6 Days Rwanda Gorillas and Cultural Tour this tour explores the history and culture of Rwandan people.You will visit Kigali the modern capital city of Rwanda,the genocide memorial at Gisozi depicting Rwandas dark recent history,local markets,the kings palace reminiscent of the old Rwanda before colonialism,Ross Carr’s flower farm and orphanage,lake Kivu in Gisenyi,continue to Ruhengeri/Musanze where we shall visit local communities,have the rare privilege of tracking mountain gorillas in their natural habitat,golden monkeys and visit local handcrafts.
6 Days Rwanda Gorillas and Cultural Tour
DAY 1. ARRIVE KIGALI
6 Days Rwanda Gorillas and Cultural Tour upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by Gosheni Adventures official .
driver guide and transferred to your hotel for orientation/safari briefing. Later in the day, visit Kigali city, a local market and the Genocide memorial of Gisozi.
Overnight:DES MILLE COLLINES.
DAY 2. KIGALI – NYANZA – HUYE (Formerly Butare)
After breakfast travel to Nyanza and visit the King’s Palace, seat of the former feudal monarchy. The palace has been reconstructed to its 19th century state using local traditional materials and is one of the most magnificent traditional structures in Africa today.The resident cultural guide will take us through the cultural,political and social organization of society before the advent of Christianity and other recent religions in this area.
Later we travel to Gisenyi passing through a beautiful rural countryside with village life.
Overnight:lake Kivu Serena.
DAY 3. GISENYI-VISIT THE SHORES OF LAKE KIVU-ROSS CARR ORPHANAGE/MUSANZE.
Breakfast at leisure,we visit the shores of lake Kivu and later travel to Imbabazi orphanage founded by Mrs. Rosamond Halsey Carr in late 1994 at Mugongo to care for the genocide orphans. Rosamond Halsey was a young American fashion illustrator when she married an adventurous hunter-explorer, Kenneth Carr.Together they journeyed to the then Belgie Congo D.R.C in 1949 but they later divorced.Kenneth left but Rosamond stayed in Congo until 1955,from there she moved to northwest Rwanda where she stayed for the next 50 years.She witnessed a big part of Rwandas historical events including the 1994 civil war. She is the author of Land Of A Thousand Hills: My Life In Rwanda.The resident guide will give us a story about the life and times of this lady,her relationship with local people and Dian Fossey the famous gorilla conservationist.For those who have watched the movie;Gorillas in The Mist,some of the scenes in this movie were shot on location here on this property. After visiting the orphanage, we continue to Musanze on the foothills of Volcanoes national park.
Overnight: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
DAY 4.GORILLA TRACKING.
Today’s activity may be the most exciting and challenging of our entire expedition.The mountain gorillas in the volcanoes national park are part of a worldwide population of just about 800 individuals.The gorillas we are allowed to track belong to one of the 8 habituated family groups that live in this mountain park.For up to five years each,these groups have undergone an extremely delicate process that has gradually brought them to tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day and allowed a few privileged visitors to interact with them in the wild.
The gorillas are by no means tame,and are completely wild animals.However experienced guides will accompany us on our tracking,many of who have been involved in the habituation process themselves.The guides and trackers will use their knowledge of the gorillas habits and information from the previous day to locate the groups whereabouts.
Because of this,time taken to track the gorillas varies enormously,from as little as half an hour to as much as 8 hours before one returns to our hotel. camp.Once the gorillas are located,our group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them.This is one of the worlds truly memorable experiences-a look into one of these magnificent creatures eyes brings home the poignant fact that they are on the edge of extinction,and that our presence here contributes to ensuring their continued survival.The hour is often over all too quickly,and we slowly make our way back to our lodge to recount the days adventures.
Overnight:Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
DAY 5 KARISOKE RESEARCH CENTER,GOLDEN MONKEYS,CULTURAL EXPERIENCE.
Today morning we have various options on offer,we can track golden monkeys,visit Mt Visoke or Karisoke research center.This afternoon,we continue exploring the cultural delights of this area and visit Iby iwachu cultural center for cultural dancing and an informative experience about traditional local medicine.This cultural group was formed by pygmies and ex poachers and we shall listen to their side of the story after abandoning the illegal practice. Overnight:Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
DAY 6 TRAVEL TO KIGALI-DEPART WITH EVENING FLIGHT.
This morning we have breakfast at the lodge and later we travel to Kigali.Time allowing we do some shopping before departing back home.