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7Day Great Apes Mid Range

Day 1:

Arrival and transfer to Gorilla hotel.

Day 2: KIGALI CITY EXPLORATION

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.

Overnight: - Gorilla Hotel.

Day 3: TRANSFER TO NYUNGWE EN-ROUTE TOUR BUTARE

En-route visit the Basilica of Kabgayi, the first catholic cathedral in Rwanda; Murambi genocide memorial, historical - minded exploration of Nyanza - visit the King's palace and traditional Rwanda home; the National Museum, introduction to Rwanda's kingdoms, discovery of colonial architecture, enjoy traditional dancers from the museum or the national university. Proceed to Nyungwe Forest. Overnight: - Nyungwe Top View Lodge.

Day 4: CHIMPANZEE TREKKING IN NYUNGWE

Early breakfast at 4:30am then drive to the edge of the forest where chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe starts. In the afternoon, visit tea plantation and factory. Overnight: - Nyungwe Top view lodge..

Day 5: TRANSFER TO VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

Transfer from Nyungwe National Park to Volcanoes National Park via Ngororero route. The journey takes around 9 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 10 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. Gorilla hotel.

Day 6: 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. Gorilla hotel.

DAY 7: GOLDEN MONKEYS & AIRPORT TRANSFER

Return to the entrance of the Park early this morning to see the Golden Monkeys. It is now believed that they are the only feasible population of Golden Monkeys residing in Volcanoes National Park. They are beautiful and endangered primates which have become quite habituated to humans, making it possible to observe them closely. After lunch at the Lodge, transfer to Kigali - then Kigali International airport

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