Authentic Rwanda

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Permits Included!

We don’t like extras, so the costly Gorilla & Angola colobus monkey tracking permits have been included with this tour. Learn more

Discover and explore the very best of Rwanda on this 8-day independent tour. Explore the beautiful national parks, lush rainforest and colourful culture of Rwanda. Experience one of the greatest wildlife encounters on earth observing the magnificent mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, trek in search of colobus monkeys and admire the exotic birdlife.

FROM KIGALI TO NYUNGWE

Discover the history of Rwanda in the capital of Kigali, then continue the journey to Nyungwe Forest National Park, most likely the best preserved montane rainforest in Central Africa. Here you’ll trek the forest in search of the Angola colobus monkeys and exotic birdlife, before touring a nearby tea plantation.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

Head north to Musanze, a village located at the foot of the Virungas – a chain of mostly dormant volcanoes. In the Volcanoes National Park, you’ll get up close and personal with a family of rare mountain gorillas. Spend an incredible hour observing these magnificent creatures in their daily life – feeding, playing, resting and raising their young. You’ll also visit an ex-poacher’s village that is now an award-winning conservation initiative, visit the local market and explore the local area.

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Arrive Kigali

Welcome to Rwanda! After being met and transferred to your hotel enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2. Kigali – Nyungwe Forest National Park

After breakfast enjoy a city tour including the Kandt Museum, Old Kigali and the craft centres. After lunch, continue to beautiful Nyungwe Forest National Park. [B,L,D]

Day 3. Nyungwe Forest National Park

This morning, transfer to the park headquarters for a half-day forest trek in search of the Angola colobus monkeys. Other primates likely to be seen during the trek include L’Hoest’s monkey and the grey-cheeked mangabey. The park is also home to a range of exotic and interesting bird species – 24 species are endemic to this specific area of the Rift Valley. Return to the lodge for lunch, before an afternoon tour of a nearby tea plantation. [B,L,D]

Day 4. Nyungwe Forest National Park – Lake Kivu

Head north today towards Kibuye, located on the shores of Lake Kivu, stopping at some colourful local markets en route. After lunch, continue to Gisenyi on the northern end of the lake. Lake Kivu is one of Africa’s Great Lakes and the sixth-largest in Africa! [B,L]

Day 5. Lake Kivu – Musanze

Enjoy a morning at leisure to relax in this idyllic location before heading north to Musanze, located at the foot of the Virungas. The Virungas are a chain of mostly dormant volcanoes lying along Rwanda’s northern border. They are home to the critically endangered mountain gorillas as well as other mammals, including the black-fronted duiker, buffalo, spotted hyena and bushbuck. [B,L,D]

Day 6. Musanze

Today is a real highlight – visit a family of mountain gorillas! After a short briefing, an exhilarating trek takes you through the rainforest, walking in the footsteps of the rare mountain gorilla. Spend an hour with these magnificent creatures as they go about their daily life. This afternoon, visit an ex-poachers’ village, an award-winning conservation initiative. [B,L,D]

Day 7. Musanze – Kigali

This morning, explore the local area including a visit to the local market, before returning to Kigali. [B,D]

Day 8. Depart Kigali

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey. [B]

Travel

  • Meet & greet on arrival and private airport transfers
  • Exclusive use of 4WD vehicle

Accommodation & Meals

  • 7 nights in African-style hotels & lodges (3-4 star)
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based driver/guide
  • Professional trackers while trekking

Entrance Fees & Permits

  • Entrance fee to national park & safari briefing included
  • Gorilla & Angola colobus monkey tracking permits are included (approx US$1,575)

Sightseeing

  • City tour of Kigali, including the Genocide Memorial
  • Track the very unique Angola Colobus Monkeys of the Nyuengwe Forest
  • Visit a Rwandan tea plantation
  • Explore local markets enroute to Lake Kivu
  • Search for the rare and critically endangered mountain gorillas in the foothills of the Virungas
  • Visit an award-winning conservation initiative in Rwanda, run by former poachers

Starts

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2018-04-01

2018-05-31

8935

On Request

2018-06-01

2018-10-31

9555

On Request

2018-11-01

2018-12-14

8935

On Request

2018-12-15

2019-01-07

9555

On Request

Urban Hotel by CityBlue, Kigali

One & Only Nyungwe House, Kigali

Nyungwe Forest Lodge, Nyungwe Forest

This stunning lodge, built to blend in with the surrounding environment, is situated in a tea plantation on the edge of the Nyungwe closed-canopy rainforest, home to 13 species of primate including Chimpanzees. All rooms feature a private deck and fireplace along with modern amenities, and are forest facing. Lodge facilities include an outdoor heated swimming pool, relaxation retreat, and boma area.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel, Gisenyi

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Musanze

The Mountain Gorilla View Lodge stands amid real wilderness providing panoramic views of Rwanda’s volcano mountains and is located just 1km from the Volcanoes National Park, making it an ideal location for gorilla trekking. The lodge is surrounded by an exciting and rich biodiversity of shrubs, trees and various bird species. Spacious units provide clean, comfortable lodgings with buffet-style dining. Guests often end their day with a glass of wine sitting near the fireplace in the lobby sharing stories about their gorilla encounters!

Kigali

Kigali has a tropical wet and dry savannah climate typically with a pronounced dry season in the low sun months.

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Levels of Fitness

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To get the most from your Bunnik Tour you will need a good level of fitness and mobility and an open mind. Travelling through Africa is mainly done by road. A high percentage of roads are not sealed and most tracks within national parks are dirt roads. Some travel days are also very long. Per tour, you will find a list of the different vehicle types used. Most excursions are by 4WD so if you suffer from a back condition we highly recommend that you consult your doctor before booking. If you wear contact lenses we recommend bringing glasses as well, in case of irritation caused by dust.

You should be able to: walk at least 3.5km or 2-3 hours on uneven ground, without a walking aid; climb short, steep hills; be prepared to board small boats; and also carry your own bags as porter services may not always be available.

Passengers who are 70 and over will be required to obtain a doctor’s clearance before travelling.

NOTE: This particular tour requires a moderate level of fitness. In Rwanda, the trek to visit the mountain gorillas can be about 2 hours.

Visa Requirements

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Please note, Australian passport holders need to obtain a Visa for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details.

  • Australian passport holders
    • Rwanda: A single entry visa is required for Australian passport holders.
  • Non-Australian passport holders
    • please check with your travel agent on visa requirements.

The following government websites are also a handy source of general information.

The Small Print: Prices are per person based on twin share with a minimum of 2 people. Seasonal surcharges apply. Please contact our office for details.

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