Details of Five Day Highlights of Rwanda Tour
DAY ONE - KIGALI - VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, your tour will start with a visit to Ntarama Church, where mass killings occurred during the 1994 genocide. The church was the site of the deaths of more than 5,000 people and remains a powerful reminder of the horrifying violence that took place during Rwanda's infamous genocide. While visiting the church, you'll also learn more about the efforts to reunite Rwanda's people following the genocide.
We'll then proceed to Nyamata Church, where a further 2,500 people were massacred during the genocide. The church is also closely associated with the barbaric treatment of women during the genocide, and you'll learn more about the incidences of mass rape, brutalization, and even the horrific use of HIV as a weapon of genocide.
You'll then be taken to the village of Mayange, where a revolutionary project to reconcile the perpetrators and survivors of the 1994 Genocide by having them live side by side is underway. You'll be taken on a guided tour of the Reconciliation Village, learning about how the healing process between victims and perpetrators is taking place.
You'll then have lunch with the locals before continuing your tour of the Reconciliation Village with visits to facilities such as the school and health centre, the local plantations, and an art gallery.
After your busy day of discovery, you'll continue on to Musanze to overnight.
DAY TWO - GORILLA TREKKING
After an early breakfast at your hotel, you'll proceed directly to the Volcanoes National Park's headquarters to meet your guides. After completing the briefing, you'll embark on the once in a lifetime experience of tracking the enigmatic mountain gorillas.
There is no guarantee how long or difficult your tracking experience will be as it depends on where the family of gorillas is and on weather conditions, It can take anywhere from two up to six hours of trekking through the mountain forest at relatively high altitudes. Fitness is definitely recommended for those wishing to undertake the excursion.
One of the most memorable experiences you're likely to ever have, you'll be allowed an hour of close contact with the gorillas once you've found them. You'll be privileged enough to come within mere metres of a family of these rare and beautiful animals, observing their family dynamics and getting to learn a bit about each gorilla's distinct personality in serene silence.
Once your time with the gorillas is done, you'll return to your hotel for lunch.
DAY THREE - VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
We'll spend the day tracking another of the Volcanoes National Park's primate inhabitants, the beautiful golden monkeys.
You'll trek through sun dappled glades and dense stands of bamboo in search of these playful monkeys, who are well accustomed to visitors. This means you'll be able to view the golden monkeys playing, feeding, and leaping from tree to tree as if you weren't there. While your time with the monkeys is limited to an hour, this is ample time to see the inquisitive creatures in their natural habitat.
Once your viewing is complete, you'll return to your hotel to freshen up and have lunch.
In the afternoon, you'll pay a visit to the beloved Iby Iwacu Cultural Village to learn more about Rwanda's pre-colonial past. In a series of demonstrations and interactive activities, you'll learn about everything from traditional medicine to warfare to how to hunt.
DAY FOUR - VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK - LAKE KIVU
After an early breakfast, you'll get to meet the youth of Rwanda and see how they're being prepared for the future by visiting a local school. You'll not only get to meet and interact with these children, but you'll also have the opportunity to teach a class or play games with these smiling kids.
Once your morning with the kids is done, you'll drive to the world famous Imbabazi Orphanage where Rosamond Halsey Carr and her staff cared for more than 400 Rwandan orphanages. While the orphanage was closed down by the Rwandan government, you can still visit the homestead and roam its grounds as you learn more about the author of 'Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda'.
You'll have lunch at the Serena Lake Kivu, and in the afternoon you can pay a visit to a local fishing village as well as a hot springs.
You'll overnight in Gisenyi, Rwanda's largest port city which sits on the shores of Lake Kivu. You'll have the opportunity to both explore the quaint colonial town and (if time allows) even take a dip in the vast freshwater lake's cool waters.
DAY FIVE - LAKE KIVU - KIGALI
You'll have breakfast in Gisyeni and then return to Kigali.
Upon arrival in the Rwandan capital, you'll enjoy a half-day city tour to the Natural History Museum, the haunting Genocide Memorial, and the local craft markets.
You might also wish to have lunches at Hotel Mille Collines - better known as 'Hotel Rwanda'.