Rwanda Discovery Safari

Highlights

Experience all highlights in just one trip! Travel from the capital city of Kigali to the wilderness in Akagera. Enjoy a true jungle experience in Nyungwe Forest where you can track the chimpanzees, unwind at the shores of the beautiful Lake Kivu. Your safari ends with the ultimate highlight: a meeting with Africa’s mountain gorillas!

Safari Highlights:

  • Historical city tour in Kigali
  • Wildlife viewing in the remote Akagera National Park
  • Exciting chimpanzee tracking
  • Relaxing at the beach at Lake Kivu
  • Close encounter with the Mountain Gorillas

Day to day program

Day 1 >>  Arrival

Welcome to the Land of the Thousand Hills! Arrival at Kigali Airport where you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2  >>  Kigali

Full day in the vibrant capital city of Kigali, where you can enjoy a guided city tour and visit some interesting, historical sites. Learn more about Rwanda’s heart-rending history at the Genocide Memorial Centre and visit the Nyamata Church. You will also have the opportunity to stroll at the colorful markets or buy traditional African handworks at the Craft Village.

Day 3 >>  Kigali – Akagera National Park

After breakfast we calmly transfer to the eastern part of the country. Reaching the unexplored Akagera National Park you will be surprised by the changes in landscape and vegetation. After checking in at your accommodation you will go for an afternoon game drive for a first introduction with Rwanda’s wildlife.

Day 4 >> Akagera National Park

Early in the morning we will follow the tracks in search of elephants, lions, buffalos and a variety of birds. Return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon we will experience the park from a different perspective with a scenic boat trip along Lake Ihema. You will float quietly past herds of hippos and huge crocodiles lying lazy on the shores.

Day 5 >>  Akagera National Park – Kigali

Enjoy another morning game drive before we head back to Kigali. Afternoon at leisure and possibility to explore the city at your own convenience.

Day 6 >> Kigali – Nyungwe Forest National Park

After breakfast we transfer towards the southern part of the country. En route we will make a stop to visit the Royal Palace Museum in Nyanza, the Rwanda National Museum in Butare, which houses one of the finest collections in East Africa and we will have lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon we continue to the mysterious rain forest of Nyungwe, a true birders paradise and renowned for its many species of primates.

Day 7  >>  Nyungwe Forest National Park

A full day to enjoy the magical surroundings of Nyungwe Forest National Park! In the morning we will go for an exciting primate walk in search of the habituation chimpanzees. Afternoon at leisure or if you’re looking for some more adventure, why not join an optional forest walk or canopy tour?!

Day 8 >>  Nyungwe Forest National Park – Lake Kivu

From Nyungwe Forest we continue to Lake Kivu for some relaxation. It is the largest lake in Rwanda and beautifully located amid mountains and green hills. Enjoy lunch in the romantic town of Kibuye, before checking in at your accommodation in Gisenyi.

Day 9 >>  Lake Kivu – Volcanoes National Park

In the morning you have the opportunity to visit the nearby Hot Springs of Bralirwa or go for a boat ride on the lake, while exploring the small islands and rich birdlife. After lunch we will have a short drive to one of the most beautiful national parks of the country: Volcanoes National Park.

Day 10 >>  Gorilla tracking

Today you will have the opportunity to spend some time with the endangered mountain gorillas. You will make a beautiful hike through the green landscape and hills of the Virunga Volcanoes. Spend a magical hour with these amazing creatures while your guide will explain more about the family and their behavior.

In the afternoon we will visit the village Iby’Iwacu, located in the shadows of the Virunga Volcanoes, where reformed poachers showcase the traditional Rwandan way of life.

Day 11 >>  Volcanoes National Park – Kigali

Have a relaxed breakfast and enjoy the beautiful scenery one more time as we calmly transfer back to Kigali with (packed) lunch. Depending on the time of your international flight you will be dropped at Kigali International Airport.

Travel details

Safari Package price:     

Please contact our Tour Consultants for the detailed price information

Included in the price:

  • Airport transfer to/from Kigali Airport
  • Ground transport per private 4WD vehicle
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as described in the itinerary
  • Bottled mineral water in the vehicle
  • Entrance fees and ranger fees for national parks
  • Activities and excursions mentioned in the program
  • Permit for chimpanzee tracking
  • AMREF Evacuation Air Ambulance insurance

Exclusions:

  • International flight
  • Visa for Rwanda
  • Permit for gorilla tracking
  • Any optional activities
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned above
  • Items of personal nature
  • Tips