Kigali Rwanda

Kigali Rwanda City

The capital of Rwanda since 1965, this is an attractive city built within hills and with a checkered history. Since the genocide in 1994, it has been reconstructed and now exudes an air of positiveness and growth. The main shopping and commercial area is around the Hotel Mille Collines, known for providing shelter during the genocide and portrayed in the film Hotel Rwanda for the same reason. The city began life as a small, colonial outpost in 1907 and has just celebrated its 100th anniversary.
Kigali is one of the safest and friendliest of African capitals and has a pleasant, moderate high altitude climate despite its tropical location. Total population is around 1 million and rapidly growing. The youth make up about 60% of the population with just over 50% female. The city has 3 main districts Gasabo, Kicukiro and Nyarugenge although most visitors stay in the city centre.
It is worth staying in the city for a day or two; activities are numerous and includes the following:
Richard Kandt's House
Old Kigali City - the inner city
Nyamirambo - the section of Kigali city that never goes to sleep
Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) - the military academy turned into an intellectual and technological centre
Camp Kigali - another harsh reality of the Rwandan genocide: the site where the Belgian Blue Berets were killed at the onset of genocide;
Radio Television Libre des Milles Collines - the seat of the Hate Radio
Geological Museum - one-stop Centre where you can discover the Rwandan Minerals at a glance
Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre(Gisozi) - an excellent memorial portraying the Rwandan Genocide
Hero's Cemetry - Rwanda's Heroes
Caplaki - a large centre for Rwandan crafts
Dancing Pots - learn about the Batwa people and participate in a traditional pottery workshop and dancing
The city boasts some very up-to-date and luxurious hotels with a number of bed/breakfasts. There are excellent restaurants and a long lunch at one of them is a must! The entire city, despite its modernisation retains the feeling of being a garden city. The atmospheric Muslim quarter is well worth visiting as is a quick look around the excellent, modern suburbs. This is also the main entry and exit point for all flights in and out of Rwanda.

 

Rwanda Best of Africa Vacation - 14 Days

Rwanda: the best Africa Vacation holiday encopassing savanna and raiforest.  On this trip you you will see the animals of the savannahs (elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, leopard) and up to 15 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!  Visit all important and well known national parks of Rwanda: Akagera National Park, Nyungwe Forest National Park, Volcanoes National Park and Lake Kivu.

DAY TO DAY PROGRAM

Day 1: Kigali
Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport for your African trip, you will be met by our safari guide and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at Step Town Motel/Kigali Serena Hotel/Mille Collines Hotel

Day 2: Akagera National Park
After breakfast we drive to Akagera National Park. On our way we enjoy the beautiful landscape and rural way of life of the local people. Akagera National Park in Eastern Rwanda is Rwanda's only Savannah national park the drive is approximately 2 and a half hours, check into your accommodation. After lunch you will go out for an evening game drive to search for animals like the African Elephants, Masai giraffes, Antelopes, Zebras, Buffaloes, gazelles, Impala, Baboons, Oribi, Burchell’s zebra, Topi, Bush baby, Leopard, Bushbuck and so many others. Dinner and overnight at Akagera Game Lodge/ Umbrella Pine/Dereva Hotel

Day 3: Game drive and boat trip
After breakfast, you will go for the early morning game drive which will reward you with views of wildlife such as elephants, impala, oribi, bushbuck, antelope, zebra, cape eland, giraffe, buffalo, and if you are lucky visitor you may come across a spotted hyena, lion or leopard. Return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon, there will a canoe ride on Lake Ihema. This will reward you with views of water loving animals like Hippos, out-sized crocodiles and water birds like the papyrus Gonolek, shoebill stork and African fish eagle. Dinner and overnight at Akagera Game Lodge/ Umbrella Pine/Dereva Hotel

Day 4: Kigali
Game drive in the morning. Picnic lunch at the top of Mount Mutumba (1,825 meters) with stunning panoramic views of the park. Transfer to Kigali afterwards.
Overnight at Step Town Motel/Kigali Serena Hotel/Mille Collines Hotel

Day 5: Nyungwe Forest
This morning you will transfer to Nyungwe Forest with a stop over at Butare (Huye) where to visit the Rwanda National Museum and Nyanza Hill. Afterwards continue on to Nyungwe Forest.
Dinner and overnight Gisakura Guest House/Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel/Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Day 6: Nyungwe Forest National Park
Early morning Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest. Optional walk to the waterfall or visit to the Angolan Black Colobus monkeys (both activities optional).
Nyungwe Forest is East Africa's largest forests, with 13 monkey species, including chimpanzees, Angolan Black Colobus, Mona Monkey and Owl Faced Monkeys.
Dinner and overnight Gisakura Guest House/Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel/Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Day 7: Nyungwe Forest National Park
This morning after breakfast you have a few options of activities to choose from note that it is only one activitiy included. If you choose to do more than one activity then you will have to pay for it. Activities include; a nature walk or bird watching, primate walk, canopy walk or the waterfall trail (one activity included).
Dinner and overnight Gisakura Guest House/Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel/Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Day 8: Kibuye (Lake Kivu)
Today after breakfast we drive to the Bugarama hot springs (the largest and biggest natural spring in Rwanda) via Cyamudongo Natural Forest. It is possible to take a warm bath in the hot springs (optional). Afterwards we drive to River Rusizi for a boat trip with lunch and drinks. Drive to Kibuye town.
Overnight Bethanie hotel / Moriah Hills

Day 9: Gisenyi (Lake Kivu)
Relax at the lodge or at the shores of scenic Lake Kivu. It is also possible to make a walk along the lake's shores. Afterwards drive to Gisenyi.
Overnight Ubumwe Hotel/Lake Kivu Serena hotel

Day 10: Volcanoes National Park
Relax at the beach in the morning, go for a nature walk along the shore or visit Bugarama hot springs. In the afternoon we drive to the Volcanoes National Park.
Volcanoes National Park is a unique jungle, with many primate species, including the endemic Golden Monkeys. Volcanoes National Park is part of the Virunga Mountains, covering Uganda, Rwanda and Congo, and one of the two places in the world where you can find Mountain Gorillas!
overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Le Bambou Lodge/Home Inn

Day 11: Gorilla tracking
Your gorilla tracking day today starts with an early morning breakfast, transfer to the park for a gorilla tracking briefing from the park guides, with your ranger guide you will set out on a gorilla tracking experience searching for one of the world's most interesting and endangered animals, the Mountain Gorilla! You will spend one hour with the mountain gorillas. An experience you will never forget.
overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Le Bambou Lodge/Home Inn
Volcanoes National Park is a unique jungle, with many monkey species, including the endemic Golden Monkeys. Volcanoes National Park is part of the Virunga Mountains, covering Uganda, Rwanda and Congo, and one of the two places in the world where you can find Mountain Gorillas!
overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Le Bambou Lodge/Home Inn

Day 12: Volcanoes National Park
Optional activities for today (one activity included): make a nature walk in the national park, visit the golden monkeys, climb one of the volcanoes, or visit Diane Fossey's grave.
It is also possible to make another gorilla tracking.
overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Le Bambou Lodge/Home Inn

Day 13: Lake Ruhondo / Kigali
We drive around the lakes and visit the Musangabo viewing point. Optional nature walk around the lakes. Afterwards we drive to Kigali. It is also possible to visit the local people or the pygmies (optional).
Overnight at Step Town Motel/Kigali Serena Hotel/Mille Collines Hotel

Day 14
Kigali - Flight
Today is reserved for departure. If you have time before your departure flight it is possible to go on a city tour with possible visit of the Genocide Memorial if time allows (optional activity)

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