Let us take you on 8-days Rwanda Wildlife Safari in Rwanda. The safari offers the opportunity for once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters. You’ll drive through Akagera National Park tracking the famous African BIG 5 game, track chimpanzees, and spot monkeys, baboons, and other wildlife in Nyungwe National Park. Trekking deep into the forests of Volcanoes National Park, you’ll search for endangered mountain gorillas with expert local gorilla rangers. You’ll also have an opportunity to explore Kigali and its colorful markets.
Safari Highlights of the Tour
- Kigali City Tour, colorful markets, reconciliation village
- Rwanda Wildlife Day Game Drives,
- Boat ride on Lake Ihema
- Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park
- Golden Monkey and Dian Fossey Project
DAY 1: Arrival in Kigali – Reconciliation Village
This Rwanda Gorillas, Chimps & Wildlife Tour starts here after you arrive at Kigali International Airport. Upon arrival, you are met with a safari driver guide and transferred to the Serena Kigali Hotel. This afternoon you will visit the Reconciliation Village in Bugesera a government initiative where survivors of the genocide live side by side with the repentant former perpetrators of the genocide. Listen to their story about forgiveness and moving forward as a community.
Accommodation and Meals at Hotel Des Mille Collines
DAY 2: Transfer to Akagera National Park
Morning drive to Akagera National Park in the east of Rwanda, a dramatic landscape of rolling hills, savannah, and woodland interspersed with a series of lakes. You may see giraffes, hippos, buffaloes, Zebra, Crocodiles, and other wildlife.
Accommodation and Meals at Ruzizi Tented Camp
DAY 3: Game drive and Lake Ihema Boat cruise
On this day, you will head out for a morning game drive that starts with a spectacular sunrise. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and landscape through the northern part of the park, where most of the animals prefer to inhabit. After lunch, head out for a boat cruise on Lake Ihema, look out for hippos, and crocodiles, as well as a variety of bird species.
Accommodation and Meals at Ruzizi Tented Camp
DAY 4: Transfer back to Kigali – Volcanoes National Park
Early morning, you will exit the park and proceed back to Kigali arriving in time for lunch and thereafter heading to Volcanoes National Park arriving in the evening for relaxation. Accommodation and Meals at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.
DAY 5: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park.
Arise early today and prepare for the highlight of your safari, an unforgettable encounter with the Gentle Giants! Following breakfast, transfer to the national park offices where you will be allocated a gorilla family in group 8 as well as a gorilla tracking guide. After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide touching on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions, you drive to the trailhead for the start of a thrilling adventure.
Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; feeding, moving around, playing, and grooming– it is a totally unique and unforgettable experience! Thereafter head back to the lodge for relaxation. Accommodation and Meals at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.
DAY 6: Golden Monkey Hike and Dian Fossey Project
Breakfast and then head for the Golden Monkey Tracking: This is one of Africa’s rarest primates and can be found playing and feeding in the rich bamboo forests. After lunch, you will visit the Dian Fossey project- this takes a 3 -4 hours activity to the graveyard where several of Dian Fossey’s favorite gorillas were buried and Dian Fossey is also buried near the graves of her beloved gorillas. Take a look at the facility- labs, and research center and meet the researchers plus staff who work on the dian fossey project. Accommodation and Meals at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.
DAY 7: Volcanoes National Park – Kigali
Depart Volcanoes National Park after a relaxed breakfast and head back to Kigali arriving in time for lunch. After lunch, you will spend the day at leisure or have a city town visiting the Kimironko Market, the busiest market in town.
Vendors here sell produce from Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, while locals from all over the city head here to stock up on fruit, vegetables, fabric, clothing, shoes, and general household necessities. This is the place to experience Rwanda at its liveliest.
DAY 8: Departure
Relaxed breakfast and then transfer to Kigali International Airport for your onward flight back home.
Included in the 8 days Rwanda Wildlife Safari
Ground transportation in a safari customized 4WD Toyota Land cruiser with gasoline/fuel, Mineral water in the vehicle, services of an English speaking Driver/guide, Accommodation, Meals, all Park Entrance Fees, *Gorilla Tracking USD 1500 pp, Chimpanzee Permits, Golden Monkey Hike, Canopy Walk, Birdwatching excursion, All historical and cultural activities, Boat rides where applicable, Statutory Taxes.
Excluded in the 8 days Rwanda Wildlife Safari
International Airfares; Excess baggage charges; Rwanda Entry Visa Fees USD 30 per person, Room service, Beverages, Communications charges (telephone, fax, internet), Laundry, etc.; Postage fees, Porterage fees, Tips and Gratuities for your Driver/guide and Hotels staff, Shopping charges for Curios and Crafts, International Airport Departure Taxes, Optional activities, Any other services not expressly shown in the itinerary or indicated as included.