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6 Day “Thousand Hills of Rwanda” Mid Range

Rwanda , Rwanda
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6 Day “Thousand Hills of Rwanda” Mid Range

Duration :   6 Days 5 Nights
The Price :   $250.00
Start Location:   Kigali, Rwanda
Age Range :   10
Total Seats :  0/4
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Highlights of this tour

• Kigali city tour with Genocide memorials and markets
• cultural experiences
• Meet the Kings of the Jungle, the Gorillas
• Golden Monkey Trekking or visit to Dian Fossy Grave
• relax at Lake Kivu

 

Rwanda is known as – the “Land of a Thousand Hills” thanks to the endless
mountains in this scenically stunning little country. Nowhere are the mountains
more majestic than the Virunga volcanoes in the northwest, and hidden among
the bamboo forests are some of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas. For
a change of scene, the shores of Lake Kivu conceal some of the best inland
beaches on the continent, while Nyungwe Forest National Park protects
extensive tracts of montane rainforest, and is home to many primates. But it’s
not all monkey business – Kigali, the capital, is safe and sophisticated.

Schedule Details

Day 1: Arrive Kigali International Airport

On arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by your driver/guide and be transferred to your hotel in Kigali.

Overnight at Lemigo Hotel (B&B)

Day 2: Visit Ntarama & Nyamata Memorial Visit + Depart for Ruhengeri

After breakfast depart for a visit to the Ntarama church where mass killings
occurred during the 1994 genocide; more than 5000 people were killed in the
church. The Ntarama Genocide Memorial is located about 30 kilometers south of
the capital city of Kigali. Located in the Bugasera region, this church, and its
contents are a reminder of the horrifying violence that took place at this site
during Rwanda's 1994 genocide. Learn more about the unity and Reconciliation Commission. Proceed to Nyamata memorial site- a church where around 2,500
people were killed and it has become emblematic of the barbaric treatment of
women during the genocide. Continue to Nyamata a church where around 2,500
people were killed and it has become emblematic of the barbaric treatment of
women during the genocide. In the church at Nyamata, there will be graphic
and audio-visual displays that will focus particularly on the mass rape,
brutalization of women and the use of HIV as a deliberate weapon of genocide.
Return to the city for lunch then depart for a 2 hours’ drive to Ruhengeri area
the second largest town in Rwanda, with its stunning backdrop of five volcanic
mountains – The Virungas- Arriving for dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Driving distance: 2 hours
Overnight: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (FB)

Day 3: Gorilla Tracking

After an early breakfast, you will proceed to the National Park headquarters –
Kinigi to meet your guides for the day. After completing our park formalities, we
are embark on a once in a life time experience of tracking mountain gorillas.
Once you spot them you are allowed to spend an hour watching your closest
long lost cousin. This is perhaps one of the most breath-taking wildlife
experiences on earth!!! You get so close to these awesome giant primates. You
stare at each other blankly not knowing who to break the long silence
first. Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the
Virunga is a magical experience. These massive primates are extremely rare,
with less than 700 living today. You will get within meters of the family, and be
privileged to spend an hour amongst them. The trekking may be fairly
strenuous; up to six hours or longer at a relatively high altitude. We encourage
for your own enjoyment to make sure that you are perfectly fit and healthy.
(We’ve had people as old as 70 years old do gorilla tracking so this should not be
a problem; all you need is to ask your driver guide to request a shorter group for
you if cannot you trek far) It is important to bring good hiking boots, long
trousers, gloves for protection against stinging nettles, some snacks & sweets (for you, not the gorillas) as well as sufficient water as the rainforest gets hot and humid
during the day. You will spend one hour with the gorillas, but it is an hour you will never forget.
Return to your hotel for lunch and later dinner and overnight.
Driving distance: 15 minutes
Overnight: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (FB)

Day 4: Golden Monkey Tracking and visit of Iby’iwacu cultural village

This day is set out for Golden Monkey tracking in the Volcanoes National Park.
Entering dense stands of bamboo interspersed with open glades; you will make
your way deep into golden monkey territory. Guides lead visitors to the habitat
of groups of ‘habituated’ golden monkeys – monkeys that have become
accustomed to human presence. Though viewing is kept to a maximum of one
hour, travelers can get an up-close look at the golden monkey in its natural
habitat. Adult monkeys frolic in plain view, feeding on bamboo leaves and
leaping from perch to perch. Females carry their young, completely comfortable among onlookers.

In the afternoon, optional activities may be a visit to the Iby’iwacu cultural
village to watch a cultural dance, meet a local medicine man, or even discover
the house of a local king. These cultural activities are popular with visitors and
offer alternative incomes to reformed poachers. Another option is to take a trip
to the local brewers to understand the chemical process behind brewing local
beer from bananas. Just for fun, you can even join the women in squeezing the
juice out of the bananas and drink a glass of juice. Other activities you may
learn about are basket weaving, an important cultural activity in Rwanda.
Through your visits, the activities support the local community financially.
Dinner and overnight at your hotel.


Driving distance: 15 minutes to the park
Overnight: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (FB)

Day 5: Visit Gisenyi

After breakfast go for the interesting trip to the local brew makers to understand
the chemistry about the process of brewing a local beer from bananas fruits. If
you find the activity interesting enough you can join the women in squeezing the
juice out of the bananas and drink a glass of juice (Optional). Understand how
long juice takes to turn into alcohol after adding in sorghum floor. Enjoy the big
glass of our local brew. Among other activities they also do basket weaving and
with your visit this local community will be proud of this activity and families
supported financially.
Continue to Gisenyi, arriving for lunch and check in at your hotel. The afternoon
is spent in Gisenyi, the largest port on the Rwandan shore of Lake Kivu, in the
company of your guide who will show you the town. Enjoy a short boat ride to
one of the islands in Lake Kivu or simply explore the town, enjoying the hustle
and bustle of the local market or wander through the leafy streets admiring the
old colonial buildings.
Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 6: Depart

After breakfast and depending with your flight departure timings; the early part
of the day is spent on the Rwandan shore of Lake Kivu. Take a swim at this lake
that covers an area of 2,700 km² (1,040 sq. mi) and sits at an altitude of 1,460
m² (4,790 ft.) above sea-level. The lake-bed is situated in a rift valley that is
slowly being pulled apart, causing volcanic activity and making it especially
deep. Its maximum depth of 480 m (1,575 ft.) is ranked the fifteenth in the
world. The lake is surrounded by majestic mountains. This one of the African
Great Lakes lies on the border between the Democratic Republic of the
Congo and Rwanda. Depart for a 3 hours’ drive to Kigali and on to the Kigali
International airport for your flight back home.
Drive to Kigali International airport for your flight home.
Driving distance: 3 hours

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Where is The Mentalist located?

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Is The Mentalist appropriate for children?

Due to language, this show is recommended for guests 16 years old and over.

Do I need to exchange my ticket upon arrival at The Mentalist!?

Please pick up your tickets at the V Theater Box Office with a valid photo ID for the lead traveler at least 30 minutes prior to show time (box office opens at 11 am). Seating will begin 15 minutes before showtime.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
  • AMREF emergency evacuation insurance
  • Breakfast
  • Guide
  • Insurance
  • Lunch
  • Transport
  • Welcome Drinks

What's Excluded

  • Airport Transfer
  • BBQ Night
  • Flights
  • Guide
  • Insurance
  • Outing Ticket

Activities

  • Beach
  • Hiking

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Why Book With Us?

  • Sustainability is our goal. Creating unique and sustainable experiences which reduce the carbon foot print is most important for us.
  • Certified in good tourism
  • Licensed and highly experienced tour guides
  • Travelling in small groups (usually 4 to 12 persons)

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