A safari in Rwanda provides its tourists with the opportunity to see some unusual wildlife and a natural wonder they will never forget. Viewing the endangered golden monkeys and, yes, coming face to face with the magnificent mountain gorillas who call the bamboo woods of the Volcanoes National Park home are just two of the unusual things you will have the opportunity to do here. Visitors can go on wildlife safaris in Rwanda to observe the “big 5” creatures, which include lions, leopards, African bush elephants, buffalo, and rhinoceroses. The wildlife areas of the nation are home to a variety of smaller wild creatures in addition to the “big 5” mammals. Reserve your once-in-a-lifetime Rwanda safari to the nation’s wildlife parks.
On arrival at the Kanombe Airport found in Kigali, the tour guide will drive you to your Hotel where you will dine and slumber. While travel to your home you will explore the magnificent scenery of spectacular savannah woodland, the rolling majestic mountain ranges, incredible valleys and dominating hills which make Rwanda to be called the ‘’land of a thousand hills’’.
After breakfast, take a city tour and stop by the Kigali Memorial Genocide Centre, which includes exhibitions and video shows that detail the history of the genocide in Rwanda. You can also browse through photographs, read some written accounts, browse through some artifacts, and listen to personal testimonies. The exhibit features a part titled “Wasted Lives” that discusses the holocausts and genocides that occurred in Cambodia, Bosnia, Armenia, and Southern Africa. Drive to Volcanoes National Park to do gorilla trekking after lunch.
Dinner and a night’s sleep at the low-cost Kinigi Guest House, the upscale Mountain gorilla view Lodge, or the moderate La Palme.
Gorilla trekking is the highlight of all Africa safaris, and Volcanoes National Park is the best location in Africa to trek these rare yet endangered mountain gorillas. This park is located on Rwanda’s border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda on the Virunga Mountain ranges. This mountain range contains seven volcanoes, the highest of which is the Karisimbi, which stands at over 4500 meters. The slopes covered in bamboo and rainforest vegetation are home to some of the last surviving mountain gorillas, which were first studied thoroughly, by Dian Fossey, who carried out her research there for 13 years until she died mysteriously at Bisoke. Without her tireless efforts to combat gorilla poaching, there may not be any gorillas left in Rwanda. Volcanoes national park, there are four habituated gorilla families, including the Susa Group, which has 35 members. Other gorilla families include the Sabinyo, which has 13 members, the Amahura, which has 16 members, and Group 13, which has only six members. However this number varies. It is not difficult to locate them, and each gorilla family can be visited by a maximum of 8 people per day, resulting in 32 permits available each day.
Dinner and a night’s sleep at Kinigi Guest House, La Palme, or Mt Gorilla View Lodge
Go to the Kinigi park offices as soon as you wake up, after eating breakfast. At the gathering point for the golden monkey hike briefing, you will encounter other tourists. Following the briefing, the park guides will lead you to the bamboo forests where you can look for monkeys. The trek should only take you four hours to complete the work for trekking these lovely but delicate species known as golden monkeys. Congo, Uganda, and Rwanda are the only places you can find them. Golden monkeys are far more animated than gorillas and don’t mind being taken with a flash for photos. When you return to the starting point after your time with the primates, our driver will be there to pick you up and drive for a community walk to meet the residents, who may even entertain you with cultural dances. You could watch the locals brew local beer from yellow bananas.
Following breakfast, travel to Lake Kivu for a boat ride around the Virgin Islands, such as Napoleon’s Hat Island, where you may climb to the top of the hat to see the thousands of Angola bats flying in the clear skies. After lunch, travel to Butare, Rwanda’s intellectual district, where you can visit the national university, the Institute for Scientific Research, and the national museum.
Nyungwe Forest is one of Africa’s most well-protected montane rainforests. It covers an area of 970 square kilometers and provides breathtaking views of the forest and Lake Kivu, as well as views to the north of the distant volcanoes National park. The main draw here is the guided walks where visitors can search for big groups of chimpanzees or even black and white Angolan Colobus monkeys (each tribe can contain up to 400 individuals). There are over 270 different tree species, more than 70 different mammal species, 275 different bird species, a plethora of orchids, and a variety of butterflies.
Continue your chimpanzee hiking through the Nyungwe forest after breakfast. This forest is home to massive chimp troops comparable only to those found in Uganda’s Kibale Forest national park. The Lhotse’s monkeys, as well as the white Angolan Colobus monkeys, make primate tourism in this forest unparalleled in Africa. After lunch, drive to Nyanza, the historical seat of Rwanda’s long-gone kings. Visit this palace and take in some of the elders’ traditional storytelling. The Intore dancers, who gained notoriety at the 1958 international cultural exhibition held in Brussels, are currently considered to be among the greatest Rwanda legends. After visiting the Nyaza community, return to Kigali and be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
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