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14Days SuperRwanda 2015

Day 1: KIGALI

Arrival in Kigali. Welcome by your tour guide at the airport then proceed to the hotel with magnificent views, facilities and services check in at Kigali Luxury hotel. Refresh and get an acclimatization moment near the hotel through short walks etc. Dinner at the hotel - New Gorilla Hotel, Kigali.

Day 2: KIGALI CITY TOUR & GENOCIDE MEMORIAL TOUR

Early breakfast at 7am then drive to Ntarama and Nyamata Genocide Memorial sites; visit the church in Ntarama where 5000 people were massacred in a winkle of an eye then transfer to Nyamata where 10,000 were butchered by government soldiers, local leaders with support from some catholic priests. End your day with a tour to the reconciliation village. Overnight at New Gorilla hotel Kigali

Day 3: KIGALI CITY TOUR & GENOCIDE MEMORIAL TOUR

Transfer to Akagera National Park in the afternoon for a thrilling boat ride on Lake Ihema to go see schools of hippos, the giant Nile crocodiles and lots of water birds. Overnight at Akagera Game Lodge.

Day 4: AKAGERA

Early breakfast at 5:45am in preparation of an early game drive at 6am. It's important to start early before it gets hot and animals go in hide to avoid the heat. A good day to see the big 5 plus 12 species of antelopes including the biggest antelopes such as the eland cape and roan antelopes, some of the 525 bird species including 4 albertine rift endemics, reptiles, amphibians, plants, magnificent land scapes, historical sites; a place with the highest concentration of birds per square kilometer in any national park of Africa and hundreds of hippos etc. Dinner and overnight at Akagera Game Lodge.

Day 5: TO NYUNGWE VIA BUTARE NATIONAL MUSEUM

Transfer to Nyungwe National Parkenroute visit the Cathedral of Kabgayi and other many historical sites such as the ancient King's palace at Nyanza, National Museum at Huye. Visit to the women drumming group and hear history, taboos etc about Rwanda drums. Proceed to Nyungwe via Murambi Genocide Memorial site. Overnight Nyungwe Top View Lodge.

Day 6: TO NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK

The biggest afro-mountain forest in East and Central Africa & the remotest source of River Nile

Early breakfast at 4:45am then drive to the pack headquarters for an hour. Stop-by the park offices to pick guide then proceed to the edge of the forest where chimp trekking starts. After trekking, return to the hotel for lunch and refreshment. In the afternoon, go for the fantastic tea plantation around Nyungwe National Park. In the afternoon, optional visit to the local markets or waterfalls in the park - will depend on availability of time. Dinner and overnight at Nyungwe Top View Lodge.

Day 7: CANOPY WALK IN NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK

This day is dedicated to birding on mountain Bigugu searching for the rare Ruwenzori turaccos, and the grauer's swamp warblers etc at the swamps en-route to Bigugu. You will visit different locations in the park to try and see as much as you can and if possible all the 27 endemic birds of Albertine rift found in Nyungwe forest. End the day with a canopy walk in the forest. Dinner and overnight at Nyungwe Top View Lodge.

Day 8: TO KINIGI:

Transfer to Kinigi via Kigali on good roads or using the bumpy roads through the remote but beautiful Congo-Nile trail; taking you through towns of Kibuye and Gisenyi as you get fantastic views of Lake Kivu and also gives you chance to visit Bisesero genocide hills. Optional experience of traditional dancers and learn about Rwandan drumming, singing and dancing OR learn about Rwandan cooking techniques with a local family, visit street kid project comfortable night at Musanze Gorilla hotel.

DAY 9: GORILLA TREKKING

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 a late lunch! Some gorilla families however are more elusive and tracking can take a full day, especially when it is wet and muddy. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla hotel.

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DAY 10: GOLDEN MONKEY TREKKING.

Follow the same procedures but choose the rare golden monkeys for a memorable experience. In the afternoon, transfer to a fishing village at Lake Ruhondo - learn about local fishing methods and visit Street Children Project in Musanze; learn about sorghum or banana beer production by a women cooperative or visit a woman cooperative producing handicrafts made of banana leaves. Overnight: - Gorilla Hotel.

DAY 11: LAKE KIVU EXPEDITIONS

Transfer to Gisenyi - visit the fishing village, hot springs, brewery and communities around Lake Kivu. Overnight: - Parades Marahide hotel.

DAY 12: LAKE KIVU

This day is dedicated for resting and relaxing at Kivu beach. Overnight at Parades Marahide hotel.

DAY 13: LAKE KIVU

Transfer to Kigali through Musanze: En-route, enjoy some souvenir shopping. Overnight at New Gorilla hotel - Kigali.

DAY 14: AIRPORT TRANSFER

At your convenience, transfer to the airport.

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