9 Days Rwanda Gorilla and Wildlife Tour

Massai giraffe in the Akagera park

Massai giraffe in the Akagera park

Day 1: Arrive at Kigali Airport – Transfer to your Hotel in Kigali.

Arrive at Kigali airport, where you will be welcomed by our English/French speaking guide- short briefing- and transfer to your Hotel in Kigali.

Kigali was founded in 1907 as small colonial outpost by Dr. Richard Kant, the first German colonial resident of Rwanda. The city has made tremendous progress since 1994 genocide. Considered one of the safest and friendliest of African capitals, Kigali is blessed with a moderate high altitude climate. It is inhabited by approximately 1 million people who now enjoy the benefits of peace. You will be pleasantly surprised at how comfortable it feels to be among the gentle people of Rwanda who will be delighted to welcome you to their beautiful, exceptionally friendly country.

Overnight: Luxury, High Mid range, Mid Range to Budget Facilities.

Day 2: KIGALI – Akagera National Park

After your morning breakfast, Our English/French speaking Driver/ guide will meet you at your Hotel, short briefing about your tour and immediate transfer to the Akagera National Park in the Eastern Part of Rwanda.

Located in the east of Rwanda on the border with Tanzania, Akagera is 112,000 hectares in size. A river of the same name on its eastern boundary feeds into a labyrinth of lakes that make up the eastern boundary of the park. Rolling grassland and wooded hills make up the western boundary. The park is home to a huge diversity of animal and birdlife, and boasts spectacular scenery.

The drive from Kigali to the Akagera National Park will generally take around 3 Hours passing through Rwanda’s phenomenal landscapes and living style. Upon arrival to your lodge which is located in the park, some few miles away from the southern park entry gate and offering a nice view of Lake Ihema and Shakani for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Luxury, High Mid range, Mid Range to Budget Facilities.

Day 3: Long Game Viewing – Sunset Boat Cruise

Early morning game drive starts with a spectacular sunrise and early morning bird songs. Today will be a long game viewing which takes around 5 – 6 Hours from the south to the northern circuit where we will exit from.

Enjoy the beautiful scenery and landscape through the northern. Plenty of animals can be seen, including elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, hippos, crocodiles and also many other mammal species.

Known as one of the most scenic savannahs in East Africa, the game drive in Akagera provides you with the opportunity to also view gentle hills blending beautifully with lowland swamps and water bodies.

After we will have our picnic lunch in the park and drive to the Lake Ihema and later at around 4PM, we go for the sunset Boat cruise along the shores of Lake Ihema, Rwanda’s second largest lake, yield some great aquatic bird sightings.

This boat trips will give you the opportunity to get close to the crocodiles, Monitor lizards and plentiful water birds including numerous African fish eagles, marabou stork, crowned cranes, open-billed stork, cormorants, herons and egrets. If you are lucky you may even get to see the elusive shoebill stork.

We will return to your Lodge for dinner and overnight after the boat cruise.

Overnight: Luxury, High Mid range, Mid Range to Budget Facilities.

Day 4: Game viewing in Akagera

Today is another day in the Akagera and we will mainly base in the Lakes of Rwanyakizinga, Ihema, Shakani and the plains of Rwisirabo in search for the shoebill.

Other species will be encountered and also a variety of birds species and by chance we may encounter one of your interested bird “The shoebill” which is a rare species.

We will return to your Lodge in the late afternoon for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Luxury, High Mid range, Mid Range to Budget Facilities.

Day 5: Transfer to the Volcanoes National Park

After a leisure morning breakfast, we drive to the volcanoes National Park. The area (formerly called Ruhengeri) in the northwest part of Rwanda, the main base town for Gorilla tracking.

En route we will stop over to Kigali, where you will first do a short city tour of Kigali and after all visit the genocide memorial site, a grim reminder of a senseless massacre of innocent’s lives in 1994. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to 1994 genocide and how Rwanda has dealt with that past. We continue with our tour and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience.

Later we continue to the Volcanoes which take total of around 5 – 6 Hours from the Akagera Park.

The drive is through beautiful rolling hills, awesome landscape, bypassing coffee, tea and banana plantations on a comfortable paved road and is approximately 3 hours from Kigali to your lodge. Check in to your lodge and the rest of your evening enjoying the traditional dances at the lodge and the surroundings of the Lodge.

Overnight: Luxury, High Mid range, Mid Range to Budget Facilities.

Day 6: Gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes National Park

Wake up for an early morning breakfast and at around 6:30AM, we head to the Kinigi park Head quarter.

Today, your gorilla trek is sure to be the highlight of your tour. We will be at the Kinigi ranger station by 7am, where we are allocated guides and briefed before heading into the forest. We will track one of the Ten habituated Gorilla groups in Rwanda. Move in a company of experienced ranger guides through the forest while searching for mountain gorillas. Only eight people are able to track each habituated group. Time taken while searching for these great apes, rangers between 2 to 6 hours depending on the movement of the gorilla groups as their territory can range up to 40km. The park rangers and guides will clear the way and assist you through the forest. Once the gorilla group is located you will spend an hour with them as they feed, rest and play.

For the gorilla trek please bring walking boots, or waterproof trainers and socks. You need to wear long pants whilst walking in the bush due to stinging nettles. Layers are best, as conditions in the tropical rain forest can change from hot to wet and cold in an instant. Start with a long sleeved t-shirt and long pants thick socks and boots, add a fleece and rainproof jacket and you should be right for all conditions. Volcanoes National Park where the gorillas reside is a high altitude rainforest so come prepared for all conditions.

After the trekking, If you will still have energy left you may like to visit the colorful Musanze market and wander through the multitude of stalls selling everything from bananas and beans to brightly coloured materials and of course the kitchen sink.

Musanze is also known as to be the vegetable erea for the country because of its volcanic soil, thus this will be your oportunity have a look on different vegetalbes and fruits in this market. Other options available are visits the Twin Lake ( Burera and Ruhondo),the Ibyiwacu cultural village, a traditional healer and local medicinal garden or nature walk.

Your guide will discuss with you the opportunities available on the day should you wish to get out and about in Musanze. After the visit return to your Lodge for Dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Luxury, High Mid range, Mid Range to Budget Facilities.

Day 7: Transfer to Nyungwe National Park.

After having a morning breakfast at around 7Am, We will proceed to the Southern part of the county in the Nyungwe National Park via Kibuye. The journey to Nyungwe National Park in the South takes around 8 Hours drive. This is also one on of the great experience to explore the Crater Congo Nile trail.

Lunch en-route in Kibuye before proceeding to Nyungwe, Arriving at your Lodge late in the evening- check inn, dinner and overnight.

Nyungwe Forest National Park is a rain forest that is home to 13 different primate species, including humankind’s closest living relative the chimpanzee, in addition to the L’hoest monkeys and the largest known troop of agile Angolan Colobus in the world. Nyungwe Forest is home to some 25% of the African primate species! There are l’hoest monkeys and blue monkeys present and often observed around Uwinka, requiring less strenuous hiking. In addition to these important primate species Nyungwe Forest is alive with a huge floral diversity including at least 140 orchid species. The tall primary forest covers much of the fertile land; bamboo grows on the higher ridges while there are flooded forests and marsh habitats to the south of the National Park. Such diverse habitats attract an enormous range of plant, insect, bird and mammalian species, making Nyungwe a premier destination in East Africa for naturalists. An extensive network of well-maintained walking trails leads through the forest to various waterfalls and viewing points.The best is the Kamiranzovu water fall trail which is the source of numerous livers in the forest and said to be the source of the Nile.

Overnight: Luxury, High Mid range, Mid Range to Budget Facilities.

Day 8: Optional Activities in Nyungwe N. Park.

After an early morning breakfast you will go for one of the optional activities in the morning and the other one in the afternoon.

  1. The nature walk to visiting the Kamiranzovu waterfall one of the huge falls in Nyungwe and the said to be the source of numerous rivers and the nile. The forest comprises amongst many things at least 200 tree species over 280 bird species and more than 100 different types of colorful butterfly which make it a true feast of the senses for the nature lover.
  2. Or the Canopy walk: The Canopy walk is located in the middle of Igishigishi trail and is the biggest walkway in East Africa which is, at its highest point, situated at 90 above the ground, which should enable trekking tourist to gain inside of the upper tree level as well as their inhabitant such as different primate, birds and Orchids. The whole process of planning and building the canopy took at least five years during which there were mainly 250 men constantly involved in the construction process.
  3. Chimpanzee Trekking: Enter the forest to search for these apes! Two species of chimpanzee occur in Africa. There is the Bonobo and the Common Chimpanzee Pan troglodytes (often shortened to Chimpanzee, and sometimes referred to as the Robust Chimpanzee).The largest remaining populations occur in central Africa (Gabon, DR Congo and Cameroon). About only 400 individuals, the population in Rwanda is an endangered one. However; it should be mentioned that it is not guaranteed to see the chimps 100% as they are unpredictable and can move long distances in one day.

After the tour you will return to your Lodge and the rest of the evening enjoying the breeze of the nature of the surroundings.

Overnight: Overnight: Luxury, High Mid range, Mid Range to Budget Facilities.

Day 9: To Kigali – Visit the national Museum en route & the ancient King Palace

After a leisure morning breakfast, transfer to Kigali Via Butare. The Journey which takes about 6 ½  hrs drive. Visiting enroute, the famous National Museum at Butare and the ancient King´s Palace at Nyanza.

The museum was donated in 1989 by the Belgium government with some ethnic collection, the design and concept all realized in co-operation with the Royal Museum for Central Africa of Tervuren; Belgium.Ethnographic objects are grouped together according to the theme giving premium information on the daily life. Traditional ceramics and basketry are still manufactured and belong to the finest handicrafts of the region. The National Museum remained surprisingly untouched during the civil war in 1994. Have Lunch in Butare and if time allows you can also visit the Murambi Genocide Memorial and this is one of the genocide museums that really witness the true reality about the Rwandan Genocide.

Later we will head to the airport for your out bound flight.

End of the Tour – Welcome back

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  1. Kerry Hall says:

    hello, i wonder how much the 5 day trip is to rwanda and uganda. I am interested in the beginning of june this year – in few a few days… thank you.
    1 adult and 2 children ages 15 and 17

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