Get the best of an adventure holiday in Rwanda on the 6 days Rwanda gorilla and wildlife safari. The tour takes us to the only Savannah game park in Rwanda, Akagera National Park for an exhilarating experience of wildlife viewing on a game drive and boat cruise on Lake Ihema and then to Volcanoes National Park for gorilla trekking. Trekking for mountain gorillas in this park is a fascinating task of hiking the hilly terrains through the dense rain forest that also keeps other wildlife including golden monkeys and a variety of forest birds. The Iby’iwachu cultural village is worth visiting for an amusing cultural encounter.
Highlights of the 6 day gorilla trekking and wildlife Rwanda safari
- Day 1: Arrival at Kigali international airport
- Day 2: Transfer to Akagera National Park
- Day 3: Game drive and Boat cruise on Lake Ihema
- Day 4: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
- Day 5: Gorilla trekking and cultural encounter
- Day 6: Return to Kigali
Day 1: Arrival and Transfer from the airport to preferred hotel in Kigali
On arrival at Kigali international airport,you are received by our company driver who transfers you to the hotel for a relaxation and overnight prior to the countryside travel for our adventure activities. Get the briefingof the entire 6 days safariand the program for the next day including the pick up time.
Day 2: Transfer to Akagera National Park
The safari guide picks you up after your breakfast to head to Akagera national park. We get lunch en route and proceed to the park. When we arrive at the park, we go for a game drive along the Lake Circuit to try our luck of spotting animals like zebras, buffaloes, giraffes and hippos among others.
Drive to the lodge, check in for dinner and the overnight stay.
Accommodation: Hotel Isimbi-budget, Iris Hotel-midrange, Hotel Des Milles Colline-luxury
Meal plan: lunch and dinner
Day 3: Morning Game Drive and Afternoon Boat Cruise
We raise up early and have breakfast then go for a game drive out in the plains in search of the grazers and some predators. The game drive starts at around 6:30am, to increase our chances of sighting hunters including lions and the rest of the Big 5; elephants, buffaloes and if lucky, a leopard can be spotted. The drive takes us around the northern sector to Mutumba hill which offers breathtaking views of the landscape. Other animalsseen in the park include waterbucks, topis, elands, oribis, roanantelopes, duikers and many others.
Drive back to the lodge for a relaxation and go for a boat cruise after enjoying our yummy lunch.Going for the afternoon boat cruiseis one of best ways to watch large numbers ofanimals at the shores of the lake. Birds, hippos and crocodiles are commonly seen during the boat ride.
We get back to the lodge for dinner and later on rest.
Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 4: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
After the delightful moments in Akagera, we leave the park after breakfast for Volcanoes national park in the north of Rwanda. We drive smoothly towards the northwest expecting to arrive at the park early evening. It is a relaxed drive cheered up with stunning views of the endless rolling hills of Rwanda. when we arrive in Musanze district at the park, we check in at the booked lodge for dinner, prepare for gorilla trekking and rest.
Accommodation options: Bisate lodge-luxury, Le Bambou Gorilla lodge-midrange, Muhabura hotel-budget
Mal plan: full board
Day 5: Gorilla Trekking and a visit to the Iby’iwachu Cultural Village
We wake up early, probably by 6:00am and grab breakfast. With packed lunch and enough drinking water, we drive to the park headquarters for briefing and allocation of the group to trek with. The trek starts at 8:00am with an armed ranger guide through the forest to areas where the mountain gorillas are expected to be found. Trekking duration is not clearly defined but rather is determined by how far these apes will have moved.
When we come across the group of gorillas, we are given an hour to stay with them, see how they play, observe and learn about them before returning to the headquarters.The driver guide transfers us to the lodge after the trek and later on in the evening, he takes us to the nearby cultural village for a thrilling encounter with the locals. As they sing and dance, you can join them and try out your dance moves following the sounds of their local instruments. As the day gets to dusk, we return to the lodge for dinner and the overnight.
Day 6: Departure for Kigali
Following breakfast at our overnight lodge, we check out and depart for Kigali for a city tour. The city tour includes a visit to Kigali Genocide memorial Centre and other places of interest like art and craft markets that display a variety of items good for souvenirs. Drop off at agreed up on location in Kigali.
Meal plan: breakfast and lunch
End of tour
The package includes;
- Transportation from and back to Kigali
- 4X4 Safari vehicle
- Professional safari guide
- Bottled drinking water
- Accommodation and meals per itinerary
- Activities mentioned in the itinerary
- Park entry fees
- Gorilla trekking permit