Day 1: Arrival and Hotel Transfer
Upon your arrival at Kigali Airport, our professional driver-guide will be there to extend a warm welcome, setting the tone for your Rwandan adventure. As you settle into the comfortable vehicle, they will share insights about the upcoming journey across the “Land of a Thousand Hills.” The drive to your Kigali hotel offers a sneak peek into the stunning landscapes that Rwanda holds. You have the choice of resting at Urban CityBlue Hotel (Midi-range), Mille Coline Hotel (Midi-range), or experiencing a budget-friendly stay at Ikaze Guest House.
Day 2: Exploring Kigali and Musanze
Awaken to the aroma of a hearty breakfast before embarking on a city tour. A visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial offers a powerful insight into Rwanda’s history, with immersive audios and videos narrating the events of 1994. Post-tour, your journey continues towards Musanze town. Check-in to your selected haven – be it the cozy Snow Hotel (Standard), inviting Classic Lodge (Midi-range), or the luxurious Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel (Luxury). The leisurely afternoon allows you to recharge your energy.
Day 3: Gorilla Trekking Adventure
The break of dawn beckons as you anticipate an extraordinary encounter with the mountain gorillas. Following a sumptuous breakfast, your driver-guide will transfer you to the park office, where formalities are completed and rangers brief you about the day’s trek. Venture into the mystical forest, where the cool mist embraces you. The 2 to 3-hour trek leads you to the awe-inspiring mountain gorillas, allowing an hour of observation and reflection. The return to your lodge is a time of tranquility, with the option to embark on an enlightening cultural tour at Iby’Iwacu Gorilla Guardians.
Day 4: Journey to Gisenyi
After breakfast, a new chapter begins as you journey to Gisenyi. En route, immerse yourself in the local markets, experiencing the rhythm of Rwandan commerce. The intriguing stories of traders and vendors add depth to your understanding of the country’s life. Your arrival in Gisenyi is met with a tantalizing lunch at your hotel, offering a panoramic view of the serene Lake Kivu. As the sun paints the sky with hues of orange, a sense of tranquility envelopes you by the lake’s shores. Retreat to Palm Beach Resort (Standard), Hill View Hotel (Midi-range), or indulge in the lavish comforts of Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (Luxury).
Day 5: Rubavu Exploration
As the first light touches the horizon, you embark on an exploration of Rubavu. The allure of coffee plantations in Kimbiri awaits, showcasing the intricate journey from bean to cup. Along the way, immerse in the stories of local communities, their lives intertwined with the growth of Rwanda. Engaging with Community-Based Tourism initiatives adds authenticity to your experience. A visit to the bustling Petite Barrière border paints a vibrant picture of cross-border interactions. The evening offers relaxation and reflection, allowing you to absorb the day’s encounters.
Day 6: Return to Kigali – Departure
As the sun stretches its rays across the landscape, enjoy a leisurely breakfast, savoring the last moments of your Rwandan adventure. The journey back to Kigali allows time for introspection and conversation, as you revisit the memories that have been etched into your heart. Your exploration concludes at Kigali Airport, where you bid farewell to Rwanda, carrying with you not just souvenirs, but a treasure trove of experiences that will forever be a part of you.