- Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Volcanoes National park
- Day 2: Gorilla trekking experience
- Day 3: Stop over at Lake Kivu and transfer to Nyungwe national park
- Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking and afternoon canopy walk
- Day 5: Transfer to Akagera national park
- Day 6: Game drive and Lake Ihema boat cruise
- Day 7: Transfer back to Kigali
- Pick-up and drop-off in Kigali
- Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
- Services of an English speaking driver guide
- Fuel for the whole trip
- Accommodation and meal plan as per the itinerary
- All park entrance fees
- Drinking water while in the vehicle
- Pre and post tour accommodation in Kigali
- International airfares
- Rwanda Visa (USD30.00 which can be paid on arrival at the Airport or the East African Tourist Visa
- Items of personal nature such as tips, drinks, and laundry
Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Volcanoes National park
On this day, upon arrival at Kigali Airport or depending on your location in Kigali city, you will meet our company representative/ guide who will transfer you to home of the endangered mountain gorillas-Volcanoes national park. This is a 2-3 hours driver from Kigali city to Musanze province. Connect to your lodge in Ruhengeri for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay. Sabyinyo silverback lodge (luxury), Le Bambou Gorilla lodge (Midrange), Hotel Muhabura (budget)
Day 2: Gorilla trekking experience
After early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to the park headquarters-kinigi for a briefing about the endangered mountain gorillas from the park warden. Along with your trekking gear, drinking water and packed lunch, the driver will drop you off at the starting point to trek the gorillas together with the ranger guides. This activity may take between 1-8 hours searching for the gorillas depending on their movement. However meeting them is so rewarding and you will spend maximally 1 hour with them as you take time studying them and taking pictures and videos. After spending your time with the fascinating mountain gorillas, return to the base and meet your driver to connect to your lodge for lunch and refresh.
After lunch and time is available, take a cultural walk to Iby’iwachu Cultural Village-a Non-Profit umbrella organization that aims at improving the lives of reformed poachers and communities around Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park through provision of conservation incentives, supporting community enterprise development and livelihood based projects. It’s a rewarding place where you will be guided around the place as you enjoy the Kinyarwanda traditions including the Intore dance, traditional ceremonies and a guided community walk. Retreat and return to your lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay as above. Sabyinyo silverback lodge (Luxury), Le Bambou Lodge (Midrange), Muhabura Hotel (Budget).
Day 3: Stop over at Lake Kivu and transfer to Nyungwe national park
After early morning breakfast at the lodge, visit Lake Kivu and enjoy the morning breeze at the shores, this is an hour drive to Rubavu. Spend just an hour there then return on the road to proceed on your 4-5 hours drive to Nyungwe national park with lunch en route. Nyungwe forest is the oldest and largest rain forest in East Africa. Arrive in the park in the late afternoon and connect to your lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay at Nyungwe Forest lodge (luxury), Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel (midrange), Gisakura guest house (budget)
Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking and afternoon canopy walk
Enjoy breakfast and go for briefing about the endangered chimpanzees before entering the forest in search of the active and playful fellows in Nyungwe forest. The Chimpanzees are much easier to spot as they jump from one tree to another, chattering and laughing. Chimpanzee tracking usually takes about 3 hours. On finding them, spend an hour while taking pictures and videos. You will then return to your accommodation for lunch.
After lunch, you will go on a walking trail that will take you to the Canopy Walk-a swing bridge 50 meters in length that is suspended from large trees. You will be able to see the amazing rainforest with a bird’s eye view, spotting wildlife moving about below you. Before night fall, you will return to the lodge for dinner at Nyungwe Forest lodge (luxury), Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel (midrange), Gisakura guest house (budget) as above
Day 5: Transfer to Akagera national park
After early morning breakfast at your lodge, embark on your journey to the eastern province of Rwanda to visit Akagera national park bordering Tanzania, the journey is about 5-6 hours drive from Nyungwe national park through with stopovers at Nyanza king’s palace and Rwanda national museum. On arrival at the park, enjoy en route game drive to introduce you to the beautiful scenery as you spot animals on your way to the lodge, check in the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay at Ruzizi tented camp(luxury) Akagera game lodge(mid range) Dereva hotel (budget).
Day 6: Game drive and Lake Ihema boat cruise
After a morning breakfast, you will embark on a morning game drive around the park for a rewarding wildlife views. Expect to encounter the Big five including the Lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, cape buffaloes and the recently introduced Rhinos along with other animals including; giraffes, warthogs, waterbucks, zebras, hyenas and different antelope species. Expect to also see over 500 species of birds. The game drive may last for about 3-4 hours. Return to lodge for lunch and relax as you wait for the next activity.
In the afternoon, the driver will pick up for a boat cruise on Lake Ihema-the second largest lake in Rwanda after Lake Kivu. The boat trip exposes you to plenty of wildlife on the lake shores which come to cool off and drink water including hippos, buffaloes, huge crocodiles and birds such as malachite kingfisher and fish eagle. After the amazing cruise, return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay at lodge as above. Ruzizi tented camp (luxury) Akagera game lodge (midrange) Dereva hotel (budget).
Day 7: Transfer back to Kigali
Have breakfast the take a brief game drive while spotting the missed animals in the previous game drive. Later connect to transfer back to Kigali, about 2-3 hours passing through the scenic landscape of Rwanda. If time is available before your return flight, visit places you missed out visiting in Kigali city, have lunch then precede to the Airport catch your flight.
End of safari.
7 Days Rwanda Tours
Day 1 Pickup from airport, brief city tour
Our representative will be waiting for you on your arrival at Kigali Airport. He will drop you at your hotel to offload your luggage, check in and pass through your travel programme with him. You will have lunch and may take on a tour of Kigali city prominent tourism structures. He will take you back to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2 Transfer to Nyungwe
Your adventure safari to Rwanda starts early morning as our guide picks you from your hotel after breakfast and you set off for Nyungwe national park. You will visit Murambi memorial and Nyanza palace on the way before a hot lunch en route. You will proceed at a slow speed to have better view of the country side and arrive at your hotel close to Nyungwe National Park boundaries late afternoon.
Day 3 Chimpanzee Tracking
Wake up with the first light of the day and take a quick cup of coffee and head to park offices; the trailhead for the day’s activity; chimpanzee tracking expedition. You reconfirm your booking, meet up with fellow tracking partners, get briefed about tracking regulations and get ranger guide escorts. You will meet the chimpanzees in their wild form though they are habituated and used to human presence. Acquire much information from the guides, take pictures and you may spend only one hour with them to reduce chances of getting overused to human presence. You will return to the hotel for a late lunch. You may opt to relax all afternoon and enjoy your Rwanda safari in the wilderness or track the colobus monkeys in the forests.
Day 4 Canopy Walk, transfer to Lake Kivu
Take breakfast at leisure and get more of Safari into Rwanda by taking a canopy walk atop a thick rainforest to have an aerial view of nature. You get more close to birds and other wildlife species up in trees and enjoy the sights of the thick forest. You will return in time for lunch.
You will then check out and drive to Kivu town on the shores of Lake Kivu and shake off a bit of jungle life.
Day 5 Excursion of the Lake Kivu, Boat cruise
You will wake at leisure and take breakfast after which you will go for a boat cruise on the lake. For bird lovers this is a great opportunity to view many water bird species. Breathe in the air that is pure and feel the chilling breezes of the lake cool your skin and have the best of your Rwanda safari. You will get back in time for lunch and relaxation. You may take a leisurely self guided walk along the shores of the lake with fantastic views of the Virunga Mountains in the background.
Day 6 Mountain gorilla trekking
The biggest highlight of your safari to Rwanda is today and begins with a 6 am breakfast and drive to Virunga National Park headquarters. Here you reconfirm your booking, greet and meet other people in the trekking group, get briefed about regulations and guidelines while in the forests and ranger guide escorts and the exercise begins. You will take averagely an hour upon meeting the gorilla family and take as many photographs, get a lot of experiences and learn a lot from the guides. You will then descend to your starting point and head to your hotel for a late lunch. You may opt to take a cultural walk to the communities who have lived their lifetime close to the park with the mountain gorillas and share in their experiences. You will then return to the comfort of the hotel to relax and shake off fatigue of the forest.
Day 7 City Tour, Departure
You will enjoy morning sleep and have a late breakfast depending on time of your flight. You will check out of hotel and take a city tour. Visit Genocide Museum and learn the events of 1990s war in Rwanda, visit religious institutions, market or administrative structures. You will climax your Rwanda safari with an African buffet lunch and the driver will then drop you at the airport for your outbound flight.
Lodges in Kigali
Kigali Serena Hotel
Hotel Des Mille Collines
Five to Five Hotel
Lodges in Volcanoes National Park
Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel
Davinci Gorilla Lodge
La Palme Hotel Musanze
Lodges in Akagera National Park
Ruzizi tented lodge
Akagera game lodge
Lodges in Nyungwe National Park
Nyungwe Forest Lodge
Nyungwe top view hill hotel
Gisakura Guest House
Standard Safari vehicles
Luxury Safari Vehicles