The 9 days Rwanda Gorilla Safari features the prime destinations of Rwanda in detail. The safari incorporates the mountain gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking and Caves Exploration in the Musaze region in the North West of Rwanda, water recreation on the largest lake in Rwanda – Lake Kivu to the west of the country, chimpanzee trekking and Canopy walk in the montane forest of Nyungwe Forest National Park to the southwest of Rwanda, the culture and heritage encounters such as tour to the Ethnographic Museum in Butare and King’s Palace in Nyanza all in the southern Province of Rwanda, wildlife safari encounters in Akagera National Park – the largest National Park in Rwanda and the only savannah habitat in the country supporting counts of savannah game along with aquatics like Hippos and Nile Crocodiles in Lake Ihema and eventually historical tour to the Kigali / Gisozi genocide memorial in Kigali. It is a diversified safari that is worth undertaking.
Day 1: Arrive in Rwanda (Kigali International Airport) & transfer to Akagera National Park
Day 2: wild game viewing/game drive in the morning & Lake Ihema boat cruise in the afternoon
Day 3: Drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Explore the Ethnographic Museum in Butare and King’s Palace in Nyanza
Day 4: morning chimpanzee trekking and Nyungwe Canopy walk in the afternoon
Day 5: Drive to Lake Kivu (Gisenyi) along the Congo – Nile divide trail
Day 6: Recreational encounter at Lake Kivu (Gisenyi) and drive to Volcanoes National Park in the evening
Day 7: mountain gorilla trekking & relax at the lodge
Day 8: Do golden monkey tracking in the morning and afternoon Musaze Caves Exploration
Day 9: Transfer to Kigali City, visit the Gisozi genocide memorial & transfer to Kigali International Airport
Tourist Attractions in Rwanda
Akagera National park
Nyungwe Forest National Park
Dian Fossy’s grave
Rwanda genocide Memorial centers
Day 1 of the 9 days Rwanda Gorilla Safari: Arrival – Kigali City Tour
Upon arrival at Kigali international airport, our tour guide will welcome and take you for a briefing in the Hotel. Proceed for Kigali city tour, where you will visit the Genocide Memorial Museum, curio markets and the Kimironko fruits markets where you have a chance to meet the local people and choose your fruit basket. The city tour will also include the old town of Nyamirambo, the new handicraft village and other shops, the Batwa pottery and dance centre and the Gisozi Genocide Memorial. Lunch encountered enroute. The City tour takes a couple of hours and so interesting. Thereafter, proceed to Nyungwe National park, check-in at Nyungwe forest lodge.
Day 2 of the 9 days Rwanda Gorilla Safari: Hiking and trekking Colobus trails: Nyungwe forest N.P
Enter Nyungwe forest after breakfast to track the Nyungwe Colobus monkeys. A walk in the forest is a whole learning experience conducted by knowledgeable tour-guides well versed in botany, ornithology and interspecies relationship in this forest. There after, return to your lodge for lunch. Dinner and overnight Nyungwe forest lodge.
Day 3 of the 9 days Rwanda Gorilla Safari: Chimp trekking in Nyungwe forest & Kibuye City
After a cup of coffee, enter Nyungwe forest (0600hrs) to track the chimpanzees; return to the lodge for lunch, thereafter, connect to Kibuye for dinner and overnight in Kibuye Guest house or Hotel Centre Bethanie.
Day 4 of the 9 days Rwanda Gorilla Safari: Kibuye-Gisenyi-Ruhengeri & Kinigi (PNV)
After early break fast, proceed to Kinigi (Volcanoes National Park Head quarters) from Kibuye via Gisenyi and Ruhengeri. This is a 6hrs drive (213Km). The Kibuye-Gisenyi drive traverses the most beautiful sceneries, providing spectacular views of the tea growing countryside of Gisovu and Kayove. Brief stops are provided for photography and refreshment. A 4hrs drive takes us to Gisenyi for lunch and a brief city tour. There after drive for 2hrs to Ruhengeri and finally Kinigi; the base of gorilla tracking. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla’s Nest / Kinigi Guest House.
Day 5 of the 9 days Rwanda Gorilla Safari: Rwanda Gorillas in the Mist: Parc National des Volcans
An early morning breakfast is followed by a drive to Kinigi station – park headquarters for guide allocation and briefing on the Dos’ and Don’ts while tracking mountain Gorillas. This is followed by a drive to the trailheads where hiking and trekking up the hills to the bamboo zone begins. Hiking to the gorillas may take 2-5 hours, depending on their movements. At least an hour with the mountain Gorillas can suffice. Return to your lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the twin volcanic lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. Dinner and overnight stay at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Day 6 of the 9 days Rwanda Gorilla Safari: Day Hike to Volcanic Mountain Bisoke
Enjoy an early morning breakfast and go for hiking Mt Bisoke, with a beautiful spectacular crater lake. The trail traverses the rainforest inhabited by the endangered mountain gorillas that were the subject of the movie – Gorillas in the Mist with Dian Fossey. The hike to the Crater lake takes about 3 hours up and 2 hours down.
Put on long pants to avoid the stinging nettle plants along the trail. The Mt Bisoke hike is suitable for those who are reasonably fit! Return to the lodge for lunch and relax in the evening while discussing the day’s sightings! Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Day 7 of the 9 days Rwanda Gorilla Safari: PNV & Akagera National Park: Boat trip
Start a picnic drive to Kigali after breakfast, enroute, enjoy the rolling hills for which Rwanda is well known. Drive to Akagera National park, through the beautiful undulating plains, composed of dense, broad-leafed woodland, lighter acacia woodland and rolling grassland, also with an extensive series of lakes linked by papyrus swamps forming a sprawling wetland.
After lunch, proceed for a boat trip on Lake Ihema, where you will have a closer look at marine animals like Crocodiles and Hippos, coupled with large concentration of birdlife, with over 525 species identified. Unique species such as Shoe billed stocks and papyrus gonolek are part of the list. Endemics include the jacanas, ibis, sand pipers and herons. Return to Akagera safari Lodge for dinner and overnight!
Day 8 of the 9 days Rwanda Gorilla Safari: Big game drive
An early start this morning as you join your ranger in an open vehicle for your safari into the Akagera National Park. A half day game drive here will allow you the opportunity to spot a variety of wild animals such as elephants, buffalos, lions, Maasai giraffe, gazelles, impala, baboons, oribi, Butchel’s zebra, topi, bush baby, leopard and bushbuck. Have lunch and relax while having a discussion about the safari experience, and prepare for a flight back home.
Day 9 of the 9 days Rwanda Gorilla Safari: Final day in Rwanda
This is the day to say farewell to your fellow travelers, guide and to a country that has been your home for a short while. Following breakfast, you will connect to Kigali, do some shopping and latter transfer to the airport and catch your flight back home.
- Gorilla trekking permit
- Chimpanzee trekking permit
- Full board accommodation
- Transportation in a safari car rental
- Professional English speaking driver
- Entrance fees to tourist sites
- Bottled water while on safari.
- Border crossing fees
- General tips for the driver guide and site guides
- Laundry services
- Other beverages/ drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
- International and domestic flights
- Optional activity fees
- Airport Transfers( Arranged on request)
- Other extras not mentioned in the itinerary.