6 day detailed itinerary

Durations6 Days

Tour TypeRwanda safaris

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Tour Schedule Details

Your adventure begins as you arrive in Kigali, Rwanda. A friendly tour representative will be waiting for you at the airport, just outside of customs. They will warmly welcome you and arrange your transfer to your city hotel. After check-in, take some time to rest and rejuvenate from your journey.

Kigali, a peaceful and vibrant city nestled among picturesque hills, offers a rich cultural experience. Start your exploration of this remarkable city, known for its award-winning museums, burgeoning music scene, and memorable dining options. Begin your day with visits to the following significant sites:

– Nyamata Genocide Memorial: Located 18 miles south of Kigali, this memorial, situated in a former church, commemorates the 1994 genocide. It stands as a somber reminder of the tragic events that unfolded.

– Kigali Genocide Memorial Center: This center serves as a poignant tribute to the victims of the 1994 genocide. It is designed to educate visitors about the global significance of the genocide and its impact.

After a morning of reflection and learning, enjoy a traditional African lunch at a local restaurant. Then, continue your city tour, including:

– Kimironko Market: Immerse yourself in the vibrant and bustling atmosphere of one of Kigali’s largest markets. Explore the stalls brimming with fresh produce, fabrics, and local crafts.

– Gahaya Gifted Hands: Visit this training facility and marketplace, where women affected by the 1994 war sell their traditional weaving and jewelry. Shop for skillfully-made handicrafts as unique souvenirs.

– Inema Arts Center: Founded in 2012, this center showcases Rwanda’s artistic community. Shop for art, traditional Rwandese crafts, and jewelry as meaningful gifts to take home.

– Presidential Museum: Located near Kigali International Airport, this museum was once the palace of two Rwandan presidents and the site where President Habyarimana’s plane was shot down in 1994. Gain insights into Rwanda’s history and view debris from the presidential plane.

– **Camp Kigali Memorial:** This memorial marks the spot where ten Belgian UN peacekeepers were tragically murdered on the first day of the 1994 genocide.

– Natural History Museum (Kandt House): Explore the rich natural history and ecological diversity of Rwanda at this museum, also known as Kandt House.

– Campaign Against Genocide Museum: Opened in 2017, this museum, located in the Parliament building, educates visitors about the role of the Rwandan Patriotic Front in ending the violence and genocide of 1994.

After your insightful tour of Kigali, depart the city and head towards the Nyungwe Forest National Park. This biologically diverse forest is like a scene from a fairy tale, with towering Mahogany trees, lush ferns, orchids, and a rich canopy of life. Check in at your hotel and take in the jungle views.

Nyungwe Forest National Park is renowned for its diverse primate species, making it a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts. One of the park’s most popular experiences is the chimpanzee tracking adventure. Your day begins with an early start at 4:00 A.M. from your lodge. You’ll embark on a guided trek deep into the forest in search of a chimpanzee family. Once located, you’ll have the privilege of spending one hour observing these remarkable creatures in their natural habitat. The dense forest may pose some challenges, but the playful nature and human-like behaviors of the chimps make the trek well worth it.

Return to your lodge for lunch, and in the afternoon, explore the Gisakura tea estate, learning about the process of tea production.

Today, you’ll make your way to Volcanoes National Park with an exciting journey that includes stops in Kibuye and Gisenyi. En route, take a break for lunch at your hotel. In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Dian Fossey Museum, dedicated to the American naturalist who dedicated her life to protecting mountain gorillas. Embark on a hike from the trailhead at the research station to see the cabin where she was tragically murdered in 1985. The nearby grave where Dian Fossey and 20 of her beloved mountain gorillas are buried serves as a poignant reminder of her incredible dedication to conservation. The hike takes approximately 1.5 hours and requires a moderate level of fitness, offering opportunities to spot forest hogs, elephants, primates, and diverse bird species.

Return to your lodge for a well-deserved dinner.

Prepare for an early morning adventure as you set out for a hike to Mount Bisoke, an active volcano. The hike to the summit will take about half a day, so be sure to bring a packed lunch and wear comfortable hiking boots. After your rewarding journey to the top, return to your lodge in the afternoon to relax and unwind.

Your day begins with an early breakfast at 6:00 A.M., followed by a visit to the foot of Mount Sabyinyo. Here, you’ll have the incredible opportunity to embark on a Golden Monkey trekking adventure. Two habituated groups of Golden Monkeys call this area home, and you’ll be permitted one hour to spend with these delightful creatures.

Afterwards, return to your lodge for lunch and then begin your journey back to Kigali. As your unforgettable Rwanda adventure comes to a close, you’ll make your way to the airport for your departing flight. Safe travels!