On arrival in Rwanda at Kigali International Airport, you are greeted by a Capture Africa Tours representative and transferred to your hotel for overnight. You will enjoy a good nights sleep to start your journey in the morning.
1 Night, Kigali Marriott Hotel
Kigali City Tour / Travel to Volcanoes NP
After breakfast, we take a Kigali city tour, including the Genocide Memorial Museum. We will enjoy lunch at one of Kigali’s popular restaurants, or at the Hotel Mille Collines (depicted in the film ” Hotel Rwanda”; the hotel became famous after 1,268 people took refuge inside the building during the Rwandan Genocide of 1994). After lunch we depart for Volcanoes National Park in the Virunga mountains and arrive at our lodge in time for dinner. The Mountain Gorilla View Lodge will be our home for the next 2 nights as we trek to see Mountain Gorillas and Golden Monkeys.
2 Nights Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Mountain Gorilla Trekking – Volcanoes National Park
We rise early to begin our adventure Gorilla trekking. At registration our group is assigned a guide and one of 7 families of Mountain Gorillas to visit. The hike can take anywhere from 1-3 hours to find the family. Once found, our visit is limited to only 1 hour to protect the Gorillas from exposure to human-born diseases. After our trek we will return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon you can choose to relax or go on an optional tour to a local village for insight into the transformed lifestyle of former gorilla poachers.
Dinner and overnight again at the Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.
Golden Monkey Trek – Volcanoes NP / Lake Kivu
Today we depart early again for our Golden Monkey trek. The Golden Monkey lives only in the bamboo forests of the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda, Uganda, and the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo). The monkeys are extremely playful and entertaining to watch! The hike is less demanding than visiting the gorillas and can be viewed high in the forest canopy. We will spend one hour observing once found. Following the trek we will return to our lodge for lunch. Following lunch we depart and drive west to the shores of Lake Kivu where we spend the night.
1 Night, Lake Kivu Serena Hotel
Lake Kivu / Kigali / Depart
We have the morning a our leisure on the shores of Lake Kivu, a beautiful lake on the border of Rwanda and the DRC. You can take a swim in the lake, kayak, enjoy a boat ride, or just admire the gorgeous views. Following lunch at the hotel we drive back to Kigali and onward to Kigali International Airport for your evening outbound flight home or to your next destination.