Day 1 of 9 Day Primates and Genocide Trail with Euro Uganda Safaris
Meet and greet at Kigali International Airport where your Rwanda – Uganda Adventure Safari starts by our representative who will warmly welcome you and facilitate seamless arrival formalities. You will then be transferred to your hotel where you will be briefed about your adventure safari.
Depending on the time of arrival, you will leisurely drive to the Hotel where you will enjoy dinner at your own expense.
Have morning breakfast and visit the Genocide memorial centre in Kigali – The centre was officially opened in 2004 to Mark the 10th commemoration of the 1994 genocide that was against the Tutsi in Rwanda. The centre serves as the final place where masses can flock to grieve for their lost ones, and as for today; it acts as a museum where both locals and international visitors can learn about the history, implementation and consequences of genocide.
Proceed to visit the oldest Nyamirambo town in Kigali which has a stretched neighbourhood found in the southwestern corner of Kigali that envelopes diverse behaviour with the dominance of Arab – like Culture. It is a huge stretched corner which is sometimes referred to as a gangsters’ Paradise! Characterized with Many Muslim residents, Mosques and unlike other places that close by 8 pm with everyone inside their homes, Nyamirambo hustles and rocks late into the nights.
Visit Ntarama church where some of the mass Killings occurred during the 1994 genocide where over 5000 people were killed while in church. This Church is located 30km south of Kigali City in Bugasera region – while on the Tour, you will realize a reminder of horrifying violence despite the presence of the reconciliation commission.
Proceed to Nyamata Memorial Site where about 2,500 people were killed. This church became emblematic of barbaric treatment of women. You will be able to watch graphic & listen to audiovisual displays that focus on rape, brutalism of women and use of HIV as a deliberate weapon during Genocide.
Lunch in Butare then visits the Murambi Museum, also known as the Murambi Technical School which represents the largest of six establishments in Rwanda to remember the country’s genocide. Learn how 45,000 were murdered by the Hutu Interahamwe militia. The massacre occurred after the Tutsi spent several days hiding in a school & defending themselves with stones.
Enjoy an enchanting Boat Cruise exploring Lake Kivu, one of Africa’s Great Lakes in Rwanda. The boat Cruise will give lead you into an insight of rural Life while you will to visit the town of Gisenyi or Kibuye as well as some Islands.
Enjoy a Short Nature walk and Hike to The Napoleon Island where you will encounter birds, Large Colonies of Bats as well as water snakes, African Millipedes and so much more.
Have Breakfast and transfer to Kisoro at the Lodge where you will have lunch at the lodge and an afternoon marvel through wooded trees over the mystical lake and wave to the local fishermen and children going to school. We join Mikozi Village where we unequivocally get acquainted with the authentic Ugandan Countryside. We visit a traditional Ugandan ‘healer’, the market and sample a local drink in the bar.
After an early breakfast depart to the starting point for briefing about your gorilla trekking adventure after which you will be led by experienced gorilla trackers on the slopes of the volcanoes. You will start from the site where the gorillas were encountered the day before and from here the gorilla tracking begins.
Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is amazing, and the beauty of the gorilla forest and its inhabitants are fascinating. One of Africa’s major highlights is when you encounter these gentle apes. It is a humbling experience to stand just meters from man’s distant cousins as they eat rest, play and bond with their young ones. Follow the mountain gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest, and discover their gorgeous natural habitual and the many species they share it with. You are allowed an hour with the gorillas before finally sloping down back to your lodge.
Early Morning Breakfast and Transfer to Ruhengeri, You will check-in into your hotel and later enjoy a Cycling Tour to the Twin Lakes which will start from Musanze with your cyclist guide. You will cycle towards the twin lakes close to the border of Rwanda – Uganda namely Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo. The cycling tour will take you through different small towns and the villages where you will have extended time interacting with the locals if this is of interest to you.
Head to Kinigi at The Headquarters where you will receive a Briefing about Golden Monkey Tracking, you head to the Forest & open fields for a search of Golden Monkeys with Your Ranger Guide, these monkeys are quicker than Gorillas thus may need quick Pictures and movements as you follow them & as they swing on Branches & climb small and big Trees.
Hike to the Dian Fossey’s grave takes about one and a half to 2-hour hike which too rewards you with good views of forest hogs, forest elephants, a variety of primates and bird species. It is so inspiring to learn about someone who was so dedicated and left a legacy that exists even today. At the site, you will find the house from where Dian Fossey was mysteriously murdered in 1985 but the more peaceful is the place where she was buried just next to her favourite gorilla friend, Digit and about 20 other mountain gorillas either killed by poachers or suffered death for other reasons unknown.
Day 9 of 9 Day Primates and Genocide Trail
Have Breakfast and Transfer to the Airport with a stopover for Market walks in Kigali City where you may have souvenir Shopping and also settle down for Lunch at Your expense in a selected Restaurant. Depending on the Time of Your Flight, You may stay Longer with your Guide moving around the City.
End of 9 Day Primates and Genocide Trail with Euro Uganda Safaris