12 days / 11 nights
Discover a land of incredible beauty, as rich in wildlife and flora as it is in the hospitality of its inhabitants and the only place in the world where one can approach gorillas and chimpanzees in their natural environment and admire the Visoke volcano water lake crater at 3711 m high. This responsible travel itinerary will make you discover or re-discover beautiful areas while participating in the development and revival of this region. A journey that is secure and organised by specialists of the region !
Day 1 :
Kigali You will be welcomed and greeted at the Kigali airport. Registration and dinner in Lando hotel ** or at the excellent and very known “Mille Collines” hotel **** a magnificent area filled with exciting history located in the capital of Rwanda.
Day 2 :
Kigali - Nyungwe Road to Nyungwe, visiting on the way Nyanza royal city, Butare national museum and Murambi memorial. Lunch at Murambi. Registration, dinner and overnight at the Gisakura Guest House* or at the very luxurious Nyungwe Forest Lodge***** located at the edge of the forest. ( http://www.nyungweforestlodge.com ).
Day 3 :
Nyungwe Take a walk through the vast tea fields till you reach the primary forest where you’ll be welcomed by a group of 50 colobus (a 1h walk). Lunch at the lodge. On the afternoon, take a walk through the Nyungwe forest or rest in the luxurious surroundings of this high quality lodge where you’ll enjoy a great “Spa” environment! Dinner and overnight at the Gisakura Guesthouse or at your luxurious Nyungwe Forest Lodge.
Nyungwe – Cyangugu – Bukavu Road to Cyangugu, to visit the chimpanzees at Cyamudongo. Great experience ! Crossing the border to DRCongo. Registration at « Chez Esperance »** guesthouse or at the nicest hotel in Kivu « Orchids Safari Club »****, a true jewel amongst hotels in Kivu that reserves the very best of tables in east DRC! (www.orchids-hotel.com)
Lowland gorillas trek Early departure by jeep to Kahusi-Biega national park (west of Bukavu). After a trek in the middle of tropical forest, unforgottable instants with a lowland gorillas family. You'll approach them and almost touch them! Picnic along the lake and return to Bukavu by pirogue if time and weather allow. Dinner and accommodation at “Chez Espérance” ** or at the Orchids Safari Club ****.
Bukavu – Idjwi island Departure to Idjwi island by boat. Discover beautiful lanscapes and authentic african villages. Pirogue tour around the small islands, walk around the village to meet local people and visit pinapple, manioc, quinquinat tree plantations. Registration at « Congo Mani »* hotel. Dinner accompagnied by pygmee dancers.
Idwji Great moto taxi tour of the island to visit pygmees and tradionnal villages. Meet a snake trainer. Before sunset, sail with the traditionnal fishermen. Dinner and accomodation at « Congo Mani »* hotel.
Idjwi – Kibuye Early departure to reach Bukavu by boat and cross the border to Rwanda. Transfert by jeep up to Kibuye by the wonderful track along the Kivu lake. Kibuye is a nice and restful town in lake Kivu coast. Registration on late afternoon at « Bethany Center »** or at the wonderful « Cormoran Lodge »***. It’s entirely built of wood and offers a stunning view on the lake and the surroundings islands. www.cormoranlodge.com
Kibuye Have a peaceful walk in what people call here « Rwandan Ha Long bay ». Free afternoon. Extra possibility of water sports such as waterskiing, kayaking and boat. Dinner and overnight at « Bethany Center »** or at « Cormoran Lodge »***.
Kibuye – Gisenyi Way to Gisenyi by pirogue if the weather allows it. Registration and installation at Palm Garden hotel** or at « Serena »**** (www.serenahotels.com/serenalakekivu). Enjoy the famous private white sand beach of the Serena Hotel and the Gisenyi sightseeing tour. Dinner with the traditionnals « Intore » dancers.
Visoke volcano trek Very early departure to Visoke volcano. 3-hours sportive trek in the middle of the forest to reach the summit. Wonderful sight on the water lake crater and on the Virunga volcanos range. Have a pic-nic on the top before to go down. After climbing the volcano, take a rest at « Kinigi guesthouse »* or at Bambou Gorilla Lodge *** or at the very luxurious « Sabyinyo SilverBack Lodge » *****
Back to Kigali Way back to Kigali by jeep. Lunch at Kigali and visit of the very moving memorial of the 1994 genocide. Transfer to the airport and flight back.