4 days Rwanda Safari, Gorillas and Lake Kivu
DAY 1: ARRIVE KIGALI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by your driver/guide. You will then arrive at your hotel in Kigali, where you’ll spend the night and enjoy a nourishing breakfast
DAY 2: CITY TOUR + DEPART FOR RUHENGERI
After breakfast, your day starts with a complementary tour of the city. Named in 1907 by Dr. Richard Kandt, the first colonial resident governor of Rwanda; Kigali city is surrounded by lush hills of green and is referred to as the land of a thousand hills. Get to visit interesting spots which may include; the craft market, Gisozi genocide memorial site & Kigali museum. Depart for a 2 hours’ drive to Ruhengeri area the second largest town in Rwanda, with its stunning backdrop of five volcanic mountains – The Virungas. Arrive at your hotel later in the afternoon.Dinner and overnight at your hotel
DAY 3: GORILLA TRACKING AND KAGANO COMMUNITY VISIT
Enjoy an early breakfast, and then proceed to the National Park headquarters in Kinigi to meet your guides for the day. After completing the necessary formalities at the park, we will embark on an unforgettable mountain gorilla tracking expedition. Once you spot them, you will be able to spend an hour watching your long-lost cousin in his natural habitat. The enjoy an evening visit to the Kagano village, where the once forest-dwelling locals will tell you all about when and why they left the park. Return to your hotel for lunch, dinner and overnight.
DAY 4: LOCAL SCHOOL VISIT AND DEPARTURE FOR GISENYI
After breakfast, depart for Gisenyi with a stop at the Imbabazi Orphanage founded by Rosamond Halsey Carr (1912-2006) in 1994. Take a walk around the homestead and admire the colourful flowers planted by this green-fingered lady in her lifetime. Continue to Gisenyi, arrive for lunch and check in at your hotel. Time permitting, take an afternoon swim at Lake Kivu,
After breakfast, the early part of the day is spent in Gisenyi, the largest port on the Rwandan shore of Lake Kivu. Enjoy a boat ride to one of the islands in Lake Kivu. Explore the town, enjoying the hustle and bustle of the local market or wander through the leafy streets, admiring the old colonial buildings. Enjoy a nourishing lunch, and set off on a 3-hour drive back to Kigali later in the afternoon, arriving in time for your transfer to the airport.