6 Days Cultural Safari in Rwanda

6 Days Cultural Safari in Rwanda

The 6 days cultural safari in Rwanda is designed to take you through Rwanda’s unique cultural experiences. You will be visiting the country’s distinct cultural sites including the Nyanza museum, Iby’Iwacu village, and Musanze caves. This trip itinerary also includes Kigali city tour to Kigali memorial site, craft shops and local markets.

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DAY TO DAY HIGHLIGHT

SAFARI OVERVIEW

  • Day 1: Kigali city excursion
  • Day 2: Explore Nyanza area, visit the King’s palace
  • Day 3: Guided walk in the tea estates
  • Day 4: Explore Gisenyi & transfer to Musanze area
  • Day 5: Embark on the Iby’iwacu village tour and visit the Musanze caves
  • Day 6: Departure to Kigali city.
  • Departure

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: Kigali city excursion

Enjoy a heavy breakfast and you will be picked up by your driver guide. Today, you will spend most of your day exploring Kigali capital with an experienced guide. This includes visiting the Kigali memorial centre for you to have insight into what occurred in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. A visit to the presidential palace museum, craft shops and local markets like Kimironko will also be explored.

Day 2: Explore Nyanza area, visit the King’s palace

Leave Kigali for Nyanza where you will be visiting the King’s palace. At the king’s palace, you will explore a lot about the Rwandan monarchy system before the colonial era. There will be a chance for you to see the long horned cattle, and then in the afternoon, continue to ethnographic museum. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the lodge around Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Day 3: Guided walk in the tea estates

You will embark on a guided walk in Gisakura tea estates and factory. You will be led by an experienced local guide and while here, you won’t only learn about tea is planted but also process it takes to come up with final product. You will have hands-on experience as you pick tea and later, have taste of Rwandan grown tea. Return to the lodge for lunch and proceed to Gisenyi city on the shores of Lake Kivu.

Day 4: Explore Gisenyi & transfer to Musanze area

Have breakfast and after, you will be visiting the Gisenyi hot springs on the Eastern shores of Lake Kivu. These are powerful hot springs with boiling record of up to 75 degrees Celsius.

After the Gisenyi hot springs excursion, visit some of the fishing markets, explore different traditions and cultures of the local residents who live along Lake Kivu shores. You will later transfer to Musanze area situated near Volcanoes National Park.

Day 5: Embark on the Iby’iwacu village tour and visit the Musanze caves

A visit to Iby’Iwacu village will be done in the morning and the local guide will accompany you. Today’s visit will be to explore the unique cultures, traditions and also get entertained by locals. After the cultural experience, you will visit Musanze caves whose creation dates back to 65 million years.

Day 6: Departure to Kigali city.

You may choose to go for Dian Fossey tomb trek in Volcanoes NP or drive back to Kigali. The Dian Fossey trek offers a great insight into the life of Dian Fossey and her mountain gorilla conservation legacy.

Walk in the footsteps of world’s renowned primatologist – Dian Fossey, an adventure that will last for 2-4 hours. Check out of the lodge and start driving back to Kigali where you will be dropped off at the airport to clear with authorities ready for your departure flight.

End of safari

Included in The package/Price:

  • Transfers in a exclusive 4×4 Customized jeep
  • All Airport Transfers.
  • 5 Nights Accommodation
  • All Activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • City Tour
  • Bottled water on safari

Excluded in the Package

  • Personal International flight
  • Visa (USD $50 or $100 for east African tourist visa
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of personal nature
  • Laundry service
  • Tips

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F.A.Q.

There is no standard price for Uganda, Rwanda or Congo gorilla permit –each country has its rates. In Uganda, the charges vary depending on the visitor category. The foreign non-residents are charged USD 700 to have their gorilla permits booked, USD 600 for foreign residents and Ugandans (East Africa citizens) pay shs. 250,000 per person. To have a gorilla permit secured/booked, you need USD 1500 for Rwanda and this is most ideal for luxury/high-end travelers interested in visiting the endangered mountain gorillas.

When booking a gorilla permit, it is also a good thing to have a destination of your desire in mind. The key places to consider a must-visit on gorilla tour include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park –these are gorilla trekking destinations for tourists on a tour in Uganda. In Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park is where you can locate habituated mountain gorilla families and crossing the D.R. Congo, you can explore Virunga National Park.

It is a good thing to also understand when best to book your gorilla permits to avoid having issues on actual date of gorilla trekking. Considering our experience, we always recommend our clients to have their permits booked early enough at least 2-4 months. This can save you from last minute stress, especially if you plan to travel during the dry season also considered to be the peak season. The peak months of the year fall around June, July, August to September, and December, January to February.

Gorilla permits are among the relevant documents visitors must have to be allowed to track gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Not any gorilla permit should be presented on actual gorilla trekking adventure but a valid one. Booking gorilla permits is part of making the entire gorilla trip complete and should be done early enough before the actual visit to see mountain gorillas or eastern lowland gorillas.

To have your gorilla permit booked, there is a process one should undergo through and is generally tedious. Considering your tight schedule back home, you may wonder how easier you can have your permit booked in advance to avoid last minute stress.

The easiest way to secure your gorilla permit in Uganda or Rwanda is by dealing with a recognized tour operator/company on the ground. This is where our reservation team comes in. As part of your gorilla safari requirement, our team being on ground will ensure that your permit is booked early enough and everything else that is needed for gorilla trekking is put together.

The beauty about dealing with local safari company such as ours is that we have knowledge on the different gorilla groups and surrounding communities plus various accommodation facilities for your night stay. This is in addition to making the entire gorilla permit booking process easier on behalf of our clients.

There is also an option of booking the permit directly through the reservation team of respective park authorities. But the challenge is that you must undergo through the long process to have your permit booked and this may not favor you depending on your schedule. Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is an organ in charge not only for conservation of wildlife in the Pearl of Africa but also sets prices for tourism activities in the parks including gorilla permits. In Rwanda, you can contact Rwanda Tourism Board/Rwanda Development Board to have your permit booked.

The East African tourist visa is a joint visa that permits one to travel to specific countries within East Africa, namely Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda only. A joint tourist visa can be used several times for various purposes as long as it’s not overdue. 

Tourists should therefore find it important to always remember that the tourist visa lasts for only 90 days.  Processing the tourist visa takes a maximum period of two working days. It is also important to note that the tourist visa prohibits employment.

The process of applying for a tourist visa has been made easier since it can be done with the help of a tour operator or by the individual themselves online through the Ministry of Internal Affairs immigration portal. Visitors are required to log in to the portal, go ahead and accept the terms and conditions for the tourist visa, select the Visa / permit type, the subcategory and category, complete the application form and upload the required documents. 

A reference number will be generated and sent to you through your email, submit it and proceed to payment. It’s important to note that the payment can be made using Visa cards.  An approval letter will be sent to your email after the above process.

Report at the immigration office or border post for the biometric capture with all the necessary documents, receipt of payment, approval letter and your passport. Visitors should regard it as important to enter through the home country issuing the visa.

The East African tourist visa costs a fee of $100 only, meaning that it can be obtained by all travelers ranging from the budget to luxurious ones.

  • Persons aged 15 years and above are allowed to trek gorillas.
  • Avoid sneezing in the presence of gorillas.
  • Always stay away from gorillas by observing distance
  • Do not try to feed gorillas
  • Do not chew in the presence of gorillas
  • Do not take photos with flash light on.

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