamembe (Nyungwe)
1 canopy walk permit per person
1 Chimpanzee trek permit per person
Park entrance fees in Akagera national park
Bottled drinking water while trekking and in vehicle
All taxes on the services quoted above

Costs Excludes:
Meals and beverages, other than specified.
International, regional and local Airfares.
Airport taxes.
Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas.
Excess baggage charges levied by airlines.
Gratuities to driver/guides and other conveyance attendants.
Laundry and other items of a personal nature such drinks, telephone calls ETC
Personal and baggage insurance.
Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above.
Insurance coverage is available for Baggage, Accident and Trip Cancellation/Interruption at special low cost group rates.

Note: The rates are subject to verification without prior notice!!

Kindly confirm prices at time of booking. Alterations to the itineraries accepted. Or make your own itinerary with the above as sample itineraries.

 

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