Leave Kigali in the evening for Rwamagana with stopovers on the way where you will be getting lectures on some of the hot spots along this beautiful terrain characterized by rolling hills that represent much of the Eastern Province (Umutara w’ inka n’ bantu).
O/N: Dereva Hotel. (F B).
After an early breakfast, leave for Akagera National Park.
A game drive in the park in search of a variety of a wide range of game including the Savannah Elephants (Inzovu), Hippos (Invubu), Defassa Waterbuck (Indonyi), Topi (Inyemera), Oribi (Isirabo), Bushbuck (Impongo) Statunga (Inzobe), Wathorg (Isatura) and so many others. Bird life is also rich in Akagera where by you will have a chance of learning something about birds, their names, habits, habitat, calls and many other behaviors.
Akagera National Park was named after the river that runs along its eastern boundary; The Park is Rwanda’s famous Savanna reserve. In comparison to the rest of the country, the area is relatively warm and low-lying, and plains support a cover of dense, broad-leafed woodland with lighter acacia woodland and patches of rolling grassland studded eloquently with stands of the superficially cactus-like Euphorbia candelabra shrubs.
The west of the plains lays a chain of low mountains, which reach the elevation between 1,600m and 1,825m above Sea level. The eastern part of the park supports a vast wetland. The mighty Akagera River feeds a complex of a dozen of lakes linked by extensive papyrus swamps and winding water.
Poaching in this area has greatly reduced wildlife populations in recent years but with the current strict conservation measures, the animal population is regenerating and even those animals that became extinct such as the Cheetahs, Gazelles and Rhinos are going to be re-introduced to the park while the Lion population that had drastically declined due to the conflict with the returned Cattle keepers is also going to be increased. What was formerly the north of the park is now a settlement area for returned 1994 cattle keeping refugees. Long horned Ankole Cattle is far and away the most commonly seen large mammal along the villages neighboring the Park. From it’s original 2500km², the park now has an area of only 1085km² and the rest was used to re-settle the 1994 returned cattle keeping refugees of 1959 and 1961.
O/N Dereva Hotel. (F B).
Have a relaxed morning at the Hotel and then transfer to Lake Muhazi where you will have lunch before transferring to Musanze via Kigali.
Jambo Beach, located on the shores of Lake Muhazi offers a variety of both western and traditional dishes and the specialty is fresh fish from the lake while at the Seeds of Hope, is the only place you can have both Fresh and Sour milk (Inshyushyu n’ ikivuguto) served in a tradidionally smoked gourde (Icyansi Cyitiye) sitting in a typical traditional house (Ikigondano) with your legs stretched (Urambije).
Arrive Musanze in the evening and take a walk around Musanze (Ruhengeri) town interacting with the local people .
O/N: Hotel Muhabura. (FB).
Early start for Kinigi (The Park H/Q) where you will meet other tourists who have come for different activities in PNV. You will be allocated a group to visit and a professional Guide who will brief you on the day’s activity. Gorilla tracking might some times be hectic and it requires courageous and strong people only that some times it can be as close as less than an hour’s hike, return in time for lunch and then relax. In the afternoon, you will visit Iby’ iwacu cultural village from where you will have a chance to learn about your culture returning in the evening in time for dinner.
O/N:Hotel Muhabura (FB).
Early start for Kinigi to track the unique Golden Monkeys retuning around mid-day for lunch and move to Gisenyi (Rubavu).
O/N: Pradis de Malahide
Leave for Kibuye in the afternoon that is found in the Western part of the country arriving late in the evening.
The drive along the stunningly beautiful Lake Kivu to Gisenyi; through beautiful countryside, crossing valleys full of agricultural produce. After Parc National des Volcans, most participants will welcome that relaxing moments on the shores of Lake Kivu. Take a boat out on the lake to see the various islands. Swim in the refreshing, bilharzias-free waters of the Lake or stroll about in the nearby villages rambling across a number of hills. Rest of the day at leisure.
“Lake Kivu is unique: Its deep waters contain an enormous quantity of dissolved gas. There are, in fact, 65 billion cubic metres of methane, in other words the equivalent of 50 million tonnes of petrol lying at the bottom of the lake under 250m of water. If it were exploited, this energy, veritable manna from heaven, would provide Rwanda with an almost inexhaustible source of energy, freeing it from worry about energy needs linked to its development projects. There is a pilot station for the extraction of methane for energy in this place”.
Take a walk around the Guest house listening to the sounds of nature.
O/N: Hotel Bethanie. [FB]
After breakfast, leave for Nyungwe Forest arriving in the afternoon and relax at the lodge or visit the local communities living at the edge of the forest or visit Kamembe Town and Rusiizi.
O/N: Gisakura Guest House. [FB]
An early start for Uwinka and enjoy the whole morning tracking Chimps and return to the lodge during the heat of the day for lunch. In the Evening, go birding at Karamba or go Colobus Monkey tracking near Gisakura Tea Factory ending up in the Factory to witness how the famous Rwanda Tea is processed and return late for dinner.
O/N: Gisakura Guest House. [FB]
Leave for Kigali, on the Way, visit Maraba Coffee washing station and the Coffee Quality control and testing laboratory, the National Museum (one of the richest in Africa in terms of culture) and the King’s Palace , lunch in Butare and proceed to Nyanza, visit the King’s Palace and the Art’s Museum in Rwesero reaching Kigali in the evening.
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