10 Days Best of Rwanda
Experience a diverse Rwanda with this inclusive 10 day "best Of" itinerary.
Day 1:Arrive in Rwanda
This will depend on your arrival details. If you fly in from Kigali our driver guide will pick you from Kigali International air port and transfer you to your Hotel or if you are in Uganda you will be transferred from Kampala to Rwanda. From Kampala you will drive southwards to reach Rwanda. You will drive through the Ankole region up to the terraced and cultivated hills of the Kigezi region, best known as “the Switzerland of Africa”. Proceed beyond the border and reach Rwanda in time for dinner and overnight at Akagera Game Lodge.
Day 2:Game drive in Akagera National Park
Before breakfast, take an early morning game drive in the Akagera National Park, one of the most interesting wildlife parks in Africa. It’s famous for its herds of game animals including lions, Elephants, Topi, over 430 species of birds including the shoe bill stork, and African Jacana. In the afternoon, drive to Kigali for dinner and overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel/ Hotel Des Mille Collines/ Hotel Gorillas.
Day 3:Rwanda City Tour
After breakfast, drive to Nyanza for a visit to the Rwanda King’s Palace (Mwami’s). A traditional story teller is available to narrate for you the prowess of the pre-colonial kingdom. Drive to a place called Butare for a tour of the National Museum. Then proceed to Gikongoro for a tour of the Genocide Memorials of Murambi. Drive to Nyungwe to have your diner in the evening. Overnight at ORTPN Guest House.
Day 4:Nyungwe Forest
After an early breakfast, drive to Nyungwe forest. Trail in search of the primates such as Nyungwe Colobus and other species in the park. Have a picnic lunch and proceed to ORTPN Guest house for relaxation, Dinner and overnight.
Day 5:Chimp Tracking in Nyungwe
Early in the morning enter Nyungwe in search for chimpanzee and thereafter return to your hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, take a drive or a boat ride to Ginsenyi on Lake Kivu arriving late in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay at Bethanie Guest House.
Day 6:Visit Kibuye and Gisenyi
Spend the morning in Kibuye. No one forgets the horrors that were perpetrated here in 1994; there is a genocide memorial in the church near St Jean. Remember Kibuye was hardest hit of all prefectures during the killings, with about 90% of the Tutsi population murdered. Back to a reborn Kibuye, other than swimming spots around town, Kibuye Guest house offers water skiing. They also offer boat trips around the surrounding islands. In the afternoon drive to Gisenyi. Overnight at Kivu Sun Hotel.
Day 7:Lake Kivu Beach Tour
Spend the morning in Gisenyi relaxing at the beaches or an option activity would be the boat trip to the islands of Lake Kivu or Goma. In the Afternoon, drive to Ruhengeri. Overnight at Gorilla Nest Hotel.
Day 8:Gorilla Tours in Rwanda
Early morning departure for the mountain gorilla tracking. After the briefing from the authorities of the park, set off for the trekking into the rain tropical forest searching for the habituated gorilla family. You remain close to the beautiful primates for over one hour, for observation and photography. Make sure you carry with you packed lunch and water. Depending on the time you will spend while trekking you may decide to take another activity. Transfer to your lodge for dinner and overnight Gorilla Nest Hotel or transfer to Uganda to have an overnight stay at Acadia Cottages in Kabale.
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