This trip will give you a classic African outlook of Rwanda – the land of “a thousand Hills.” Enjoy the different backdrops of Rwanda as you turn along the winding roads. The parks are a mixture of savannah, forest, and mountainous giving you varied sights of Rwanda. From Elephants, Zebras to Chimpanzees and Gorillas including boat rides on Lake Kivu are some of the highlights on this safari and cultural encounter.
- Game drive in Akagera national park
- Boat ride on Lake Ihema
- Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest
- Canopy Walk in Nyungwe Forest
- Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes
- Lake Kivu
- Photography moments
Day 1: Arrival for Rwanda Wildlife and Primate Safari
Welcome to the beautiful land of “a thousand hill.” Our guide/ representative staff will be at the airport to pick you. Have lunch in the city and proceed to Akagera National Park there after arriving late afternoon.
Day 2: Explore Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park is a Savannah park with Elephants, Zebras, Giraffes, Buffaloes and recently introduced Lions, after breakfast we take a game drive to the northern sector of the park in search of these animals. The game drives can last for over 3 hours depending on the animal sightings and interest. Return to lodge for lunch and take a boat trip on Lake Ihema for Hippos and Crocodiles.
Day 3: Depart for the home of chimpanzees – Nyungwe national park
This morning we depart for Nyungwe forest in southern Rwanda with a stopover for lunch in Huye formerly known as Butare. Huye hosts the ethnographic museum of Rwanda that was formerly known as the national museum of Rwanda, here we will learn about the culture and history of the Rwandan people. We arrive in Nyungwe forest later in the evening.
Day 4: Chimpanzee Tracking in Nyungwe forest
After an early breakfast, we leave for Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe forest. We arrive at the briefing point at Uwinka park headquarters at 5am. The forest is rich in botanical diversity and home to 13 species of primates including Chimpanzees, L’Hoest monkeys, and Columbus monkeys, with about 300 bird species and several butterflies. Your ranger guide will lead you to either the Uwinka trailhead or the Cyamudongo sector for chimp trekking.
Day 5: Gorillas in the Mist – Rwanda tour
We leave for Volcanoes national park after breakfast, enjoy the sights of Lake Kivu and winding roads in the land of a thousand hills. We arrive at the hotel later that evening.
Day 6: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park
Meet the mountain gorillas in the dense jungles of the Virunga ranges. The trek to the gorillas starts with a briefing at the park headquarters in Kinigi where you are assigned a ranger and gorilla family to trek. The trek through the habitat of these enormous animals is a fulfilling unforgettable experience that many people look to undertake. Only 95 people do trek gorillas in this park per day. The trek can last from an hour to seven 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 opportunities for a cultural group performance, visit to twin lakes or Batwa visit – alternatively you can choose to rest.
Day 7: Shores of Lake Kivu
AS you reminisce on your experience with the mountain gorillas, we leave for Gisenyi on the shores of Lake Kivu where we visit the hot springs, take a boat trip to an island, visit DRC-Rwanda border, and relax at the lakeside in the evening.
Day 8: End of the Remarkable Rwanda wildlife Safari
After a relaxed morning, we leave for Kigali for your return flight or hotel.