Day 1: Pick up from the airport to Kigali Serena Hotel; Briefing by guide and on the trip overview and Rwanda at large
Day 2: Start historical-minded exploration of Kigali with visits to landmarks from colonial, post-independence, genocide and post-genocide times i.e. Kigali Solaire, Stade regionale, Kigali Genocide memorial site, Kandt Museum, Belgian camp etc. Transfer to Bugesera in the afternoon to visit the reconciliation village, Nyamata and Ntarama genocide churches. Overnight: – Kigali.
Day 3: Transfer to Kirehe; visit Imigongo and practice ancient artisan activities in the region, watch the waterfalls in Rusumo (Border between Tanzania and Rwanda). Head to Akagera
National Park in the Afternoon. Overnight: – Akagera.
Day 4: Complete – Game drive in Akagera National Park and birding. Exit in the northern part of the park and go for the pastoralist heritage experience. Overnight: Akagera National Park.
Day 5: Half – Game drive plus boat ride on Lake Ihema to see crocodiles, schools of hippos and over 50 species of water birds. Transfer to Kigali in the afternoon. Overnight: – Kigali.
Day 6: Transfer to Musanze: – For ethno botany tours. Afternoon; visit the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo visit brick making sites and bee hive locations. Overnight Musanze town.
Day 7: Early morning – Gorilla Trekking and visit Buhanga forest in the afternoon where all the Rwanda kings were initiated or Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village. Overnight Musanze.
Day 8: Banana and Sorghum beer production experiences. Transfer to Gisenyi on the shores of Lake Kivu to relax in the afternoon. Swimming in Lake Kivu or in a swimming pool is optional but consider the current advice of guide. Overnight: – Rubavu
Day 9: Tour Rubavu town and check possibilities to visit Goma town in Congo – DRC. Transfer by boat to Kibuye, visit Amahoro Island on the way
Overnight in Karongi.
Day 10: Transfer to Nyaasheke – Kamembe town by boat; relax at the lakeside. Overnight: – Nyungwe/Kamembe.
Day 11: Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe National Park and visit tea plantations in the afternoon. Overnight: – Nyungwe Forest guest house.
Day 12: Visit the waterfalls or Kamiranzovu swamps; view other species of primates e.g. the black and white colobus monkeys, mountain monkeys etc. Transfer to Huye in the afternoon. Overnight in Huye.
Day 13: Visit to the National Museum, introduction to Rwanda’s kingdoms, discovery of colonial architecture, enjoy traditional dancers from the museum or the national university. History-minded exploration of Nyanza – visit the King’s palace and traditional home where you will cook and share lunch with the family. On the way, visit the Basilica of Kabgayi and back to Kigali. Overnight: – Kigali.
Day 14: Souvenir shopping in local handcraft markets and transfer to the airport.