Rwanda is a small landlocked country bordering on Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Congo. The country is dominated by a central plateau made up of steep mountains and deep valleys and is therefore also known as “Land of thousand hills”. On the western side of the plateau you will find Rwanda’s principal geographic feature; the famous Virunga chain of volcanoes which extend towards the Congo and Ugandan borders. These volcanoes form part of the Albertine Rift Valley and it is here that one can find Rwanda’s most important tourist attraction: the mountain gorillas! Rwanda has a rich history and culture. It was long regarded as a mysterious kingdom with a legendary military force and was carefully bypassed by Arab traders and the great Nile Explorers. Together with Burundi and Tanzania, it formed part of the German East African colony. After the First World War it became a Belgian protectorate.
Sunday 2 July 2018
On arrival at Kigali International Airport you are met and taken to your hotel for the night.
Monday 3 July 2018
Kigali / Volcanoes National Park
Today we enjoy a City Tour of Kigali where we visit the Kandt museum, see old Kigali and the craft centres then visit the genocide memorial site. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide; learn about other genocides in the world and how this country has dealt with that past (A visit to the genocide memorial is for most visitors an emotional event.). Tour more and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience.
Later, depart Kigali and we drive 2 ½ hours to Ruhengeri, arriving in the early evening at the Volcanoes National Park. (BLD)
Tuesday 4 July 2018
Volcanoes National Park / Karisimbi Hike
This morning we depart for the Karisimbi Hike. Rising at an elevation of about 4,507m above sea level is Mt Karisimbi, a stratovolcano which is the highest of the eight major volcanoes of the Virunga field and the 5th highest in Africa. It strides along the border between Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda on the western branch of the Eat African Rift valley. The climb takes 6 hours and involves navigating through the Bisoke side before reaching the first stopping place at an altitude of 3,700ms for overnight camping before finishing off the journey the next day.
You need relatively good health and stamina to hike through the slippery slopes to reach the summit which is white capped as a result of hail and sleet which accumulate in the higher elevations from its frequent storms. This implies that one may have to incur an extra cost of hiring a porter (USD20 per day) to help in carrying your luggage and hiking equipment. (BLD)
Wednesday 5 July 2018
Karisimbi Hike / Volcanoes National Park
A hike to Karisimbi’s summit is not an ordinary one, but also affords sights of several bird varieties, primates like monkeys and Gorillas since the volcano lies in the primates’ Volcanoes National Park. It is also known for its exotic plants in its four belts of vegetation, from the dense forest at its base to the barren volcanic core at the summit. We finish the remaining part of the hike to a higher altitude before descending after lunch. (BLD)
Thursday 6 July 2018
Volcanoes National Park
Early this morning we transfer to the Volcanoes National Park HQ for our first day of trekking.
After a briefing by our trackers we then drive to the trail head for the start of our amazing Gorilla tracking adventure. (Porters may be hired for the trek to carry your backpack and gear. The cost is USD10 per person/per day).
Our trek starts in the cultivated foothills of the Virunga’s offering stirring views in all directions. When it enters the national park, trekkers will be immersed in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with the colourful bird calls, chattering golden monkeys, littered with fresh spoor of the mountains’ elusive buffalo and elephant. Through gaps in the canopy, the magnificent peaks are glimpsed, among the highest in Africa yet easily accessible, beckon an ascent.
Weaving through overhanging vines, moss-covered hagenia trees and giant lobelias that thrive in the tropical climate, our experienced trackers, who have spent their entire lives in or close to this forest, soon bring us up close with one of the Gorilla Families.
Upon sighting the gorillas, we will stay with them for a magical hour as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, resting; raising their young. Coming face to face with a giant silverback must truly be one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth!
This afternoon we visit the Bulera and Ruhondo lakes. (BLD)
Friday 7 July 2018
Volcanoes National Park / Depart Kigali
We depart from the foothills of the volcanoes and drive on a scenic drive to Kigali. Everything and everywhere, sheer green and hanging on the hills; Rwanda truly – land of a thousand fertile green hills. On arrival in Kigali we transfer to the airport for our departure flight. (B)
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2018 TOUR DATES
- 2 July
- $3,995pp twin share
- $775 single supplement
- Additional cost for Gorilla Permit USD$750pp paid at time of booking converted a the rate of exchange on the day.
- Golden monkey Trek US$100 per person per trek
- Cultural tour US$50 per person
- Visit Dian Fossey tomb US$75 per person
- All departures guaranteed with 6 or more passengers.
- Escorted by Inca Tours Escort and local English speaking guides.
- Kigali city tour.
- Volcanoes National Park
- Karisimbi Summit Hike with overnight in camp
- Gorilla Trek
ITINERARY IN BRIEF
- Kigali (1 night)
- Volcanoes National Park (1 night)
- Karisimbi Hike Camp (1 night)
- Volcanoes National Park (2 nights)
- Airport transfers and assistance
- Accommodation in Kigali on bed and breakfast basis
- Accommodation at lodge/hotel on full board basis
- City tour of Kigali
- Private transport in a 4×4 Land cruiser
- Services of an English speaking driver-guide
- One gorilla permit (Cost given separate from per person cost)
- Karisimbi Hike fees
- Camping equipment on day 3 and meals
- Bottled drinking water while trekking and in vehicle
- All taxes on the services quoted above
- Meals and beverages, other than specified.
- International, regional and local airfares.
- Airport taxes.
- Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas.
- Excess baggage charges levied by airlines.
- Gratuities to driver/guides and other conveyance attendants.
- Laundry and other items of a personal nature such drinks, telephone calls ETC.
- Personal and baggage insurance.
- Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above.
- Insurance coverage is available for Baggage, Accident and Trip Cancellation / Interruption at special low cost group rates.