Trip reference number: ITN-RWD006
Trip Operator: Rainbow Tours
Day 1 Take the early morning KLM flight from London Heathrow or selected other UK airports via Amsterdam to Kigali, where you arrive in the evening. On arrival, you will be welcomed by your experienced, professional, English-speaking driver-guide and transferred to the Heaven Boutique Hotel, to stay overnight.
Day 2 Depart after breakfast in Kigali, to the southern sector of Akagera National Park, where you will be given a fascinating 'Behind the Scenes' talk by one of the rangers. Learn about Akagera's history; the wildlife relocation programmes (including Black rhinos and African lions) and the 2010 management takeover by African Parks, which has done exemplary work in terms of turning this park - Rwanda's only 'big five' protected area - into the success story that it is. Take a boat trip in the afternoon on scenic Lake Ihema, where birdlife, hippos and crocs are prolific. Tonight you'll stay in the widely appreciated Ruzizi Tented Lodge, all meals included.
Day 3 Breakfast is followed by a full day game drive northwwards to Karenga Bush Camp, now open most of the year except April and November. (Rainy season). During the drive you should see plenty of game, notably African elephant, Cape buffalo, Giraffe and antelopes including Sable, Roan, Oribi, Bushbuck, Reedbuck and Topi. Enjoy panoramic vistas from the top of the mountain across Lake Ihema and further southwards out to Tanzania. Stay 2 nights in Karenge Bush Camp, all meals included.
Day 4 You may, as we did in our last inspection visit, see elusive African leopard while out on a game drive this morning. In the afternoon, a ranger will take you on a 'Walk the Line' excursion. During this 7km walk (duration about 2 hours) you head into the hills following the fence along the outside of the park. You'll learn about how park staff safeguard wildlife and what measures are in place to mitigate human-wildlife conflict. From the top of the ridge where you walk to, you'll enjoy stunning views over the national park. Overnight in Karenge Bush Camp, all meals included.
Day 5 Depart after breakfast to the Rwanda/Uganda border, from where you head up to the scenically spectacular Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, for an overnight stay in the very comfortable Mount Gahinga Lodge, all meals included. This afternoon you'll be taken on an authentic experience to meet the reident Batwa community. With a mediator between the lodge management and the Batwa community and a translator, guests are invited to have dialogue with the Batwa, which can be a very moving experience. The experience isn't staged - you can often expect very direct answers to challenging questions.
Day 6 After breakfast, set off to visit the rare Golden monkeys, which enjoy bamboo groves in their rainforest habitat. Then travel to the Kisozi Caldera, where you enjoy a walk. Afterwards, make a short canoe trip on picture-postcard perfect Lake Mutanda. Drive on to Nkuringo in the southern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, for a 3- night at the comfortable and very well-run Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, with all meals included.
Day 7 After an early breakfast, you'll be taken to the park office for your briefing on conduct during Gorilla tracking. Set off with scouts and porters to seek one of the resident, habituated family groups of Mountain gorilla are. Your golden hour with these incredible primates is something you'll cherish for the rest of your life - something with which very few wildlife experiences can compare.
Day 8 You have three wonderful alternatives to choose from today: Either you can do a second Gorilla trek (please let us know as long in advance as is possible if you select this option, because oftentimes Gorilla permit availability is outweighed by demand) OR You could do the 4-hour Gorilla Habituation Experience (price of a permit for this activity is USHoliday/Itinerary/item,500) OR Make the very scenic 'Top of the World' rainforest walk in the Nkuringo sector of Bwindi. During this walk, you can take in more stunning scenery and seek abundant birdlife and small rainforest wildlife.
Day 9 Depart Bwindi this morning to scenic Lake Mutanda, where you enjoy an early lunch at the scenically appointed Chameleon Hill Lodge. You will then be transferred over the Uganda/Rwanda border and south to Kigali Airport, in time to check in for the KLM flight departing tonight to London Heathrow (or selected other UK airports) via Amsterdam
Day 10 On your early morning arrival into Amsderdam Schiphol Airport, connect with the KLM flight back to London Heathrow or selected other UK airports. You'll be home by mid-morning after a wonderful holiday.
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