A 9 Days (8 Nights) Safari through Rwanda’s best national parks. Go for chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest, gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park and game viewing in Akagera National Park.
Day 1: arrival and transfer to Nyungwe forest national park
Our company driver will meet you on arrival at Kanombe airport. Drive to Nyungwe forest national park arriving late in the afternoon. On arrival report to Gisakura guest house/Nyungwe forest lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Primates walk in Nyungwe
After breakfast report to the Nyungwe park headquarters where you will be led by a ranger guide into the forest to track chimpanzees and other primates. Nyungwe is Rwanda’s most important area of bio diversity and has been rated the highest priority for forest conservation in Africa. The park boasts of 75 mammal species, 13 primate species, 275 bird species, 120 butterfly species and 1000 plant species including the rare endemic Orchids. Possible sightings in the forest may include: the Angolan colobus, L’hoests monkey, the Silver monkey, Owl faced monkey and the Grey cheeked Mangabey to mention but a few. Retire for dinner and overnight in Gisakura Guest House /Nyungwe forest lodge
Day 3: transfer to Volcanoes national park
Leave Nyungwe after breakfast and drive to Park National des Volcans in Ruhengeri. The drive from Nyungwe will take around 4 and half hours. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Nest Lodge/ La Palme hotel/Hotel Muhabura
Day 4: Gorilla trekking
After breakfast report to the Ruhengeri park headquarters as early as 7:00 am. After a short drill as regards your expected gorilla tracking conduct is concerned, you will enter the rain forest in search of the mountain gorillas. It is advisable to carry along with you a packed lunch, energy bite, mineral water on this expedition because sometimes tracking can last very long from 1 -6 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. On locating the gorillas, the experience is so exhilarating and will be well worth the trouble. Spend a maximum of one hour with the gorillas then return to your lodge. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Nest lodge/Mountain Gorilla view lodge/ Muhabura hotel.
Day 5: Transfer to Lake Kivu
After a filling breakfast; transfer to the beautiful town of Gisenyi. Lake Kivu is an incredible scenic destination for relaxation after a long safari of trekking or hiking. Choose to enjoy a sun downer cruise, swim or laze in the sun along the lake shores. Dinner and overnight at Kivu Serena hotel / Kivu Sun hotel / Bethanie guest house
Day 6, Launch Cruise and transfer back to Kigali
After breakfast, you will enjoy a speed boat ride on the lake. You will be able to see some water mammals and birds. After lunch drive back to Kigali for dinner and over night at Milles Collines / Kigali Serena/ Beausejour hotel
Day 7: experience Rwandan culture
Today you will visit the Ntarama genocide memorial, Nyanza palace and Kigali museum an important ethnological site. Watch the Intore cultural dance performed. Dinner and over night at Milles Collines/Kigali Serena/ Beauséjour hotel
Day 8: boat trip in Akagera national park
After breakfast at your Kigali hotel, our safari driver will pick you up and drive you to Akagera national park. A game drive on arrival may reward you with possible sightings of buffalo, topi, plains zebras, elands, impalas, giraffes, reedbucks, water bucks, elephants and sitatungas. You will have lunch at the Akagera game lodge. After lunch have a boat ride on LakeIhema. You will view hippos and crocodiles and other marine life. Dinner and overnight at Akagera Game Lodge /Dereva hotel
Day 9: game drives in Akagera
After breakfast have another game drive along the lake circuit to view what you missed yesterday. Return to the lodge for lunch and later drive to Kigali to board your home flight.