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10 Days Wildlife and Cultural Tour in Burundi and Rwanda

The tour starts in Bujumbura, Burundi and ends in Kigali, Rwanda.

Day 01: Arrival

Upon arrival, transfer and check in at Safari Gate Hotel or similar.

Day 02: Bujumbura City Tour
After breakfast, enjoy a tour in Bujumbura, we visit Rusizi National Park to see numerous birds and the joining point between Rusizi River and Lake Tanganyika; Belvedere Climb offering a nice view of Bujumbura city ,Independence hero monument. Later we visit explorer's memorial, a huge rock in the Suburbs of Bujumbura commemorating the meeting between explorers Stanley and Livingstone. Lunch in a resort near Lake Tanganyika Beach and later overnight at Safari Gate Hotel or similar.

Day 03: Source of Nile-Karera Waterfalls-Gitega

 

Early drive towards Source of Nile, then Karera waterfalls .On our route, magnificent tea plantations and landscapes will make you carry your camera ready for pictures.
After Karera waterfalls, drive to Gitega, the second town and colonial capital of Burundi. Overnight at Tropitel Hotel Gitega.

Day 04: Gitega – Gishora drum sanctuary


After Breakfast visit of Gitega National Museum with its collection of artifacts, Gitega city administrative offices, Catholic location of Mushasha and its different schools. Later, visit of the drum sanctuary of Gishora. Gishora is one of the famous drum sites of Burundi. Gishora is perched on the top of a hill at 7km from the urban centre of Gitega. Visit the drum sanctuary of Gishora to relive the cultural tradition of Burundi which is becoming scarcer. The site recreates an architectural complex of Royal palace, rarely found elsewhere in the country. Here drummers' performance can be watched. Overnight at Tropitel Hotel Gitega.

Day 05: Transfer to Rwanda
A stopover visit of the Butare National Museum which is located along the well maintained Bujumbura-Kigali road. Butare is the cultural and historical centre of Rwanda. Later continue to the capital city of Rwanda; Kigali. Overnight at Top Tower Hotel or similar.

Day 06: Kigali City Tour
Have a tour around the city including the market visits, Visit Gisozi genocide memorial, Belgian soldiers memorial and Habyarimana State House. Handicraft shop visits, pottery projects, genocide memorial is a must visit which takes you through the history of Rwanda and also gives a chance to mingle with the locals who are warm and friendly. After a detailed city tour, proceeding to Top Tower Hotel for overnigh

Day 07: Akagera National Park

 

Akagera National Park is located on the Eastern part of Rwanda, along the Tanzanian border. It is the only park in Rwanda that offers games drive. 

Upon arrival, a safari drive may reward you with possible sightings of buffalo, topis, plains zebras, elands, impalas, giraffes, reedbucks, water bucks, elephants and sitatungas. You will have lunch at the Akagera game lodge. After lunch enjoy a boat ride on Lake Ihema. Dinner and overnight at Akagera Game Lodge

Day 08: Game drives in Akagera & Transfer to Volcanoes national park
After breakfast have an early  game drive along in the park. This might be a chance for you to spot what you might have missed during your first game drive on the previous day. Return to the lodge for some snacks and later drive to Kigali for lunch. After lunch transfer to Volcanoes National Park, Ruhengeri. The journey will treat you with scenic view of beautifully terraced hills and landscape. Check in and overnight at Muhabura Hotel Ruhengeri or Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.

Day 09: Gorilla trekking


After an early breakfast report to the Ruhengeri Park headquarters. Here, you will be given a short drill as regards to your expected gorilla tracking conduct is concerned. Also you will be assigned a group which will be led by a well trained guide who will lead you in the rain forest in search of the mountain gorillas. It is advisable to carry along with you a packed lunch, energy bite and drinking water on this expedition because sometimes tracking can last very long from 1 -6 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. On locating the gorillas, the experience is so exhilarating and will be well worth the trouble. Spend a maximum of one hour with the gorilla family then return to your lodge.
Afternoon drive to Kigali for overnight at Top Tower Hotel.

Day 10: Airport Transfer

 

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