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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 19:41

Nyungwe Forest National Park Rwanda

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 NYUNGWE FOREST NATIONAL PARK

Nyungwe Forest National Park is a true rain forest and it receives 2,000 mm of rainfall annually. It is also one of the oldest forests in Africa, and that is one of the reason as to why it boasts such a high level of diversity. Nyungwe Forest National Park, along with other forests of the Albertine Rift, was unaffected by the drying up of the lowland areas during the last ice age, and therefore become a refuge for forest plants and animals.

Tourist Attractions in Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe Park has got trails which include the following.

Uwinka and the colored trail

Trails pass through the territory of habituated troop of 400 colobus monkeys. During the rainy season, a troop of chimpanzees often moves into this area as well, and it is up to the tourist to decide whether to pay extra to track them. You can reasonably expect to see some primates along any of the colored trails as well as a good variety of forest birds – though the latter require patience and often stops where there are open views into the canopy. Unless you opt for specific primate visit, chance will be the decisive factor in what you see, though the 2.5 km Blue Trail is regarded as especially good for primates and birds, while the 10 km Red Trail is good for chimpanzees and passes four water falls.
Birdwatchers in particular are advised to explore the main road close to the campsite, as they will probably see a wider variety of birds than from within the forest. About 500m east of the campsite, the road offers some stunning views over the frosted valleys, and passes a stand of giant lobelias.

The Waterfall Trail

This superb trail starts at the ORPTN Rest house and takes between three and six hours to cover as a round trip, depending on how often you stop and whether you drive or walk from the rest house. The first part of the trail- in essence following the road to the car park-passes through the rolling tea plantations doted with relict forest patches which are worth scanning closely for silver and other monkeys. These small stands of forest can also be rewarding for birds; keen ornithologists might well want to take them slowly, and could perhaps view this session view this section of the trail as worthy bird watching excursion in its own right. The Trail then descends into the forest proper, following flat contour paths through a succession of tree-fern-covered ravines, and crossing several streams, before a sharp descent to the base of the pretty but small waterfall. Monkeys are often seen along the way (The Angola colobus seems to be particularly common) and the steep slopes allow good views into the canopy. This trail can be very rewarding for true forest interior birds, with a good chance of sporting of Albertine Rift endemics such as Rwenzori turaco and yellow – eyed black flycatcher.

Gisakura Tea Estate

A relict forest patch in this tea estate, only 20 minutes’ walk from the ORTPN Rest house, supports a resident troop of around 40 Rwenzori Colobus monkeys. This troop is very, far more so than the larger troop at Uwinka, and the relatively small territory the monkeys occupy makes them very easy to locate and to see clearly. Oddly, a solitary red – tailed monkey moves with the colobus, and has done so far at least six years. Some of the guides say it is treated as the leader. Other guides may tell you the odd monkey out at Gisakura is not a red-tailed but a Mona (also known as Dent’s monkey and unlikely to be observed elsewhere in east Africa) or a hybrid red-tailed / Mona. The apparent cause of this confusion is that a solitary Mona monkey does spend some of its time in the same forest parch, and the guides are unable to distinguish it from the red-tailed cousin.

Particularly in the early morning, a relict forest patch is also an excellent bird watching site, since it lies in a ravine and is encircled by a road, making it easy to deep into the canopy. Most of what you see are forest fringe or woodland species (as opposed to interior forest birds), but numerically this proved to be the most rewarding spot in Nyungwe, with some 40 species identified in an hour, notably black-throated apalis, paradise and white-tailed crested flycatcher, Chubb’s cisticola, African golden oriole, olive-green cameroptera, three types of sun bird, two greenbuls and two crimson-wings. Note that a visit to this forest patch is treated as a primate walk by the ORTPN office and a corresponding fee is charged.

Other Trails

Kamiranzovu Trail leads to a different ecosystem, a relatively low-lying marshy area rich in orchids particularly during the rainy season and localized swamp-associated bird species. This used to be the best place to see Nyungwe’s elephants, but none has been sighted here in recent years. The trail starts with a steep descent from the main tarmac road about 12 km from Uwinka and 6 km from Gisakura.
Bigugu trail leads to the 2,950 m Bigugu peak, which is the highest point in Nyungwe national park. Suitable only for the reasonably fit walkers, the trail starts about 4 km from Uwinka along the Huye the trail is clearly marked and it usually takes at least six hours to complete. For geographers a fresh water spring on mount Bigugu has further significance as possibly the most remote source of the world’s longest river.

A variety of forest birds – though the latter require patience and often stops where there are open views into the canopy. Unless you opt for specific primate visit, chance will be the decisive factor in what you see, though the 2.5 km Blue Trail is regarded as especially good for primates and birds, while the 10 km Red Trail is good for chimpanzees and passes four water falls. 
Birdwatchers in particular are advised to explore the main road close to the campsite, as they will probably see a wider variety of birds than from within the forest. About 500m east of the campsite, the road offers some stunning views over the frosted valleys, and passes a stand of giant lobelias.

 

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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 19:40

Volcanoes National Park Rwanda

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Volcanoes National Park - Rwanda

This is 160km² national park and it protects the Rwandan sector of the Virunga Mountains, range of six extinct and three active volcanoes which straddles the borders with Uganda and the DRC. The Volcanoes Park is part of a contiguous 433km² Trans frontier conservation unit that also includes the Virunga National Park and Mgahinga National Park, which protects the DRC and Ugandan sectors of the Virunga respectively. The three national parks are managed separately today. At the time of independence, Rwanda’s new leaders confirmed that they would maintain the gorillas which were already known internationally despite the pressing problem of overpopulation. Ranging in altitude from 2400km to 4507 the Volcanoes National Park is conquered by the setting of volcanoes. This chain of steep, all free standing mountains linked by fertile saddles which were formed by solidified  lava flows , is one of the most stirring and memorable sights in East Africa .

Karisimbi is the tallest mountain in the chain which is found on the border with the DRC. Moving eastward, the other main peaks within the national park are Visoke on the DRC border; Sabinyo at the juncture of Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC, and Gahinga and Muhabura on the Uganda border. The Volcanoes National Park is best known to the outside world as the place where almost for 20yrs the American primatologist Dian Fossey under took her pioneering studies of mountain gorilla behaviour. Three years after her death, Fossey’s life work was exposed to a mass audience with the release of Gorilla in the mist, a cinematic account of her life filmed on location in the Volcanoes Park. Gorilla in the Mist drew global attention to the plight of the mountain gorilla and generated unprecedented interest in the gorilla tourism programme that had been established in the park some ten years earlier. In 1990, the Volcanoes Park was the best organized and most popular gorilla sanctuary in Africa and gorilla tourism was probably Rwanda’s leading earner of tourist revenue.

The park reopened to tourism in June 1993, but it was evacuated in April 1994 because of the genocide.  Later in 1995, it once again reopened to tourism, only to close again a few months later.  Gorilla tracking was finally resumed on a permanent basis in July 1999, since when the number of tourists visiting the Virungas had increased rapidly.  More details of gorillas and gorilla-tracking follow later in this section. Gorillas and golden monkeys aside, primates are poorly represented by comparison with other forests in Rwanda and Western Uganda.  Little information is available regarding the current status of other large mammals, but 70-plus species have been recorded in Uganda’s neighboring Mgahinga National Park, most of which probably only occur in the larger Rwanda section of the Virungas.  Elephant and buffalo are still quite common; judging by the amount of spoor encountered on forest trails, but is very timid and infrequently observed. Also present are giant forest hog, bush pig, bushbuck, black-fronted duiker, spotted hyena, and several varieties of small predator.  Recent extinctions, probably as a result of deforestation, include the massive yellow-backed duiker and leopard.

Birds in Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda

Volcanoes National Park compiled in 1980 a total of 180 species.  About 15 previously recorded species were noted during a 2004 biodiversity survey, but it is possible that several other forest specialists have gone astray since 1980.  A local specie is the vulnerable swamp-dwelling Grauer’s rush  warbler, while at least 16 Albertine Rift endemic are present, including handsome francolin, Rwenzori turaco, Rwenzori double collared sunbird, Rwenzori batis, strange weaver, dusky crimson-wing, collared apalis, red-faced woodland warbler and Archer’s ground robin.

Mountain Gorilla Tracking in Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda

This activity still remains the most popular in the park, with a total of up to 40 permits issued daily, eight for each of the five habituated troops.  But Volcanoes National Park is not just about gorilla tracking, it has other activities like  trekking, hiking which are now well organized, from a two-day ascent of Karisimbi to a non-strenuous nature walk to a cluster of crater later, but the most exciting innovation is that tourists can now visit habituated troop of the near-endemic golden monkey.

Hiking in Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda

Hikes are now offered to visitors.  The ascent of Karisimbi is a two-day excursion costing US$150; ORTPN provides guides but trekkers should have suitable clothing and camping equipment.  A shorter option costing US$50 is the ascent of Mount Visoke to its crater lake at 3,711m; the upward climb takes about two hours.  For the less energetic, walks of about two and a half hours costing US$30 to the nearer crater lakes and in the forest are thoroughly enjoyable and will be particularly rewarding to birdwatchers!

It is also possible to visit Dian Fossey’s tomb and the adjacent gorilla cemetery at the former Karisoke Research Camp.  This trek costs US$50 per person and involves a 30-minute drive from the park headquarters to the trailhead than a 10-minute stroll to the park boundary.  From here, the climb through the forest takes from 90 minutes to three hours, depending on your fitness and how often you stop to enjoy the scenery, while the plunge takes 1-2 hours.  In addition to the fees listed above, all activities appeal to a daily park entrance of US$25.  All arrangements for these activities can be made through the ORTPN offices, whether in Kigali, Musanze or Kinigi (incase you want to pay by MasterCard it can be done in Kigali).  Note that all hikes depart from the park headquarters at Kinigi at round 07.30 (check-in-time 07.00), the same departure time as for gorilla tracking, which means that visitors can undertake only one activity per day within the park.

Accessibility to the Park

The normal base for visiting the Volcanoes Park is Musanze formerly known as Ruhengeri, which can easily be reached on public transport from Gisenyi, Kigali on the day you track. You need to be at the ORTPN office in Kinigi, by the park entrance, by 07.00, but this isn’t a reliable option incase you are using public transport.  There is no public transport between Musanze and the park headquarters at Kinigi.

Accommodation and Meals in PNV, Rwanda

The park has got no accommodation and overnight camping is forbidden.  You can check with ORTPN about camping possibilities nearby.  For those on a restricted budget, the best option is to have overnight in Musanze, but smarter and more convenient accommodation is available near the park headquarters at Kinigi or at the superior but more distant Virunga Lodge overlooking Lake Burera.  It is also possible to stay in Gisenyi or Kigali the night before trek, but this is not so realistic as it used to be now that the assembly time shifted from 08.00 to 07.00- you need to allow at least two hours for the drive from Kigali and 90 minutes from Gisenyi, and would most likely be late in the event of a breakdown or puncture.

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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 19:40

Rwanda Safaris 3 days Akagera

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3 DAYS AKAGERA

Day 1 RWANDA –AKAGERA NP
Briefing on your safari by our Guide from Nature Friendly Safaris Ltd. Drive to the east of Rwanda to Akagera National Park bordering Tanzania. Game drive in the park to see a variety of birds and animals such as elephant, giraffe, buffalo, spotted hyena, hippo, and crocodiles.Overnight at Akagera Lodge (FB).

Day 2 AKAGERA NP
Game drives in the park or a canoe ride on Lake Ihema to see the large number of hippo, the huge Nile crocodile and birds.Overnight at Akagera Lodge (FB).

Day 3 AKAGERA NP  - KIGALI

An early morning game drive. Lunch and return to Kigali.

 


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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 19:40

Rwanda Safaris 4 days Nyungwe

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 4 DAYS NYUNGWE

Day 1 KIGALI –NYUNGWE FOREST NP
Briefing on your safari by a guide from Nature Friendly Safaris. Depart for Nyungwe Forest National Park. Visit the old palace in Nyanza. Drive past green hills of tea and the vast Nyungwe Forest.Overnight at ORTPN Resthouse (FB).

Day 2 NYUNGWE FOREST NP
Go on an escorted walk in search of the large groups of colobus monkeys and birds including the Rwenzori turaco. Or go chimp tracking. Picnic lunch. Return late afternoon.Overnight at ORTPN Resthouse (FB).

Day 3 NYUNGWE FOREST NP
Guided nature walk in the forest or go chimp tracking.Overnight at ORTPN Resthouse (FB).

Day 4 NYUNGWE FOREST NP - KIGALI
Return to Kigali. Visit the cultural museum in Butare enroute. Transfer to airport for your onward flight.

 

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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 19:39

Rwanda Safaris 4 days Gorilla Express PNV

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 4 Days Gorilla Express Pnv

Day 1
Meet and greet at Kinobe Airport by Nature Friendly Safari Guide who will warmly welcome you and transfer you to a hotel in Kigali. Depending on the time of arrival e.g. if your flight arrives in the morning, you are advised to have money changed this day. To get to know Kigali, you can visit some of the landmarks in town with the help of our driver/guide. Places may include; the genocide Memorial site, the markers, Franco-Rwanda Cultural centre. Overnight stay at Hotel Des Mille Collines. BB

Day 2
After breakfast take a two hours drive North of Kigali to Kinigi through the awesome and beautifully terraced hillside and the spectacular Virunga volcanoes. Proceed to Kinigi Park Headquarters to track gorillas in Pac Des National Vulcan. Tracking through the dense forest is great adventure and thrill of observing the gorilla is rare, moving and exciting, though tough and tiresome. Once the gorillas are sighted it’s worth the input of time and effort. Return for a late lunch. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Nest Hotel. FB
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Day 3
There are options on this day, one can choose to Gorilla track again which is subject to payment of supplement at the time of booking, or track the Golden monkeys, or climb the muhavura Volcanoes, or take a walk to Lake Bulera or drive to Gisenyi and visit Ross Carr’s orphanage, visit the local community then return to the camps for meals and the over night. An alternative could also be staying at the camp resting. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Nest Hotel. FB

DAY 4
Leave for Kigali in Rwanda via Kabale and Katuna. Transfer to the airport to catch your flight

 


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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 19:39

Rwanda Safaris 6 days

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6 Days

Day 1
Meet and greet at Kinobe Airport by Nature Friendly Safaris Guide who will warmly welcome you and transfer you to a hotel in Kigali. Depending on the time of arrival e.g. if your flight arrives in the morning, you are advised to have money changed this day. To get to know Kigali, you can visit some of the landmarks in town with the help of our driver/guide. Places may include; the genocide Memorial site, the markets, Franco-Rwanda Cultural centre. Overnight stay at Hotel Des Mille Collines. BB.

Day 2
After breakfast take a two hours drive North of Kigali to Kinigi through the beautifully terraced hillside and the spectacular Virunga volcanoes. Proceed to Kinigi Park Headquarters to track gorillas in Pac Des National Volcano. Tracking through the dense forest is great adventure and thrill of observing the gorilla is rare, moving and exciting, though tough and tiresome. Once the gorillas are sighted it’s worth the input of time and effort.  Return for a late lunch.Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Nest Hotel. FB

Day 3
There are options on this day, one can choose to Gorilla track again which is subject to payment of supplement at the time of booking, or track the Golden monkeys, or climb the muhavura Volcanoes, or take a walk to Lake Bulera or drive to Gisenyi and visit Ross Carr’s orphanage, visit the local community or simply stay resting at the camp. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Nest Hotel. FB

Day 4
On this day, after breakfast our destination is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest driving through the Kigezi Highlands a place formally known as the ‘Switzerland of Africa’ and catching your eye again are the beautifully terraced hillsides with the winding roads and the distant view of the volcanoes and lakes. On arrival if time permits you can take a guided nature walk in the thick and dense forest which is a habitat for many types of game, several bird species and beautifully colored butterflies. Meals andOvernight stay at Buhoma Homestead or Kitandara Tented Camp.

Day 5
Early morning entry into the gorilla sanctuary.  The rainforest is spectacular.  It offers a dramatic, steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animals’ trails allowing access to tourists.  Mammals recorded include the endangered Mt. Gorilla, rare golden monkey, buffalo, elephant, black-fronted duiker, bushbuck, leopard, giant forest hog and others.  This park is best known for the fascinating gorillas. The time taken and the terrain vary according to the movements of the marvelous primates.  The thrill of spending time and observing the gorillas is a rare moving, awesome and exciting adventure.  The gorilla is a shy and peaceful animal and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact. Dinner and overnight stay at Lake Kitandara tented camp. FB

Day 6
Leave for Kigali in Rwanda via kabale and katuna. Transfer to Airport to catch your flight.


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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 19:38

Rwanda Safaris 8 days

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8 Days Itinerary to  Rwanda

DAY 1: ARRIVAL

Upon your arrival at Kinombe airport, transfer to the hotel two kilometers from town. Take a rest, then after lunch enjoy a city tour with stops at the genocide memorial sites and other places of interest.
Overnight stay at Hotel Des Mille Collines BB.

DAY 2: KIGALI- PARC NATIONAL DES VOLCANS
After early breakfast, drive to the park for a briefing on the gorilla sanctuary. The whole day is dedicated to trekking, as it's unpredictable how many hours it may take to reach a group of gorillas. It's advisable to carry packed lunch, which can be arranged with your hotel the night before. It is advisable to carry only non-flash cameras.
Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Nest Hotel. FB

DAY 3: PARC NATIONAL DES VOLCANS - AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
Drive
to Akagera National Park for an afternoon or evening game drive, where you may see many night birds and animals. After this,

Overnight at Akagera Lodge (FB).


DAY 4: AKAGERA FOREST NATIONAL PARK
After an early breakfast you go for a morning game drive for a close encounter with animals such as zebras, several antelope species and giraffes. Later go for a boat cruise on Akagera river which meanders and creates a beautiful landscape of lakes, marsh, hills and all the living animals in it.
Overnight at Akagera Lodge (FB).


DAY 5: AKAGERA - NYUNGWE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
Drive
to Nyungwe Forest via Ruhengeri reach Butare for lunch. Butare has a very nice museum, well worth a visit. After lunch continue to Nyungwe Forest. The tarmac road takes you across the whole forest, with beautiful viewing of the park and the surrounding hills.

Overnight at ORTPN Rest House (FB)

DAY 6: NYUNGWE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast there will be an early morning game drive for a close encounter with large mammals such as elephants, leopards, golden cats, bush pigs and black-fronted duiker. In the forest is a network of 50 km of forest hiking trails. These footpaths access a divers with dramatic panoramic views. There are 10 marked trails and the experienced guides will let you see and know the wonders of the African Tropical rainforest.
Overnight at ORTPN Rest House (FB)

DAY 7: NYUNGWE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast there will be a primate walk in search of the primates like chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, black and colobus monkeys and many others as mentioned above. This is a whole day activity accompanied by park rangers and trained guides.
Overnight at ORTPN Rest house (FB)

DAY 8:DEPARTURE
Depending on your flight time, have an early morning breakfast before leaving for Kigali airport. If departure is later, one can visit the craft villages and shop around at other places with the help of the driver/ guide. Leave for the airport in plenty of time for your flight.


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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 19:38

Rwanda Safaris 9 days

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 9 DAYS BEST OF RWANDA

 Day 1 ARRIVAL KIGALI
Meet and greet with Nature Friendly Safaris Guide at Kinobe Airport who will warmly welcome you and transfer you to a hotel in Kigali. Depending on the time of arrival e.g. if your flight arrives in the morning, you are advised to have money changed this day. To get to know Kigali, you can visit some of the landmarks in town with the help of our driver/guide. Places may include; the genocide Memorial site, the markets, Franco-Rwanda Cultural centre. 
Overnight stay at Hotel Des Mille Collines. BB.

DAY 2 KIGALI – AKAGERA NP
After breakfast depart for Akagera National Park which is to the East of Kigali at the border of Rwanda and Tanzania. Here you will see the labyrinth swamps and lakes that follow the meandering course of the Akagera River. On arrival you shall have a late afternoon game drive before sunset.
Dinner and overnight at Akagera Lodge (BB).

Day 3 AKAGERA NATIONAL  PARK

Game drives in the park or a canoe ride on Lake Ihema to see the large number of hippo, the huge Nile crocodile and birds.Overninght at Akagera Lodge (FB).

Day 4 AKAGERA – PARC NATIONAL DES VOLCANOS.
Go gorilla tracking in Parc National des Volcans (subject to permit availability at the time of booking). Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest of the Virungas is a magical experience. If you are lucky you can get to the gorillas, spend an hour with them, and be back at the base in time for a late lunch! Some gorilla families however are more elusive, and tracking can take a full day, especially when it is wet and muddy.
Overnight at  Volcanoes Virunga Lodge (FB).


Day 5  PARC NATIONAL DES VOLCANOS
Either go gorilla tracking again in Parc National des Volcanos (on payment of supplement at time of booking), or visit the golden monkeys or drive to Gisenyi, visit Ross Carr's orphanage and Lake Kivu or climb the Visoke/Muhavura volcanoes, or trek to Dian Fossey's grave, or visit the local school, community projects or walk to Lake Bulera.Overnight at  Volcanoes Virunga Lodge (FB).

Day 6 PARC NATIONAL DES VOLCANOS – NYUNGWE FOREST NP
Early start for Nyungwe. Visit the old palace in Nyanza. Drive past green hills of tea and the vast Nyungwe Forest.Overnight at ORTPN Resthouse (FB).

Day 7 NYUNGWE FOREST
Go on an escorted walk in search of the large groups of colobus monkeys and birds including the Rwenzori turaco. Or go chimp tracking. Picnic lunch. Return late afternoon.
Overnight at ORTPN Resthouse (FB).


Day 8 NYUNGWE FOREST
Guided nature walk in the forest or go chimp tracking.
Overnight at  ORTPN Rest House (FB)

Day 9 NYUNGWE FOREST
Leave for Kigali. Time permitting; go for a tour of the city including a visit to the market, a pottery project, handicraft shops, the Franco-Rwandan cultural centre and a genocide memorial. Transfer to the airport (HB)

 

 

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 19:36

Rwanda Safaris 12 Days Rwanda & Uganda

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12Days the Best of Rwanda and Uganda

Day 1Meet and greet with Nature Friendly Safari Staff at Kinobe Airport who will warmly welcome you and transfer you to a hotel in Kigali. Depending on the time of arrival for example if your flight arrives in the morning, you are advised to have money changed this day. To get to know Kigali, you can visit some of the landmarks in town with the help of our driver/guide. Places may include; the genocide Memorial site, the markets, Franco-Rwanda Cultural centre. Overnight stay at Hotel Des Mille Collines. BB. Day 2 After breakfast take a two hours drive North of Kigali to Kinigi through the beautifully terraced hillside and the spectacular Virunga volcanoes. Proceed to Kinigi Park Headquarters to track gorillas in Pac Des National Volcan. Tracking through the dense forest is great adventure and thrill of observing the gorilla is rare, moving and exciting, though tough and tiresome. Once the gorillas are sighted it’s worth the input of time and effort.Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Nest Hotel. FB

Day 3
Today you have different options; you can choose to track the Gorillas again which is subject to payment of supplement at the time of booking, or track the Golden monkeys, or climb the muhavura Volcanoes, or take a walk to Lake Bulera  or drive to Gisenyi and visit Ross Carr’s orphanage and visit the local community or simply stay resting at the camp. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Nest Hotel. FB

Day 4
After breakfast our destination is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest driving through the Kigezi Highlands a place formally known as the ‘Switzerland of Africa’ and catching your eye again are the beautifully terraced hillsides with the winding roads and the distant view of the volcanoes and lakes. Time permitting you can take a guided nature walk in the thick and dense forest which is a habitat for many types of game, several bird species and beautifully colored butterflies.Dinner and overnight at Buhoma Homestead or Kitandara Tented Camp. FB

Day 5
Early morning entry into the gorilla sanctuary.  The rainforest is spectacular.  It offers a dramatic, steeply forested landscape and is incredibly dense, but crisscrossed by numerous animals’ trails allowing access to tourists.  Mammals recorded include the endangered Mt. Gorilla, rare golden monkey, buffalo, elephant, black-fronted duiker, bushbuck, leopard, giant forest hog and others.  This park is best known for the fascinating gorillas. The time taken and the terrain vary according to the movements of the marvelous primates.  The thrill of spending time and observing the gorillas is a rare moving, awesome and exciting adventure.  The gorilla is a shy and peaceful animal and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact. Dinner and overnight at Lake Kitandara tented camp. FB

Day 6
After breakfast depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park via Ishasha to view the famous tree climbing lions.Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana. FB

Day 7
Today we have an early morning game.  Queen Elizabeth National Park is a home of abundant wildlife with grassy plains, and volcanic craters.  You will have an excellent opportunity to see lion, leopard, giant forest hog, cape buffalo, elephants, defassa waterbuck, Uganda kob, topi and bushbuck. After lunch, enjoy the unique 2-hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel.  You will see a lot of hippos and other animals may be seen drinking at water’s edge.  During this launch cruise you will have opportunity to take photographs, game viewing and bird watching with over 550 resident species of colourful birds for you to enjoy.Overnight stay at Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana Safari Lodge. FB

Day 8
Go for an exciting nature walk to Maramagambo Forest to catch a glimpse of a variety of primates including chimpanzee. Visit the bat caves and the ‘Blue Lake’. Or visit Kyambura Gorge to track one of man’s closest relatives “chimpanzees” which are unpredictable to see because they are quite mobile but the walk is enchanting.Overnight stay at Mweya Safari Lodge or Jacana Safari Lodge. FB

Day 9
After breakfast transfer to Lake Mburo National Park.  Enter through the Nshara Gate.  Afternoon game drive along the lakeshore track.  With its own system of game trails and cleared walkways, the “Kigambara Loop” offers interesting guided lakeside walks.  Find here herds of Zebra, Cape buffalo and eland. Pribi and topi are easily approached.  Along the game drive, many visitors enjoy a boat trip on Lake Mburo.  Self-guided nature trails are also available.  Birdwatchers will enjoy more than 250 species of birds found in Lake Mburo including papyrus Gonolek, Brown-faced Lapwing, Carruther’s Cisticola, the extraordinary White winged warbler and bare-faced go-away bird.  Return to Mantana Tented Camp for dinner and first class service all under canvas in the heart of the African Bush underneath the starlit African sky.Overnight at Mantana tented camp FB

Day 10
After an early morning game drive to Jinja; en-route stand on the Equator, bargain at the roadside markets and see the royal drum makers. Dinner and overnight at Sunset Hotel. FB

Day 11
You can either indulge yourself in a whole day White water rafting or visit the source of the Nile and relax at the Bujagali falls in the afternoon.  Transfer to Kampala in the evening. Overnight stay at the Sheraton or Hotel Africana. BB

Day 12
Depending on your time of departure, get to know Kampala, you can visit some of the landmarks in town with the help of our driver/guide. Places may include; Kasubi Tombs, Namugongo Martyrs Shrine, Museums, craft markets and many others.  Transport to Entebbe Airport ready to catch your flight back home.

 


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