After breakfast, you will make your way to Nyungwe National Park with a stop-over in Nyaza to immerse yourself in the Rwandan history and culture. The traditional capital was the seat of the Umwami (The king) in Nyanza, while the colonial seat of power was in Butare. Butare was initially the leading contender to be the capital of the new independent nation, but Kigali was chosen because of its more central location. In the southwest of Rwanda lies Nyungwe Forest National Park, an enormous tropical forest with a high canopy. Tall old mahoganies, ebonies and giant tree ferns will tower above you as you hike through this rainforest, whilst orchids and other epiphytes cling to every branch. Brightly colored birds flit around, butterflies are everywhere, and walking quietly you may encounter larger forest residents. Nyungwe Forest is, in fact, the largest swathe of montane forest left in East or Central Africa. It is home to over 250 different birds, hundreds of butterflies and orchids, and over 50 different species of mammals – including primates. Overnight at One & Only Lodge, Nyungwe Top View Hill, Emeraude Hotel.
Take the famous trek through the forest to see the chimpanzees in the morning. The excursion is more than just visiting chimps in their home but also gives visitors a chance to see the ecosystem of the Nyungwe rainforest. The forest walks here are excellent, lasting from one to three or several hours. You track chimpanzees, or search for Rwenzori colobus monkeys, which can be found here in troupes of several hundred. Other primates such as the l'Hoest's monkey and the grey-cheeked mangabey are often sighted as well. The birds are spectacular, though as in most tropical forests, you'll have to look hard for them. Giant hornbills, great blue turacos and red-breasted sparrowhawks are amongst the specials, of which 24 are endemic to this section of the Rift Valley. Besides the beautiful scenery, huge, centuries-old trees and extra thick forest, this outstanding tropical forest is shelter to a 200m Canopy Walk way that will give a thrill that can hardly be matched by anything else. Relax at the hotel.Overnight at One & Only Lodge, Nyungwe Top View Hill, Emeraude Hotel.
After your breakfast, make the final leg of the journey to Volcanoes National Park. Spend your night trying to sleep in anticipation right underneath the volcanoes.Overnight at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Da Vinci Lodge, La Palm Hotel.
After a breakfast good enough to get up early for, transfer to National Park Headquarters to meet your tracker/guide, who will give you the low-down on all things gorilla for today. You will be divided into groups of 8 to embark on your trek - which will vary in length and difficulty, depending on exactly where your exclusive gorilla family is hanging out at the time. Spend one priceless, privileged hour experiencing how these beautiful and endangered creatures live. There are several gorilla families that are waiting for your visit. Your life will never be the same after witnessing these not-so-distant cousins living in their natural societies. Once you finish your trek, you'll be taken back to your lodge to share all your stories and relax. There's even a chance to visit a community village “Ibyiwacu Cultural Village”. Overnight at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Da Vinci Lodge, La Palm Hotel.
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 or frolicking on the forest floor. Spend the early afternoon enjoying these beautifully strange creatures before returning to your hotel for lunch and after we will drive to Kigali for Overnight. Overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel, Hôtel Des Mille Collines,Flame Tree Hotel.
After an early breakfast we will start our journey to Akagera National Park, Take a game drive in the morning and have an afternoon boat ride on Lake Ihema. Set at a relatively low altitude on the border with Tanzania, Akagera National Park could scarcely be more different in mood to the breezy cultivated hills that characterize much of Rwanda. Dominated scenically by the labyrinth of swamps and lakes that follow the meandering course of the Akagera River, the most remote source of the Nile, this is archetypal African savannah landscape of tangled acacia woodland interspersed with open grassland. Overnight at Ruzizi tented Lodge, Akagera Game Lodge.
After breakfast, we will drive back to Kigali, do some souvenir shopping depending on available time before catching the flight. End of tour and farewell from Rwanda!