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Location: Rwanda

Day 1: Kigali Arrival

Meet and greet at the Airport by your Magic Safaris guide. Diner is included in the package. (D)

Overnight at Flame Tree Village***:



Day 2: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest NP via Huye (Butare).

After breakfast you will depart to Huye (Butare) the second largest city of Rwanda and is known as the intellectual city of Rwanda. It hosts the National Museum, several academic (University) and research institutions.

On your way to Huye (Butare) you will visit Nyanza the former Mwami’s palace (King’s palace) and the seat of the feudal monarchy. The palace has been reconstructed to its 19th century state and shows a traditional dome that can be compared with the Kabaka’s palace of Buganda.

You will visit the National Museum which is one the well set-up if not the finest ethnographic museum of East Africa. It’s a good source of information on the cultural history of Rwanda and the region.

After the visit of the museum you will have a spectacular performance of the national ballet with the Intore-dancers. The performance is regarded by many as one of the highlights of your safari. Lunch is foreseen in Butare after lunch, heading to Nyungwe Forest NP.

Your driver-guide will stop at the Uwinka offices to have the last update on the presence of the semi-habituated groups of chimps and colobus monkeys. This will help you to prepare your activities of the next day. (B-L-D)

Overnight Nyungwe Forest Lodge****:

After lunch, you will depart to Musanze/Volcanoes NP. (B-L-D).

Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge:


Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking & Canopy Walk – Nyungwe NP

Nyungwe Forest NP is a paradise for hikers. The terrain is rugged and steep, and you will be at relatively high elevation. Wear good hiking shoes and bring warm clothing!

Depending on your personal interests you will have a choice of different opportunities to explore the largest high altitude rainforest of East Africa!

– Nyungwe Forest NP has become increasingly popular for the Chimp trekking at Chamodongo! Be prepared for both activities to have a more strenuous hiking!

In the afternoon after lunch, you can continue your exploration with the Canopy walk which is the only one in East-Africa! After canopy adventure you will drive back to Gisakura for dinner. (B-L-D)

Overnight Nyungwe Forest Lodge*****:


Day 4: Transfer to Kibuye – PM Relaxing

After breakfast you will leave for Kibuye, passing through the green fields of tea plantations before exploring the shores of Lake Kivu. Kibuye which is one of the three resort town on Lake Kivu is the most beautiful. Arrival at Kibuye is foreseen at lunch time. After Nyungwe, most participants will welcome that relaxing moments on the shores of Lake Kivu! Lake Kivu is Bilharzia free! Rest of the day at leisure. (B-L-D)

Overnight at Cormoran Lodge***:


Day 5: Transfer to Gisenyi by boat.

After breakfast, you will have an enjoyable speed-boat trip to Gisenyi. The trip is not only an encounter with local people; fishermen, fishing villages but also with the residents of Idjwi Island (Congo) who are rowing long distances in their dugout canoes to visit the Rwanda markets. (B-L-D).

Idjwi is an island in Lake Kivu, belonging to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. At 40 km in length and with an area of 285 km², it is believed to be the largest inland island in Africa, and the eighth largest in the world. Idjwi is roughly equidistant between the DRC and Rwanda, with 10 to 15 kilometres separating its western shore from the DRC mainland and a similar distance between its eastern shore and the coastline of Rwanda. The island’s southern tip, however, lies only 1 kilometre from a promontory of the Rwandan coast

Overnight at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel****:


Day 6: Relaxing day on Lake Kivu – PM Transfer to Musanze/Volcanoes NP.

Lake Kivu beach is a good place to relax (swimming, boat ride, sun bathing as well as a variety of water sport. The lake is shared between the DRC and Rwanda. It covers an area of 2.700 kilometre square and lies 1.460m long, 48km wide, with an average depth of 220m a maximum of 485m.


Day 7: Gorilla Trekking – PM Traditional Village

After breakfast, you will depart to the park Headquarter where your driver-guide will accomplish the necessary formalities for you. You will meet your ranger guide(s) for a briefing about the greatest animal experience ever!

Your driver-guide will drive you to the slopes of one of the Virunga volcanoes for your trekking.

After trekking, lunch at your hotel and in the afternoon visit of the Iby’Iwacu traditional village, a community based tourism project where the local community displays ways of living.

Iby’Iwacu cultural village is located 20 minutes’ drive from the Park Head quiarters and is an interesting cultural excursion. The village convinced ex poachers to turn their back on poaching and instead perform for visitors. Visiting the village you can discover the traditional house of a local king, watch an authentic medicine man prepare herbal mixtures, try your hand at bow and arrow shooting or enjoy cultural dances and drumming performed by people from the local area.(B-L-D).

Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge:


Day 8: Optional activity – PM Transfer to Kigali airport for departure.

–  An excursion to the top of the Bisoke volcano (3.711 m) of which the distinctive feature is a beautiful crater lake! Fantastic views in all directions, lushly forested slopes, shady bamboo forest and an exhilarating climb!

–  An excursion to the Dian Fossey’s grave and the former Karisoke Research Centre. The excursion will provide excellent background information and this is a wonderful site to see!

–  A visit to the Golden Monkeys: the little-known Golden Monkey (cercopithecus mitis kandti) is listed as “endangered”, the newly habituated groups of about 40 individuals are the only ones in Africa. The Kabatwa troop is located not so far from the Park Headquarters and the Musanga troop lives near the Karisimbi volcano and has a much longer walking distance.

After visit, you will depart to Kigali to catch your flight, time allowing you will visit the genocide memorial centre at Gisozi. (B-L-D).

The Gisozi Genocide Memorial site is located in the Gasabo District, in the city of Kigali. It is where the victims of Tutsi Genocide are buried from the year 2000. It contains a cemetery, a house of exhibition on Genocide section; a library and it has a plan of teaching the history of genocide. There are about 300,000 victims buried there. It is the only memorial site in Kigali for a real heart in your throat experience. After visit of the genocide memorial, your driver-guide will drop you to the airport for departure.

Included Activities: Visit of Kigali including the Genocide Memorial Centre at Gisozi, visit Nyanzathe former Mwami’s palace (King’s palace), Visit of the national Museum at Huye (Butare), performance of the Intore dancers at Huye (Butare), 1 primate walk (chimps) and 1 canopy walk in Nyungwe, Transfer by boat Kibuye to Gisenyi, 1 gorilla trekking, visit of the Iby’Iwacu traditional village and another activity (optional on day 8).

A 3 days extension to Akagera NP:


Monthly Departure dates are set on the following days (Mondays):

10 Jan, 21 Feb, 20 Mar, 17 Apr, 22 May, 19 Jun, 03 Jul, 21 Aug, 18 Sep, 02 Oct, 20 Nov and 18


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Tour Name

Travel Style Duration Accommodation Meal Plan Participants STO Price G. Permit SRS


ACCOMMODATION – Flame tree village***  (Kigali), Nyungwe Forest Lodge****, Scheduled 8 days Standard FB 2 Pax $ 2868 $ 865 $ 450
Cormoran Lodge*** (Kibuye) and Mountain Gorilla View Lodge*** (Volcanoes NP) Scheduled 8 days Standard FB 3 Pax $ 2525 $ 865 $ 450
   Scheduled 8 days Standard FB 4 Pax $ 2372 $ 865 $ 450
Scheduled 8 days Standard FB 5 Pax $ 2251 $ 865 $ 450
Scheduled 8 days Standard FB 6 Pax $ 2215 $ 865 $ 450




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Tour Name

Travel Style Duration Accommodation Meal Plan Participants STO Price G. Permit SRS


ACCOMMODATION – Flame tree village***  (Kigali), Nyungwe Forest Lodge****, Scheduled 11 days Standard FB 2 Pax $ 4009 $ 865 $623
Cormoran Lodge*** (Kibuye), Mountain Gorilla View Lodge*** (Volcanoes NP) Scheduled 11 days Standard FB 3 Pax $ 3495 $ 865 $623
and Ruzizi Tented Camp at Ak agera NP    Scheduled 11 days Standard FB 4 Pax $ 3293 $ 865 $623
Scheduled 11 days Standard FB 5 Pax $ 3133 $ 865 $623
Scheduled 11 days Standard FB 6 Pax $ 3081 $ 865 $623