This 6 days Rwanda wildlife and gorilla safari will give the two ultimate safari experiences i.e. game drives in Akagera national park and gorilla trekking in volcanoes national park. The Akagera national park is the only Savannah park in Rwanda hosting a number of big mammals with the most sought after being Lions, Buffaloes, Giraffes, Zebras and Hippos which will provide for great photographic moments. After this experience proceed to the volcanoes national park for an unforgettable encounter with the mountain gorillas on a gorilla trekking experience.

Highlights on the 6 days Rwanda wildlife and gorilla safari

  • Kigali city tour
  • Game drive in Akagera national park
  • Optional – Boat trip on Lake Ihema
  • Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park
  • Iby’Iwacu cultural Village

Itinerary for the 6 days Rwanda wildlife and gorilla safari

Day 1: Arrival for the 6 days Rwanda Wildlife and Gorilla Safari

Today you start the amazing experience touring Rwanda on this wildlife and gorilla safari. Kagera Safaris driver guide will pick you up from your hotel or at the Kigali international airport on your arrival. You will have an opportunity to take a short Kigali city tour to different sites in the city depending on your arrival time.

Meal plan – Dinner

Accommodation

Up market – Kigali Radisson Blu

Mid-range – Hotel Villa Portofino

Budget – Quiet haven Lodge

Day 2: Kigali city tour

After a breakfast, we explore Kigali on the Kigali city tour visiting key areas like Genocide Memorial, craft centers, Kandt National Museum etc. You can choose which sites to visit because in the afternoon we journey to Akagera national park after having lunch in the city. Akagera National Park is located in eastern Rwanda, our journey will be about 2 hours arriving late afternoon continuing to the lodge for check-in.

Journey time – 2 hours

Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Up market – Ruzizi tented camp

Mid-range – Akagera game lodge

Budget – Dereva hotel

Day 3: Exploring wildlife in Akagera national park

giraffe-akageraWe arise early and leave right after breakfast to explore Akagera national park in search of the big mammals like Elephants, Giraffes, Buffaloes, several Antelope species and recently the re-introduced Lions. Most of the gamed drives happen in the northern part of the park where we will spend the better part of the day and return to the lodge later that afternoon. Akagera national park is is the biggest in Rwanda with beautiful scenery and landscape. It has varied habitats for wildlife and a birders haven with over 500 species in the park. There are also opportunities to explore the park on foot together with a ranger by taking a nature walk, this can be incorporated on request especially in the afternoon. You also have opportunities of a boat safari on Lake Ihema to watch Hippos and crocodiles in the water or by the shores.

Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Transfer from Akagera national park to Volcanoes national park 

volcanoes park rwandaAfter breakfast, we relieve the great wildlife safari experience in Akagera national park before transferring to the volcanoes national park where the massive gentles giants inhabit. It is a natural habitat for the mountain gorillas providing the perfect environment and food for the gorillas. Volcanoes national park is located in northern Rwanda about 2 hours from Kigali in Kinigi, Musanze. The drive from Akagera national park to Musanze will be through Kigali city, enjoy several villages with great landscape views. You can ask the drive to stop for picture moments at different view points. You will see the endless hills and understand why indeed Rwanda is referred to as ‘the land of a thousand hills’. We will arrive to the lodge later that evening ready for the gorilla hike the next day.

Journey time – 4 hours

Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Up market – Mt Gorilla view Lodge

Mid-range – Le Bambou gorilla lodge

Budget – Garden palace

Day 5: Rwanda Gorilla trekking safari

silverback-gorillaAfter a good restful night, your whole agenda today is tied to meeting the mountain gorillas in the lush and dense jungles of the Virunga ranges – precisely the volcanoes national park. Your driver guide will transfer you to the briefing place right after your early breakfast to listen from the ranger guide on how to behave while in the park and divide you into the different gorilla groups. In the meantime as you wait for the briefing enjoy the Rwandan cultural dances and the freshly brewed Rwandan coffee. After a briefing from at the visitors Center – you embark on the trek that will eventually bring you to the gorillas in their natural habitat. The trek can last from an hour to several hours depending on where the gorillas nested the previous night – you need to be relatively fit to enjoy this experience.

Depending on the time the gorilla tracking lasts, you have an opportunity to visit the Iby’iwacu cultural village for a taste of the Rwandan culture.

Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: End of your 6 day Rwanda Wildlife and Gorilla Safari

We hope that you have had a fantastic time exploring the wildlife and culture of Rwanda and will look back at these memories with smile. This is the last day of your safari, after a lazy morning we start journey to Kigali for your return flight or hotel. If your flight in later in the night you can add an optional activity like golden monkey trekking, hike one of the virungas, visit Dian Fossey’s tomb and learn more about her conservation work.

Tour includes 

  • Ground transport per 4WD
  • Bottled water
  • Full board accommodation
  • Park entrance fees
  • Game drive
  • Boat trips
  • Service of an English-speaking driver guide
  • All mentioned activities except for the optional ones

Tour Excludes

  • Extras at the accommodation i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
  • Tips to porters and driver/ guide
  • Insurance

GORILLA TREKKING TIPS

  • Mountain gorillas live at high altitude and this may cause difficulties for some visitors. You should pace yourself and drink plenty of water.
  • Warm clothing is advised as the trekking is done at 1,700 m above sea level so is generally quite cold.
  • Recommended clothing is long trousers and long sleeved sweaters or shirts while in the forest to avoid insect stings.
  • Waterproof hiking boots are essential and rain gear useful.
  • Carry your day pack with lunch or some snacks. Eating, drinking and smoking near the gorillas is forbidden – designated time and place will be communicated.
  • Photography is permitted, although you must not use flash
  • Porters are available to help you carry your day pack for a small charge.

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