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11 Days /10 Nights Kigali City, Akagera National Park, Volcanoes National Park, Lake Kivu National Park, Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda

Safari Overview

This 11-day trip will have you spend 1 night in Kigali, 3 nights in Akagera National Park, 2 nights in Volcanoes National Park, 2 nights in Lake Kivu, and 2 nights at Nyungwe National Park.

Summarised Itinerary;

Day 1: Arrive in Kigali and embark on a Kigali city tour. Overnight at your accommodation.

Day 2: Drive to Akagera National Park. Drive time is 2 hours. PM Game drive.

Day 3: AM Nature walk. PM Boat cruise

Day 4: AM Game drive. PM community visit.

Day 5: Drive to Volcanoes National Park. Drive time is 4 to 5 hours.

Day 6: Golden Monkey trekking in Volcanoes National Park.

Day 7: Drive to Lake Kivu National Park. The drive is 2 hours from Volcanoes to Lake Kivu.

Day 8: AM boat cruise. Bicycle tour/nature walk trip around Lake Kivu

Day 9: Drive to Nyungwe National Park. The drive time is 4 hours.

Day 10: AM chimpanzee trekking.

Day 11: Drive to Kigali International Airport. Drive time is 6 – 7 hours from Nyungwe National Park to Kigali Airport.

Detailed Itinerary;

Day 1: Arrive in Kigali and embark on a Kigali city tour. Overnight at your accommodation.

Meet your driver at the airport, transfer to your hotel for relaxation, and head out for the Kigali city tour.
Enjoy an exploration of the city to the Kigali Genocide museum in memory of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, the Umusambi Village Nature reserve a famous home for the endangered cranes, the Nyandungu Urban Wetland and Eco – tourism park the reclaimed swamp in the urban setting – a home to over 100 bird species, Kimironko and Kaplaki handicraft mark – one of the largest and busiest markets with aa range of products from wood carvings, pottery, paintings, sculptures, foodstuffs, crafts, shoes, bags, necklaces, and fabrics in plenty of designs buy a souvenir for the people back home, a visit to the state house museum where president Habyarimana was murdered from and lots of information you will get from here about the Rwanda Genocide, Visit the Kigali Convention center one of the largest buildings in Kigali designed with very historical and beautiful architecture to hold conventions, weddings, corporate dinners, meetings, conferences, seminars, workshops and exhibitions, visit the Kandt House museum set to present the social, economic, and political aspects of the before, during, and after colonial period of Rwanda and end with a visit at the Inema Art center Inema Art Center is the home of Rwandan Art, co-started by self-taught brothers Emmanuel Nkuranga and Innocent Nkurunziza in 2012 to explore and discover talent and hidden potential in art through organizing workshops, training, and hands-on classes in Rwanda, to use art as a means of expression in society and also to create different opportunities for the local artists in Rwanda.
Return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options in Kigali Include;

Kigali Serena Hotel

Kigali Serena Hotel situated in the heart of Kigali city the capital city of Rwanda just 10 minutes away from Kigali International Airport is among the chain of Luxury Serena Hotels that are positioned all over Africa.
Kigali Serena Hotel has a choice of rooms namely a presidential suite, standard rooms, deluxe rooms, superior rooms, prime rooms, Junior suite, and Executive suite among others. The rooms vary in price which causes a difference in the amenities and facilities per respective room type.
 However, all guests at Serena are entitled to the general amenities including 24-hour room service, air-conditioning, WI-FI and in-room modem hook-up, direct-dial phone, and voice-mail. in-room flat-screen satellite TV,mini-bar, private safe, tea and coffee-making facilities, hair dryers, porter/concierge, 24-hour on-call doctor, Business Centre,‘Maisha’ Health Spa, airport shuttle, taxi, and limousine service.
All rooms are ensuite and the staff are really welcoming to ensure your stay is the best.

Heaven Boutique Rwanda

Heaven Boutique Rwanda is located in the radius of the city surrounded by magnificent Buildings with a backdrop view of the daily lives of the Rwandese.
The facility is a four-star hotel with 28 rooms divided into 12 villas and 16 superior suites.
The villas have king beds or queen beds and all have balconies facing the garden, the villas are less costly than the superiors. The superiors have a lounge, balcony, solar heating, yoga deck, and swimming pool among others.
Be rest assured to enjoy your stay as the service team is top-notch.

Kigali Mariott

Kigali Marriot is one of the most tranquil luxury boutique hotels in Kigali providing a luxurious and cosy stay for your time in Rwanda. The ensuite rooms are well facilitated with unique and up-to-date amenities like air conditioners, a flat-screen, bathrobes, slippers, a safety box locked with a password, a desk, and an electric kettle in case you want to prepare yourself a cup of tea or coffee.
The property has a 24-hour front desk, a shuttle service, a shared kitchen and free Wi-Fi, a secure parking space, and a swimming pool catering for both the young and the adults. Clients are free to enjoy their time in the lounge with free house drinks provided in case they need a breeze out of the rooms.

Day 2: Fly/ drive to Akagera National Park—PM Game drive.

You can access Akagera National Park by air or land. Akagera is the nearest park to Kigali from the North Eastern side of Rwanda at about 110km, with an approximately 2 hours’ drive to Kiyonza Gate in the south close to the Park Headquarters or fly for 30 minutes from Kigali to Bugesera Airfield after drive to your lodge for lunch and check-in.
Akagera National Park is the only savannah vegetation park in Rwanda. The name Akagera was derived from the Kagera River that crosses through the Eastern side of the park into Lake Ihema.
Akagera National Park is the biggest park in Rwanda covering the Kanyonza and Nyagatare districts on 1122 square kilometres bordering Tanzania in the East. Additionally to being the only Savannah Park in Rwanda, it is the largest protected wetland in Africa with woodland, swamps, grasslands, and montane forests.
The park was established in 1934 by the Belgian government and throughout its 89 years of existence a lot has changed and those who saw it 20 years might not recognize its new glory.
The park was initially affected by poaching and the black Rhino species were extinct, the locals encroached on the forest for settlement, Animals were attacked by epidemic diseases like wild dogs in 1984, and the Rwanda civil war (Rwanda Genocide) demised over 300 lions.
However, in 2009, the Rwanda Development Board collaborated with African parks to rebuild the park and now it is home to the big five including buffaloes, lions, rhinoceros, African leopards, and African bush elephants, a range of flora and fauna.
After your lunch, head out to the park for an afternoon game drive.
Game drives are done in vehicles through the demarcated trails in the park and this offers a classical safari feeling as you get to see the animals in their natural habitat.
The game drive is done in the morning, afternoon, and evening. However, the best times are morning and evening when the environment is cooler and the animals are active.
Animals you might spot include the big -five the lions, the African leopard, the African bush elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalos,plus a range of flora and fauna like the zebras, giraffes, hippos, hyenas, bushbucks, Topis, Oribis, water-buck, roan antelope, bush babies, hyenas, leopards, mongoose, genet, owls, night jar and duiker, klipspringer, impala and world largest antelope and a variety of birds including the rare shoebill, giant kingfisher, flycatchers, white egrets, yellow sunbird, pie crow including the zebras, giraffes, hippos, hyenas, bushbucks, Topis, Oribis, water-buck, roan antelope and duiker, klipspringer, hippos, and crocodiles..
Along the Savannah animals, the park has primates like vervet monkeys, olive baboons, and nocturnal bush babies
Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodations are available for all types of travellers ranging from budget, mid-range, and luxury

Mantis Akagera Game Lodge

Mantis Akagera Game Lodge is located on the southern edge of Akagera National Park and it is a high-end lodge best known for its great views of Lake Ihema and additional views of wild and bird life as they come quencher their thirst and also cool off at the Lake shores and the surrounding Savannah Vegetation.
The lodge is designed to offer a cosy and comfortable stay to the guests. The rooms are spacious and the beds are large enough with draping mosquito nets and the floors are covered with a woollen carpet and the showers are ensuite with 24-hour running water plus each room has a private veranda from which you can relax after the day’s excursions as you sip on your drink.
The room classifications are 27 standard rooms, 29 Balcony rooms, 1 Balcony suite, 2 family suites, and 1 presidential suite.
Enjoy your all round meals from the Inzovu restaurant plus the top-notch customer service.

Ruzizi Tented Lodge

Ruzizi Tented Lodge is located on the banks of Lake Ihema and 6km from the park entrance.
The lodge has 9 safari tents camouflaging in the greenery of palm trees and fig trees at the Lake shores, each room has a private veranda, flushing toilet, dressing mirror, and running water. The lodge is very environmentally conscious as it always leaves the natural landforms untouched during construction and renovations and all the interior designs portray African beauty and nature. Enjoy an exclusive stay at Ruzizi Tented Lodge!

Magashi Safari Camp

Magashi Safari Camp is located on the shores of Lake Rwanyakazinga and it is the perfect spot for people who are in love with the African Wilderness as it is found inside the park. The Park is popular for lions, buffaloes, Rhinos, Giraffes, and elephants that you are most likely to sight on the Veranda of your room.
The lodge has 8 spacious ensuite tents with king-size beds and mosquito net draping – additional services include a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, massages, fully stocked bar for premium drinks but the house drinks are included, enjoy the hospitable gesture from the friendly and trained staff

Day 3: AM Nature walk in Akagera National Park. PM Boat cruise in Akagera National Park.

Wake up early morning for your nature walk. Nature walks in Akagera National Park are done to explore the natural scenery on foot in the company of park guides through the montane forests, savannah plains, and wetlands in either the morning or late afternoon when the times are cool.
While on the nature walk, you look out for wildlife, plants, birds, and insects among others. You carry along a backpack, water bottles, insect repellent, first aid kit among others.
Animals expected to be sighted include Zebras, elephants, elands, impalas, and buffaloes as well as several bird species like rare shoebill, giant kingfisher, flycatchers, white egrets, yellow sunbird, pie crow seen in the montane forests making different sounds interesting and the big –five like the lions, African leopard, African bush elephant, rhinoceros, and the buffalos.
Return to the lodge to relax and have a meal before heading out for a PM boat cruise.
Akagera National Park has over 10 lakes and the Boat cruise is done on Lake Ihema, which is the largest lake in the park.
Tourists get a chance to see hippos, crocodiles, and bird species on the shores like African fish eagle, giant kingfisher, African wattled plover, Senegal lapwing, squacco herons, cormorants, papyrus gonolek marsh flycatcher, open bill stork, fish eagle, blue-headed coval, cormorant and other animals that come to the shores to refresh and quench their thirst like elephants, buffaloes, antelopes. The departure timings for the boats are scheduled for morning and afternoon sessions and the trip normally lasts for 2 hours. Tourists are able to take memorable photographs of beautiful sceneries with animals.
Dinner and overnight at your accommodation…

Day 4: AM Sport fishing in Lake Kivu National Park. PM community visit around Lake Kivu National Park.

After your breakfast, depart the lodge for the sport fishing on Lake Shakani. Akagera National Park has approximately 10 lakes but the most visited ones are Lake Gishanju, Lake Mahindi, and Lake Shakani and fishing is mainly done on Lake Shakani.
Different fishing tournaments are organized at Lake Shakani occasionally for the tourists to have fun and explore their fishing skills. Visitors get to learn different fishing methods like using the spear, gill net, basket fishing, scoop net method, and hooking fishing method to catch different types such as catfish, and tilapia. The trips are usually done in the morning hours and afternoon hours.
Safety measures like life jackets, boots, baits, fire extinguishers, and whistles are implemented on the boats.

Day 5: Drive to Volcanoes National Park. Drive time is 4 to 5 hours.

Meet your driver and proceed to Volcanoes National Park from Akagera National Park. The drive time is 4 to 5 hours. Volcanoes National Park stretches 160 square Kilometres in the Northern part of Rwanda in Musanze province, with an approximately 3hrs drive from Kigali International Airport which makes it the most accessible national park compared to all the other parks.
The name Volcanoes comes from the fact the park is composed of dormant volcano mountains that once erupted but years have passed since they last did. The park was initially made of Karisimbi, Mikeno, and Visoke volcanoes and these were gazetted to mainly protect mountain gorillas from poaching.  However, it was later expanded to 8 volcanoes including Mount Karisimbi, Mount Bisoke, Mount Gahinga, Mount Muhavura, and Mount Sabyinyo among others forming the Virunga volcano conservation covering Virunga National Park in Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.
Volcanoes National Park is home to the highest number of Mountain gorillas in the Virunga conservation area with 22 gorilla families in the Volcano National Park including the Agashya, Amohoro, Muhoza, Kwitonda, Kwisanga, Umubano, Hirwa, Igisha, Isimbi, Susa, Sabyinyo which provides the best interaction and experience with the Gorillas as each family has its own characteristics.
Apart from the gorillas, the park is home to the golden monkeys, hyenas, buffaloes, elephants, bushbuck, and over 178 bird species including 29 species of Albertine endemics to the Virunga Mountains, reptiles, amphibians, and insects among others.

Optional Lodges around Volcanoes National Park Include;

Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Five Volcanoes Hotel is located at the edge of Musanze City within a 2 to 3-hour drive from Kigali City and a 10-minute drive from the Volcanoes National Park head offices.
The lodge has 9 Deluxe bedrooms (double/twin/triple), a Family Suite, a Honeymoon Cottage, 3 Standard rooms (double/twin/triple), and the Volcano Manor and all the rooms have similar amenities except bathtubs are in the deluxe room and master bedroom in the volcano manor.
All rooms are ensuite with 24-hour room service, air-conditioning, WI-FI and in-room modem, in-room flat-screen satellite TV, mini-bar, private safe, tea and coffee-making facilities,
Enjoy the spa services inclusive of a massage after your trek and all kinds of drinks and delicious meals from the bar and restaurant plus a swimming pool to cool off.

Virunga Lodge

Virunga Lodge part of the Volcanoes safari lodges offers undisrupted views of nature to guests staying at the lodge. The lodge faces the Lake Bulera and Lake Ruhondo in the East, and the magnificent Volcanoes in the West.
The lodge is a composition of 10 luxurious cottages constructed to portray the feel of a traditional Rwandese home and each cottage is well spaced from the other to offer an exclusive comfort and escape. The cottages are made out of wooden and sustainable materials that make them cozy and tranquil; each room has a large bed (6 by 6), with soothing beddings, a bed lamp, and a telephone to contact the reception. All rooms are ensuite with hot and cold water plus an eco-friendly flushing toilet, each room has a robe and a dressing mirror plus a Hair dryer provided on request, also to mention a private verandah in each room where you can have a cup of tea or coffee after your trekking.
All staff at Virunga Lodge are always commendable for their warm welcome and attentiveness towards the clients, the food is on point with different menus every day from the professional chef, and you can also enjoy your meal and drink from the dining area which has a direct view of the Lakes. Enjoy a campfire in the evening as you chat away with a drink that can be accessed from the bar section and the elevated lounge is also a perfect spot to relax and rejuvenate at any time of the day with so many informative books available to read and understand more about the gorillas and the culture of Rwanda.

Mount Gorilla View Lodge

Mount Gorilla View Lodge is located at the bottom of the mighty Muhaavura Volcano, guests at the lodge enjoy undisrupted views of the great Mountain with its peak lost in the clouds.
The lodge is also just a few minutes from the park headquarters.
The thirty rooms of the lodge were constructed to reflect the African beauty and setting, it is made out of raw materials like rocks and eucalyptus trees with each room ensuite and also has a private balcony with the perfect views of the volcano and the Virunga Forest.
Each room has coffee and tea-making facilities in case you need refreshment plus a campfire to provide warmth from the cold breeze from the mountain.
The lodge has a 247 running water system for a shower and flushing the toilet, it uses hydroelectricity as a source of energy with solar energy as a backup.
Besides the rooms, the lodge has a main area with a sitting and dining room plus the bar section where you can always sit for refreshments and meals.

Day 6: Golden Monkey trekking in Volcanoes National Park-Rwanda

Different from other monkey species that can easily be found in several parts of the world, the golden monkey species are rare and not easily sighted unless tracked in the deeper parts of the forests, and on the African continent, this is only possible in Rwanda, Uganda, and Congo.
The Golden Monkey trek starts in the morning hours with a briefing from the professional rangers informing you of the dos and don’ts during the trek. Virunga volcanoes conservation is home to most golden monkeys and these are habituated to get familiar with people that provide a secure environment for tourists.
Golden monkeys come out from their sanctums very early in the morning hunting for what to feed on in the bamboo forest jumping from tree to tree and usually do not go higher altitudes beyond the bamboo like the Gorillas saving the tourists from hiking for several hours.
During your trek, there is a probability of coming into contact with different animals like bush pigs, duikers, giant forest hogs, vervet, and colobus monkeys during the golden monkey is added pleasure.
We always advise our clients to carry along some essentials like water, a camera, snacks, and hiking sticks.
After your trek, drive back to the lodge for refreshment and a meal before your visit to the Musanzee Caves. A visit to Musanze caves is one of the ways of experiencing an ancient feel of the volcanicity that left a 2km long underground cave out of the frozen lava after the eruption in the Musanze district and it is believed that underneath the caves stretches for over 1.25 miles in basaltic layers that came from Bisoke and Sabinyo volcanoes.
They have set up trails and stairs to ease the walk through the caves with a big opening to make the entire place secure enough. When you are inside the cave your first sighting will be the nocturnal bats hanging upside down and beautiful scenery on the rocks – perfect photography site.
Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Drive to Lake Kivu National Park. The drive is 2 hours from Volcanoes National Park to Lake Kivu National Park

Transfer to Lake Kivu National Park from Volcanoes National Park. Lake Kivu is located on the western border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo stands Lake Kivu at a stretch of 2700 square kilometres making it the largest Lake in Rwanda and the sixth largest in Africa with 89km in length and 48km in width with an estimated depth of 480m and a water volume of 500 cubic meters flowing into Lake Tanganyika at the foot of Albertine western rift through River Ruzizi. The lake is surrounded by magnificent mountains and its waters look so beautiful with the green emerald colour, the beautiful islands of Idjwi are amazing and popular for being the 10th largest islands in the world.
The presence of fertile soils and relief rainfall has increased the population density at the shores of Lake Kivu, a factor that has led to agricultural and tourism growth around the park. People around the shores of Lake Kivu, which include Bukaru, Goma in Congo, Gisenyi, Kibuye, and Cyangugu are farmers growing coffee, tea, tobacco, quinine, and strawberries which have attracted so many tourists as they are taken through the growing process of the crops. The Rwandese are also popular pastoralists and they rear cattle as part of their daily lives so this is a good chance to experience life as a cattle keeper like grazing cattle, milking cows, and making products like yogurt (bongo), muzigo,(cheese) out of milk.
The lake is home to different fish species like Haplochromis, Clarias, Barbus, and Nile Tilapia with a few new species introduced like catfish, Barbel, and Tanganyika sardine, and plenty of bird species are spotted around the park like waxbill, spotted yellow-throated green bul, bronzed sun bids, cardinal woodpecker, speckled pigeons, ashy flycatchers, chin spot Batis, sacred ibis, hadaba ibis, yellow-billed stork, African kingfisher, etc. Lake Kivu is also a source of minerals like methane that is used for power supply

Optional Lodges around Lake Kivu Include:

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel situated at the shores of Lake Kivu is among the chain of Luxury Serena Hotels that are positioned all over Africa.
Lake Kivu Serena Hotel has a choice of rooms namely a suite, superior rooms and family room. The rooms vary in price which causes a difference in the amenities and facilities per respective room type.
 However, all guests at Serena are entitled to the general amenities including 24-hour room service, air-conditioning, WI-FI and in-room modem hook-up, direct-dial phone, and voice-mail. in-room flat-screen satellite TV, mini-bar, private safe, tea and coffee-making facilities, hair dryers, porter/concierge, 24-hour on-call doctor, Business Centre,‘Maisha’ Health Spa, airport shuttle, taxi, and limousine service.
All rooms are ensuite and the staff are really welcoming to ensure your stay is the best.

Cleo Lake Kivu Hotel

Cleo Lake Kivu Hotel is one of the most tranquil luxury boutique hotels around Lake Kivu overlooking the lake providing a luxurious and cosy stay for your time in Rwanda. The hotel has 18 different room in 3 types like the king suite, Villa and apartments for those who wish to stay longer. The ensuite rooms are well facilitated with unique and up to date amenities like the air conditioners, a flat screen, bathrobes, and slippers, a safety box locked with a password, desk and an electric kettle in case you want to prepare yourself a cup of tea or coffee.

Day 8: AM Boat Cruise. Bicycle Tour/nature walk trip around Lake Kivu

Embark on your morning boat cruise around Lake Kivu. The trips can be done in the morning and afternoon either as scheduled or exclusively based on your choice.
The boat cruise lasts for over 2 hours with great sightings of wildlife resting along the shores of the lakes, plenty of bird species are spotted around the park like waxbill, spotted yellow-throated greenbul, bronzed sun bids, cardinal woodpeckers, speckled pigeons, ashy flycatchers, chin spot Batis, sacred ibis, Hadaba ibis, yellow-billed stork, African kingfisher, etc.
Drinks and snacks are provided on the boat like coffee in the morning and a beer in the evening with different snacks inclusive like locally roasted groundnuts, samosas, chicken drumsticks, etc.
Return to the lodge for a hot lunch and later embark on a Bicycle tour/nature walk trip

Here is a chance to learn a lot about Lake Kivu and its beautiful corners, the best chance to see many different things and hidden gems in Lake Kivu, It is absolutely a never-miss activity for our clients who like cycling and really want to dive deep into the history, culture, and nature of the Rwanda and Lake Kivu.
Many clients can book the bike tour on the day of arrival in Lake Kivu to stretch their legs after long flights and to prepare for the great trekking experience ahead of their safari but you can also leisurely ride around.
The cycling tours below come with lots of options and customizations for various levels of riders on high-quality bikes plus a guide who is knowledgeable on various topics like the different types of plants, animals, birds, history of Lake Kivu, and Rwandese culture among others, definitely, a skilled cyclist who knows how to make your journey seamless as possible, from correcting breathing techniques to enjoy the ride is remarkable and memorable for everyone.
For clients who are not interested in cycling, can decide to do the activity on foot in accompaniment of a ranger guide walking around the shores of the lake.
Dinner and overnight at your accommodation.

Day 9: Drive to Nyungwe National Park. Approx drive time is 4 hours.

Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park from Lake Kivu National Park. Nyungwe Forest National Park found in Rusizi district in the south-western part of Rwanda bordering Burundi in the south along with Lake Kivu and Lake Congo in the west plus River Nile in the East, is the biggest and oldest afro- montane rainforest at 1019 square meters boosting tourism industry in Africa.
Nyungwe forest has been in existence since 2004 and it is believed to be the largest and the most conserved montane rainforest on the African continent with the largest number of endemic species in the Albertine Rift Valley montane region this is evidenced by the biodiversity of the ecosystem rich in landscapes, swamps, marshes, bamboo thickest, heath, woodland, and microhabitats.
The park is home to 13 primates including the Ruwenzori colobus, L’Hoest’s monkey, Silver monkey, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Golden monkey, Hamlyn’s monkey, Olive baboon, Red-tailed monkey, Velvet monkey, Dent’s Mona monkey but majorly famous for Chimpanzees who are divided into two families found in different sections of the park: one family of 30 chimpanzees tracked in Cyamudongo forest and the other of 60 chimpanzees in Nyungwe forest.
Nyungwe Forest National Park is a bird paradise with over 322 bird species, for example, Robin-Chat, Barred long Tailed Cuckoo, Blue Turaco, Chapin’s flycatcher, Doherty’s Bush Shrikes, grey-chested Kakamega, Handsome Francolin, Lagden’s Bush Shrikes, Mountain Sooty Boubou, Rockefellers’ sunbird, Purple Throated Sunbird, Red-collared Mountain Babbler, Rwenzori Double Collared Warbler, Rwenzori Nightjar, Rwenzori Turaco, Rwenzori Batis, White Bellied Robin-chat, White Tailed Flycatcher and the Yellow Eyed Black Flycatcher and 29 Albertine rift endemic species.
 Other species you are most likely to encounter include 85 mammal species, 200 tree species and 248 orchids, 1068 plant species.
Nyungwe forest receives tropical rainforest for the most months of the year, we advise clients to carry along warm clothes, as Rwanda’s weather in this zone is very unpredictable

Optional Lodges Nyungwe National Park Include:

One and Only Nyungwe House

One and Only Nyungwe House is a luxury lodge on the outskirts of Nyungwe National Park – south of Lake Kivu on Burundi Border.
The lodge has perfect views of the dense canopy of Nyungwe forest from all corners on site. Its rooms are luxurious, and beautifully designed using natural raw materials like stones.
Each Banda is ensuite with a luxury shower room, fireplace, and an exclusive porch. The lodge is strategically located with a direct flight to its helipad.
Enjoy the complimentary spa and massage treatment in the beautiful spa at the lodge and also mention the delicious meals prepared by an experienced chef, every room is entitled to a personal butler plus free internet access and the open bar for all premium and house drinks.

Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel

Nyungwe top view Hill Hotel  is a strategically located lodge built on one of the beautiful hills hence the perfect stunning views of Nyungwe Forest, Lake Kivu and the Volcanoes far North in Musanze.
The lodge has 12 rooms arranged in 2 columns with 6 rooms on each side and the main area. The rooms are constructed to face each other and the main area at the front of both compartments. The main area is two storage unit, the ground floor with the administration offices, reception, kitchen, store and laundry while the upper floor has the restaurant, bar and the lounge.
Each room has a mini lounge on the front with chairs and coffee table and a fireplace. The beds are king sized – very comfortable.
The lodge is also 30 minutes away from Lake Kivu.

Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Nyungwe Forest Lodge offers the best view of Nyungwe Forest as it is located at the edge of Nyungwe Forest surrounded by a tea plantation. It has a range of rooms from Bandas to suite and all of them are forest facing. Enjoy the additional amenities offered like the well-stocked bar, fireplace, air-conditioning, satellite LCD screen, hair dryer, and restaurant, free internet access, 24-hour front office reception and a secure parking lot so much more.
 

Day 10: AM chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park

Chimpanzee tracking is the most popular activity done in Nyungwe National Park. The park is home to over 90 chimpanzees with 30 found in the Nyungwe forest and the other 90 in Cyamudongo forest.
All these chimps are habituated to getting familiar with human surroundings, which makes them entirely welcoming, and entertaining however only eight people are allowed to trek with the chimpanzees therefore booking a permit in advance is essential.
The trek starts in the morning hours at approximately 0700hrs and it continues for unpredictable time, as the chimps are wild animals they move from one place to another looking for food and water before returning to their nests. Once you track the chimpanzees, you are allowed to spend one hour with them as you watch them feed, play, and breastfeed as well as relax on the tree branches. In addition, the guides provide you with more information about the chimpanzee’s lifestyles, and defence mechanisms and interpret the sign languages used.
These are some of the essential commodities that you require during the chimpanzee trekking; binoculars, permit, Identity card, drinking water, snacks, walking sticks, hiking boots/gum boots.
Return to the lodge for a massage and relaxation. You have the afternoon at leisure for any optional activity it can be paid for directly.
Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Day 11: Drive to Kigali International Airport. Drive time is 6 – 7 hours from Nyungwe National Park to Kigali Airport.

Return to Kigali for the city tour before you depart the country.