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Rwanda

About Rwanda

Rwanda is an undiscovered incredibly beautiful country with ever changing landscapes that offer outstanding flora and fauna and spectacular scenery. Misty, moody rainforest in the south gives rise to lushly forested volcanoes and bamboo in the north. Dugout canoes ply the tranquil waters of Lake Kivu in the west and undulating grass plains of Akagera in the east are interspersed with light acacia woodlands.

Volcanoes National Park

This corner or northwestern Rwanda is a breath-taking unforgettable place where culture, adventure and conservation intersect.

The "Parc National de Volcans" (or PNV as it's known by locals) lies along the Virunga Mountains, with 8 ancient volcanoes, which are shared by Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Just a short two hour drive from Rwanda's capital of Kigali, the park is a central location for exploring some distinctly Rwandan experiences. While a visit to the mountain gorillas is often at the top of visitor, the dramatic landscape also offers thrilling hiking and visits to the fascinating golden monkeys.

PNV is also one of Rwanda's conservation epicenters, where many non-profit organizations base their operations. Visitors can pay homage to the legendary scientist and gorilla advocate Dian Fossey with a hike to her tomb or a visit to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund that continues her legacy of research and advocacy to this day.

Near the park, the bustling and vibrant markets of Musanze are a place to immerse yourself into everyday Rwandan culture. Go deep into the earth with Musanze's caves - one of the area's newest attraction.

Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park is a low-lying savannah reserve in the east of Rwanda on the border with Tanzania. Known as one of the most scenic savannahs in East Africa, the game drive in Akagera provides you with the opportunity to view gentle hills blending beautifully with lowland swamps and water bodies. It has a good selection of game and bird life.

Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu is the country's largest body of water and takes up about half of Rwanda's western border. Relax on the shore of Gisenyi and enjoy the incredible views across the palm-fringed lake or explore the various islands on Lake Kivu like Napoleon Island, IJWI Island, Amahoro Island, all great for birding and bat watching.

Butare

Butare was the largest and most important city in Rwanda prior to 1965 when it lost out to more centrally located Kigali. It has an impressive royal palace as well as an absorbing national museum, which houses perhaps the finest ethnographic collection in East Africa with absorbing displays of traditional artifacts.

Nyungwe Forest

Nyungwe National Park is a high-altitude; mountainous rainforest in southern Rwanda. Nyungwe's biodiversity is astonishing by African standards and is one of the most endemic species-rich areas in all of Africa and is home to 13 primate species which include chimpanzees, colubus monkeys and mangabeys, 275 species of birds with 24 endemic to the African highlands, over 140 species of orchids, reptiles and butterflies.

Day 1- Arrival

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you’ll be met by Uber Luxe Safaris representative, briefed on your trip and introduction to your driver guide.  You will then proceed to Kigali Serena Hotel with 5* facilities. (10 minutes’ drive from the airport for your overnight.

Meal plan: Bed & Breakfast

Day 2-Nyungwe Forest

Early breakfast, at 6:00 am, road transfer to the south-west corner of the country, where the largest montane forest East and Central Africa is found. The heart of Nyungwe Forest is like a scene from a fairy tale. Tall old mahoganies, ebonies and giant tree ferns tower above you, whilst orchids and other epiphytes cling to every branch. Brightly coloured birds flit around; butterflies are everywhere, including a variety of primates for which Nyungwe National Park is renowned.

Meal plan: Full Board

Day 3-Canopy walk

The Canopy walkway consists of three bridges and three towers and is the total length of the walkway is 160m. (3hrs) trip.

Meal plan: Full Board

Day 4 –Waterfall Hike

This morning we enjoy waterfall hike, waterfall trail starts by the Nyungwe forest lodge and descends into the forest proper, following flat contour paths through a succession of tree-fern-covered ravines, and crossing several streams, before a sharp descent to the base of the pretty but small waterfall. It takes four hours to cover as a round trip, depending on how often you stop.

Meal plan: Full Board

Day 5-Iby’iwacu cultural village

IBYIWACU CULTURAL VILLAGE is changing traditional perceptions of what constitutes tourism by turning fate into fame through sharing various aspects of rural cultures and livelihoods into tourist attractions and creating income-generating activities for rural poor people that have lived on bush meat, poaching for generations. The village provides tourists experiences beyond wildlife viewing, the people, culture and how they live. The village also gives a chance to the visitors to enjoy the eight different local dances, listen to Gorilla songs.

Meal plan: Full Board

Day 6-Gorilla Trekking

Today we start the search famous mountain gorillas we will be spending an hour with the remarkably peaceful gorillas despite their size and appearance as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, resting and raising their young.

Meal plan: Bed & breakfast

Day 7-Departure

Basing on your flight time you will be transferred to the Airport for your international flight.

Climate
Month Ave MaxTemp Ave MaxTemp Rainfall Ave Sunlight hrs:min
Jan 26 20.5 69 12:13
Feb 26 20.5 100 12:10
Mar 26 20.5 106 12:07
Apr 25 20 183 12:04
May 25 20 92 12:01
Jun 25 20 20 12:00
Jul 26 20 9 12:00
Aug 27 21.5 34 12:03
Sep 27 21 86 12:06
Oct 27 21 102 12:09
Nov 26 20.5 127 12:12
Dec 26 20.5 100 12:13
 

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