Rwanda Cultural Tours & Safaris

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  • Duration: 8 days
Day 1
Arrival – Transfer to your Hotel
Arrive at Kigali International airport, pick up and transfer to Hotel in Kigali for Dinner and Overnight. B.B.
Day 2
At 8:00hrs, your guide will meet you after breakfast and brief you about the entire safari. Begin with Kigali city tour which will take you through the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, the trading center, the ministry area, the UN memorial (where the ten blue helmets were killed at the onset of the genocide), the post-genocide development and expansion of Kigali, the new and modern residential quarter among other sites. Have a lunch break you will continue to Inyamata and Intarama Genocide memorial churches. These are one of the churches that show the true reality about the Rwandan genocide and the participation of so called divinity.
In the evening we will wind off the day with a visit to Kigali cultural center whereby we will be entertained by local traditional Cultural Dances and also enjoy the traditional dinner together with the local in the scene.
Day 3
Kigali – Butare – Nyungwe National Park
Early morning ride to Butare with a stop over at King’s Palace in Nyanza that offers visitors a window into pre-colonial Rwandan history. Upon arrival in Butare, we will have lunch and then go to the National Museum, which will provide you with a deeper insight into Rwandan history and culture. After the visit we proceed to Nyungwe National park. Visit the Murambi Genocide Museum on the way to Nyungwe.
Day 4
Nature walk in Nyungwe National Park
On this day, you will embark on a nature walk in the forest to explore Nyungwe’s unique features including waterfalls and orchids in the high altitude swamps. While hiking, you may see a variety of primates and bird species found only in this amazing park. For more adventurers, you can opt for a Canopy walk in the forest. In addition this tour will offer you opportunities to participate in tea harvesting in the neighboring local communities, as well as a visit to a tea factory and learn about the production processes of one the highest quality teas produced in East Africa. Visit local artisan groups to learn and participate in this and other local community income-generating projects.
Day 5
Nyungwe- Lake Kivu
Lake Kivu is one of the great lakes in Africa and the largest of the fresh water lakes that gleam in the Albertine (Western) rift of the Great Rift Valley. Lake Kivu stands at 1461m (4,790ft) above sea level establishing it as Africa’s highest lake. The northern shore of the lake is often subject to eruptions from nearby Mt Nyiragongo. Kibuye is Rwanda’s most attractive of lake ports, nestled in a series of interwoven and undulating hills and offering visitors spectacular views of the lake, its islands and the stunning surrounding countryside. It is considered one of Rwanda’s hidden treasures, with its lush green hills and peaceful breeze. On the way, we will visit the L’Esperance Orphanage located in Kigarama on the way to Kibuye and witness firsthand how generous organizations and donations from individuals have helped this Children’s Village to thrive and have funded various innovative projects in and around the Village.
Day 6
Transfer to Musanze via Gisenyi
Transfer to Musanze after breakfast through crater Congo Nile. Arriving in Gisenyi we will first drive around the shower of Lake Kivu to visit the local fishing village, the hot water spring, the border between the democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda to see the Lava of the last eruption of the Nyiragongo Active Volcano. We will proceed to Musanze, to visit the Ibyiwacu cultural village.
Iby’Iwacu (literary means, treasures of our home, our heritage) is the village of former poachers to the mountain gorillas who abandoned poaching and decide the new local life and help in the conservation of the nature. Though this village tour you will learn much about the ancient Rwandan Kingdoms, the way they used the target of arrows when hunting, the traditional doctor and his medicine, their traditional dances that are more interesting and meaningful and so many others.
Here you will meet different Local people have a chance to interact with them and as well follow up their testimonies on how they used to hunting animals.
Day 7
Rusumo Falls, Snake Man and the Rwandan Magic
Today we will travel along the twin lakes Burera and Ruhondo, admiring the beautiful sceneries. On arrival we will be able to visit the Rusumo falls! One of the water bodies that supply the twin lakes and also the source of the hydropower in this region. After the visit to the falls we will proceed to visit the snake man who calls his snakes by using a traditional whistle. Lunch break and after we go to spend time with great spiritual power, where the old shamanic ways are still alive and shamans can trace their lineage back through ancestors going back many hundreds, if not thousands, of years. It is about finding your humanity, and an understanding that my humanity is bound up with your humanity. It is also about respect for the old ways, the elders and our communities. It is about working with dreams, nature, the plant spirits and our ancestors (both our blood lines and our spiritual families).
Drive back in Musanze for your dinner and overnight.
Day 8
Musanze Caves – Transfer to Kigali
After breakfast, we will head to visit the Musanze Cave. This is an 1800 Meters walk inside the cave. Musanze Cave is a rather young lava cave in the Albertine Rift Valley. The volcanism started here with the Cretaceous 65 Million years ago, and is still going on. The cave was formed by a lava flow from the Bisoke and Sabyinyo volcanoes. It has a huge, 10m high, entrance portals and a length of two kilometers. Multiple roof collapses, which are common for lava caves, make a total of 31 entrances. Some of the Musanze Caves contain the remains of early human inhabitation. After the visit to the cave we will go to visit the local market, the art and craft market for souvenirs before we head to Kigali in time for your flight. End of Service.