Wednesday, October 28, 2015
CULTURAL EXPERIENCES IN RWANDA Centuries of music, dance, history and hospitality are waiting for you in Rwanda While it might have been the gorillas that entice you to Rwanda, it’s the people of Rwanda who will keep you coming back. Ancient traditions of honour and hospitality run strong here, and anybody who takes the time to discover Rwandan culture for themselves will find a proud and unique people, happy to welcome you into their lives and introduce you to their traditions. Music and dance play an indispensable role in everyday life here, and performances range from dashing demonstrations of bravery and prowess to humorous songs, light-hearted dances, and rural artistry with roots in traditional agriculture. Traditional songs are often accompanied by a solitary lulunga—a harp-like instrument with eight strings—while more celebratory dances are backed by a drum orchestra, which typically comprises seven to nine members who collectively produce a hypnotic and exciting explosion set of intertwining rhythms. Below we list different cultural experiences that you can easily incorporate into your trip to Rwanda.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
7 Days Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda+Mt Nyiragongo in Dr Congo Day 1: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park You will be met by our driver/guide upon arrival at Kigali International Airport and be transferred to Kigali for a city tour including a genocide memorial site, shopping of African art and craft. Later, proceed to Ruhengeri to enjoy the rolling hills for which Rwanda is famous for. Dinner and overnight at Muhabura Hotel Day 2: Gorilla Trekking Have an early breakfast and be transferred to Kinigi Park Headquarter for briefing before you start the trekking activity in the park. Trekking through the forest, hills and swamps can be tough, strenuous and tiring, sometimes taking up to 8 hours in the forest. But coming in contact with the great primates is well worth the effort. You spend one hour with the gorillas which is a truly amazing experience. Dinner and overnight at Muhabura Hotel Day 3: Rwanda – Dr Congo This morning, Enjoy a beautiful drive through the land of a thousand hills to reach Gisenyi the largest port on Lake Kivu. After lunch clear customs at the boarder crossing and enter the Democratic Republic of Congo. Overnight: in Goma Day 4 Hike Nyiragongo Today is the real adventure when you spend a day hiking the live volcano Nyiragongo. The 4-5 hour hike through lush rainforest takes you to the spot where the volcano erupted in 2002. Diner and overnight at: Cabanas at the top of the volcano (camping). Day 5 Returning back to Rwanda Breakfast followed by a city tour of Goma town which gives you an insight in to the impact of the 2002 eruption that left Goma resembling a modern day Pompeii with cars and houses trapped in the lava flow. Return to Rwanda in the afternoon. Diner and Overnight: at Muhabura Hotel Day 6 Explore Rwanda Culture Visit Ibyiwatu Cultural group performance, where you will be entertained, and lean more about Rwanda culture, music, dance and drama. We will also visit the twin lakes before going for Cultural performance. Diner and overnight at Muhabura Hotel Day 7: Departure Transfer to Kigali International Airport for your departure flight back home. End of Safari COST PER PERSON SHARING TWIN/DOUBLE ROOMS Cost per person sharing Price(USD) 1 person 2580 2 people 2180 3 people 2055 4 people 1980 5 people 1940 6 people 1910 Includes: one Gorilla permit per person Meet & greet services, airport transfers, accommodation and meals on safari as above, bottled water on safari vehicle, services of driver/guide, One porters per person when going for hiking Nyiragongo, Cook when on the top of Nyiragongo, Fuel all park entry fees and set activities on the itinerary. Excludes: Visas, personal travel insurance and items of a personal nature, Plus all expenses of personal nature like tips, drinks etc. Important: Gorilla tracking is depending on the permits availability at the time of your booking. Gorilla permits in all parks are on a very high demand and we advise that you book as early as possible. Please note that this is a guideline program that maybe customized according to travelers’ needs and preferences. The variations are normally made to improve the tour and your experience.