9 days Cultural tours, Rwanda
This 9 days Cultural tours and Gorilla trekking Safari will take you to the Akagera National Park to encounter game drive and boat ride, cultural Village visit, visit to twin Lakes, Butare then go for the amazing volcanoes gorilla tracking in their typical mist, relax at Lake Kivu and you can enjoy the fresh fried fish and then end the trip with Kigali city tour to a famous historical site and shop souvenirs' and curios!
DAY 1 ARRIVAL AT KIGALI AND TRANSFER TO BOOKED ACCOMMODATION
You will be picked up by your guide / driver upon your arrival at the Airport and thereafter transfer to Hotel for dinner and overnight. You will be briefed by the tour guide about a typical cultural tours and some of the things to expect, feel free to ask questions and get clarity on some things you may need to know
DAY 2 KIGALI CITY TOUR
You will wake up to a delicious Rwandan breakfast and the driver will pick you up to begin the city tour to historical sites in Kigali. Visit to Kigali Solaire, Stade regional, Kigali Genocide memorial site, Kandt Museum, Belgian camp. Transfer to Bugesera in the afternoon to visit the reconciliation village, Nyamata and Ntarama genocide churches. Later you will return to lodge for dinner and overnight.
DAY 3 TRANSFER FROM KIGALI TO AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
Wake up early and have your breakfast, and thereafter transfer to Kirehe; with lunch en-route, visit Imigongo and practice ancient artisan in the region, watch the waterfalls in Rusumo on the border of Tanzania and Rwanda. After with leisurely scenic drive, proceed to Akagera National Park, home to wild game species, check into your safari lodge for dinner and overnight.
DAY 4 EARLY MORNING GAME DRIVE AND VILLAGE VISIT
With breakfast of just a cup of tea at dawn, you will head out for an early Game drive and birding in Akagera National Park. You are bound to see a variety of wildlife and bird species, later return and rest as you wait for your lunch. You will have lunch and then prepare to depart to the northern part of the park to visit the pastoralist heritage experience. Return to lodge for dinner and overnight.
DAY 5 EARLY MORNING GAME DRIVE AND BOAT RIDE ON LAKE IHEMA
After your breakfast, take a stunning boat ride on Lake Ihema to spot aquatic wildlife like crocodiles, schools of hippos and over 50 species of water birds like pelicans, sun birds among others. You will later return for your lunch and get some time of relaxation before an evening game drive. You will be on the lookout for more wildlife that you may have missed on the previous morning game drive. Later return to lodge for dinner and overnight.
DAY 6 VISIT AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK AND TWIN LAKES
Wake up early in the morning, have your breakfast and check out of the hotel / lodge and thereafter transfer to Ruhengeri for ethno botany tours. Have lunch en-route and then visit the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. This will be accompanied with community project initiatives like brick making sites and bee hive locations among others. You should then embark on your journey to your hotel / lodge for dinner and overnight.
DAY 7 MOUNTAIN GORILLA TRACKING RWANDA
You will wake up very early in the morning, have breakfast and set out for your briefing before the Gorilla tracking activity in volcanoes forest. There are a number of things that you ought to carry for this activity like walkable shoes, rain gears, hut, sunscreen and insect repellent is much required while in tropical rainforest. You will have a break to have your launch and later after Gorilla trekking, visit Buhanga forest for Kinigi Cultural Village with dinner and overnight.
DAY 8 COMMUNITY EXCURSION – LAKE KIVU
After your breakfast, you will check out of your hotel / lodge and transfer to the beautiful Lake Kivu. On your way, you will visit the Banana and Sorghum beer production plants and you could even have a taste if you dare. You will then proceed to the shores of Lake Kivu to relax. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 9 VISIT BUTARE AND TRANSFER TO KIGALI
After breakfast, transfer to Butare, “the intellectual town of Rwanda”. Visit the Basilica of Kabagayi, the ancient King's palace at Nyanza, National Museum and drive back to Kigali Airport for your return flight after you have had an en-route lunch and souvenir shopping (Optional).
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