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Rwanda Volcanoes Tour

RW02: 5 Days Kigali - Volcanoes National Park - Lake Kivu - Kigali

Tour Type: Private Tour, flexible and customized
Guide & Driver: Experienced English-speaking driver guide & air-conditioned car
Hotel: 3 to 4-star well selected hotels, also be open to your own choice

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Day 1: Airport pick-up at Kigali International Airport
Upon your arrival at the Kigali International Airport, you will meet our driver guide and be escorted to the hotel. A dinner will be served after check-in.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Ubumwe Grande Hotel (4 stars)

Day 2: Half-day Kigali excursion, Drive to Volcanoes NP (115km, 2.5h)
After breakfast, the driver guide will show you around Kigali city. Our first stop of this Rwanda private tours is the Genocide Memorial Center in Gisozi. It has 3 permanent exhibitions. The largest one records the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. After 2 hours' visit there, we will head to the Nyamirambo Women Center to study the local language, hair salon, traditional cooking classes, sisal basket weaving and different home decors. Also, you can get in touch with African-style fabrics and learn about the history, culture and daily life of indigenous people. In Nyamirambo, we will also tour the Inema Art Center, Kigali's most modern art gallery, to appreciate different and unique artworks such as paintings and sculptures. When the city tour is over, we will return to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, we will drive to the northwest of Rwanda. The journey will take about 2.5 hours and we will finally arrive at the Volcano National Park and check in the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel (3 stars)

Day 3: Experience gorilla trekking, Visit Iby'Iwacu cultural village
You will experience the most anticipated itinerary of your tour today. After breakfast at 06:40 in the hotel, our driver guide will pick you up and transfer you to Volcanoes headquarters in Kinigi with packed lunch. There, the park guide will introduce you the precautions and rules to obey during gorilla trekking, and assign you to different gorillas families. Then we will depart from the headquarters at 8 o'clock to the starting point of trekking adventure. When you enter the African mountain rainforest looking for mountain gorillas with the park guide, our driver-guide will wait for you at the starting point. The trekking will take approximately 2-6 hours, depending on the movement of gorillas. When you find the gorillas, you can take pictures and interact with them and spend an unforgettable 1 hour with them. After that, follow the park guide to return to the starting point and meet with the driver guide. Then, drive back to the hotel.

In the afternoon we will participate in cultural activities in Iby'Iwacu cultural village. You can interact with indigenous people, and enjoy traditional entertainment performances by local dancers.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel (3 stars)

Day 4: Enjoy golden monkey trekking, Transfer to Lake Kivu (60km, 1.5h)
Early in the morning, we will drive to the park headquarters of Volcanoes National Park for registration and briefing. After that, trek the golden monkeys on foot in the lower bamboo forest area at the bottom of Volcanoes NP. The golden monkeys are always on the move, so you can only take pictures when they are still or at a clear spot. They jump from tree to tree, incredibly lively. You can follow and observe them for 1 hour. Afterwards, we will transfer to Lake Kivu and check in a hotel nearby.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (4 stars)

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Rubavu town, Drive back to Kigali International Airport (158km, 3h)
After breakfast, we will have a sightseeing tour in Rubavu town for about 1 hour, like strolling along the beach of Lake Kivu and canoeing on the lake. In the end, our driver guide will transfer you to Kigali International Airport for your scheduled flight back home. 

Meals: Breakfast

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This trip can be tailored to match your dates and interests!
Tour Prices
Month2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
Jan-Feb, Jun-Sep, Dec 15-Dec 31USD6449USD5759
Mar-May, Nov 1-Dec 14USD6089USD5429
  • Prices are per person based on double occupancy.
  • Any parts of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
What's Included
  • Airport pick-up & see-off service.
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • Services of private driver guide and air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Service of English speaking guides in national parks.
  • Private 4x4 safari vehicle with WI-FI in receptive areas.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned sights visited per itinerary.
  • Gorilla permit, golden monkey permit.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Free bottled mineral water during the tour.
What's Excluded
  • International flight into and out of Rwanda.
  • Personal expenses (insurance, telephone, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Rwanda visa fee.
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