The scenic Akagera National park is endowed with incredible landscape and wildlife. Spotting the famous tree-climbing lions of Ishasha, leopards, giraffes and elephants at Queen Elizabeth National Park makes a highlight of this trip. A cruise on Kazinga channel completes our tour as schools of hippos, elephants and various bird species can be found on the shores.
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We arrive at Kigali Airport and are welcomed by a Kibo Slopes Safaris representative and transferred to the De Milles Collines, the famous ‘Hotel Rwanda’ for check in before a pre-safari briefing. The rest of the evening will be at our disposal for leisure.
After breakfast we embark go on a guided city tour of Kigali, visiting the Genocide Memorial Center & Inema Arts Center. The development of the city after the 1994 genocide is impressive. The banning of any light plastic material makes Kigali the cleanest city on the continent. Kigali is also a place where art is thriving; we visit Inema Arts Center one of the art centers in Kigali. After lunch in one of the city restaurants we drive to Lake Muhazi, a long thin shallow lake in the land of the thousand hills. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the Lake Muhazi Resort.
Today we drive to the Akagera National Park and we arrive in time for lunch at the Akagera Game Lodge. After lunch, we start to explore the park which covers over 2500 sqkm of savannah west of the Kagera River, which denotes the frontier with Tanzania. The park has a variety of wildlife and is a habitat for over 500 different species of birds. The afternoon game drive reveals diverse habitats at the park that is evidence of the remarkable variety of birdlife. Dinner and overnight stay will be at lodge.
Today we explore Akagera National park with an extended game drive and a picnic lunchbox. The Area is dominated by a labyrinth of swamps and lakes which form the most remote source of the Nile. This typical African savannah landscape is habitat to big game. Herds of elephants and buffaloes emerge from the woodland to drink at the lakes, while lucky visitors might stumble upon a leopard, a spotted hyena or even a stray lion. We may opt to take a ride on the boat before returning to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast we check out and drive with lunch boxes in the car to the Katuna border post with Uganda. We complete the usual customs and immigration procedures and drive through the hilly landscape, referred to as “Switzerland of Africa” past Kabale to Lake Bunyonyi. The scenery is stunning. From the Bunyonyi Arcade Cottages we overlook the lake and its islands. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the Arcadia Cottages.
It is amazing what a volcanic explosion can create, Lake Bunyonyi was birthed by a volcanic explosion. The depth of the lake is said to vary between 44 to 900 meters deep making it the second deepest in Africa. The word “Bunyonyi" in the local language is "the place of many little birds" and we find many of them here, the beauty that these volcanic explosions created many years ago is breath-taking. We will explore the lake on a guided canoe tour. Dinner and overnight stay will once again be at the lodge.
After an early breakfast, we check out and drive to the Queen Elizabeth National park. We arrive in time for lunch at the Ishasha Wilderness Camp. In the afternoon, we take a game drive in the southern Ishasha sector of the park. Large herds of Elephants, Buffaloes, Uganda Kobs and Topis are often seen, as well as the famous ‘tree-climbing’ Lions. We return to the camp for dinner and overnight stay.
We drive northwards within the park to the Kazinga Channel, a natural 32 km long channel that links Lake Edward and Lake George inside Queen Elizabeth National park. This area is an oasis for many of the fascinating species that inhabit the park, and taking a boat tour along it gives us the chance to cruise just meters from hundreds of Hippos, Crocodiles and Buffaloes while Elephants linger on the shoreline. We will have lunch at the Mweya Safari Lodge located at the northern tip of the park before returning for dinner & overnight stay at Ishasha Wilderness Camp.
Today we enjoy one more early morning game drive before breakfast. After breakfast it is time to say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth National Park. We drive with a lunch stop on the way via Kisoro town to the Cyanika border where we cross-over to Rwanda after customs and immigration formalities. Another 30 km drive and we arrive in Ruhengeri and after a coffee stop at the towns oldest Café we proceed to the Mountain Gorilla View Lodge at the edge of the Volcano Park for dinner and overnight stay.
After an early breakfast at 6.00 am, we proceed to the park headquarters for a detailed briefing. We are divided into groups of eight and each group is allocated rangers who take us through the forest in search for a Gorilla family allocated to us. The trek may take anything between 2 to 4 hours until we spot the gorillas feasting on bamboo sprouts. We have 1 hour to observe them in their habitat and take pictures. If everything goes well we will be back for a late lunch at our lodge. In the afternoon we take a 2 hour drive to Gisenye on the shores of Lake Kivu and the Congolese border for dinner and overnight stay at the Lake Kivu Serena Hotel.
After breakfast, we check out and drive to Kigali city where depending on your onward departure schedule; we will be dropped off at the Kigali airport for departure.