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Planning a trip- advice needed

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We are hoping to get to Rwanda in late september/ early october this year. We only have nine/ ten days to include flights to and from the UK.
We have had the following itinery suggested

1 Depart UK
2 Arrive Nairobi. Connect to Kigali. Transfer to Akagera for an evening safari Akagera Safari Lodge
3 Safari activities
4 To Nyungwe Forest via Butare museum Kigali Serena
5 Nyungwe Forest primate tracking Gisakura
6 To Cyangugu and to Kibuye Moriah Hill Resort
7 To Ruhengeri. Gorillas Nest Lodge
8 Gorilla tracking
9 To and fly to Nairobi, connect to UK
10 Arrive UK

The itinery only allows one gorilla trek. Would you change a couple of things to provide time for a second gorilla trek?

Any suggestions would be welcomed.

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    You're doing what I'm doing—planning for Rwanda.

    I like this Mountain Sobek itinerary. You might be able to do this as a private trip if your dates are specific, otherwise you may be able to take advantage of group rates. Any company probably can do this itinerary.

    http://www.luxurytour.com/mttravelsobek/mountaingorillas&chimps.html

    You could alter the first two days so you:

    Arrive NBO and connect thru to Kilgi and drive the couple of hours to Akagera.


    MOUNTAIN GORILLAS, CHIMPS & MORE ITINERARY:

    DAY 1 ~ Arrive in Kigali
    Arrive at the Kigali airport. A Mountain Travel Sobek representative will meet you and transfer you to the Novotel Umubano for a briefing and introduction to your safari driver-guide. Time permitting, you may wish to visit the Kigali Memorial Centre, a site that is a moving tribute to all those who lost their lives in the genocide a decade ago. Dinner and overnight at the Novotel Umubano. Dinner... Novotel Umubano, Kigali

    You'd go straight to Akagera.

    DAY 2 ~ Akagera National Park
    After an early breakfast, we drive 3_ hours to Akagera National Park in eastern Rwanda. Akagera is a unique piece of wild Africa. The western part of the park features rolling hills with areas of swamp, grassland, and savannah woodlands covering the valleys. The very eastern part is where papyrus swamps crowd around beautiful lakes along the Kagera River. Impala and topi are the most numerous of the antelope and you may see oribi and the magnificent roan antelope as well. Buffalo are very numerous, as are herds of elephants. The birdlife at Akagera is always stunning in its diversity: more than 500 species of birds have been recorded, including the rare shoebill stork and the endangered papyrus gonolek. We'll spend most of the day in the park, with a picnic lunch, then retire to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner...Akagera Game Lodge

    DAY 3 ~ Akagera - Nyungwe
    After an early breakfast we will re-enter the park for a morning game viewing drive. We'll then proceed to Kigali, where we'll have lunch, then continue to Nyungwe National Park in southeast Rwanda. (6 hours driving.) Overnight at ORTPN (Rwandan Office for Tourism and National Parks) Guest House, a rustic accommodation on the edge of Nyungwe Forest. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner... ORTPN Guest House

    DAY 4 ~ Nyungwe National Park
    Nyungwe is noted for its primates: some 13 species inhabit the park, including chimpanzees, Angola colobus, mangabeys, the handsome L'Hoest's monkey, and various other primates. Today you'll depart after breakfast for a hike on trails in the montane forests of Nyungwe. In addition to primates, there are 250 species of forest dwelling birds, including the great blue touraco. For those interested in botany, the flora in Nyungwe comes as an added bonus (there are more than 100 orchid species alone!). Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner...ORTPN Guest House

    DAY 5 ~ Volcanoes National Park
    After breakfast, we will drive 4 to 4½ hours to Kinigi, enjoying magnificent views of rural Rwanda along the way. We'll quickly understand why the country has been nicknamed "the land of a thousand hills." These hills are intensively cultivated by rural folk who live on tiny farmsteads, so they form a terraced patchwork of banana plantations, sorghum fields, and vegetable gardens. Rwanda is densely populated so we see many people walking along the roads and working their fields while en route to the nation's capital, Kigali. We will have lunch in Kigali before proceeding to Gorilla Nest Lodge, near the park headquarters at Kinigi. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner...Gorilla Nest Lodge

    DAY 6 ~ Gorilla tracking
    After breakfast, transfer to park headquarters. Here you'll have a briefing by the park staff and rangers and be divided up into small gorilla tracking groups based on interest and apparent fitness.

    Although park rangers try to keep tabs on the whereabouts of the gorillas, they are free-ranging wild creatures and can be difficult to locate. Sometimes finding the gorillas can be easy, as they may have remained close to the area where they had been feeding the previous day. Sometimes they require constant tracking, which can be arduous. Some of the difficulties to be encountered can be steep, muddy slopes, stinging nettles, safari ants and rain. The reward is an extraordinary opportunity to observe the gorillas at close range. The gorillas are NOT tame, but they have been scientifically habituated to accept the presence of quiet and unthreatening observers. (You may also encounter groups of unhabituated gorillas during your treks, but they will run from you.) Once found, you are allowed one hour only to observe the group.

    Return to the lodge for lunch and a brief rest. In the afternoon, if time permits, we will visit the little known, but compellingly beautiful, twin lakes of Bulera and Ruhondo.
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner...Gorilla Nest Lodge

    DAY 7 ~ Gorilla tracking, return to Kigali
    In the morning we re-enter Volcanoes National Park for a second gorilla trekking session, visiting a different family. Afterward, drive to Ruhengeri for lunch at the Muhabura Hotel before returning to Kigali. (2 hours driving.) Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner...Novotel Umubano, Kigali

    DAY 8 ~ Departure
    Transport to the airport for departure on homeward-bound flights or to other destinations in Africa. B...

    As your planning progresses, please let us know what you decide and who you use. I'll be very interested.

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    The itinerary that atravelynn posted looks good. One day in Nyungwe is very short - there is so much to do and explore there - but its all about priorities, so if Akagera is priority as are two gorilla treks (I highly recommend two rather than one gorilla trek), then this is the right itinerary.

    I used Access Rwanda Tours to put together my trip and I was happy with them, especially Ossy's (proprietor's) openness in really outlining the costs and why Rwanda is so expensive.

    Rwanda is awesome.

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