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KIGALI CITY RWANDA

1) City Tour available in Kigali:
A morning or an afternoon optional tour is available in Kigali by Muleni Safaris Uganda. This Kigali City Tour may include a visit to the Genocide Museum, a local market and artisan co-operatives like the Women for Women Organization and Indego Africa
Kigali has been the capital of Rwanda since 1965. An attractive city, it spreads over a number of hills and although it saw some difficult times through the genocide in 1994 and as power changed hands subsequently, it now has a pleasant, buoyant air. The main shopping and commercial area is centered around the Hotel Mille Collines, with the government district on the neighboring Kaciyiru hill. The markets, the handicrafts, the Muslim quarter and the genocide memorial in Gisozi are some of the main places of interest.
 
2) Tours available around Musanze: (formerly known as Ruhengeri)
Following your trek, we recommend you savor the memories of the morning hike and gorilla encounter with a relaxing afternoon at leisure visiting the farmlands, villages and markets that surround Kinigi and Musanze towns. A walk or drive along these rural roads is where one can really enjoy 'street level culture', with a fascinating blend of farmers, businessmen, bars and shops.  
 
For those interested in a more structured activity, we could arrange the following:
1.    Visit Iby'Iwachu Cultural Village, a tourism-based initiative benefiting the local community while giving you incredible access and insight to village life in Rwanda.    This activity runs approximately $45.00 depending on the size of your party.  Any additional costs will be payable directly.   
2.    Visit to nearby Imbabazi orphanage, founded by the late Rosamund Carr, which is home to over 100 children. (A full day is recommended for this tour)
3.    Day tour to hike and visit the grave of Dian Fossey and Digit (Please pre-book this tour and an additional day is needed to do this).
4.    It is possible to visit the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project in Musanze. The cost is $595.00 per visit. Morning or afternoon tour.   
5.    Consider a trek into the forest for viewing the Golden Monkey, generally an easier hike than a gorilla trek.
 
 Description of Golden Monkey trekking
Dwarfed in size and reputation by the Gorillas, Rwanda’s golden monkey is well worth discovering.

Its attractive pelt and relative accessibility has put it on the endangered list published by the IUCN. These extremely playful and agile primates thrive in the Volcanoes National Park and make for fascinating (but strenuous) viewing. The golden monkey is a subspecies of the blue monkey found only in the bamboo forests of the volcanic mountain chain that forms a part of the boundary between Rwanda, Uganda, and DRC. It’s a natural history experience that anyone planning to trek gorillas in Rwanda should consider. It is a perfect option for younger natural history enthusiasts under the age limit of 15 years required to trek gorillas.   
 
According to the African Wildlife Foundation: the golden monkey (Cercopithecus mitis kandti) weighs 10-25 pounds and has a golden body, cheeks, and tail with contrasting black limbs, crown, and tail-end.  Little is presently known about the ecological requirements of the golden monkey, and the subspecies population numbers have never been determined. Sharing the lofty montane forests of the Virungas with its great ape relatives, this primate faces some of the same threats as gorillas, including snares set for small antelopes, human encroachment, and people entering their habitat to collect wood.
 
A visit to the golden monkeys is very different experience from gorilla viewing, The golden monkeys live mainly in the bamboo thickets and are smaller and harder to spot, but extremely rewarding once found as the monkeys react and interact differently; they will keep on playing hide-and-seek much to the delight of the visitors There is a newly habituated group of about 40 individuals in the Volcanoes National Park that can be visited. It is only during the very last few years that researchers are starting to put together a detailed picture of their lifestyle and routines. The first golden monkey troupe was only habituated in 2002.  It was previously found also in Nyungwe Forest in southern Rwanda but the only viable population is now found in Volcanoes National Park.
Your day begins with an early morning wake-up (approx 6:00am) and then a transfer (approx 6:30am) to the park gate to commence the trek (6:30am).  Here you will meet your tracker and the day will be spent tracking the Golden Monkeys.
Your viewing of the Golden Monkeys will be limited to a maximum of only one hour.  
Return to the lodge for lunch. Cost is $110.00 per person 

Description of Dian Fossey Grave Trek
The walk sets off at the same time as the gorilla treks at Parc Head Quarters at 7:00am for a 7:30am start. You and Muleni Safaris Uganda`s Guide will then transfer to the trail head.  
Trek or hike to Karisoke scientific base, established by Dian Fossey in the saddle area between two volcanoes; Mt. Karisimbi and Mt Bisoke (from which the name Karisoke is derived). The camp site stands at an altitude of around 3000m (over 9000 ft) and was abandoned during the unrest of the 1990’s. All that remains today is the graveyard where several of Dian Fossey’s favorite gorillas (including Digit) were buried. Dian Fossey is also buried near the graves of her beloved gorillas.  
Dian Fossey carried out her studies on the mountain gorillas for 18 years. She was murdered on the 27th of December 1985 and buried where the Karisoke Research Center stood. The excursion will provide excellent background information and this is a wonderful site to see.  The trail leading to her tomb is a beautiful yet challenging 1 hour 45 minutes hike up slopes where orchids, birdlife and even occasional mountain gorillas can be seen (total excursion time is 3-4 hours).
Cost is $89.00 per person
 
Visit to Karisoke Research Center
 
The Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park was founded by Dian Fossey on 24 September 1967, to study the endangered mountain gorillas. Fossey located the camp in Rwanda's Virunga volcanic mountain range, between Mt. Karisimbi and Mt. Visoke, and named it by combining the names of the two mountains. The original buildings were destroyed during the genocide and civil war. New facilities were constructed in Musanze.  
The Karisoke Research Center is currently the world’s best hope for the survival of endangered mountain gorillas and their ecologically critical habitat. Thanks to its active conservation program, the mountain gorillas of the Virungas are the only great ape species to have increased in number in recent decades.  Karisoke today conducts extensive daily protection and monitoring of the mountain gorillas; numerous science and research projects; various education initiatives; and community health and development projects.  It currently employs more than 100 staff members, the great majority of whom are Rwandan. Over half of these are involved in research, protection and monitoring of the gorillas. Others are engaged in biodiversity and socioeconomic research, education, health, and administration.
Your visit at the center is approximately 3 hours in length. You will have the opportunity to tour the facility and speak to researchers. This is a private excursion and ideal for those interested in science and research.
Cost is $1190.00 per private group