Day 1: KIGALI Arrival of your flight into Kigali International airport (TBA). VIP Meet and greet assistance. (A negative COVID 19 test result or vaccination certificate needs to be presented during clearance). Another test will be taken on the ground. Hand over to and warmly welcomed by our representative outside customs and immigration hall. Proceed to Kigali Marriot Hotel. Dinner will follow at Cucina restaurant or your room depending on the situation at that time. Overnight stay
Experience the highest standard of comfort and convenience at Kigali Marriott Hotel. This premier luxury business hotel in Kigali is conveniently located along KN3 Avenue in downtown Kigali, close to the financial district, embassies, government ministries and Kigali City Hall. Timeless elegance surrounds you on arrival to a modern and spacious lobby and grand stairs. Experience spacious guest rooms decorated in warm pastel colors and fitted with the latest in technology. Visit Cucina Restaurant for tasty, innovative Italian fare and Lobby Bar for cocktails and city vistas. Complete your stay with a day of pampering at Saray Spa, the largest spa in the city, with its 5-star treatments and outdoor pool. Featuring the largest meeting space in the city, the hotel in Kigali is ideal for hosting productive conventions, elegant weddings and retreats of all sizes. Whether here for business or leisure, their Kigali luxury hotel offers all the amenities you’ll need for an unforgettable retreat in Kigali, Rwanda. KIGALI MARRIOTT HOTEL (HB: Dinner, Bed & breakfast) *Alternative accommodation Hotel de Mille Collines, Kigali Serena, The Retreat by heaven
Day 2: Kigali- Musanze/ Volcanoes National Park (110 km/2h30 drive) Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Settle all extras. (Your results will be out by this time). 09h00: Proceed on a city tour that will include the Kigali Genocide memorial and the Choose Kigali arts gallery. Highlight; Perhaps the city’s best known landmark, and with good reason, is the very insightful and moving Kigali Genocide Memorial standing amid beautiful rose gardens and fountains. The memorial sets out the history leading up to the genocide in Rwanda and also explains other genocides around the world. It includes poignant displays of victims’ photographs and belongings, bringing the realities of the atrocities to life. While it might seem an unusual tourist attraction and can be upsetting, it does help to put into context how and why the genocide happened and to better appreciate just how far the country has moved on together in the intervening years. It also plays a vital role in educating Rwanda’s new and future generations about the genocide. Choose Kigali was founded by a world renowned artist Emmanuel Nkuranga in 2019.Located in Kiyovu, the historic heart of the city, Choose Kigali is at its core a creative space. This space includes several floors of open gallery that feature a rotating slate of Africa’s latest contemporary art. With an advanced booking, get a private tour of the gallery and learn about the meaning behind the works. Alongside Nkuranga’s work is the visiting Artist gallery. Have lunch at Khana kazana Restaurant or similar. At 14h00, have a leisurely scenic drive to Musanze & Volcanoes National Park region. Arrive in the evening at 17h00 and assisted with check in over a welcome drink. Dinner will follow at 19h00. Overnight stay Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel (FB I.e. Lunch (Brachetto Restaurant), Dinner, Bed and Breakfast) Alternate accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, The Bishops House or One & Only Gorillas Nest Lodge
Day 3: Volcanoes National Park(Gorilla trek & Cultural village tour) Early breakfast at the hotel then proceed to the park headquarters in time for your Gorilla Trek briefing at 07h00. You will be transferred to the trailhead where you will join others and start your guided walk at 08h00. Volcanoes National Park is the Rwandan section of the great volcanic massif called the Virunga Mountains that straddles the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC. The massif covers a huge area of over 8,000km², encompassing six active and three extinct volcanoes.
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 tracking safaris in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park are among the best in Africa. Rwanda is now home to twelve habituated groups of mountain gorillas that are scattered all over Volcanoes National Park. Gorilla trekking can be arduous – some of the groups wander high up the mountainsides – but it is always utterly rewarding. After this exciting experience, return to your hotel in time for lunch. You will take a second covid test to enable you to travel to your country of origin. This afternoon at 15h30, you will have an exclusive visit to the Gorilla Guardians Village. This Village offers an adventurous visit to a traditional rural Rwandan village that has existed for centuries living with and next to mountain gorillas at Parc National des Volcans. The visit will genuinely welcome you as a special guest while they proudly present to you aspects of their traditions and beliefs. The village also gives a chance to the visitors to enjoy the eight different local dances, listen to Gorilla songs, local food preparations, visit the local healer, visit the king’s place and get to hear all the old stories. Return to the hotel in the evening. Dinner and overnight. Five volcanoes boutique hotel (FB; Lunch, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast Basis)
Day 4: end of itinerary volcanoes – KIGALI (110 km/2h30 drive) Q home bound Breakfast at the hotel. Check out time is 10h30. Set off for Kigali. Arrive in time for lunch at the Pili Pili Restaurant. If time permits, visit the Haute Baso shop, where they have unique art pieces and crafts that could be of interest. Haute Baso is an ethical fashion brand for the modern individual looking for thoughtful, simple and functional designs. They are centered around the belief that “two heads are better than one” using fashion as vehicle for positive change towards the empowerment of women and youth who are integral to their value chain while contributing to preservation of culture in Rwanda. Later, transfer to the Kigali International Airport. Bid farewell to your driver guide and proceed to check in for your outbound flight. (If clients have a late night flight, it is possible to do a golden monkey trek or a second gorilla trek for a supplement.
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