Day 1: Arrival
On arrival at Nairobi, transfer onto the Kenya Airways flight for Kigali.
You will be welcomed by your private driver/guide and taken to Hotel Mille Collines to stay overnight, breakfast included. During the day, you will be taken on a guided city tour of Kigali and also have the opportunity to change money and relax by the hotel pool.
Day 2/3: travel to Nyungwe Forest
After breakfast, travel by road to Nyungwe Forest for a two nights’stay at the simple Gisakura government Guesthouse, on the edge of the forest. Take a stopover in Butare (2½ hours from Kigali) to see the National Museum, and lunch at the Ibis restaurant. Opposite the restaurant is an excellent craft co-op shop stocking a wide range of items at fair prices. Inform the driver if you wish to stop at the Marimba Genocide site on the road to Nyungwe.
Day 4: chimpanzee tracking
Day for going chimpanzee tracking and for guided forest walks.
Day 5: Travel to Kibuye
Take a panoramic drive (about 5 hours) on undone roads to Kibuye, on the shores of Lake Kivu. Stay overnight at Kibuye Guest House. If you get there in good time, you can take a boat out on the lake. Lake Kivu forms the border between Rwanda and the Congo. It’s a beautiful and mysterious lake, always alive with traders and fishermen in their dugout canoes.
After breakfast, proceed to the northeast, parallel to Lake Kivu, to Gisenyi for a two nights’stay at the Kivu Sun on half-board.
Gisenyi is a pretty faded lakeside resort – and also a border crossing point into the Congo. The shore monologue is lined with crumbling colonial villas.
Today, it is enjoying a renaissance as it boasts its first international standard hotel – the newly opened Kivu Sun. It is a pleasant hotel, right on the lakeside, with its own private pool.
Take a launch cruise on the beautiful lake. Visit the Imbabazi Orphanage where you can still find the founder, appealing Rosamund Carr, now in her late 80s; take a drive into the ancient Gishwati Forest; or, when the border is open, cross into the Congo to visit Gomo, site of the volcanic eruption two years ago.
Make an early start for the 2-hour drive to Kinigi at the Parc National Des Volcans for the first gorilla trek. On arrival at 0700 hrs, hosted by staff from ORTPN Park Headquarters, you are given bearings on conduct during gorilla tracking. The trackers then lead you into the forested slopes to seek one of the groups of Mountain Gorillas. Reaching the gorillas is unpredictable but
Head for anther Gorilla tracking encounter. If you are sufficiently fit, we recommend the Susa group for the second expedition. In the afternoon, you are driven to Kigali (2½ hours) to stay overnight in Hotel Milles Collines, breakfast included.
After breakfast, depending on your program, tour the Genocide Memorial Museum before you transfer to the airport for your flight to Nairobi, where you connect with the overnight flight