Rwanda, ‘Land of a Thousand Hills'
Lying at the heart of Africa, Rwanda is one her most dynamic leisure destinations, offering vibrant cities, pristine wilderness and an exceptionally hospitable people. A unique and largely undiscovered venue, Rwanda also offers unrivalled biodiversity, beautiful mountains, some of the oldest and most precious rain forests on earth, five volcanoes, 23 lakes, numerous waterfalls, and three stunning national parks.
Regarding wildlife, Rwanda boasts 13 species of primates (25% of the total number in Africa), and 670 species of birds, many of which are globally endangered. Sports lovers, meanwhile, can enjoy walking, trekking or mountain biking along thousands of pristine trails, mountaineering, volcano exploration, fishing, boating and a plethora of water sports, while cultural options include a pageant of traditional dance, historical sites, and displays of ethnic art and heritage.
From $ 2,504.00 per person sharing
Duration: 4 Days
Arrival Kigali - Rwanda
Met on arrival at the Kigali International Airport, by a Serena Representative and transfer to Kigali Serena Hotel where you have been booked on a bed and breakfast basis for the night.
Kigali Serena Hotel
Ideally located on one of Kigali's most charming boulevards, the five-star Kigali Serena Hotel is built around a polished granite atrium, which showcases the very best of Rwandese cultural art.
Relaxed yet elegant, the hotel features an Executive Lounge and Bar, which opens onto a wide sundeck overlooking the newly refurbished swimming pool. One of the city’s most popular venues, the Milima Restaurant, overlooks the pool and has been styled to offer a classically elegant interior and light –filled atrium overlooking the verdant tropical gardens.
Relaxed and stylish, the all day cafe styled Sokoni Restaurant overlooks the pool and is renowned for its colourful cocktails, international cuisine and vibrant live music.
The “Maisha” Health Club and Spa offers a luxury swimming pool, gymnasium and cardio-studio, steam room, sauna, plunge pool, sundeck, juice bar and a full range of health and beauty treatments.
The capital's natural business hub, the hotel also boasts of its own extensive conference centre, 500-seater auditorium and lavish ballroom.
Overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel
Kigali to Lake Kivu
Breakfast in the Hotel.
0800hrs Depart for a panoramic tour of Kigali city and the Memorial Centre
Kigali Memorial Centre
The Centre was opened on the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, in April 2004. Built on a site where over 250,000 people are buried, the graves are a clear reminder of the horrors of the ethnic conflict. The memorial serves as a place for people to grieve those they lost. It also Maintained by goodwill donations from visitors, the centre hosts a permanent exhibition of the Rwandan genocide and other genocides that have taken place around the world.
1100hrs Depart and embark on a scenic drive to Gisenyi town to arrive at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel in the early afternoon and in time for lunch.
Lake Kivu Serena Hotel
Serenely sited on the white sandy shores of Lake Kivu, the sixth largest lake in Africa, and surrounded by extensive tropical gardens, the tastefully open-plan Lake Kivu Serena Hotel offers the ideal holiday escape destination!
Within three hours drive from the Rwandan capital, Kigali and an hour’s drive from the glorious Volcanoes National Park, home of the world famous mountain gorillas, the hotel overlooks its own private beach and offers a variety of accommodation and hotel facilities.
The Kiyaga Restaurant looks out over the swimming pool towards the lake, features Rwandese, African and international cuisine, and showcases a number of colorful theme nights. Ziwani Cafe, which stands just back from the beach offers all-day cafe service, beach BBQs, poolside BBQs and evening sundowners with live music and traditional Intore dancers.
The hotel offers a luxury swimming pool, a mini-gymnasium and a full range of health and beauty treatments.
Afternoon at leisure to relax or indulge in one of the vast activities offered by the hotel.
Some of the activities and places of interest to see include:-
In our luxurious open boat complete with very comfortable seats and chilled drinks of your choice on board. Scenic views of the various islands within Lake Kivu and some panoramic view of Goma town.
Enjoy a refreshing stroll along the 1 Kilometre lake shore track or down the boulevards outside the hotel that take you down the “memory lane’ to the days of King Leopold!
These include; Wind surfing, Catamaran sailing, Kayaking and Jet skiing.
Late evenings can be spent by the beach with a bonfire and cocktails of your choice…or better still drive to the Pettit barrier for a scintillating view of the ever smouldering Nyiragongo active volcanoes.
Hiking & Biking
The winding lanes of Gisenyi area offer a vast choice of hiking sites and tracks be it by walking or biking. The choice is yours.
Dinner and overnight at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel
Lake Kivu to Volcanoes National Park – Mountain Gorillas encounter!
0500hrs Transfer to Kinigi at the foot hills of the Virungas for your Gorilla Tracking expedition! Carry with you our carefully sorted and packed breakfast box complete with sufficient energy giving food to sustain you throughout the tracking trip.
IMPORTANT - Hikers must be prepared to walk for up to 6 hours a day.
• Hikers must bring along their own personal hiking gear.
Volcanoes National Park
The park was first gazetted in 1925, as a small area bounded by Karisimbi, Visoke and Mikeno, intended to protect the gorillas from poachers. It was the very first National Park to be created in Africa.
The park later became the base for the American naturalist Dian Fossey to carry out her research into the gorillas. She arrived in 1967 and set up the Karisoke Research Centre between Karisimbi and Visoke. From then on she spent most of her time in the park, and is widely credited with saving the gorillas from extinction by bringing their plight to the attention of the international community. She was murdered by unknown assailants at her home in 1985, a crime often attributed to the poachers she had spent her life fighting against. She is buried in the park in a grave close to the research center, and amongst the gorillas which became her life.
Fossey's life later was portrayed on the big screen in the film “Gorillas in the Mist”, named after her autobiography.
The park is best known for the Mountain Gorilla. Other mammals include: Golden monkey, Black-fronted Duiker, Buffalo, Spotted Hyena and Bushbuck. There are also reported to be some elephants in the park, though these are now very rare. There are 178 recorded bird species, with at least 13 species and 16 subspecies endemic to the Virunga and Ruwenzori Mountains.
0700hrs Briefing and allocation to a Gorilla Tracking Group. After the trek return to the base, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge for a shower and lunch.
Later drive to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.
Dinner and overnight at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel
The Package Includes:
- 01 night on bed and breakfast basis at Kigali Serena Hotel
- 02 nights on full board basis at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel
- Panoramic city tour of Kigali and visit to Kigali Memorial Centre
- Volcanoes National Park Gorilla tracking expedition
- Lunch at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
- Ground transportation in 4x4WD Safari Cruisers on exclusive use with 05 pax per vehicle
- Services of English speaking driver guides
- Airport transfers as per the itinerary
The Package Excludes
- International and local Airfares and Visa entry charges to Rwanda
- All items of personal use i.e. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, gratuities, personal travel insurances- e.t.c.
2nd January - 22nd December 2014
US $ 2,504.00* per person sharing
US $ 2,767.00* per person in a single room
US $ 3,427 Solo traveler in single room
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Terms & conditions
Rates: All rates are quoted on a per person basis unless otherwise stated and are inclusive of all relevant taxes, levies, surcharges and service charges. Tour costs are based on all known costs and rates of exchange as at the 01st July 2012. Should these be subject to change in the interim (due to reasons beyond the control of Serena Hotels), they will be passed on to the client. Serena Hotels retains the right to alter any arrangements (as outlined above), which may become necessary due to prevailing local conditions/and/or events beyond our control.
Confirmations and deposits: Upon confirmation of your safari details, we will require a 25% non-refundable deposit on the total cost of the tour, the balance of which must be paid 30 days prior to your arrival. We regret that in the absence of the above, we will be unable to confirm your safari; and in the absence of our receipt of full payment as indicated, your reservation will be cancelled (with the forfeit of the 25% deposit indicated).
Cancellations: All cancellations must be made in writing to Serena Hotels at the address indicated below. Cancellations will be incurred as indicated below:
Between 30-45 days prior to date of commencement of tour:no refund of deposit.
Below 30 days prior to the date of the commencement of the tour no refund of the remaining tour costs.
Refunds/cancellation levies: We regret that in the event that any portion of your safari is unused (after the safari has commenced) no refunds regarding the unused portion will be possible. Note: these cancellation terms do not include the cancellation penalties levied on airfares (locally or internationally).
Payment: We accept payment via the following credit cards: Visa, Access/Master Card, American Express, JCB, Senator, Diners Club International. We also accept proprietary traveller’s cheques. We regret that we are unable to accept personal cheques in the absence of prior clearance.
Child policy: Children under the age of two sharing a room with one or two adults are accommodated on a complimentary basis. Children between the ages of two and twelve sharing a room with one or two adults will be charged 50% of the adult rate or 75% of this rate if they are accommodated in a separate room. Young adults between the age of 13 and 17 years of age will be charged 75% of the adult rate regardless of whether they are sharing a room with their accompanying adults, or occupying a room of their own.
Tour completion preclusion: Serena Hotels retains the right to deny completion of the stated tour (as outlined above) to any person who, for whatsoever reason, is deemed to have caused undue hazard or inconvenience to his/her fellow travellers.