Tours

KIGALI CITY TOUR

(±03 – 03.5 HRS TOUR)

Departs daily at 09:30
Returns at ±12:30

Kigali is the capital and largest city of Rwanda, located geographically at the heart of the Country and one of Africa's / World's cleanest cities. The history of Rwanda dates back centuries, Kigali has been a part of it for 100 years. Founded in 1907 as a German settlement, Kigali did not become the capital until Rwanda’s independence in 1962 when it replaced the colonial seat of power in Butare. Today, the city offers a remarkable mix of rural and urban town overflowing on contrasting hilly terrain. The capital is the starting point for most holiday tours to Rwanda. Kigali city is inhabited by one million people and is divided into three districts—Gasabo, Kicukiro and Nyarugenge.

The Kigali City Tour begins as a historic journey through the city with a guided tour from the first modern building from which the capital city was first founded, to the rapidly growing neighbourhoods that are changing the face of the city. Kigali is one of the friendliest, cleanest and safest of Africa’s cities attracting numerous visitors and investors to the capital. Kigali City was founded in 1907 as a small colonial outpost by Dr. Richard Kandt, the first German colonial resident of Rwanda. His residence at the base of Mount Jali and Mount Kigali in the heart of the city has been converted into the Natural History Museum in honor of Dr. Kandt’s work, and is one of the first stops on the tour. Along the tour, we will pass by Kigali’s older commercial “quartiers”, business and residential areas.

Visit the Genocide Memorial site, a grim reminder of a senseless massacre of innocent’s lives in 1994. The memorial is an exhibition on the history of genocide in Rwanda, a children’s memorial exhibition. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide, learn about other genocides in the world and how Rwanda has dealt with that past. Rwanda’s recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience. Gisozi is also a burial site with over 250 000 victims of genocide. The large memorial garden contains 10 mass graves where families and visitors may pay their respects.

 

City Tour Highlights

  • The Kandt Museum, the first colonial building in Rwanda;
  • Camp Kigali, where 10 Belgian UN Blue Berets were killed on the first day of the genocide
  • New Kigali and the City Centre
  • Old City, The Muslim Quarter, Nyamirambo (the oldest quarter of Kigali)
  • The craft market (which displays a variety of local art and crafts depicting the local and cultural heritage Rwanda).
  • Visit to one of the Kigali markets
  • The Hôtel des Mille Collines, the hotel-turned-refugee camp made famous by the movie Hotel Rwanda;
  • The Presidential Museum (Kanombe)

Price: US$45 per person (minimum 4 people required for tour to run)

Included: Guide, transportation, entrance fees and audio guide at the Kigali Genocide Memorial.

THIS IS AFRICA (HALF DAY)

Departs daily at 08:30
Returns at ±13:00

Nyamirambo is a bustling multi-cultural commercial suburb of Kigali that offers visitors a typical African flair. Comparable with South Africa’s ‘Township Tours’, our unique ‘This Is Africa’ experience brings you right into the heart of the colours, noises and smells of Africa. We are working with the young and charming women of the Nyamirambo Women’s Center (NWC) to take your hand and guide you through their home area. Among others, you will experience the Muslim quarter with its Arab influences, the market, the West African tailors, the hair salons, the recording studio with its local rap music, the butcher, the health center and the primary school. Your hosts will also invite you to one of their homes where you will learn to cook a Rwandan meal, and share lunch over intriguing conversations.

 

Tour Highlights

  • Introduction at the center in Nyamirambo
  • Culture and language lessons
  • Guided walk through the backstreets of Nyamirambo
  • Visit a West African tailor & hair salon
  • Visit a local market and shop for lunch
  • Cooking lesson & home lunch over intriguing conversations
  • Introduction to Islam in Rwanda
  • Interact with young local musicians
  • Farewell at the center

Prices:

per person: $60/person (1/2 Day)  (minimum 4 people required for tour to run)

Included: Guide, transportation, entrance fees, local lunch.

AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK (FULL DAY)

Departs daily at 05:30
Returns at ±18:00

Leaving Kigali with Marabou Storks and the Black Kite soaring over the city, set off along the Rwamagana – Kayonza road to the Akagera National Park. You are bound to come across a lot of bird activity along the way. Banana plantations abound with vegetable and fruit markets lining the roads. Akagera National Park is approximately two hours from Kigali and set at a relatively low altitude on the border with Tanzania.  It is dominated scenically by a labyrinth of swamps and lakes that follow the meandering course of the Akagera River. 

Akagera is home to a variety of game. There are plenty of animals around and the birdlife is quite exceptional. Mammals include a healthy population of elephant and buffalo, as well as eleven species of antelope including Impala, Common Duiker, Defassa Waterbuck, Bushbuck, Oribi, Tsessebe, Cape Eland and the rare Sable Antelope.  Hippos are present in impressive numbers in the lakes and rivers and zebra and giraffe still roam the more open Acacia dotted plains.

After a full day game viewing drive back to Kigali to arrive late evening.

Prices:

Cost per person US$197 (Non Residents)
Cost per person US$187 (Resident/East African Residents)
(Minimum 04 pax)

Cost Includes

  • Packed breakfast ex Kigali  
  • Transport to Akagera National Park and back to Kigali.
  • Drinking water (supplied in the vehicle)
  • Park Guide accompanying group in Akagera National Park
  • Park Entry Fee – US$40 per person / or US$30 for Residents 

ESSENTIALS FOR THE TRIP

  • Safari outfits and short sleeved shirt (during the day)
  • Cap/Hat
  • Camera/ personal camcorder

GORILLA TREKKING IN VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK (FULL DAY)

Departs daily at 04:00
Returns at ±17:30

04:00       Depart Kigali with a packed breakfast and drive to Ruhengeri.

±06:40    Arrive at the Volcanoes National Park

07:00       Registration is a simple process where the park staff determines which group of gorillas you will visit.

The park staff assesses your fitness level and advises you of the trekking times and conditions to the various groups based upon their location in the park the previous evening. There are a total of 80 gorilla permits available each day with a maximum of eight trekkers visiting any one group. Porters may be hired for the trek to carry your backpack and gear at a cost of US$10 per person, per day. We advise that you utilize this service.

Treks vary in duration depending on which gorilla group you are assigned to. After locating your assigned gorilla group, you will spend approximately one hour in their company before heading back down the volcano slopes.

After the trek, rejoin your driver at the trail head.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before departing from the foothills of the Virunga volcanoes and driving south through a scenic drive to Kigali past coffee, tea and banana plantations. Rwanda, truly a land of a thousand fertile green hills.

Price per person US$1645 (One price for all)
(Minimum 04 pax)

Cost Includes

  • Packed lunch ex Kigali  
  • Transport to Volcanoes National Park and back to Kigali.
  • Drinking water (supplied in the vehicle)
  • Park Guide accompanying group in Volcanoes National Park
  • Park Entry Fee – US$1500 per person(one price for all) 

ESSENTIALS FOR THE HIKE

  • Long pants (jeans/khakis) and a long sleeved shirt
  • Good well-worn hiking boots
  • Light raincoat
  • Leather gloves (there are stinging nettles in the park)
  • Cap/Hat
  • Camera (no flash)/ personal camcorder
  • Plenty of drinking water
  • Basic first aid kit including plasters

Gorilla Guide Lines

Once inside the forest, the following must be observed:-

  • No spitting in the park
  • No littering in the park
  • No coughing in the direction of the gorillas
  • Only speak in whispers
  • Do not point at the gorillas
  • Movements around the gorillas must be unthreatening
  • No venturing behind thick shrubs. You may surprise a gorilla.
  • If a nettle stings you, do not cry out, scream, shout-out loud or make any sudden moves.
  • If a gorilla charges or vocalises, do not look directly at it. Stand perfectly still unless the guide asks you to crouch or move back.
  • Keep a minimum distance of 7 meters from the gorillas.

NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK (2DAYS/2NIGHTS)

Departs daily at 04:00
Returns at ±17:30

Day 1; Kigali – Nyungwe National Park

08:00:     Drive to the wonderful rainforest reserve of Nyungwe

Nyungwe at an altitude range of between 1600 M-2950 M above sea level with temperatures varying between 0°C and 30° C; average day temperatures 15°C. Nyungwe receives rainfall ranging 1800-2500 mm per year. Rainy season is September to May. Dry season June to August with some dry weeks in December and January. The main features and attractions in Nyungwe forest include Largest montane rain forest remaining in Africa, Mt. Bigugu (2925M), Kamiranzovu marsh (13 Km²). Nyungwe forest has 260 species of trees and shrubs and Over 100 species of orchids and giant lobelias. For those interested in botany, the flora in Nyungwe comes as an added bonus

Overnight: Nyungwe Forest Lodge/Emeraude Kivu Resort. (Dinner)

 

Day 2: Nyungwe National Park - Kigali

Early breakfast at your lodge.

0430 hrs: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park offices. 

0500 hrs: Hike into Nyungwe Forest - Cyamudongo, the natural habitats for a huge population of Chimps. Chimpanzees are great apes that are closely related to humans. During the morning's walk we are also likely to encounter troops of primates.  Nyungwe Forest hosts these intelligent primates who are an endangered species. The forest harbours more than 275 endemic and migratory bird species recorded Including the Ruwenzori turaco, Ross’s turaco, Grey –cheeked hornbill, Red-throated alethe, Red-breasted sparrow hawk, White-headed wood-hoopoe, Kungwe apalis, Ruwenzori batis, Blue-headed and Regal sunbirds. Lunch at your lodge before driving back to Kigali.

Price per person, (Minimum 04 pax)
Option 1:  Emeraude Kivu Resort, full board basis: USD 605
Single room supplement: USD 65

Option 2:  One & Only Nyungwe House, full board basis: USD 1087
Single room supplement: USD 105

Cost Includes

  • Visit of Nyanza king’s palace and Butare national museum
  • Lunch at a local restaurant in Butare
  • Transport to Nyungwe  National Park and back to Kigali.
  • Drinking water (supplied in the vehicle)
  • Chimps permit in Nyungwe  National Park

Suggested activities (at extra cost)

NYUNGWE FOREST NATIONAL PARK/ Cost per person

Bird Walk $70.00 - Starts 0600 & 1500 hrs
Colobus / Mangabey Monkey $70.00 - Starts 0800 - or every hr till 1500 hrs.
Nature Walk 0-5km  $40.00 - Starts 0900 & 1100 hrs
Nature Walk 5 -10km  $50.00 - Starts 0900 & 1100 hrs
Canopy Walk  $60.00 - Start 0800, 1000, 1300, 1500 hrs

 ESSENTIALS FOR THE HIKE

  • Long pants (jeans/khakis) and a long sleeved shirt
  • Good well-worn hiking boots
  • Light raincoat
  • Cap/Hat
  • Camera (no flash)/ personal camcorder
  • Plenty of drinking water
  • Basic first aid kit including plasters

To book additional tours in Rwanda please contact:

Chris Munyao or Aline Rwubaka
PRIMATE SAFARIS LTD
KIGALI - RWANDA
OFFICE LINE: + 250 252 503428/9
EMAIL: chris.munyao@primatesafaris.info
info@primatesafaris.info
aline.rwubaka@primatesafaris.info
WEBSITE: http://www.primatesafaris.info

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