Incredible Places to Stay While on Safari in Zimbabwe
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This itinerary is a lovely introduction to Rwanda - "the land of a thousand hills". You will be spoilt with stunning scenery and brilliant wildlife interactions throughout. Starting in the capital Kigali you will get a chance to further understand the nation's turbulent history before being driven to the top destinations within the country. Chimpanzee trekking, forest canopy walks, relaxing by Lake Kivu and, of course, gorilla tracking make up the highlights of this lovely week long trip.
You will be collected from Kigali International airport by a hotel representative and transferred to your accommodation in the capital. You will then have the option to see some of Kigali with a guided tour or a visit to the local markets - prepare to haggle and be amazed by the intricate artefacts on offer.
Following breakfast at the hotel you will be driven around 5 hours towards the beautiful Nyungwe Forest in the Southwest of the country. Home to over 300 species of birds and a quarter of Africa's primate species this is a fantastic destination.
The real highlight of Nyungwe Forest is chimpanzee trekking. This is an experience like none other as you are guided through the forest to see one of the troops of chimps that are local residents. Chimpanzee's are fascinating to observe and as our closest relatives it is a touching experience to see them up close and personal.
Another optional activity we would highly recommend is Nyungwe's Forest's canopy walk. This rope bridge through the canopies will allow you to see the forest through a new perspective and unique wildlife can be seen, such as blue monkeys and the rare grey-chested kakamega.
This morning you will depart the forest and be driven to the Eastern shores of Lake Kivu, about 3 hours away. Lake Kivu lies on the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. Home to indigenous fishing communities, the stunning Ndaba Falls and with the option to rent a boat for island visits there is plenty of activities on offer.
This morning you will enjoy breakfast at the lodge and drive on to Volcanoes National Park - home to the mountain gorillas. The drive will take about four hours through stunning scenery and on arrival you will be shown to your comfortable accommodation and briefed on the next day's gorilla trek.
Today you have an early start as you make your way to the gate of the national park and are designated a group of gorillas to track. You will meet your guide, the other members of your group and begin the pursuit of these amazing primates. It can take as long as 8 hours to trek or as short as 1 hour depending on where the gorillas are and if they are on the move. With this in mind you are split into groups depending on fitness and how far you want to trek.
Once the gorillas are located you will have one hour with them - a truly brilliant experience.
Following breakfast you will be transferred back to Kigali. Depending on your departure flight you can visit the Genocide Memorial and Education Centre, which opened in 2004. You will then be driven to the airport in time for your international flight home.