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THE ULTIMATE COFFEE TOUR, CULTURE, GORILLAS AND SAFARI COMBINED.

For the months of June, July, August & September during our Bean Scene Magazine advertised promotion we have a once in a lifetime, unique, coffee and wildlife experience at heavily discounted prices that only you and your friends will be able to lay claim to doing.

Whether a coffee trader, roaster, expert or passionate consumer this tour brings you 8 separate coffee immersions, Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzee Trekking, Golden Monkey Trekking, Safari Game Drive and the remarkable history and culture of Rwanda all hosted by a local coffee expert and your own driver/guide.  All accommodation, meals and tour activities are inclusive.

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DAY 1: WELCOME, CHECK IN, BRIEFING & 1ST COFFEE EXPERIENCE

Welcome to Kigali Rwanda!  Our team at Africa Unique Safaris and Tours will welcome your group on arrival at Kigali International Airport, then transfer you to your accommodation for check in.  Once checked in we will meet and introduce you to your local Coffee Guide and your expert driver/guide who will present a briefing of your upcoming adventure and cultural orientation.

Then we are straight in to your first taste of Rwandan coffee culture with a visit a social visit to Kigali’s most passionate coffee café Question Café. Enjoy the experience of roasting, grinding, packing and of course tasting.  Recognise those unique notes that the high altitude, rich Rwandan volcanic soil produces in the coffee of your choice.

We then take a city tour including the moving, challenging but ultimately inspiring Genocide Memorial.  It’s very transparent, educational, preventative,respectful  and surprisingly inspirational as you see what the Rwandan’s have done better than any other country suffering from such a tragedy and that is reconcile and rebuild.  You will experience all your emotions.

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Kigali Marriott – Junior Suite Kigali Marriot – Deluxe Room Flame Tree Village
DAY 2 - TRANSFER TO AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK VIA WOMEN'S TWONGERRE COOP

This morning we take our first coffee field visit to the Women’s Twonegerre Project.  This group of amazing women have flourished as a COOP supported by a number of key NGO’s who have partnered to help them improve coffee quality, practices, yields and more direct to market trade assisting in cutting out costly and unnecessary middle men.  You’ll here and experience:

  • The story and progress of the partnership and coop.
  • How the Rwandan government is removing barriers to facilitate seamless trade for coffee buyers
  • How they engage local coffee growers
  • Challenges and opportunities that coffee industry is having
  • Women rise in coffee industry
  • Strengthening women in coffee supply chain
  • Cupping and workshops
  • Climate dealing
  • Understanding coffee segmentation
  • Let’s talk home roasting.  Traditional roasting on open fires.
  • How to build your own lot cupping sessions
  • Agriculture practices (filed preparation, how their make a compost, how they prepared seedling, how the take them to nursery, watering process, spraying, managing planning pit, planting, mulching, bending, pruning to harvest.)
  • Harvesting process
  • Harvesting periods
  • Coffee washing station (measuring, washing, grading, pulping, washing, drying, white to green)
  • Packaging
  • Home roasting
  • Cupping and testing

Then it’s only another hour to Akagera National Park, Rwanda’s only Savannah Game Viewing Park.  We should have time for a short game drive.  Look out for Giraffes, Zebras, Water Buffalo, Waterbuck, Baboons and much more.

Dinner and evening together before overnighting at the park.

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Ruzizi Tented Tree Top Lodge Ruzizi Tented Lodge Akagera Game Lodge

 

DAY 3 - AKAGERA GAME DRIVE AND CHANNEL BOAT CRUISE/BACK TO KIGALI

In the morning we continue our game drive in Akagera National Park.  Only two years ago the park re-introduced six lions.  Whilst they are not always easy to find keep an eye out as they are successfully breeding and it’s a wondrous site and will attract a lot of interested people if you see them.

Lot’s of Hippo’s in Akagera also and we will take a unique perspective of their lives by taking a boat cruise to view them from the water.

In the afternoon we return to Kigali for dinner and overnight ready for our next adventure.

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Kigali Marriott – Junior Suite Kigali Marriot – Deluxe Room Flame Tree Village
DAY 4 - HUYE MOUNTAIN COFFEE AND TRANSFER TO NGUNGWE NATIONAL PARK

After an enjoyable breakfast together your guides will pick you up and transfer you to Huye Mountain Coffee for a 3 hour coffee immersion.

At this passionate and successful Coffee Coop you will be:

  • Given a bicycle to help traverse up and down the hills plantations.
  • Educated on the different regions soil profiles and characteristics.
  • Taken through the different varieties of coffee beans grown and seasons.
  • Shown the local fertilizer practices.
  • Educated in the enemies of coffee.
  • Explained the harvesting processes.
  • Experience traditional coffee making under the trees.
  • View and understand the impressive volcanic rock formations.
  • Finally reach the top of Huye Mountain and given a history lession on the area.
  • On descent visit a washing station and drying area.
  • Demonstration of the local lab testing.
  • Of course take home some of the local coffee.

Huye is the home to the traditional power centre of Rwandan Kings.  We will visit the Kings Traditional Palace and National Museum of Rwanda to get a deep understanding of the history and traditions of Rwandans over time.

Then in the late afternoon we drive through Ngungwe National Park to your accommodation and dinner.  Early to bed as it’s early to rise for the Chimpanzee Trek tomorrow morning.

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Emeraude Lake Kivu – Deluxe Suite Emeraude Lake Kivu – Executive Suite Emeraude Lake Kivu Tents
DAY 5 - CHIMPANZEE TREK AND GISAKURA TEA FACTORY

We arise at 5:30am with a cup of coffee to help us wake up.  Breakfast will be packed and eaten on the way to Cyamgugu Forest for a Chimpanzee Trek.

The rain-forest is stunning in the morning and the Chimpanzee numbers here are many.  They are wild, but habituated to human contact.

It’s guaranteed you’ll recognise some interesting human traits as along with the Bonobo of Congo,  Chimpanzees are our closest genetic relative.

We will head back to accommodation for a lunch and then head out to Gisakura Tea Factory for a crop to sack tour.  The Cyangagu region is known for it’s great tea plantations which beautifully roll over the hills.

Back to your accommodation for some rest and relaxation or we can organise a Lake Kivu boat ride if you are up for it.  Dinner and overnight at your accommodation.

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Emeraude Lake Kivu – Deluxe Suite Emeraude Lake Kivu – Executive Suite Emeraude Lake Kivu Tents
DAY 6 - NGUNGWE FOREST ACTIVITIES/KIVU WASHING STATION VISIT

This morning you get to enjoy the wonders of the ancient rainforests of Ngungwe National Park.

Take a canopy walk through the tops of the rainforest keeping an eye out for amazing birdlife and other primates such as the Colobus monkey.

Then it’s back on terra firma as we take a walk through the rainforest to a local waterfall and have lunch in the stunning surrounds.

Then it’s a 1.5 hour transfer along Lake Kivu to Kivu Lodge  Lake Kivu is the 9th largest lake in Africa and you will have a birds eye view from the lodge looking over the water at local fisherman and the Congo in the distance.

There’s a local coffee washing station nearby and we will visit for a more local low key experience before returning for sunset over Lake Kivu and a cup of the local coffee.

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Kivu Lodge Kivu Lodge Kivu Lodge
DAY 7 - INGOBOKO COFFEE AND TRANSFER TO GISENYI, LAKE KIVU

Today we travel along the scenic Lake Kivu and catch a short boat ride to Ingoboko Coffee Coop.

Here you will pick your own coffee cherries from the coffee plantation and follow them through the entire coffee washing and processing chain. At the end of this exciting visit, clients enjoy a cup of hand-ground and traditionally roasted Rwanda great coffee together with their local hosts.

Some facts about Ingoboko Coffee Coop:

  • Number of direct beneficiaries: ca. 350 cooperative members
  • Number of indirect beneficiaries: ca. 2,000 dependents
  • Community percentage of profit sharing: at least 70%
  • Material community benefits: 11 rotating income-generating opportunities, community development fund, sale of coffee.

Then we transfer to nearby hotel in Rubavu, Gisenyi on Lake Kivu in anticipation of the trips highlight soon to come.

Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

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Serena Lake Kivu – Suite Serena Lake Kivu – Standard Paris Malahide Bungalows
DAY 8 - TRANSFER TO VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

Today we have an easy day as we transfer to Musanze at the foothills of the incredible Volcanoes National Park.

An interesting afternoon spent at the Ibywacu Cultural Village to experience the traditional lives of Rwandans, before checking in to your accommodation.

We take it easy today as it’s been a long tour and you will need your energy for the Gorilla trek tomorrow morning.

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Sabyinyo Safari Lodge Gorilla Mountain View Lodge Home Inn

DAY 9 - RARE MOUNTAIN GORILLA TREK

After an early breakfast we transfer to the Volcanoes National Park Headquarters for a briefing by the park rangers.

The trek is considered one of the great animal encounter experiences on the planet.  You will be grouped in fitness like groups so the trek will go at your pace.  Gorilla trekking can go from 2-6 depending on the location of the family you are trekking as they move up and down the mountains searching for food.

The advanced trackers let the guides know where to head off to and when you finally come across a family you will be amazed at their gentle but powerful ways.  The family structure is strong and you will get to spend a whole hour in close proximity and view the family from youngsters, to mums, young males and of course the mighty Silverback.

Dinner back at your lodge will be amazing as you share stories of your different Gorilla families and experiences.

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Sabyinyo Safari Lodge Gorilla Mountain View Lodge Home Inn
DAY 10 - GOLDEN MONKEY TREK and RULINDO CACATU COFFEE COOP VISIT

Today we have another really fun trek in store.

Golden Monkeys are very rare and nowhere in Africa is there better access to large habituated numbers than in Rwanda.

These unique, playful and beautiful creatures will entertain you for a good hour and the trek on average is normally much easier than the Gorilla Trek.

After lunch we will check out and visit Rulindo Coffee.  This district has benefited greatly from coops and we get a great story along with coffee immersion experience here.

Rulindo Cocatu is a cooperative in the area of Tumba town, in the mountainous Rulindo district, Northern Rwanda.

Located at 1820 meters, the coop actually draws coffee from the surrounding hills of 2000+ meters. Cocatu is one of the surviving cooperatives from a time when many were formed but few truly prospered. The problem was not the quality of coffee or effort of the farmer-members. It was the absence of sound business advice to control expenses and raise the working capital to buy coffee cherry in the harvest. Cocatu has had one great advantage over the last 5 years though: They have had a consistent buyer paying a great price for the coffee.

Cocatu showing a beautiful fruited sweetness, such a freshness in the cup. The dry frangrance has the smell of dark cherry and grape, with fine chocolate bittersweetness. In the darker roast ranges a pungent cooked sugar smell develops. Maple sugar and butterscotch billow in the steam after adding hot water, with date, plum and fresh fig in the wet aromatics, a fruited sweetness released on the break. Once the coffee reaches drinking temperature, there is a dark blackberry tartness, raw honey, and a spiced plum note. Cocatu is fairly fruit-forward in cup character, and as the coffee cools, a really nice grape juice flavour accent develops along with tartaric acidity brilliance, and crowning floral grace note. There’s a chocolate malt aspect too, as well as a touch of spice in the finish. Cocatu has fruit juice-like body, and paired with a slightly darker roast level becomes quite fudge-like. But fruits remain at the forefront, even in these darker roasts: both flesh and the tart skins of plum and pluot come to mind. The finish is long and pleasant, with a mingling of sweet fruit notes, cinnamon tea, and dark chocolate hanging on in the aftertaste. And it produces a nice espresso too!

Afterwards we return to Kigali for your final night.

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Kigali Marriott – Junior Suite Kigali Marriot – Deluxe Room Flame Tree Village

DAY 11 - QUESTION COFFEE EXPERIENCE/NIAD FORUM or COFFEE FARM

This is your final day in the incredible Land of a Thousand Hills.  Today we take a full immersion experience with Question Coffee who will take us through roasting, production, cupping and tasting as well as how they are a product of supportive NGO’s and how they in turn are tremendously supporting coops including some of the ones we visited on this tour.

For the coffee traders and professionals we will visit NIAD who is the government body who overseas the industry exports for a a great education on the industry in the country and how exporting works.

For the coffee enthusiasts we will have a visit to a local coffee farm before we bide your a sad and fond farewell and transfer you Kigali International Airport.  Bon Voyage!

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