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5 DAY Volcanoes and Lake Kivu Tour

5 Day Experience Rwanda Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrival Kigali International Airport

  • On arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by your driver/guide. 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.

  • Drive Duration: 2 hours.

  • Overnight: Gorilla Hotel Meal plan: Bed and Breakfast.

DAY 2: Volcanoes National Park

  • Departure to Volcanoes National Park head quarters to take some briefings. Go Gorilla-trekking in the Volcanoes National Park. 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

  • Drive back to the hotel to take a lunch and overnight stay.

DAY 3: Bisoke Mountain Climbing

  • After breakfast proceed to climbing of Mt Bisoke.
  • Climb Mount Bisoke for about 6hrs duration. On top there's a Crater. Lake and beautiful flora and fauna. You may get chance to see forest elephants and buffaloes as you climb or descent from the mountain.
  • Drive to Gisenyi in the afternoon.
  • Check in Parades Marahide hotel on arrival. Dinner and overnight

DAY 4: Lake Kivu Excursions:

  • After Breakfast, Drive to Lake Kivu which is the second deepest lake in Africa after Tanganyika. The drive is only one hour between the town of Musanze and Gisenyi. On arrival, check in at Parades Marahide
  • Enjoy water sports on Lake Kivu or go for coffee and tea tours, bike tours, historical-cultural sites, community based tours, project tours.
  • Take a boat Trip to the Islands of Lake Kivu - OPTIONAL
  • Overnight at Parades Marahide Hotel.
  • Make a visit to BRALIRWA industry and go forward to see the hot spring in Nyamyumba sector
  • Return to Kigali.
  • Visit the markets, the handcrafts shops and Genocide sites.
  • Go for a Tour of the city including shopping.
  • Airport transfer for departure.

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