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5 Day Gollira Chimps Tour 2015

DAY ONE: ARRIVAL - TRANSFER TO HOTEL:

Arrival and transfer to Serena hotel - Bed and Breakfast

DAY TWO: CITY TOUR & TRANSFER TO MUSANZE:

Start historical-minded exploration of Kigali city with visits to landmarks from colonial, post-independence, genocide and post-genocide times i.e. Kigali Solaire, Stade regionale, Kigali Genocide memorial site where over 259,000 genocide victims were put to rest in mass graves, Dr. Richard Kandt Museum who was the first Germany explorer to settle in Kigali, Belgian camp where they killed the 10 Belgian UN soldiers who were protecting the moderate prime minister before the start of genocide etc. Transfer to Bugesera in the afternoon to visit the reconciliation village where the survivors of genocide live together in harmony with the perpetrators that killed their own families, Nyamata and Ntarama genocide churches where thousands of innocent people were butchered in the house of God.

Transfer to Musanze - Overnight: - Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

DAY THREE: GORILLA TREKKING:

Brief of the day: Early breakfast at 6am then transfer to the park at 6am for briefings and grouping. Option to visit Buhanga forest in the afternoon where all the Rwanda kings were initiated or Kinigi Cultural Village for traditional dances and music, bio-mimicry and traditional healing lessons

Volcanoes National Park:

After breakfast we transfer to the park. After completing our park formalities, we are embark on a once in a life time experience of tracking mountain gorillas. Once you spot them you are allowed to spend an hour watching your closest long lost cousin. This is perhaps one of the most breathtaking wildlife experiences on earth!!! You get so close to these awesome giant primates. You stare at each other blankly not knowing who to break the long silence first. Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga is a magical experience

Be back at the base in time for lunch! Some gorilla families however are more elusive and tracking can take a full day, especially when it is wet and muddy. Transfer to Musanze - Overnight: - Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.

DAY FOUR: TRANSFER TO NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK:

Transfer from Volcanoes National Park to Nyungwe National Park via Ngororero route. The journey takes around 7 hours but on good roads or follow the dirt bumpy road that meanders around Lake Kivu with beautiful scenery of "1000 hills and a million smiles". The drive will take more than 9 hours but it's a great drive through the remotest villages of Rwanda as you enjoy local lifestyles along the Congo-Nile trail. You will have packed lunch and enough water plus juice on the drive. Overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge or Nyungwe Top View Lodge.

DAY FIVE: CHIMPANZEE TREKKING IN NYUNGWE

Early breakfast at 4:30am then drive to the edge of the forest where chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe starts. Back to the hotel and refresh then drive to Kigali.

TRANSFER TO KIGALI - AIRPORT

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