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Rwanda in a Wink Educational Tour –  A perfect short Rwanda tour to track gorillas and tour the Gismos genocide memorial

 

The Rwanda in a Wink Tour not only offers you remarkable memories with the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas but also presents a magically historical tour to one of the historical genocide sites in Rwanda –  the Kigali / Gisozi genocide memorial. The 3 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda. Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda is conducted at Volcanoes National Park 116km about 2 – 3 hours’ drive from Kigali and the park is a habitat to a range of flora including the mountain flora on Mount Bisoke, Mount Karisimbi, Sabyinyo, Muhabura and Gahinga, magical fauna including the mountain gorillas, the golden monkeys, duikers and buffaloes along with a range of birds. The Volcanoes National Park is part of the Virunga massif that apparently shelters 480 out of the 880 mountain gorillas apparently thriving in the wild. The historical tour to the genocide site presents an opportunity to explore what exactly transpired in Rwanda during the genocide time in 1994 learning in detail its cause and effect. It is a magical safari worth exploring.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1 - Arrive at Kigali International Airport in Rwanda and transfer to Volcanoes National Park in Ruhengeri. you will be welcomed courteously by the guide giving you briefing about Rwanda and the safari in particular.  You embark on the transfer to Volcanoes National Park 116km about 2 -  3 hours’ driving through impressive hills of Rwanda that have earned her the naming as the land of a thousand hills making stops at ideal spots for sightseeing and photography. You continue to arrive in Volcanoes National Park for relaxation, dinner and overnight Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Mount Gorilla View Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge

Day 2 - Embark on the gorilla trekking encounter after breakfast at your lodge by connecting to the park headquarters at Kinigi to catch up with briefing by park officials at 8am and after enter into the jungle to search for the shy mountain endangered gorillas in Rwanda.  Requirements like firm walking shoes, hut, insect repellent, sun screen, rain gears, packed lunch and bottled water are a must plus other tools that one may need once in the tropical rain forest.  The gorilla trekking experience in Volcanoes is beyond gorilla alone.  The sights of the Volcanic Mountains that stretch from Congo through Rwanda to Uganda, the verdant green vegetation that shelter their slopes, the counts of birds along with fauna like duikers and buffaloes combine to generate lasting safari memories.    The gorilla trekking activity tends to last from 2 to 8 hours or more depending on the day’s gorilla movement.  The one hour of direct encounter with the gorillas brings you closer to these ancient apes, look into their eyes, their gigantic structure that makes them most powerful of all apes and see them forage and play before retreating to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

 

Accommodation:

Upmarket / Luxury: Mount Gorilla View Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge

 

Day 3 - After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Kigali City driving through the impressive scenic hillsides with beautiful rural settlements before covering 116km about 2 –  3 hours’ drive to arrive in Kigali City. Upon arrival, you embark on the tour to the Gismos genocide memorial to take time and explore what actually happened in the 1994 horrific genocide that hit Rwanda. The skulls are aligned, writings and photos are displayed and presentations are made to take you through the entire experience. After this historical tour that may last 2 hours, you embark on the transfer to Kigali International Airport for the evening flight departure.

 

Cost:

Prices per person sharing travelling in 4 X 4 Safari Land Cruiser

 

Luxury Accommodation

Midrange Accomodation

1 Pax

$2987

$2875

2 Pax   

$2535

$2365

3 Pax  

$2310

$2170

4 Pax   

$1995

$1920

5 Pax  

$1960

$1880

6 Pax   

$2150

$1995

 

Important notes:

  • Please note that this quote is valid for the dates of travel specified.  Due to the seasonality of prices in many lodges, which can be as much as 70 % cheaper in low / green season, this must be noted.  We are happy to re-quote should you wish to travel in low/ green or shoulder season.  Standard discounts have been applied but should any further discounts or specials become available during your booking process, they will be applied to your benefit.   
  • Prices are subject to change without prior notification due to circumstances beyond our control, namely fuel surcharges, supplier increases, government taxes, exchange rate fluctuations, etc.  The full booking value will be subject to rate of exchange fluctuations until full payment has been made.
  • All flight costs, where applicable, are based on the lowest fare class and are subject to availability at time of booking, and can only be guaranteed once paid for.
  • Airport taxes can only be confirmed at time of booking due to exchange rate fluctuations and may change the costs accordingly.
  • All costs are valid for the itinerary travel dates.  Costs may vary with date changes.
  • Should any details change, we reserve the right to recalculate the tour price accordingly.

 

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Photos courtesy of Le Bambou Lodge

 

 

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