DAY 1: Arrival in Kigali, overnight in Kigali.
Midrange hotel chez Lando or equivalent
Luxury Kempiski or equivalent.
DAY 2: Visit of Genocide memorial and city tour of Kigali.
Peacefully nestled along picturesque hilltops, Kigali is a thriving African city immediately notable for its cleanliness, orderliness, and hospitality.
Kigali is a great place to begin or end any Rwanda journey as it’s conveniently located in the geographic center of the country. The city is clean and safe, with extremely welcoming people. Travelers will enjoy exploring the great cultural activities – including several award-winning museums, burgeoning music scene, and some of East Africa’s most memorable dining experiences.
After visiting these, we drive straight to Congo border, and we make our entrance in the city of Goma, the tourism capital of the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Goma is the provincial capital of North Kivu province in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, located in the extreme east near the Rwanda.
Overnight Ihusi hotel
Early in the morning, we drive to Goma harbour (Port) and take the boat(speed boat) to the city off Bukavu southern Kivu.
Bukavu is a beautiful city with five fingers stretching into Lake Kivu, separated from Rwanda by the Ruzizi River.
You can reach Bukavu from Rwanda via the borders of Cyangugu (Rwanda), from Burundi via the border of Uvira, and from Goma via Lake Kivu or by road. Do not approach expecting to be able to buy a visa at the border, you only have to book a visa with us, at least 1 week before your arrival date.
The reason why we recommend our clients to pass through lake is to see the main inland island in Africa, Idjwi or Ijwi is an island in Lake Kivu, belonging to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. At 70 km (43 mi) in length and with an area of 340 km2 (131 sq mi), it is the second largest inland island in Africa, and the tenth largest in the world. Idjwi is roughly equidistant between the DRC and Rwanda, with 10 to 15 kilometres (6 to 9 mi) separating its western shore from the DRC mainland and a similar distance between its eastern shore and the coastline of Rwanda. The island’s southern tip, however, lies only 1 kilometre from a promontory of the Rwandan coast.
Overnight Hotel Orchid or Elila hotel
Early in the morning after your breakfast, we make our way into, Kahuzi Biega National Park, the only park in D.R.Congo, where we can visit Lowland gorilla and nowhere in East Africa.
The Kahuzi-Biega National Park is a protected area near Bukavu town in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is situated near the western bank of Lake Kivu and the Rwandan border. Established in 1970 by the Belgian photographer and conservationist Adrien Deschryver, the park is named after two dormant volcanoes, Mount Kahuzi and Mount Biega, which are within its limits. With an area of 6,000 square kilometres (2,300 sq mi), Kahuzi-Biega is one of the biggest national parks in the country. Set in both mountainous and lowland terrain, it is one of the last refuges of the rare species of Eastern lowland gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri), an endangered category under the IUCN Red List. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, inscribed in 1980 for its unique biodiversity of rainforest habitat and its eastern lowland gorillas.
After Gorilla tracking, cross straight to Rwanda, and proceed to Nyungwe.
Chimps tracking in Nyungwe forest
Nyungwe Forest National Park sits in a mountainous region covering 970km square, to the south west of Rwanda. It is the largest single area of montane forest in East or Central Africa. There are 50km of walking trails ranging from 1 to 7 hours in duration.
Nungwe Forest is home to many chimpanzees. These intelligent animals differ from humans by just over 1% of DNA and, not surprisingly, have behaviour patterns very similar to us, forming close social groups, using tools, working as a team and waging war against each other. They also show human-like non-verbal forms of communication, holding hands, kissing, tickling…
Overnight in the city of Butare
Transfer to the airport, end of tour.