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6 Days Rwanda Gorilla and Cultural Tour

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6 Days Rwanda Gorilla and Cultural Tour

6 Days Rwanda Gorilla Cultural Tour

The 6 Days Rwanda Gorilla Cultural Tour will lead you to the most visited Rwanda’s cultural sites that include the famous genocide memorials, a cultural trip to the pygmies (Batwa), an exceptional visit to the Twin Lakes of Rwanda, explore more at Lake Kivu and of course not forgetting the ultimate gorilla trekking experience. The culture of Rwanda is varied. Unlike many other countries in Africa, Rwanda has been a unified state since pre-colonial times, populated by the Banyarwanda people who share a single language and cultural heritage. This 6 Days Rwanda Gorilla and Cultural gives you an opportunity to understand and associate with the cultural setup of Rwanda.

With African Safari Journeys you will get the true experience of the African Safari Itinerary. Book this 6 Days Rwanda Gorilla and cultural tour today.

Best Time to Visit Rwanda

Planning to visit Rwanda for an safari holiday or trip? The best time to visit Rwanda varies according to the seasosn of the year; i.e. between June to Mid-September is the long dry season; October to November is a shorter rainy season and it’s followed by a short dry season from December to February. During both of Rwanda’s dry seasons, there is often light cloud cover. Therefore, one can choose Rwanda at any time of the year depending on the safari expectations and interests.

Book Gorilla Permits

Rwanda gorilla permits cost $1500 and Uganda gorilla permits cost $600. These have to be acquired months before your trip to be assured of viewing the mountain gorillas. Read more about booking gorilla permits.

Safari Overview

 

6 Days Rwanda Cultural Tour Highlights

  • Gorilla Trekking in Nyungwe Forest national park
  • Cultural walks and community experiences
  • Diane Fossey Grave Hikes
  • Boat ride on Lake Kivu
  • Photography moments

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kigali, The Capital of Rwanda
  • Day 2: Kigali City tour & Cultural visit to the Gisozi genocide memorial site; Transfer to Volcanoes national park
  • Day 3: Gorilla trekking experience in Volcanoes national park
  • Day 4: Dian Fossey hike and transfer to Lake Kivu
  • Day 5: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest
  • Day 6: Chimps tracking and transfer back to Kigali

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kigali, The Capital of Rwanda

Upon your first step on the land of thousand hills, you will be met safari guide/driver from African Safari Journeys for your 6 Days Rwanda Gorilla and Cultural tour briefing and thereafter you will be transferred to the hotel for a rest from the long hours’ journey trip.
Dinner and overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel (Luxury), Marriot Hotel
Meal plan: Half Board

Day 2: Kigali City tour & Cultural visit to the Gisozi genocide memorial site; Transfer to Volcanoes national park

After enjoying an early morning chilly breakfast, you will be picked to start off your day with a guided tour at the Gisozi (Kigali) Genocide Memorial site as you learn more about the real experience of the 1994 genocide from the storytellers. The Gisozi genocide memorial site is the final resting place where more than 250,000 victims of the Genocide were buried in Rwanda.
After lunch in the afternoon, we drive through terraced hills to reach Volcanoes national park, home to the endangered mountain gorillas. Upon arrival in the evening, you will go for a cultural walk to Iby’wachu where you will learn more about the Banyarwanda community and their tradition. Expect to be entertained in their traditional dances.
Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Le Bambou gorilla lodge/Muhabura hotel/Kinigi Guest House.
Meal Plan: 
FullBoard

Day 3: Gorilla Trekking & the Iby’iwacu Cultural Village Tour

This is the long awaited day! It will require you to wake as early as 5 am, take your breakfast (if ready) or simply pack your food and get transferred to Kinigi Headquarters of the Volcanoes National park for the pre-gorilla trekking briefing. After the briefing from the guides and park rangers at the headquarters, you will be divided into groups of 8 people and afterward be assigned the gorilla group to trek in the forest. The gorilla trekking activity begins with a hike into the misty highlands and rainy forests of Volcanoes National and the trek normally takes between 2 to 6 hours depending on the group you are to find until you finally meet the mountain giants. You will be allowed to stay with the gorillas for a maximum of 1 hour (45-60 minutes).

Later return to your Hotel /lodge for a rest, and in the evening, prepare to go for a cultural walk to Iby’iwacu cultural village where you will learn more about the Banyarwanda community and their tradition. Be entertained in their traditional dances.
Dinner and overnight Stay at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Gorillas Hotels/Muhabura Guest House.
Meal plan: Full Board

Day 4: Dian Fossey hike and transfer to Lake Kivu

Wake up early in the morning to a fabulous breakfast and embark on a hike up to the Karisoke research center, established by the late American Zoologist Dian Fossey. Learn more about the great history of Dian Fossey and how the activities that are done at this research center contribute to the conservation of mountain gorilla conservation. Afterward, return to the hotel, prepare and then we will transfer you to Lake Kivu for another day in waiting.
Dinner and overnight at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel(Luxury)/ Stipp Hotel/Paradise Malahide/Waterfront resort (mid-range).

Day 5: Tour around Lake Kivu, Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park

As a normal begins, get up early in the morning waking up to a chilly breakfast, take a boat ride on the Lake Kivu, visit the coffee island to learn more about the Rwanda coffee. Enjoy the activities of the Rwanda people there as you learn how they brew the local beer that is on high demand in the country. Later in the afternoon, we transfer you to Nyungwe Forest driving through the scenic views of the Land of Thousands Hills with en route stopovers for photography and lunch, reaching Nyungwe in the evening to prepare for the next sumptuous activity of primates trekking in this Rwanda’s montane forest.
Dinner and overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge/Gisakura Guest House/Nyungwe top view hotel.
Meal plan: F/B

Day 6: Chimpanzee trekking, Cultural Walks and transfer back to Kigali

After a normal morning breakfast, we take you to visit the Batwa community and learn more about their unique way of behavior and how they feel proud about living in the forest. Later, set off for Kigali with en route visiting the King’s Palace at Nyanza, Butare Museums and Murambi Genocide Memorial Site. Depending on how we drive, you will approximately reach Kigali late in the afternoon to enable arrange your flight plans.
That Marks the end of your 6 Days Rwanda Gorilla and Cultural Tour, we hope you enjoyed the tour with us. African Safari Journeys wishes you a safe journey back home. If you would hope to stay for more days in Rwanda, we wish you a nice stay.

Tour Includes:

 

Included

  • 1 Gorilla permit $1500
  • Chimpanzee trekking permits
  • Ground transport per 4WD
  • Bottled water
  • Park entrance fees
  • Game drive
  • Service of an English-speaking driver guide
  • All mentioned activities except for the optional ones

Not Included

  • Extras at the accommodation i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
  • Tips to porters and driver/ guide
  • Insurance