5 DAYS SAFARI RWANDA MOUNTAIN HIKING TOUR, RELAXATION, RECREATION ON LAKE KIVU BEACH
5 Days Safari Rwanda Mountain Hiking Tour – SAFARI OVERVIEW.
5Days Safari Rwanda Mountain Hiking Tour is a 4 nights/5 days Rwanda mountain hiking safari trip that takes you hiking Karisimbi Mountain, Relaxation & Recreation on Lake Kivu Beach plus a Kigali city and genocide memorial museum tour. The 5 days Rwanda mountain climbing safari takes you to the Volcanoes National Park which protects the Rwandan side of the Virunga mountain chain. Karisimbi Mountain is the highest among all the Virunga Volcanoes rising to 4,507m above sea level taking two days to summit. From Karisimbi, you slope to Lake Kivu beaches for relaxation and recreation.
5 Days Safari Rwanda Mountain Hiking Tour – DETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY.
Day 1 of the 5 Days Safari Rwanda Mountain Hiking Tour: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park. Visit Musanze Caves
The guide will pick you from your place of stay or upon arrival at the airport to head for 116km journey over 3 hours’ drive to Volcanoes National Park. You will be mesmerized by the scenic views of the country side and then you will arrive in Ruhengeri – region where Volcanoes National Park is located. Upon arrival, you will visit the ancient caves of Musanze which are cathedral like natural features noted to have been used as hiding place for the Rwandan royals during the times of war and storage for supplies and food. Retire for relaxation and overnight.
Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Hotel (Luxury/upmarket), Lapalme Hotel (Midrange/standard) or Muhabura Hotel (Budget/basic)
Day 2 & 3 of the 5 Days Safari Rwanda Mountain Hiking Tour: Hike the Karisimbi Volcano
Wake early for a two day thrilling adventure hike to the Karisimbi Volcano which is the highest of all the eight Volcanic Mountains that form the greater Virunga massif. The Karisimbi Volcano is a dormant huge dome whose name literally translates to white shell referring to its white capped summit which results not from snow but from hail and sleet that gather on the mounting top as a result if its frequent storms. The adventure hike to the Karisimbi Mountain standing at 4,507m making the sixth highest mountain in East Africa lasts two (2) days and requires appropriate equipment and clothing. You drive to the trail head at 16km from the park office after which you head to the mountain for the life time adventure. The climbing encounter commences at around 2,600m above sea level. You have an opportunity to explore the graveyard of the gorillas and the tomb of Dian Fossey at 2,067m above sea level but this would require an extra cost besides the climbing fee. The hike through varied vegetation landscapes and the views of other volcanoes is impressive to encounter. You first camp at 3,700m before proceeding the next day to summit the peak and descend to the starting point which takes about 6 hours.
Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Hotel (Luxury/upmarket), Lapalme Hotel (Midrange/standard) or Muhabura Hotel (Budget/basic)
Day 4 of the 5 Days Safari Rwanda Mountain Hiking Tour: Transfer to Lake Kivu (Gisenyi) and relax
After breakfast, embark on the drive to Gisenyi 110km about 2 hours’ drive. You drive through impressive landscapes of rural Rwanda before connecting to the beach town of Gisenyi on the shores of Lake Kivu. There are many activities on Lake Kivu which you can choose to participate in including swimming in Bilharzia, Crocodile, Hippo free waters or undertaking water sports like wind surfing, kayaking and jet-ski or undertaking a boat ride to explore the lake in detail including its Islands of Napoleon, Amahoro Island or Bugarama and Nkomo; or undertaking a fishing adventure or cycling along the Congo Nile trail.
Accommodation: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (Upmarket / Luxury), Hotel Gorillas Lake Kivu (Midrange / Standard) or Paladise Malahide (Budget / Basic)
Day 5 of the 5 Days Rwanda Adventure Safari: Transfer back to Kigali and visit the Gisozi genocide memorial
After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Kigali city 158km about 4 hours’ drive passing through impressive countryside landscapes with their rolling hills. You arrive in Kigali and tour the Gisozi genocide memorial which is a living testimony of what transpired in Rwanda in the year 1994. By visiting it, you are paying tribute to these innocent people that were massacred in cold blood.
End of the 5 Days Safari Rwanda Mountain Hiking Tour
Please note that Upon your request, we can change(customize) the tour destinations, hotels and number of days to suit your desire .just contact us call us 24/7 on phone
General Safari Inclusions
- Chimpanzee Permit (for chimpanzee trekking safaris)
- Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
- Full Board Accommodation on Safari
- Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
- Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
- Entrance fees to the tourist sites including Protected areas mentioned
- Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
- Bottled water while on safari
- Border crossing fees (for cross border safaris)
General Safari Exclusions
- General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
- Laundry Services
- Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
- International Flights (Arranged on request)
- Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
- Optional Activity fees
- Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
- Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)
- Accommodation in Kampala or Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)
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Ruzizi Tented Lodge is a luxury tented accommodation facility in Akagera National Park. It offers accommodation in a range of twenty (20) beds that are connected by walkways. Ruzizi Tented Camp has nine (9) tents which can up to twenty (20) clients.
Akagera Game Lodge is located within the park close to its southern entrance. The Lodge features a swimming pool, conference center and a tennis court. Accommodation is offered in standard rooms, deluxe, family and Junior Suite. The lodge features over 60 bed rooms.
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Positioned at 2km distance outside Nyungwe Forest National Park. Gisakura Guesthouse offers accommodation in twin, double and triple rooms which are self-contained and with provision of warm water on request. The Guesthouse also features a good restaurant.
Accommodation at Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel is offered in twelve (12) units and four (4) of these feature twin beds while the eight (8) are apartments featuring queen sized beds. The rooms are self-contained. The Hotel also has a restaurant and a well-stocked bar.
Accommodations, Safari Lodges, Safari Hotels in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda
Virunga Lodge is a luxury accommodation located on a ridge with impressive views of the Virunga massif. Accommodation is presented in eight (8) bandas and each banda features a private terrace with impressive views of the Virunga massif.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is positioned close to the Volcanoes Park Headquarters is about few minutes’ drive. Accommodation is provided in six cottages with two (2) suites with private verandas, inbuilt ablutions and living room overseeing fireplace.
The Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is an upmarket lodge on the boundaries of Volcanoes National Park about fifteen (15) minutes’ drive to the entrance of the park. The lodge offers accommodation in a range of thirty (30) chalets with enough space, a modern bar and restaurant.
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