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Rwanda Gorilla trekking & Lake Kivu - 5 Days

Rwanda Gorilla trekking & Lake Kivu

4N/5D

(1 double/ twin options)

 

Rwanda Gorilla trekking & Lake Kivu (4N/5D) – Total based on 1 double/twin:

Budget option – 4N 5D Gorilla & Lake Kivu experience
Pax $USD pp USD Single Supplement Add
2 3240  

 

$260

4 2900
6 2890
10 2880
14 2800
20 2780
  1. 1-2 pax in Prado for transport. 4+ using Land cruisers.
Mid-range option – 4N 5D Gorilla & Lake Kivu experience
Pax $USD pp USD Single Supplement Add
2 3740  

 

$895

 

4 3510
6 3430
10 3410
14 3310
20 3290

 

Mid High range option – 4N 5D Gorilla & Lake Kivu experience
Pax $USD pp USD Single Supplement Add
2 4190  

 

$1330

4 3750
6 3700
10 3650
14 3520
20 3390

 

High end option – 4N 5D Gorilla & Lake Kivu experience
Pax $USD pp USD Single Supplement Add
2 5990  

 

$3410

 

4 5540
6 5495
10 5410
14 5330
20 5320

 

Lux option – 4N 5D Gorilla & Lake Kivu experience
Pax $USD pp USD Single Supplement Add
2 7810  

 

$3480

4 7360
6 7240
10 7230
14 7100
20 NA
  1. 1-2 pax in Prado for transport. 4+ using Land cruisers.

*Rates include x1 $1500 USD Rwandan gorilla trek permit per person

These prices are current for bookings made by 20thNov 2020 and travel by 31stNov 2020 – subject to availability and price changes as updated by our suppliers.

The rates listed above are the whole amount payable to World Fusion Tours inclusive of taxes.

These rates exclude international bank fees/Paypal fees.

Dates beyond this time need reconfirmation for current pricing – subject to availability at time of booking.

Primate permits such as Gorilla and Chimp are subject to availability and can only be confirmed when proof of payment has been received.

Please note that gorilla and golden monkey permits are non-refundable or transferable. If 40% balance is not paid in time the Gorilla permit fee paid is automatically forfeited by Rwanda Tourism.

**To confirm this booking we require a 50% deposit at time of confirmation and 50% remaining balance will be due 60 days prior to arrival date. 

 

Proposed Itinerary overview as at 3 Dec 2019:

Rwanda Gorilla trekking & Lake Kivu – 4N / 5D for 2020

(twin & double options)

A lovely option for clients looking to experience the Gorillas in Rwanda followed by some relaxation Lake side where sunsets

& singing fishermen set the scene.

 

Booking & Refund policy:

No partial refunds are offered for tours once commenced, even in the event of medical emergencies, natural disasters or force majeure – please refer to your international travel insurance provider for their refund policies.

 

Cancellation Fees:*** These are as per the average refund policies of our East African partners. You will be advised at time of booking if one of your chosen providers policy varies from these fees:

 

 

Up to 70 days before departure                                           Deposit is forfeited

 

69 – 45 days before departure                                             50% of tour cost is forfeited

 

44 – 25 days before departure                                             75% of tour cost is forfeited

 

24 days or less before departure                                         100% of tour cost is forfeited

 

***not applicable to gorilla, golden monkey, chimpanzee permit or any national park hikes – 100% of permit fee is forfeited as per RDB/UWA regulations.  Name transfers on permits are at the discretion of the RDB/UWA and not guaranteed.**

Please note:

All guests are required to supply a current travel insurance policy and copy of their passport at the time of booking confirmation.

All guests will be required to complete a medical questionnaire form and supply any further requested information no later than one month prior to departure.

 

We accept Paypal payments however the sender must add 5% to the above mentioned package rate.

 

 Thank you for considering Easy Go Safaris to plan your adventure and a lifetime of memories.  We try to support local operators and projects where possible without compromising on your safety and comfort.

The best piece of advice we can give you when planning your trip – get off the beaten track, step out of your comfort zone a little, support small business owners and think of it as an investment in wonderful memories and priceless experiences. Travel with an open mind and leave your expectations at home – travel is about getting lost in the moment and collecting new experiences.

Kindest Regards

Easy Go Safaris Family

 

Day 1
Kigali arrival

Kigali international airport arrival  (assuming PM arrival)

Meet & Greet assistance from plane (visa and luggage assistance) (not inc. in Budget opt)

Our airport representatives will hand the guests over to their driver at the Arrivals hall

Airport transfer (approx. 20 minute transfer pending traffic)

Check-in to Kigali based overnight accommodation

Budget Option:             City Blue Urban (Standard garden room) or similar

Mid range Option:       Hotel Mille Collines (Standard room) or similar

Mid high Option:          Hotel Mille Colline (Junior suite room) or similar

High end Option:          Serena Hotel Kigali (Superior Room) or similar

Luxury Option:               Serena Hotel Kigali (Executive suite) or similar

Meals included today: NIL

*All room types & suggested accommodation are subject to availability at time of confirmation.

Day 2
Kigali explored & Volcanoes transfer

First stop this morning is a fantastic women’s community centre in a colourful part of Kigali.  These talented ladies offer walking tours of their local community as well as a chance for you to support them if you would like to purchase any of the gorgeous handicrafts they have made from traditional African fabrics (Kitenge).  This is a great way to get right in amongst the community and see what’s really going on and we always recommend this as an authentic introduction to the Rwandan culture.  Not many tourists are lucky enough to have this in their itinerary due to time restraints…. But we think this is just as important a visit to the memorial.

You will spend the morning with a local guide from the community who will show you around this vibrant neighbourhood and finish off the morning with a traditional vegetarian meal. This is an amazing opportunity to sample what we think is one of Kigali’s tasty home cooking and you will be having lunch at a member of the women’s co-operatives home (don’t worry it’s a purpose-built kitchen and Mama has been trained on safe food preparation as she does this for many foreign guests).

After lunch we head across town to pay our respects and learn what really happened during the dark days of Rwanda’s genocide. This memorial is one of many across the country but acts as the main information centre for visitors to the country.

   

A comprehensive audio guides is included for up to 3 guests. For 4+ guests they offer guided group tours. The tour usually takes around two hours. Please note there is the option to take photos and video inside the memorial – this is not included in your package and should be paid at reception.

 

 

Day 2 continued..

Optional donations to support the amazing work the Ageis Trust continues to do for the survivors and the documentation of the genocide are welcomed at the centre, but not compulsory.  There is an on-site café with great cappuccinos as well as a gift store with books and items to purchase should you wish to do so.  Spend as little or as long as you like here, taking your time to learn about this sad part of the nations’ history and reflect on just how far they have come!

By around 3.30pm it’s time to transfer north to Volcanoes National Park (approx. 2 hr drive)

Check in at overnight accommodation:

Budget Option:             Muhabura hotel (standard room) or similar

Mid range Option:       Mountain View Gorilla Lodge (standard room) or similar

Mid high Option:         Five Volcanoes (Deluxe double room) or similar

High end Option:         Virunga lodge or similar

Luxury Option:              Bisate lodge or similar

Meals included today:

Budget package:          Breakfast and lunch only

Mid + packages:           ALL ex drinks (High & Lux options inc house drinks)

Day 3
Gorilla trek

Early breakfast and approximate 6.30am departure for Volcanoes NP HQ (approx. 30-45 minute drive)

7am arrival at Volcanoes NP HQ for sign-in and briefing

7.30/8am Gorilla trek briefing

8/9am Transfer to Gorilla trek start point

Post gorilla trek return to hotel for lunch (most groups return in time for lunch)

Day 3 continued…

Please advise if the clients have any health/fitness issues that may affect their ability to trek long distances, steep inclines, muddy trails and at altitude. For older clients or those with concerns/issues we can request at check-in that they are allocated a gorilla family that is located as close as possible – this usually means a return to their accommodation in time for lunch. Those who want adventure, are young and physically fit we can request the opposite but please note some guest have returned post 1800 in the evening. Generally we tell all guests to carry some snacks and definitely water in a day pack for their trek.

Post or pre-lunch Cultural Village experience – included in your client’s package:

Guests can see what life used to be like in Rwanda during the time of the King. Demonstrations in traditional medicine, hunting techniques, weaving, visit a replica King’s palace, learn about the customs and enjoy the traditional Rwandan music and dance with an amazing view of the Virunga Ranges in the background. All fees go directly to supporting this community some of whom were former poachers in Volcanoes National Park and now through your support they are the protectors of the Gorillas and national parks wildlife.

 

Other options to consider for your clients pre/post gorilla treks:

Dian Fossey Museum – entry by donation (Mon – Fri only)

A humble museum dedicated to the woman who started it all – Dian Fossey and her beloved Gorillas. A simple tribute but a short and convenient option for guests who are interested to learn more about Gorilla conservation.

Gorilla Doctor Speaker – POA – to be confirmed at time of booking

For groups interested in a special treat for their guests the night prior to their Gorilla trek, why not book this very unique opportunity to have a Gorilla Doctor come and speak with your group about Gorilla conservation in the region and their amazing work. A wonderful interactive encounter that is casual and at your hotel.

Return to same overnight accommodation option:

Budget Option:             Muhabura hotel (standard room) or similar

Mid range Option:       Mountain View Gorilla Lodge (Standard room) or similar

Mid high Option:         Five Volcanoes (Deluxe double room) or similar

High end Option:         Virunga lodge or similar

Luxury Option:              Bisate lodge or similar

 

Meals included today:

Budget package:          Breakfast only

Mid + packages:           ALL ex drinks (High & Lux options inc house drinks)

Day 4
Golden Monkey & Gisenyi transfer

Early breakfast, check-out and transfer to Volcanoes NP HQ around 6.15/6.30am

7am arrival for Golden Monkey trek briefing at same location as gorilla trek sign-in

Transfer to trek start point

Usually finished by lunchtime – transfer to nearby lodge for lunch and freshen up (Mid – Luxury options only).

Transfer to the lakeside town of Rubavu (also previously known as Gisenyi) (approx. 1 hr drive)

Approx 4pm transfer to start point for sunset kayak experience (approx. 1.5-2hr experience)

An easy level guided sunset experience on Lake Kivu where lucky guests have the opportunity to enjoy the singing fishermen in their traditional boats setting their evening nets.  Internationally accredited kayak guide, quality kayaks and life jackets supplied.

Check-in to overnight accommodation:

Budget Option:             Inzu lodge (Safari tent – share facilities) or similar

Mid range Option:       Paradis Malahide (standard room) or similar

Mid high Option:         Kivu Serena hotel (Deluxe room) or similar

High end Option:         Kivu Serena hotel (Superior room) or similar

Luxury Option:              Kivu Serena hotel (Suite) or similar

Meals included today:

Budget package:                         Breakfast only

Mid + packages:                         Breakfast & lunch only

Day 5
Lake Kivu/Musanze to Kigali international airport transfer

Post breakfast transfer to Kigali (approx. 4.5 hour drive)

For those with late night flights they have the option to stay longer and enjoy Lake Kivu over lunch (not included)

We recommend flights departing no earlier than 18.00 to allow for traffic and delays – unless client depart Lake Kivu prior to 10am check out.

Meals included today: Breakfast and lunch only (Breakfast only for budget package)

INCLUDES

  • Inclusions and exclusions – Rwanda Gorilla trek & Lake Kivu (4N/5D):
  • All 4x4 fuel, insurance, driver allowances inc accommodation
  • Accommodation on basis specified in 1 double/1 single for number of nights per chosen option
  • 1 Gorilla trek permit per adult in Rwanda
  • 1 Golden monkey trek permit per adult in Rwanda
  • 1 Cultural village experience per person
  • 1 Kigali community walking tour per person (inc basic traditional vege lunch)
  • 1 Kigali Genocide Memorial tour per person
  • 1 Lake Kivu sunset kayak experience per person
  • 1 VIP meet & greet assist on arrival (excluding Budget packages)
  • drinking water
  • all applicable local taxes
  • recommended packing list
  • 1 emergency helicopter evacuation insurance policy within Rwanda per person(compulsory)
  • packages include 1 freshen up & lunch (Excluding Budget packages)
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  • Note: inclusions for Virunga Lodge stays:
  • The rates above include accommodation and meals, house alcoholic drinks (excludes premium drinks), soft drinks, laundry services, any activities at the lodges, and one 30 minute complimentary massage per guest per stay
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  • Note: inclusion for Bisate Lodge stays (Luxury option):
  •  Rates include:- All meals, all local drinks (excludes premium imported brands and champagne), lodge activities on property (guided nature / birding walks in forest on property, guided nursery visit and indigenous tree planting, guided walk and vegetable picking at organic fields, guided walk to pyrethrum fields, self-guided running trail, Rwanda coffee and tea cupping/tasting, sundowners with views of the volcanoes) lodge activities off property accessed by walking (guided visits to Bisate reforestation site, guided visits to Bisate primary and secondary schools, guided visit of Bisate village), laundry, complimentary in-room welcome massage (**additional massages would be for guests own account), “Gym in a bag” concept per guest, wireless internet connection in villa only, local Government taxes. In the event of a change in local taxes or the introduction of additional taxes, these rates will be adjusted accordingly.

EXCLUDES

  • Excludes: International travel insurance (compulsory), international flights, visa fees inc EAC Tourist visa, meals as specified, drinks, tips, porter fees and items of a personal nature, medical evacuation or treatment costs apart from helicopter evacuation to Kigali within Rwanda, international calls, any hotel mini bar and wifi charges applicable. Guests are responsible for all international wire transfer fees including intermediary bank charges/credit card fees as charged by PayPal. Also excludes suggested Optional Cultural Activities and proposed add-ons.

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