On arrival at Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by your guide, who will help you to your hotel, and then give you the long and short, about your upcoming journey.Overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel, Hôtel Des Mille Collines,Flame Tree Hotel.
After breakfast we will proceed to Kigali and start a city tour. Kigali was founded in 1907 under German colonial rule, but did not become the capital until Rwandan independence in 1962. Since then the city has grown very quickly and is now the major political, economic and cultural center of Rwanda. In April 6, 1994, Kigali was the scene of the Rwandan Genocide – the slaughter of approximately one million Tutsi by Hutu militias (Interhamwe), and some members of the Rwandan army. There was fierce fighting between the army (mostly Hutu) and Tutsi-dominated Rwandese Patriotic Front. Depending on the available time, you can have a city tour.Overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel, Hôtel Des Mille Collines,Flame Tree Hotel.
After an early breakfast, transfer to the National Park headquarters to meet the Gorilla tracker/guide for orientation. You will be put in groups of 8 people and later you will embark on the trek which can vary in length and difficulty, depending on the location of the gorilla family you will visit. Spend one hour observing these beautiful and endangered creatures, a truly privileged experience. There are several gorilla families that are open to and people say life just isn’t the same after seeing them. After your trek, you will head back and have lunch before visiting a cultural village “Iby’Iwacu” (literary means, treasures of our home, our heritage). This is an initiative to support community projects around national parks aimed at enriching local people through providing linkages and incentives for conservation around national parks in particular around the gorilla’s Parc National des Volcans, in different aspects. This project aims at poachers to curb down poaching acts in the park, provide alternatives ways of alleviating poverty which is a root cause for poaching to improving community livelihood and increasing conservation education, awareness and involvement within the community. Overnight at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, La Palm Hotel.
Return to the Kinigi Headquarters after breakfast to begin the second most magnificent trek in Rwanda, the Golden Monkeys. This is another highlight of Volcanoes National Park. The Golden Monkey (Cercopithecus Mitis Kandti) is a local subspecies of the widespread Sykes Monkey, also known as the “Blue Monkey” and is endemic to the high altitude forests of the Volcanoes National Park area. The monkeys are playful and inquisitive and often spend their time leaping from bamboo branches. We will have lunch and head back to Kigali and do some souvenir shopping depending on available time before catching the flight. End of tour and farewell from Rwanda!