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Comments on proposed Rwanda Itinerary please

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We are off to Rwanda on 26th September, returning on 5th October 2008. The flights are booked, all we need to do now is finalise the itinerary!
We have had a ssuggested itinerary from R & N Xplorer which looks pretty good

Day1/ Sat 27 Sep 08 Arrival and transfer to Akagera National park
Distance : 120 Km
Upon Arrival at Kigali you are met and transferred to Akagera National Park. On arrival at Akagera, check in at your lodge. Lunch is followed by an extensive game drive in park. Overnight Akagera Game Lodge DB

Day2/ Sun 28 Sep 08 Akagera-Kigali
Have an early morning game drive and return to the lodge for breakfast. This is followed by a drive to Kigali On arrival at Kigali, have a city tour. Visit the genocide memorial of Gisozi, city market, curio market and the city centre. Overnight Kigali Serena Hotel BB


Day3/ Mon 29 Sep 08 Kigali-Nyanza-Butare-Gikongoro-Nyungwe
Distance: 225 Km.
The major highlight of this day is to learn about the culture of Rwanda. After an early morning breakfast, the tour takes you to Nyanza King’s Palace, Butare National Museum, genocide memorial of Gikongoro and finally Nyungwe forest National Park. Have lunch at Butare and proceed to Gikongoro for a visit to Genocide memorial. Overnight Gisakura guesthouse. (B/L/D)

Day4 / Tue 30 Sep 08 Nyungwe Forest Hiking and Colobus Tracking
Before breakfast enter Nyungwe forest to track the Nyungwe Colobus monkeys. A walk in the forest is a whole learning experience as the knowledgeable guides explain to you about the different plants and their uses, birds etc. Return to ORTPN Guest House for lunch. Afternoon you may visit the tea plantations where you learn about tea growing, harvesting and processing. You are also allowed to buy tea. Overnight Gisakura Guest House. B/L/D

Day5/ Wed 01 Oct 08 Nyungwe Forest Hiking and Chimpanzee Tracking
Before breakfast, enter Nyungwe forest national park to track the Chimpanzees. Return to the guesthouse for lunch and check out followed by a 4 hours drive to Kibuye. Arrive at Kibuye in time for dinner. Overnight Bethanie Guest House (B/L/D)

Day6/ Thu 02 Oct 08 Kibuye-Gisenyi-Kinigi
Driving time: 4 Hours
After breakfast drive to Kinigi. Stop at Gisenyi for lunch at the Kivu Sun Serena Hotel. In the afternoon drive to Kinigi arriving in time for dinner Overnight- Gorilla Nest Hotel on Full Board (B/L/D).
Day7/ Fri 03 Oct 08 Hiking and tracking Gorillas 1
An early morning breakfast is followed by a drive to Kinigi park headquarters for group, guide allocation and briefing. This is followed by a drive to the trailheads where hiking and trekking up the hills to the bamboo zone begins. Hiking, trekking and tracking gorillas may take 2-3 hours. Sight and stay with the Gorillas for one hour. Descend to your hotel for lunch. Afternoon at leisure or on a tour of the area, visit lakes Burela and Ruhondo. Dinner and Overnight Gorilla Nest Hotel Full Board (B/L/D)

Day8 / Sat 04 Oct 08 Hiking and tracking Gorillas 2
After breakfast, trek up the mountains for another memorable experience with the gorillas. Return to the base hotel for lunch. In the afternoon drive to Kigali. Overnight Kigali Serena Hotel BB

Day9/ Sun 05 Oct 08
Breakfast and transfer to catch your flight to Nairobi.

We have had the following itinerary suggested by a UK based operator.

Day 2 Transfer to Akagera for 2 nights Akagera Lodge, with full day in national Park
Day5 Transfer to Nyungwe, stay 3 nights at ORTPN Guesthouse with two days Chimp trekking
Day7 Transfer to Parc du Volcan
for two nights at Gorillas nest with two Gorilla treks.
Day 9, after Gorilla Trek, transfer to Kigali for 1 night at Serena Hotel

Working on an exchange rate of 1.95 $ to £, the second itinerary is about $1900 more per person.

Two questions:-

1.Leaving cost out of it, which itinerary would you go for and why?

2.Does anyone know what costs are charged by the banks in Nairobi for transfers from UK.

Many thanks ands I await your responses as all advice will be gratefully appreciated.

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