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6 DAYS TRIP IDEA FOR YOUR SAFARI IN NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK

Safari Overview

When visiting Nyungwe, we recommend combining it with a gorilla and primate safari to Volcanoes (Parc National de Volcans), Akagera and a city tour of Kigali. You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Gishwati-Mukura ending with a beach vacation at Lake Kivu or even extending out to the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.

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Summary of Your Tour

Country Visits & How Long Will You Be Gone:

  • Countries: Rwanda
  • Tour Duration: 6 days (5 nights)
  • Start & End Point: Your trip will start in Kigali and end in Kigali

Destination & Accommodation Visits:

  • Kigali – 1 night at Kigali Marriott Hotel
  • Volcanoes National Park – 2 nights at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
  • Nyungwe National Park – 2 nights at One&Only Nyungwe House

Tour Experiences

  • Safari Tier Quality: Tier 1 Premier Experience
  • Trip Type: Private Travel
  • Private – Expert Tour Guide & Exclusive 4×4 Vehicle: Services will be provided by a private, expert and experienced safari guide in your own exclusive 4×4 vehicle for the full duration of your tour
  • Logistical Transfers: You will be transferred in a private 4×4 vehicle
  • Trip Theme: Wildlife & Nature, Active Adventure, Culture & History
  • Trip Suitability: Couple, Family Friendly (15+ years), Honeymooners, Solo
  • Start Date Flexibility: You can start this tour on any day you prefer
  • Customization Options: You can tailor-make this tour to add additional destinations in Africa, extra night’s stays, make logistical changes, accommodation swaps, add-on activities etc.

DAY 1 – KIGALI (RWANDA ARRIVAL)

Private Arrival Transfer from Kigali International Airport (KGL) To Your Kigali Hotel

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, our airport guest relations’ officer will personally meet all arriving guests. We will be standing outside the arrival section holding a signboard with your name on it.

You are met and transferred to your hotel in Kigali for your overnight stay.

Kigali

Planning a trip to the beautiful, hilly country of Rwanda usually means landing and leaving from its capital, Kigali. Surrounded by picturesque rolling hills, this city is a thriving, bustling metropolis of about a million people.

Located in the center of the country, it’s the perfect springboard for travels to Rwanda’s excellent safari parks and wilderness reserves.

Whether you are spending a few days in Kigali for business or for pleasure, you will be impressed by the tranquil ambiance of the town metropolis, its cleanliness, and the well-maintained gardens set in the city squares.

Trees line the roads and avenues, and the friendly, welcoming character of the people will touch your heart.

Destination Guide: Kigali

Kigali – Kigali Marriott Hotel

Discerning travelers will find that Kigali Marriott Hotel is a luxurious haven matching all their comforts and requirements for their urban stays in Kigali.

Located on the KN3 Avenue in downtown Kigali, the accommodation provides easy access to the main commercial hub, Kigali City Hall, government offices, and consulates, making it the ideal stayover for both vacationers and businesspersons.

Spend time in the expansive lounge decorated in contemporary themes of timeless elegance with warm tones and diffused lighting, or visit the Saray Spa for expert massages.

The lodging also has a well-equipped gym that also offers complimentary fitness classes to Marriott guests. Later, you can move to the sauna for relaxation and soothing sore muscles.

Or, take a leisurely swim in the outdoor heated swimming pool, perfect for the cool weather of the city.

Kigali Marriott Hotel offers guests 254 exceptional rooms and suites designed to meet all your needs. The hotel follows a no smoking policy, and some of its rooms are specially furnished for the comfort of physically challenged guests.

Look forward to sweeping views of the city of Kigali spread before you in private balconies where you can sit and enjoy the beautiful temperate weather.

Urban holidaymakers can choose from 229 rooms and 25 suites over eight floors in five categories such as Deluxe Rooms, Club Floor Rooms, and Junior Suites that can sleep up to three guests, and the Executive Suite and Presidential Suite that are spacious enough for four guests.

Guests staying in the Club Floor Rooms and Suites can make use of the facilities of the club lounge.

You can also avail of amenities like the in-room safe, iron with ironing board, desk, and chair. The air-conditioned rooms also come with a mini-fridge while the marble bathroom includes a bathrobe, slippers, hairdryer and bidet. The hotel also provides a baby crib on request.

Overnight accommodation: Kigali Marriott Hotel 

Kigali City Tour Attractions (Optional Visits – Time Permitting)

Optional Tour Activities: Kigali Genocide Memorial, Natural History Museum – Kandt House, The Dancing Pots, Caplaki Handicrafts Cooperative, Art Galleries – Inema, Ivuka & Niyo

DAY 2 – VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

Drive From Kigali to Volcanoes National Park (Kinigi) With Your Private Guide & Exclusive 4×4 Vehicle

Volcanoes National Park

In the heart of the mighty African continent is a distinctive, natural utopia shared by three countries: Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda. Each nation has placed its part of this region under preservation by creating wilderness parks.

In Rwanda, this kaleidoscope of natural beauty is protected as Volcanoes National Park, or Parc National des Volcans, a 160-square-kilometer reserve that includes evergreen and bamboo forest, tropical rainforest and partial grasslands, valleys, serene lakes, craggy volcanoes, and farmed foothills.

The rainforests on their slopes are home to the endangered mountain gorillas, which often travel between the three countries in the quest for eatables. Gorillas are known to feed mainly on soft bamboo shoots, wild celery, stinging nettles, and wild fruit. Like-minded tourists who hope to see these rare primates in their native habitat can explore this tranquil, Eden-like world by following the many trails that wind through Volcanoes Park.

Each of the trails allows you to experience a different facet of the forest reserve. With a permit and the help of an expert tracker, hike to meet one of the famed gorilla families and spend time watching them as they forage for food or groom one another.

Destination Guide: Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes – Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Stunning mist-covered volcanic peaks overshadowing sprawling plantations with the lushness of the montane vegetation is the sight that will greet you on your arrival at the luxurious Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge.

Tucked away in the foothills of the Virunga Mountains of the Volcanoes National Park, this intimate boutique accommodation is perfect for discerning holidaymakers. It has an eclectic decor that combines elements of an elegant colonial era interspersed with authentic Rwandan art.

The brightly woven rugs, artifacts, baskets, masks and other curios scattered about subtly discourses to you about the spirit of the country while wicker and wrought-iron furniture coupled with hardwood floors take you back to a bygone era.

The central lounge area located inside the main cottage structure includes plush seating areas with a large fireplace where you can relax and enjoy books from the library. You could also spend some vacation time on the verandah outside or in the game room.

The Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is spread over an area of 17 acres and offers just 9 cottages and suites to frill tourists.

These rooms are scattered around the property and are accessible by way of a pleasant walk through the estate with sightings of some of the 178 species of birds native to the Albertine Rift forests of the Volcanoes Safari Park.

Each of the cottages is made of stone with terracotta tiles for the roofs and is shielded from the others by sheer distance and greenery to accord perfect privacy. You can choose from one of the 6 cottages and 2 suites.

The lodge also offers 1 family suite that comprises of two rooms that open onto a shared patio. Relax in the seating arrangements inside the room or on the verandah or open up the hammock for a leisurely nap.

En suite bathrooms include handmade toiletries, twin vanities, bathtub and a handmade shower stall.

Overnight accommodation: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge 

Volcanoes Park Activities

The gorilla trek is experienced the next day due to the 07:30 hours start time

Optional Activities: Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village Tour & Dian Fossey Grave Shrine Tour, Mount Karisimbi or Bisoke Hike, Musanze Caves & Buhanga Forest Tour

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drinks Are Included At This Accommodation

Specific Drink Inclusions: Soft drinks, beer & house wine

DAY 3 – VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

  • Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Volcanoes Park Activities

Included Activities: One gorilla trek

Optional Activities: Golden monkey trek, Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village Tour & Dian Fossey Grave Shrine Tour, Mount Karisimbi or Bisoke Hike, Musanze Caves & Buhanga Forest Tour

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drinks Are Included At This Accommodation

Specific Drink Inclusions: Soft drinks, beer & house wine

DAY 4 – NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK

Drive From Volcanoes National Park (Kinigi) To Nyungwe National Park With Your Private Guide & Exclusive 4×4 Vehicle

Nyungwe National Park

The stunningly beautiful Nyungwe National Park is situated in the southwestern corner of Rwanda and is part of the Albertine Rift eco-region, making it a great part of your wilderness primate vacation in Africa.

Its mid-elevation forests are among the last of their kind on the African continent as well as important conservation sites. They host a high concentration of endemic flora and fauna, within an incredibly diverse biome.

Travel through the 970 square kilometers of this woodland reserve and you will be introduced to some of the 310 avian species present here – a field day for avid birdwatchers in Rwanda.

You may be lucky enough to spot white-headed wood hoopoes, paradise flycatchers, purple-breasted sunbirds, Ruwenzori turacos, and red-collared mountain babblers, to name just a few.

Destination Guide: Nyungwe National Park

Nyungwe – One&Only Nyungwe House

A small haven of premier tranquility set close to the forest boundaries of Nyungwe National Park is the One&Only Nyungwe House, formerly branded as Nyungwe Forest Lodge by Newmark Hotels.

Offering stunning views of the magnificent natural beauty of the reserve, this boutique vacationing accommodation has all the elements of the luxury safari indulgence of Rwanda in its decor and hospitality.

Since it is sited within the tea plantation of Gisakura, you can enjoy activities associated with it such as tasting the delicately flavored tea brewed with fresh leaves and touring the gardens. Spend some time relaxing beside the heated infinity pool or taking lazy laps in it while reveling in the breathtaking panorama of the indigenous flora and fauna.

You could also visit the fitness center for a workout or the spa for expert massage therapy.

Crafted out of brick stone and wood detailing and adorned with eclectic Rwandan art-craft, the 24 rooms offered by this forest holiday resort are designed for utmost comfort and premier pleasure. 22 of the rooms are housed in 6 villas, and while 15 of the rooms have king sized double beds, the rest of the 7 come with twin beds.

The 2 Presidential Suites are contained in distinct villas, one of which includes a Jacuzzi. Each of the villas has a bedroom with a king-sized bed and leads to a second bedroom that can sleep an additional two guests.

Take in the surrounding green ambiance while seated on your private deck or relax in the seating arrangement inside the rooms enlivened by the warmth of the fireplace.

Sip on drinks from the minibar or make yourself a cup of tea or coffee with the equipment in the room while catching up on world events on your flat-screen LCD TV. Ensuite bathrooms include a hairdryer, double basins, a bathtub, walk-in shower, and bidet.

Overnight accommodation: One&Only Nyungwe House 

Nyungwe Park Activities

The chimpanzee trek is experienced the next day due to the 07:30 hours start time

Optional Activities: Swamp and waterfall hikes, bird and canopy walks

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drinks Are Included At This Accommodation

Specific Drink Inclusions: Soft drinks, beer & house wine

DAY 5 – NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK

Nyungwe

One&Only Nyungwe House

Nyungwe Park Activities

Included Activities: One chimpanzee trek

Optional Activities: Other primate treks, swamp and waterfall hikes, bird and canopy walks

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drinks Are Included At This Accommodation

Specific Drink Inclusions: Soft drinks, beer & house wine

DAY 6 – KIGALI (RWANDA DEPARTURE)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Drive From Nyungwe National Park to Kigali with Your Private Guide & Exclusive 4×4 Vehicle

Kigali City Tour Attractions (Optional Visits – Time Permitting)

Optional Tour Activities: Kigali Genocide Memorial, Natural History Museum – Kandt House, The Dancing Pots, Caplaki Handicrafts Cooperative, Art Galleries – Inema, Ivuka & Niyo

Private Departure Transfer from Kigali City to Kigali International Airport (KGL)

Upon arrival in Kigali City, you are transferred to Kigali International Airport for your flight.

TRIP EXTENSIONS

Add-On Trips from Rwanda

Top Safari & Beach Extensions in Africa:

  • Serengeti & Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration in Tanzania & Kenya
  • Okavango Delta & Chobe in Botswana
  • Cape Town, Kruger & Sabi Sand in South Africa
  • Victoria Falls (Livingstone Town) & South Luangwa in Zambia
  • Hwange & Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
  • Amboseli, Lewa, Great Rift Valley Lakes (Nakuru – Naivasha) in Kenya
  • Bwindi & Queen Elizabeth in Uganda
  • Gombe – Mahale (Chimpanzees), Ngorongoro & Selous in Tanzania
  • Sossusvlei & Etosha in Namibia
  • Lake Victoria in Kenya, Tanzania & Uganda
  • Indian Ocean Islands & Beaches – Zanzibar, Seychelles, Mozambique, Lamu, Pemba, Mafia, Mombasa, Mauritius & Madagascar

 

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