When talking about Rwanda’s culture, norms and values, there are certain places that you cannot deal without like Batwa community in Ruhengeri province,Omwami’s palace in Nyanza,Rugarama hot springs as well as the genocide memorial centers as the itinerary below can labour to elucidate;
Day 1: Kigali city tour
On this first day of yourself drive safari, you will wake up very early in the morning and have a cup of tea. Then from here you will head for the city tour around Kigali where you will visit places like the Kandt’s Natural History Museum, dancing pots workshop at Kiyovu, the first house and later Gisozi genocide memorial site.
Day 2: Visit the Batwa (Pygmies)
On this day you will wake up early in the morning and have a sumptuous breakfast from where you will drive to Ruhengeri where you will straight away go to the Batwa community where a traditional dance will be organized for you on this day by the Batwa (Pygmies). From here you will visit the local brick makers. Overnight stay at Mt Gorilla View Lodge / Chimp Nest Lodge.
Day 3: Visit the twin Lakes – Ruhondo and Burera
Enjoy your morning breakfast and later transfer to the twin lakes, Rubondo and Bulera. Interact with the fishermen, if you are interested in activity; go fishing in the local canoes. Later visit the traditional witch doctor called the “Snake man”. Proceed to the convent “Foyer de Charité”.
4: Transfer to Lake Kivu
This morning traverse the scenic mountains, with en route lunch at Hotel Bethany. Relax at the sandy beach on Lake Kivu or just undertake a boat cruise to the coffee island. Overnight stay at Lake Kivu Serena hotel (luxury), Stipp hotel (mid range) or Paradise Malahide(budget)
Day 5: Transfer to the King’s Palace in Nyanza
On this day after having your breakfast proceed to Nyanza, the historical seat of the ancient Rwandan kings. Proceed to the Rwanda’s cultural centre – Butare, and the National Museum. Overnight stay at Nyungwe Safari Lodge (luxury), Nyungwe top view hill (mid range) or Gisakura lodge (budget)
Day 6: Return to Kigali for you departure
This is the last day of your safari and you will have a relaxed breakfast in the morning and head on your journey to Kigali making a branch off to Mirambi genocide site and then proceed on your journey to Kigali
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