Rwanda’s Gorillas, Chimps, lakes and birdlife, 7 days from US$ 3,280 per person plus permits.
This ‘extended’ Rwandan extension, easily added to any East African safari, visits the gorillas as in itinerary 1, but includes the beautiful scenery of Lake Kivu and the chimpanzees, forest and birding of Nyungwe Forest, a renowned birding hotspot! Finishing at the 5* Nyungwe Forest Lodge, this safari takes in much of the true beauty of Rwanda
Day 1. Late afternoon arrival at Kigali International Airport, drive around 2 1/2 hours to the Volcanos National Park. Overnight Mountain Gorilla View Lodge..
Day 2. An early start after a full breakfast to be at the briefing point for 7.45 a.m. After a briefing and allocation to your gorilla family, (maximum of 8 guests per gorilla family per day), drive to the start of your trek and walk into the forest. Enjoy the walk in the beautiful surroundings, until you reach your gorilla family, when you spend one hour in their company. Return to the trailhead and to your lodge for overnight, full board basis..
Day 3. A second early start to trek after a different gorilla family. This time you can put your camera down more and simply watch these amazing animals, of which there are only around 900 left in the wild. Watch the juveniles playing and the babies suckling – all watched over by the huge silverback male. The largest group in this area has over 30 individuals. After the trek return to your lodge to pick up your luggage before continuing onto Lake Kivu and the Lake Kivu Serena Hotel..
Day 4. After a leisurely breakfast to enjoy the lakeside, drive slowly down the lake enjoying the scenery. Arrive at Kibuye where you can take a boat onto the lake to see the bat colonies..
Day 5. Continue down the lake, arriving in Nyungwe in the early afternoon. Take a walk in the gorgeous surroundings of the lodge or relax by the pool. Overnights Nyungwe Forest Lodge, full board for two nights.
Day 6. A very early start to drive to a section of forest to walk in search of habituated chimpanzees. There are no guarantees but chances are good and walking in the forest is a special experience. If you have time in the afternoon, you may choose to walk after the large troops of colobus monkeys in the forest or take an escorted bird walk..
Day 7. Drive leisurely with a picnic back to Kigali, around 5 1/2 hours, for overnight or visit the city of Kigali and the Genocide Memorial before being transferred to Kigali Airport for your onward flight.
Cost from: US $ 2,960 per person, based on four people travelling together and sharing double/twin accommodation. Plus $3,000 per person for gorilla permits.
Note: Rwanda has doubled their gorilla permit fees to $1500 per person per day w.e.f. 06/05/33017. Extending the above safari to 3 nights in Nyungwe would result in a 30% discount to the gorilla permit fees – saving $900 per person.