Rwanda Gorilla Safari

Rwanda, ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’

Lying at the heart of Africa, Rwanda is one her most dynamic leisure destinations, offering vibrant cities, pristine wilderness and an exceptionally hospitable people. A unique and largely undiscovered venue, Rwanda also offers unrivaled biodiversity, beautiful mountains, some of the oldest and most precious rain forests on earth, five volcanoes, 23 lakes, numerous waterfalls, and three stunning national parks.

Regarding wildlife, Rwanda boasts 13 species of primates (25% of the total number in Africa), and 670 species of birds, many of which are globally endangered. Sports lovers, meanwhile, can enjoy walking, trekking or mountain biking along thousands of pristine trails, mountaineering, volcano exploration, fishing, boating and a plethora of water sports, while cultural options include a pageant of traditional dance, historical sites, and displays of ethnic art and heritage.

Overview

Day 1: Kigali Serena Hotel – Kigali
Day 2 & 3: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel – Lake Kivu
Day 4: Depart

This Safari is 100% Customizable and Vehicle is private for you and your party only.

Day 1: Kigali
On arrival in Kigali, you will be met at the Airport by CAT Safaris representative and be transferred to Kigali Serena Hotel for your dinner and overnight.

Kigali Serena Hotel is ideally located on one of Kigali’s most charming boulevards, the five-star Kigali Serena Hotel is built around a polished granite atrium, which showcases the very best of Rwandese cultural art.

Relaxed yet elegant, the hotel features an Executive Lounge and Bar, which opens onto a wide sundeck overlooking the newly refurbished swimming pool. One of the city’s most popular venues, the Milima Restaurant, overlooks the pool and has been styled to offer a classically elegant interior and light –filled atrium overlooking the verdant tropical gardens.

Relaxed and stylish, the all day café styled Sokoni Restaurant overlooks the pool and is renowned for its colorful cocktails, international cuisine and vibrant live music.

The “Maisha” Health Club and Spa offers a luxury swimming pool, gymnasium and cardio-studio, steam room, sauna, plunge pool, sundeck, juice bar and a full range of health and beauty treatments.

The capital’s natural business hub, the hotel also boasts of its own extensive conference center, 500-seater auditorium and lavish ballroom. Kigali Serena Hotel (Dinner)
 
Day 2: Lake Kivu
After breakfast in the Hotel we depart at 8 am for a panoramic tour of Kigali city and the Memorial Centre

Kigali Memorial Centre The Centre was opened on the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, in April 2004. Built on a site where over 250,000 people are buried, the graves are a clear reminder of the horrors of the ethnic conflict. The memorial serves as a place for people to grieve those they lost. It also Maintained by goodwill donations from visitors, the center hosts a permanent exhibition of the Rwandan genocide and other genocides that have taken place around the world.

At 11 am we depart and embark on a scenic drive to Gisenyi town to arrive at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel in the early afternoon and in time for lunch.

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel Serenely sited on the white sandy shores of Lake Kivu, the sixth largest lake in Africa, and surrounded by extensive tropical gardens, the tastefully open-plan Lake Kivu Serena Hotel offers the ideal holiday escape destination!

Within three hours drive from the Rwandan capital, Kigali and an hour’s drive from the glorious Volcanoes National Park, home of the world famous mountain gorillas, the hotel overlooks its own private beach and offers a variety of accommodation and hotel facilities.

Afternoon at leisure to relax or indulge in one of the vast activities offered by the hotel.

Some of the activities and places of interest to see include:-

Boat excursion In our luxurious open boat complete with very comfortable seats and chilled drinks of your choice on board. Scenic views of the various islands within Lake Kivu and some panoramic view of Goma town.

Escorted Walks
Enjoy a refreshing stroll along the 1 Kilometer lake shore track or down the boulevards outside the hotel that take you down the “memory lane’ to the days of King Leopold!

Water Sports These include; Wind surfing, Catamaran sailing, Kayaking and Jet skiing.

Cocktails Late evenings can be spent by the beach with a bonfire and cocktails of your choice or better still drive to the Pettit barrier for a scintillating view of the ever smoldering Nyiragongo active volcanoes.

Hiking & Biking The winding lanes of Gisenyi area offer a vast choice of hiking sites and tracks be it by walking or biking.
The choice is yours. Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 3: Volcanoes National Park
After 5 am we transfer to Kinigi at the foot hills of the Virungas for your Gorilla Tracking expedition! Carry with you our carefully sorted and packed breakfast box complete with sufficient energy giving food to sustain you throughout the tracking trip.

IMPORTANT – Hikers must be prepared to walk for up to 6 hours a day. Hikers must bring along their own personal hiking gear.

Volcanoes National Park
The park was first gazetted in 1925, as a small area bounded by Karisimbi, Visoke and Mikeno, intended to protect the gorillas from poachers. It was the very first National Park to be created in Africa.

The park later became the base for the American naturalist Dian Fossey to carry out her research into the gorillas. She arrived in 1967 and set up the Karisoke Research Centre between Karisimbi and Visoke. From then on she spent most of her time in the park, and is widely credited with saving the gorillas from extinction by bringing their plight to the attention of the international community. She was murdered by unknown assailants at her home in 1985, a crime often attributed to the poachers she had spent her life fighting against. She is buried in the park in a grave close to the research center, and amongst the gorillas which became her life.

Fossey’s life later was portrayed on the big screen in the film “Gorillas in the Mist”, named after her autobiography.

The park is best known for the Mountain Gorilla. Other mammals include: Golden monkey, Black-fronted Duiker, Buffalo, Spotted Hyena and Bushbuck. There are also reported to be some elephants in the park, though these are now very rare. There are 178 recorded bird species, with at least 13 species and 16 subspecies endemic to the Virunga and Ruwenzori Mountains.

At 7 am briefing and allocation to a Gorilla Tracking Group. After the trek return to the base, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge for a shower and lunch.

Later drive to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
Day 4: Depart
After breakfast in the hotel, depart and drive to Kigali City to arrive at the Kigali Serena Hotel in time for lunch.

Later transfer to Kigali International Airport for your home bound International flight.
Arrive home with memories of a Trip of a Lifetime!

(Optional Activities Available)

Transport in a chauffeur driven minivan with pop-up roof for easy game viewing & photography.Transport up-gradable to 4 x 4 Land Cruisers with a pop up roof for better game viewing

Please contact us for Rates

 

Included

  • Accommodation with all meal plans as per the itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Transport in a chauffeur driven 4×4 Cruiser with pop-up roof for easy game viewing & photography.
  • Services of an English speaking driver-guide, game viewing drives and parks entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All Government taxes and levies.
  • Complimentary 500 ml mineral water per person per game drive in the safari vehicle.
  • All meet and greet services.
  • All arrival and departure transfers.
  • 24 hours stand-by contact number.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  • 7 pax guaranteed window seat in each vehicle.
  • Two-way long range high frequency radio communication in each vehicle.
  • On safari accessories in each vehicle: – First-aid kit, wildlife books, a pair of binoculars, cool box and fire extinguisher.

Excluded

  • International Flights
  • All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills etc. Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, camp staff and driver- guide(s).
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks,
  • Any local or international flight and departure taxes.
  • Laundry services.
  • Any other item(s) not included in our itinerary.
  • Visa fees
  • Flying doctor coverage: Optional @ $40 dollars per person which covers you within East Africa for a period of 14 days. In the eventuality of a medical emergency, you will be airlifted to Nairobi where you will be taken to a good hospital. Hospital bills are born by the patient.

 

Kigali Serena Hotel
5 Star Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda
Ideally located on one of Kigali’s most charming boulevards, the five-star Kigali Serena Hotel is built around a polished granite atrium, which showcases the very best of Rwandese cultural art.Relaxed yet elegant, the hotel features an Executive Lounge and Bar, which opens onto a wide sundeck overlooking the newly refurbished swimming pool. Also overlooking the pool, the popular Milima Restaurant offers a wide range of all-day buffet choices, while the relaxed Sokoni Café offers inside and outside poolside seating.Regarded by many as Kigali’s natural business hub, the hotel also boasts its own extensive conference center, 500-seater auditorium and lavish ballroom.
Getting there. The hotel is in central Kigali Rwanda, just 10 kilometers from Kigali International Airport.
 
 
Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

Tropical Gardens, Sandy Beaches and Luxury Accommodation on Lake Kivu
Serenely sited on the white sandy shores of Lake Kivu, the sixth largest lake in Africa, and surrounded by extensive tropical gardens, the tastefully open-plan Lake Kivu Serena Hotel offers the ideal extended holiday destination in Rwanda or week-end escape.Within several hours drive of both the Rwandan capital, and the glorious Volcanoes National Park (home of the world famous mountain gorillas), it overlooks its own private beach and offers; 66 luxury hotel rooms, executive suites and family accommodation, a panoramic restaurant, indoor and beach side bars, a luxury swimming pool, and the ‘Maisha’ Health Centre (offering an extensive range of health and beauty regimes, boating, swimming, volley ball, tennis, fishing, hiking and trekking). Our Lake Kivu hotel also boasts a world-class fully-integrated Conference Center, a distinguishing service offering in Rwanda.
Getting there. The hotel stands on the shores of Lake Kivu, just outside the small town of Gisenyi, which is 160km from Kigali (20 minute’s flight from Kigali International Airport) and minutes from the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo and the city of Goma.