The tour will begin and end in Kigali Rwanda’s capital and its largest city, you will visit Akagera national park in the north eastern part of Rwanda for game viewing and launch cruise on the lake Ihema, continue to Nyungwe forest national park a home to a wide variety of primate species coupled with the chimpanzee the closest relative of man. From Nyungwe, you will head to Kibuye Town and relax at the Lake Kivu the northern part of Rwanda and track the endangered mountain gorillas. Not forget the Kigali city tour.
Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Akagera National park.
you will be picked up by our safari guide from your hotel/lodge in the morning after breakfast and then after, he will take you for a Kigali city tour and visit some of the interesting places in Kigali, places to visit include the Kigali genocide memorial site a burial site for the victims of 1994 genocide, visit the national museum, visit the cultural sites and hand and craft markets. after lunch our guide/driver will transfer you to Akagera national park with a scenic drive all through, you will Arrive at the lodge/camp in the evening check in for relaxation dinner and an overnight at, (Budget): Shakani Campsite, Mutamba Campsite, Muyumba Campsite, (Mid-range): Akagera Game Lodge, Umbrella Pine or Dereva Hotel, (luxury)Akagera Game Lodge
Day 2: Game drive and boat cruise on Lake Ihema
After an early morning cup of tea/coffee, embark on a game drive to catch up with very many predators rushing to their hide-outs games expects to see include lions, spotted hyena, leopard and many other the impalas, zebras, bushbucks, elephants, giraffes, buffalos, cape eland, black tailed mongoose, Oribi and some species of primates. After this moment retire to the lodge for full breakfast and lunch, after lunch, in the afternoon embark on another activity boat cruise on Lake Ihema here you will be rewarded with more chance to view more species of birds and animals including schools of hippos and crocodiles just meters from the boat and many species of water birds like papyrus Gonolek and shoebill storks. retire to the lodge for Dinner and overnight at: (Budget): Akagera Game Lodge, Shakani Campsite, Mutamba Campsite, Muyumba Campsite, (Mid-range): Akagera Game Lodge, Umbrella Pine or Dereva Hotel, (luxury)Akagera Game Lodge
Day 3: Leave Akagera to Nyungwe forest national park
Wake up early for breakfast and then after, embark on a long drive to Nyungwe forest national park a home to primate species. The park is known as the largest block of montane forest in East or Central Africa, and perhaps one of the most ancient, dating back to before the last Ice Age. Arrive in Butare town in time for lunch, after visit the Butare national Museum and the genocide memorial site. From here, you will be transferred to your pre-booked accommodation, check in for relaxation dinner and an overnight at Nyungwe forest Lodge/ Nyungwe top View Hill Hotel, Nyungwe Guest house/ (Gisakula Gust House,
Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe forest national park
After a morning breakfast and briefing from the park wardens about the activity, you will depart for guided nature walk where you will be in position to meet very many species of primates that reside in the park including chimpanzees the closest relatives to human sharing almost 98% of human genes. The time taken to meet the chimps is unpredictable since they are wild animals they move freely in their natural habitat however the search can last up to 7 hours, so reasonable degree of fitness is needed. Once the apes are met, you are only allowed one hour with them while taking photos and videos with them (flash cameras are not allowed), other primate species to see include the colobus monkey, l’hoests monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey or blue monkey. Birdwatchers will also appreciate the exceptional rich bird life. After the activity, you will retire to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. If the evening is free go for a community walk/ Canopy walk for more chance to view various species of primates and birds like the black and white casqued hornbill and the Rwenzori Turacco among others. Dinner and an overnight at Luxury: Nyungwe Forest Lodge/Midrange: Nyungwe Tophill View Lodge/ Budget: Gisakura Guest House/Peace Guest House
Day 5: Drive to Kibuye
Our safari guide will drive you to Lake Kivu after breakfast at the lodge to explore the lake. However on your way to Kibuye, you will have a stopover and visit the Genocide Memorial site of Bisesero a burial cemetery for over 25000, over 1 million people were killed during the 1994 genocide and the majority were the Tutsi and a few Hutu’s. After, you will have lunch and some relaxation on the shores of Lake Kivu. Dinner and an overnight at Luxury: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel/Budget: Moriah Hill Lodge
Day 6: Transfer to Ruhengeri -Volcanoes National Park
After breakfast, you will go on the lake and enjoy a speed-boat trip which will take you up to Gisenyi, you will have your lunch in Gisenyi and then after our safari guide will drive you to Ruhengeri or Kinigi where you will have your dinner and an overnight stay at. Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Virunga Lodge/Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge/Midrange: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge/La Palme Hotel/ Budget: Kinigi Guest House/Hotel Muhabura
Day 7: Gorilla Trekking
You will get up very early for breakfast, after our safari guide will drive you to the park headquarters in Kinigi to receive short briefings from the park wardens about the all gorilla tracking process and also get you allocated to the gorilla family and the ranger guide. After, head to the thick rainforest to begin the search of our closest relatives the gorillas sharing almost 97% of human make-up. The walks might be difficult so some physical fitness is needed as well as study pair of walking shoes/boots, the trek is unpredictable it can go up to full day, however once the gorillas are met, you are only allowed an hour with them while taking photography and videos with them (flash cameras are not allowed) after this wonderful activity, retire back to the lodge for relaxation. However should the evening be free take a tour to lakes Burera and Ruhondo. Dinner and an overnight at Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Virunga Lodge/Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge/Midrange: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge/La Palme Hotel/ Budget: Kinigi Guest House/Hotel Muhabura
After a hearty breakfast at the lodge, you will embark on the transfer back to Kigali, and meet your departure flight back home if scheduled on this day.
End of safari
The safari includes
- Transportation and fuel in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
- Full Board Accommodation on Safari as included in the itinerary
- 1 gorilla permit per person
- 1 chimp per permit per person
- Lake Kivu
- Game drive
- Launch cruise on lake Ihema
- Kigali city tour
- Full English Speaking driver guide and all his associated expenses. We can also provide any other foreign language speaking guide on request.
- Park entrance fees
- Any other Activity fees as mentioned in the Itinerary
But it exclude,
- Accommodation in Kigali unless is on itinerary
- Visa fees,
- Airport taxes
- Item of personal nature, like bar bills, tipping, Laundry ,Beverages
- Optional Activity fees
- Other extra expenses not included above.