The western of Rwanda is a region contiguous with Democratic Republic of Congo and the area with mountain Forests. It is also a home for the endemic specie to the Albertine Rift region. The forests include Nyungwe National Park, Mukura and Gishwati Forest reserves and Volcanoes National Park. On the border with DRC, Lake Kivu with spectaculars islands, make a physical separation between two countries.
DAY 1: Arrival
Arrival in Kigali-Rwanda Arrive at Kigali International Airport where you will be received by our professional and local guides who will transfer you to the hotel for check in. After a rest in your hotel room, you will be given a briefing about your safari.
DAY 2: Transfer to Nyungwe National Park
Transfer to Nyungwe National Park. En-route you will stop at the famous King’s palace in Nyanza which offers a rich insight into Rwandan pre-colonial history. You will visit the art museum at Rwesero Nyanza. Your final stop will be at the town of Butare to visit the National Museum which provides insight into Rwandan history and culture. Along the way from Kigali to Nyungwe, you will pass through magnificent hills and cultivated country side. Overnight at Gisakura Guest House where you have a very good overview of tea plantation or at Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel (www. nyungwehotel.com) where you will be admiring surroundings of Nyungwe National Park.
DAY 3: Trekking Primates
Very early in the morning trek Chimpanzee or Colobus Monkeys. Nyungwe National Park is the only destination in the world where you can see more than five primate species in a single location including rare species such as chimpanzee, mountain monkeys and the Angolan black and White colobus monkeys. Nyungwe presents a unique phenomenon in primate tourism due to its huge concentrations of habituated primates whose troops can include 400 to 500 individuals. Overnight at Gisakura Guest House Nyungwe or or at Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel.
DAY 4: Bird watching
After breakfast, we will drive to Uwinka reception for birding in the trails that you will choose according to details from a guide. At Nyungwe National Park, you will discover a high number of endemics to the Albertine Rift and other attractive bird species like Doherty’s Bush-shrike, Great Blue Turaco, etc. Albertine Rift easily seen in Nyungwe NP include Regal Sunbird, Dusky Crimsonwing, Ruwenzori Turaco, Red-throated Alethe, Blue-headed Sunbird, Red-collared Mountain-Babbler, etc.
DAY 5: Transfer to Kibuye along Lake Kivu
Transfer to Kibuye along the shores of Lake Kivu. Kivu is one of the great lakes in Africa and the largest of the fresh water lakes that gleam in the Albertine (Western) rift of the Great Rift Valley. Lake Kivu stands 1461m (4,790ft) above sea level and is Africa’s highest lake. The northern shore is subject to eruptions from nearby Mountain Nyiragongo. After a brief lunch in Kibuye, you have a boating experience to Amahoro (Peace) Island where you have a memorable history of Kivu and volley beach game. You visit also Nyamunini Island and have an exercise in Bats counting. Around 50.000 individuals of bats inhabit this island. Over-night in Betania Hotel.
DAY 6: Transfer to Gisenyi
After a breakfast, we drive to Gisenyi town, staying in touch with Lake Kivu showers. Gisenyi offers excellent view of the lake and the Virunga volcanoes massif. With its waterfront and sandy beaches, Gisenyi is a wonderful place to relax with the feel of tropical beach resort with captivating air. Kibuye is the most attractive of the lake ports, with a series of interwoven and undulating hills. It’s among Rwanda’s hidden treasures, with lush green hills and a peaceful breeze. During this journey, you will see interlocking landscapes and varying land use practices. You will see the natural beauty of Lake Kivu with its islands, oddly shaped peninsulas and the huge Ijwi Island that is rich in the cultural history of the Rwandan people. Overnight at Gorillas hotel in Gisenyi.
After a morning breakfast, we drive to Gishwati Forest. The forest is a home for more than 100 bird species among them 15 are endemic to the Albertine Rift, including Ruwenzori Hill Babbler, Blue Sunbird. A lunch will be organized in Musanze (Ruhengeri) where you stay for tracking Gorillas for the next day or drive directly to Kigali.