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AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK AND NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK SAFARI AND TOURS

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Akagera National Park is an amazing wildlife safari destination in Rwanda. It is located in the north east of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania. The forest fringed lakes, papyrus swamps, Savannah plains and rolling highlands combine to make Akagera amongst the most scenic of reserves anywhere in Africa. It has exceptional levels of biodiversity and forms the largest protected wetland in central Africa.

Notable plains game include elephant, buffalo, topi, zebra, waterbuck, roan antelope and eland. Other antelope are duiker, oribi, bohor reedbuck, klipspringer, bushbuck and impala. Of the primates, olive baboons, vervets and the secretive blue monkey are seen during the day, with bushbabies often seen on night drives.

Akagera National Park is an important ornithological site with nearly 500 bird species, providing a fun-filled game viewing tour in Rwanda. Look out for the rare and elusive shoebill which shares the papyrus with other rarities such as the exquisite papyrus gonolek and countless other water birds that inhabit the wetlands in large numbers.

 

NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK

Nyungwe National Park hosts a wide diversity of amazing animal species, making it one of the prime conservation areas in Africa. The park harbors about 13 different primate species and 85 mammal species. Many of these safari animals are restricted-range species specifically dominant in the Albertine Rift eco-region on the African continent. It is also one of the most sought ornithological destinations in Africa. It harbors over 300 bird species of which two dozen are particularly confined in the montane forested areas in the Albertine Rift. The highlight of a birding safari in the park is spotting the great blue turaco – an outlandish blue, red and green bird which streams from place to place like a demonstration of graceful turkeys.

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REASONS TO VISIT RWANDA

Rwanda is located in East Africa and is situated in the African great lakes region. Rwanda has healed the wounds from a devastating genocide more than two decades ago, it has emerged as one of East Africa’s premier travel destinations. The mountains in the west and savanna to the east of the country are visited by thousands of tourists every year. Rwanda is known for its transformed capital city – Kigali, wildlife adventures in its national parks and the famous mountain gorillas. Here are five reasons you should visit Rwanda.

1. GORILLA TREKKING

Rwanda is one of only three places in the world where you can trek some of the world's remaining 880 mountain gorillas. Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is the most famous destination in Rwanda. It has become synonymous with mountain gorilla trekking safaris and no visit to the country would be complete without visiting these majestic primates.

Volcanoes National Park, one of Africa's oldest national parks, and you'll be led on a daily guided gorilla trek that tops out at eight visitors. There is no other wildlife experience quite like an encounter with mountain gorillas. That precious hour spent in their company – watching the group playing, sulking, teasing each other, eating, or dozing just like we do – is extraordinary. And the gorilla trekking safaris in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park are among the best in Africa.

2. GENOCIDE MEMORIALS

No one would want to reminisce genocide on their vacation but the Genocide Memorials in Rwanda are one of the top visited attractions. Don’t miss the visit the Memorials for stories that make it seem like the Genocide happened last night. Rwanda has made a huge progress since the 1994 genocide but, it is vital that the visitors and the people, who live here, know about the horrific incident that shook eastern Africa. The Rwanda people this will among other things help prevent future similar occurrences.

You will visit a site of over one million genocide victims, churches which were also the sites for the horrendous massacre, a school that was also one of the sites to the genocide and also visit a museum which contains preserved bodies of the victims and a detailed history about the outbreak of the genocide.

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3. SAFETY AND THE LAKES

Safety is a priority for almost all travelers. Rwanda is one of the safest countries not just in Africa, but in the world: In 2015, Rwanda country ranked fifth globally and first on the continent in Gallup's Law and Order Index, which measures how safe people feel walking home at night. Violent crime is near nonexistent, and the terrorist threats that have plagued other East African destinations have not affected Rwanda.

Due to its location in the Great Lakes region of Africa, Rwanda is a natural paradise surrounded with many pristine and charming lakes and lake beaches. Five volcanic lakes lie on the border of Rwanda and Congo and are full of great attractions. The lakes are bordered by mountains and provide a great place for trekking, hang gliding and water skiing etc. The surrounding forests are also great for a marvelous gorilla safari.

4. WILDLIFE VIEWING SAFARIS

Rwanda’s Akagera National Park is an amazing wildlife safari destination in Rwanda. It is located in the north east of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania. The forest fringed lakes, papyrus swamps, Savannah plains and rolling highlands combine to make Akagera amongst the most scenic of reserves anywhere in Africa. It has exceptional levels of biodiversity and forms the largest protected wetland in central Africa.

Notable plains game in Akagera National Park include elephant, buffalo, topi, zebra, waterbuck, roan antelope and eland. Other antelope are duiker, oribi, bohor reedbuck, klipspringer, bushbuck and impala. Of the primates, olive baboons, vervets and the secretive blue monkey are seen during the day, with bushbabies often seen on night drives. Akagera is an important ornithological site with nearly 500 bird species, providing a fun-filled game viewing tour in Rwanda. Look out for the rare and elusive shoebill which shares the papyrus with other rarities such as the exquisite papyrus gonolek and countless other water birds that inhabit the wetlands in large numbers. Proceeds from your safari in Akagera National Park go to improving and preserving the park for future generations.

5. GROWTH IN KIGALI CITY

The capital and the largest city in Rwanda, Kigali would remind you of a typically European town with clean streets and paved roads. Founded in 1907, brought down by the genocide, Kigali is on the move. Kigali also enjoys a cool subtropical climate, which ranges between 27 to 15 degrees throughout the year. Enjoy locally roasted coffee from and city Cafes, visit the Arts Center or take a mini-hike on Mount Kigali which is the highest point sitting atop an elevation of 1,850 meters above sea level.

The above attractions are just a handful of the several places you can visit in Rwanda. Rwanda is indeed unlike any other African country you might have visited.

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01Day One: Arrival

Upon arrival at Kigali Airport, you will be met by our representative then transfer to down town to Lemigo Hotel for check-in with dinner on own account. Lemigo hotel is a refreshingly unique experience of relaxation amidst serene landscape. All the 97 rooms and suites housed on three levels are surrounded by lush picturesque views and cooled by breezes from the hills - havens of space, luxury, serenity and simplicity, filled with rich touches of the fantastic Rwandan culture. Each room is designed for modern living with luxury bed linens and blissful bath experiences designed for your indulgence, and hi-tech amenities and WiFi. Other facilities include a Swimming pool, a Spa, Health club, a Gym, full business facilities and meeting rooms as well as a vibrant mix of restaurants and bars.

02Day Two: Akagera National Park

We will leave at 6:00am and go for a morning game viewing drive in this African Savannah park. Akagera is big game country! Herds of elephant and buffalo emerge from the woodland to drink at the lakes; lucky visitors might stumble across a leopard, a spotted hyena, even a stray lion. Giraffe and zebra haunt the Savannah and more than a dozen types of antelope inhabit the park, most commonly the handsome chestnut-coated impala and the world's largest antelope, the statuesque Cape Eland. We will have lunch at Akagera Game Lodge. Alongside the picturesque lakes, pods of 50+ hippopotami grunt and splutter throughout the day, while outsized crocodiles soak up the sun with their vast jaws menacingly agape. And lining the lakes; some of the continent’s densest concentrations of water birds, amongst the parks over 500 recorded species. In the afternoon, we will exit with more game viewing en-route and drive back to Kigali for day off at the hotel. Overnight at Lemigo Hotel (BD)

03Day Three: Transfer to Nyungwe National Park

After breakfast, we will leave for Nyungwe National Park; arrive at Nyungwe Forest Lodge in time for lunch. Afternoon, we will take a relaxing walk to meet local farmers. This visit will give you first-hand experience with the locals. We will head back to the lodge for dinner. Overnight at Nyungwe Forest lodge (BLD)

04Day Four: Trekking

After an early breakfast, transfer to the park Headquarters for a half day trek in search of the Angola Colobus monkeys which can be found here in troops of several hundred; the largest can number up to 450 adults. The fair to difficult walk, can be adapted to guests fitness and lasts up 6 hours. It's absolutely amazing; so many Colobus monkeys at the same time; 50-60 at a given time. Besides their incredible numbers, Angola Colobus differ from the more common Eastern colobus by the extent of white hair and leaner frame. Afternoon drive 45 min, a quick trip to Cyangugu town at the southern tip of Lake Kivu - enjoy overlooking Bukavu town across the lake in the DR Congo over tea/coffee at a local restaurant. We will drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Overnight at Nyungwe Forest lodge (BLD)

05Day Five: Canopy Walks in Nyungwe

After an early breakfast, we will go for a thrilling adventure on the Nyungwe Canopy Walk. From the park information center, descend the 40º slant via a zig-zag foot path to the first tower deep in the forest valley for the 1½ hr walk on the Canopy Walk’s suspension bridge. The walk allows access to the upper parts of the forest, where one can see some unique ‘canopy’ species; apes, birds, butterflies, plants and insects, flowers, and other animals that live in the roof of the forest. It is an unforgettable experience. In the afternoon, enjoy a nature walk, birds watching. Overnight at Nyungwe Forest lodge (BLD)

06Day six: National Museum

After breakfast, we will drive back to Kigali, stop in Butare, visit the National Museum followed by lunch at a local restaurant before proceeding to Nyanza to visit the National Kingdom Palace. Afterwards drive to Kigali, check-in at Lemigo Hotel (BLD)

07Day Seven: Departure

We drive you to the airport in time for your flight. If you have other activities planned, let us know and we will have a car and driver ready to take you to the airport on the date of your flight. Or, let's continue the Rwanda Adventure

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  • May 2017 - Dec 31 2018 1 Person $2950 Per Person $1600 Per Person Get a Quote
  • May 2017 - Dec 31 2018 2 Persons $1800 Per Person $1350 Per Person Get a Quote
  • May 2017 - Dec 31 2018 3 Persons $1700 Per Person $1250 Per Person Get a Quote
  • May 2017 - Dec 31 2018 4 Persons $1600 Per Person $1150 Per Person Get a Quote
  • May 2017 - Dec 31 2018 5 Persons $1400 Per Person $1050 Per Person Get a Quote
  • May 2017 - Dec 31 2018 6 Persons $1300 Per Person $950 Per Person Get a Quote