Hiking in Africa
Russell Tours has developed a number of great hikes and satisfying adventures over the last 40 years. We are now introducing our most exciting hiking adventure yet – Hiking in Africa. This dramatic continent offers some of the most wide-ranging hikes. We offer an environment of lush floral beauty with some of the rarest plants, animals, birds and interesting mountainous settings anywhere in the world. Don’t miss this great opportunity to experience this wonderful hiking trip.
We combine the best of Africa with first class accommodations and transfers intertwined with real hiking so that you can have a personal connection with the African flora and fauna. All transportation to and from each venue, and to and from the airport are included. All meals, fees and gratuities are also taken care of. So you can concentrate on enjoying the experience you came for. You simply show up, take out your hiking poles and are off to enjoy lush equatorial forests, some of which are thousands of years old. One of the best parts about coming to this area of Africa is the low humidity and heat. You can enjoy high altitude hiking and see some of the most amazing sites in the world.
Join us for a hiking adventure in beautiful and exotic Africa.
We have chosen Rwanda in East Africa as our base. Rwanda is one of the safest and cleanest countries in all of Africa with a people who are welcoming, curious and open. The capital, Kigali, is almost 5,000 feet above sea level – and some of the hikes go up from there. The temperature is between 62 and 85 degrees every day with low humidity during the dry season. Rwanda offers some of the most diverse wildlife attractions that are near to each other, so you can enjoy what you came to see without spending excessive time riding between destinations. Great venues combined with classic accommodations will make this a once-in-a-lifetime event. We are planning on going in the Spring time (in the U.S) when the weather is optimum, and it is uncrowded. Each group will be limited to just 10 people who want to hike and who are interested in learning about the natural beauty of this area of the world.
Here is an outline of this AFRICAN HIKING ADVENTURE
- Gorilla Trek, hike for several hours and then sit with wild mountain gorillas in their own wild habitat
- Bird and Chimpanzee Hike in their natural environments
- Big Game Safari and Hike, including the big 5: lions, rhino, leopard, water buffalo and elephant
- Helicopter Over Game Reserve
- Safari Boat Ride with hippos, eagles and elephants nearby
This is an 9-night, 8-day adventure, with many opportunities to enjoy the local culture alongside dramatic scenery. We will be accompanied by local Naturalists with the group to enhance the depth of your experience. Walk through the canopy of ancient trees, take a boat along a scenic prehistoric lake, helicopter across Rwanda to view then hike inside a 433 square mile Safari park – this magnificent adventure promises to be one of the most memorable of a lifetime.
Russell Tours African Hiking Adventure Plan
Day 1 Arrive in Kigali, Rwanda, Africa
We pick you up at the airport when your flight arrives and transition you to Africa by beginning your stay at a 5-star hotel in the center of the modern capital city of Kigali, Rwanda.
Day 2 Kigali-Musanze Nature Walk
Breakfast catered at the world renowned Inema Arts Center by a world class master chef. After a leisurely morning, we travel by custom Safari vehicles on our scenic journey to the north and arrive at 5 Volcanoes Lodge in Musanze overlooking the Muhavura Volcano in Virunga National Forest. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to go on a 2 hour round trip leg stretching hike from the lodge to a nearby lake Ruhondo. This is a walk through rich forest lands and cultivated farms – or you can enjoy some time viewing the volcanoes from the tree top vantage point of the hotel.
Day 3 Five Volcanoes Lodge Musanze Rwanda
The next morning, we leave the mountain lodge and its spectacular views of the volcanoes, to take a short drive and trek within the protected forests of Volcanoes National Park. There our professional trackers bring you to find the famous mountain gorillas in their own habitat. This is also one of the very few and best places to see other primates and abundant rare birds and also one of the least crowded venues in all of Africa.
Day 4 Rwanda-Gisenyi-Kibuye Bird and primate adventure with Naturalist
Hiking at dawn we will go up the Muhavura Volcano to spot primates, birds and even large forest mammals like buffaloes and Elephants. If there is time, at the top of the volcano, there is a crater lake with beautiful clear waters. We will have along a renowned naturalist to enrich your experience within these magnificent surroundings.
After an exhilarating morning of nature watching on the Muhavura Volcano, we board a 50 foot houseboat to cruise down Lake Kivu to Cormoran Lodge in Kibuye Rwanda.
Day 5 / Day 6 Nyungwe Forest
Over the next few days we will explore the Nyungwe Forest and its 700 year old trees.
• Canopy Walk. Take a stunning canopy walk and hike in the forest of ancient trees.
• Chimpanzee Trek. A naturalist will guide us to a magnificent waterfall, looking to spot many chimpanzees and birds along the way.
• Helicopter over Safari Park. In the late afternoon we take a Helicopter from the Southern District on an exhilarating trip across Rwanda, ending with a flyover of Akagera Safari Park looking for the big 5 animals then land at Akagera Game Lodge at sunset.
Day 7 Akagera Park Karenge Tent Camp, in the north of the park
In the morning, our team guides you into the lower area of park, looking for Rhinoceros and big cats: Lions and Leopards. Mid-day we board a small boat to ride along a lake within the park to spot Hippos, Elephants, Crocodiles and a wide variety of birds who congregate on this lake from all over the continent. After lunch we will hike up a nearby mountain overlooking the park for a 5k walkabout, then continue to the northern planes for a night safari, then make our way to the north for glamping at the thrilling Karenge tented lodge.
Day 8 Akagera Park – Kigali Departure
This day, still in Akagera, we get up early for a pre-dawn drive out to the north plains area looking for Giraffe, Lion, Zebra, Water Buffalo and Hyena. By the end of the day we arrive back in Kigali before 5:00 pm. Guests with flights home that evening are taken to the airport and those wishing to leave the next day can stay the night in Kigali. The tour ends next morning.
What is included
This African Hiking Adventure is 8 days / 9 nights long. The date the adventure begins is March 1, 2021 and will end on March 9, 2021. The program includes all transfers to and from the airport as well as all transportation along the tour. All food, gratuities, permit fees, staff costs, guides and Naturalist as well as all lodging. We ask for a 50% deposit when you join our program and 50% 120 days prior to the start. The total fee, not including airfare to Rwanda is $5,000. The permit to see the Gorillas is $1,500 which is included in the full fee.
If you wish not to do the Gorilla Trek portion of the tour, you can deduct the $1,500 permit fee and we will include a day of seeing Golden Monkeys on the same mountain as the Gorillas. (If you see the Gorillas on the Golden Monkey tour you cannot stop and commune with them.) Anyone who brings additional people in their group will receive a 10% discount ($4,500) on each additional group member. If you have been on, or are signed up for, a Russell Tours hike before the cost is $4,500. This will be a hike to remember.
Hike at your own pace
Many of our European hikes don’t allow for much down time or time to just not hike. Our African Adventure allows for you to take a day off any time you like. We provide transportation to and from every venue. Every venue provides a non hiking version. Safari tours in the big game parks is conducted in a large “Safari Holiday Cars” with a pop up roof for viewing and on the Gorilla Trek they can literally carry anyone up to the Gorillas on a special carrier they have created. About the only adventure not available by car is the canopy walk and Chimpanzees hike. Those are in one of the oldest forests in the world. We will have drivers offering to drive anyone who does not feel like walking that day around on extensive paved roads to see the sites and enjoy the parks Flora and Fauna. So, any day you want off we can give you a great view and setting. Bring family members that may not be hikers. We can accomodate them up to and including any hiking/walking ability they may have.
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