9 Day Rwanda Honeymoon Safari – Gorillas – Chimpanzees – Wildlife – Relaxation
The Perfect 9 Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee Honeymoon Safari in Rwanda – Land of the Eternal Spring
A Luxurious 9 Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee Honeymoon Safari in Rwanda filled with surprises, superb romantic Lodging, just right for the occasion of celebrating your Relation in Remarkable Rwanda in the heart of Africa.
Rwanda provides the perfect setting for you 9 day Honeymoon Safari that blends Primates – Wildlife – Culture and Relaxation. The honeymoon safari is designed to give you time to be with one another, it is not destination orientated but focuses on the Safari “Journey” – your journey.
Day 1 – Your Honeymoon Safari Arrival in Rwanda:
Airport Arrival Information: If you are coming to Rwanda only, you will need a Rwanda Tourist Visa, if you are visiting Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania you will need an East African Tourist Visa. The other important item in East Africa is a Yellow-Fever Immunization Certificate.
Please do not bring large plastic sacks into the country, they will be confiscated, Rwanda, the cleanest country in Africa is very conservation orientated, the even have a monthly cleanup day called Umuganda on the 4th Saturday morning each month, traffic stops, stores close and every one pitches in.
Your 9 Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee Honeymoon Safari in Rwanda Begins. You are met at the airport by your personal Honeymoon Tour-Guide who will introduce you to the Land of a Thousand Hills – Rwanda. You have your own vehicle – a Safari equipped Toyota – Landcruiser with a pop-up roof for best picture taking while on Game Drive.
Most flights from North America and Europe arrive late, others arrive through the mid-east and you land in the afternoon. Welcome to Rwanda -Murakaza neza in Kinyirwanda.
The airport has been renovated after the genocide and it is very functional, a new International airport is now under construction 45 minutes from Kigali. The present airport is a mere 20 minutes from town.
We take you to your hotel – there are many upmarket ones – the one you might now best is Hotel Rwanda – Hotel des Mille Collines from the Hollywood movie – Hotel Rwanda. Survivors have portrayed a different picture of that time during the Genocide then the one portrayed by the movie, plus in the movie you see a hotel in South Africa, where most of the movie was made rather than the real Hotel Rwanda where you will stay.
The hotel has rooms and suites and you will have a room overlooking the garden and Kigali. There is a nice swimming pool for you to enjoy with a restaurant and bar being located there.
Meals are excellent here and there is a French-Belgian and African fusion to the food served. You will find great breakfast choices, nice lunches a delightful dinners.
Meal Plan: Lunch – Dinner – depending on arrival time
Day 2 – Kigali – Volcanoes National Park:
The liveliest, most colorful neighborhood in Kigali is Nyamirambo. This is the Muslim Quarter, a place that vibrates on while other parts of Kigali have long gone to sleep. It is dotted with some great Restaurants that bring the tastes of Africa alive and where you can always find the National Dish ” Meat Brochettes” – try a stick, best eaten with halves of potatoes or fries.
Take the walking tour is led by members of a women’s group – you see market places, crafts being made, shopping at markets, a local mosque, local shops and services and visit a home where you learn how Rwandans live.
Lunch in the Nyamirambo Muslim Quarter at a restaurant of your choice
Afterwards we are off to Volcanoes National Park which is about two hours plus of scenic drive time from Kigali to the Kinigi area .
Lodging Choices abound near Volcanic National park – it ranges from budget to upmarket and luxury. Kinigi is a most convenient location for Gorilla Trekking, Golden Monkey Trekking, Hikes, and climbs, including one day hikes- climbs of Volcanoes. You can also explore the nearby Musanze Caves.
Make your lodging choice below to fit what you are looking for in regards to accommodations while Gorilla Trekking.
your Destination for the next few night is Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge. This is one of the two luxury lodges, both are an experience in comfort including fireplaces in the sitting area of the rooms. It does
Day 3 – Volcanoes National Park – Gorilla Trekking:
Early Breakfast and the day of your personal Gorilla Encounter has arrived. You will be assigned to a gorilla group according to your level of fitness.
It is important that you wear the right clothing and waterproof hiking boots. Long trousers, long-sleeved shirt, rain jacket or poncho, daypack, wide-brimmed hat is good protection against the sun, well-worn-in hiking boots, packed lunch and two liters of water. You will also need gardening gloves that are tough to pull yourself up on branches.
Why wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirt in the tropics? The answer is simple – for your protection. There are nettles, thorns, nasty branches and brush. There are also mosquitoes, the attire above protects you.
Purchase a low-priced walking stick and use the services of a porter, you will find it helpful and you are assisting a Rwandan Family.
The gorilla trek itself can be from two hours or less to all day long depending on where your gorilla group is located on that day. No matter the length of time, it is the experience of being in the presence of the Mountain Gorillas, a once in a lifetime experience that matters here. The very reason that you came to Rwanda.
Day 4 – Golden Monkey Tracking or Dian Fossey’s Research Center:
Today you have three choices of activities – you can trek Gorillas for the second day.
You can also visit Dian Fossey’s Research Center and Graveside or track the endangered Golden Monkeys of the Virunga Volcanoes. They are only found in the foothills of the volcanoes in the bamboo forests.
Golden Monkey Tracking and the visit to Dian Fossey’s Research Center are half-day activities. Gorilla Tracking on the other hand is most likely a longer activity. You can track the same gorilla group or another if you choose to track gorillas for the second time.
If you take a half-day activity such as Dian Fossey’s Research Center or Golden Monkey Trekking than in the afternoon we can visit the Musanze Caves which is a newer tourism activity and has proved to quite popular and is an expertly guided tour of caves that are cathedral size.
Day 5 – Nyungwe Forest National Park:
Early Breakfast and we depart for Nyungwe Forest National Park which is the largest Montane Forest in East and Central Africa. The drive here is about 5 hours – but as always in Rwanda it is a most scenic drive to get here.
We stop in Butare, the second largest city of Rwanda and is regarded as the intellectual city of Rwanda. Huye former Butare province hosts the National Museum, several academic (University) and research institutions, and visit Nyanza and the King’s palace.
You will also visit the Butare National Museum in Huye which is one the well set-up if not the finest ethnographic museum of East Africa. A good source of information on the cultural history of Rwanda
Lunch in Butare
Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Day 6 – Nyungwe Forest – Chimpanzee Tracking:
Hike into Nyungwe Forest – Cyamudongo, the natural habitats for a huge population of Chimpanzees. Chimpanzees are great apes that are closely related to humans. Nyungwe Forest hosts these intelligent primates who are an endangered species.
Early Breakfast and we are off for the Chimpanzee Trek in the Cyamudongo area with capable rangers to guide you through the forest. There is a likely chance that you will see the chimpanzees up-close during your time in the forest. Most likely you will see some of the other primates that are found here such as the Ruwenzori Colobus, the gray cheeked Mangabey and others that are at home in Nyungwe Forest.
You might also see a variety of birds such as the Ruwenzori Tturaco, Ross’s Turaco, Gray –Cheeked Hornbill, and regal Sunbirds to name a few.
You should be wearing long trousers, long-sleeved shirts, a wide-brimmed hat is good, well-worn in hiking boots, and a light rain jacket when chimpanzee tracking to make it a comfortable trek.
You might bring along a light daypack where you could things such as bottled water that you will need while trekking.
You can have a picnic lunch in the forest and continue your time here with a hike.
The time spent with the chimpanzees is always most memorable as you watch them go about their activities of the day.
Lunch You can choose to relax during the afternoon or take the 3 to 4 hour waterfall trail – there are some spectacular views of valleys along the way and you cross streams as you venture toward the waterfall and back. Along the way watch out for primates, birds, butterflies and the scenery before you.
One Trail not to to miss is the 1 1/2 Forest Canopy Walk, the only one in East Africa.
Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Day 7 – Journey to Gisenyi along Lake Kivu:
Early Breakfast and we set off for the very scenic journey to Gisenyi and Lake Kivu. Most of our journey will be on an unpaved road that is most scenic as it curves its way through the Rwandan hills as we head for Gisenyi which is one of the most scenic areas along Lake Kivu – the Costa del Sol of Rwanda.
Gisenyi has some of the sandiest and great lodges and hotels to pick from. Two that stand out are the exclusive Lake Kivu Serena Hotel and the moderate Waterfront Resort that with its stone cottages and dining area stands out as a fantastic value-added lodge.
Check into the upmarket Lake Kivu Serena Hotel, choice of rooms or suites.
The renown Serena Hotel Chain does their best, goes out of their way to meet your needs while here and especially includes newlyweds on their honeymoon.
While here at Lake Kivu Be sure to try the delightful Sambaza Sardines that are most tasty dish. While in Rwanda, at least once you will have to try the National Dish Goat Brochettes, or you might find beef, chicken or fish brochettes on the menu, nevertheless brochettes are loved by Rwandans.
After Lunch relax along the lake, enjoy the views, take a leisurely boat ride, there are many things that you can see and do here at Lake Kivu in Gisenyi. The lake is a favorite with Rwandans and Visitors alike.
There is lots to do and see here along Lake Kivu and the Serena Hotel. You just might want to relax and chill out. There is a nice swimming pool, a sandy beach below where you can sunbathe, swim (no crocodiles, hippos or Bilharzia are found in the Lake).
Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Day 8 – Gisenyi – Waterfront Resort:
Breakfast at View Palm Resort and we take you on a different venture – the crop to cup coffee voyage which includes a boat ride – coffee picking on Nyamirundi Island – Coffee washing at the Gashashi Washing Station and Coffee roasting and tasting with a lunch in Gisenyi.
This is a day of discovery of some of the best gourmet coffee in all of Africa. The coffee from this region sells for over 20 usd a pound at Starbucks Coffee and one of the most famous one is Bourbon Coffee.
The crop to cup Coffee Experience ends with a delightful lunch and coffee tasting.
Be sure to take some Africa’s finest coffee home – the Blue Bourbon variety sells for 30 USD at Starbuck Coffee.
Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Day 9 – Departure From Kigali International Airport:
Breakfast and we depart for Kigali – depending on your departure time – we can visit some local craft-markets and you can buy some things that will remind you of Rwanda and your time here during these 10 days.
We say goodbye – however we can extend your safari into Uganda where you can depart from Entebbe- we can add wildlife experiences, gorilla tracking and chimpanzee tracking in Uganda.
The safari would then end up in Entebbe from which you would fly out to your home country.
Many people combine Uganda and Rwanda for the best of Africa on one safari. The drive time in Uganda would be minimal in nature since we would carefully tailor it to your wishes – thank you for visiting the Land of a Thousand Hills and a Million Smiles – Rwanda.
This Honeymoon Safari can be extended, adjusted, modified to your liking – we can a visit to Akagera National Park which is Rwanda’s only Savanna Park and its abundant wildlife.
This private safari includes all permits, all lodging, all food, all activities, bottled water in vehicle and is changeable as to lodging arrangements.It does not include – tips, drinks at lodges such soft drinks or alcohol.
If you are interested in this 9 Day Gorilla – Chimpanzee Honeymoon Safari in Rwanda – please contact us