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9 Days Rwanda culture and gorilla safari

On this 9 days Rwanda cultural and gorilla safari experience the authentic Rwandan culture and heritage coupled with the amazing gorilla trekking experience. The drive to the countryside of Rwanda will grant you beautiful views of the Rwandan landscape the land of a thousand hills. You will visit Akagera national park and thereafter a pastoral cultural home to engage in activities surrounding the cow.

Safari Highlights

  • Game drive
  • Cultural and community experiences
  • Boat ride
  • Gorilla tracking
  • Photography moments

Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrival for a cultural experience of Rwanda

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.

Drive time – 20 minutes
Kigali Serena / Kigali Marriott

Day 2: Reconciliation village & Kigali City Tour

You will start the morning with a tour of the genocide reconciliation village outside of Kigali city and hear the stories of genocide survivors as they live alongside the perpetrators. If any time is lest after this experience, visit the Kigali genocide memorial,  Kandt museum and shop for art and crafts.

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Kigali Serena / Kigali Marriott

Day 3: Transfer to Akagera National Park

After breakfast, you will visit the remaining sites you might have missed in Kigali. You then start the journey to Akagera National Park located in eastern Rwanda, arriving in the afternoon continuing to the lodge for check-in. You can have short stopovers en route to Akagera park for photo moments of the beautiful landscape.

Drive time – 2 hours 30 minutes  or Helicopter ( Augusta) – 30 minutes
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Magashi Camp / Ruzizi tented camp

Day 4: Game drive and boat safari

akagera-national-park-waterbuckWe shall start with a morning game drive in the northern part of the park where we look out for some of the large mammals in this area. They include Elephants, Giraffes, Zebras, Buffaloes and the recently re-introduce lions. There was human wildlife conflict in this area which was solved by fencing one side of the park near communities.

In the afternoon, we shall do a boat ride on Lake Ihema or you can choose to relax at the lodge. We will overnight in the park eager to experience the community the next day.

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Magashi Camp / Ruzizi tented camp

Day 5: Visit a homestead for a Rwandan cultural experience

culture-tours-rwandaEastern Rwanda is relatively flatter than most of the country and preferred by the pastoralists. We will visit a homestead of cattle keepers and engage in the different activities. We start early morning with milking cows with hands as opposed to machines. The herdsman will guide you on how to soothe the cow and milk it. After the session, you set the cows for the days grazing. You also have lessons on how milk is converted traditionally into different products like ghee and yoghurt.

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Magashi Camp / Ruzizi tented camp

Day 6: Transfer to Volcanoes national park

After breakfast, we relieve the cultural experiences in the homestead and transfer to the volcanoes national park. The park is located in northern Rwanda about 2 hours from Kigali. You have several photography opportunities as you travel north to the volcanoes. We will arrive to the lodge later that evening ready for the gorilla hike the next day.

Drive time –  6 hours Or Helicopter (Robinson) –  35 minutes
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Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge / Virunga Lodge

Day 7: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park

mountain-gorilla-volcanoes-parkHave an early breakfast and transfer to the gorilla briefings area at the park headquarters in Kinigi. After briefing, you will be given a gorilla family and allocated a ranger guide to lead your group in the forest. Your driver guide will advise on whether you need to drive abit before you start on the trail head to the jungles of the Virunga Volcano.

This experience in the wild is like no other and  one you will remember the rest of your life when you come face to face with  a mountain gorilla family. You can only spend one hour  locating them after which you start the trek back.

B, L & D
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge / Virunga Lodge

Day 8: Gorilla Guardians Village

gorilla-guardians-villageToday we will transfer to the gorilla guardians village which was formerly known as Iby’iwacu cultural village. Part of the day will be spent here learning about how the Rwandan people lived in their community traditionally which is climaxed by experience of having a King and Queen. Enjoy a traditional dance performed by the group, and learn about how they made traditional beer and local cuisines.

The other part of the day will be spent in the community where you will visit a village home and be part of their daily life. You will prepare a meal together with them and after enjoy eating this same meal.

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Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge / Virunga Lodge

Day 9: End of the Rwanda Cultural Experience Safari

We hope its been worthwhile exploring Rwandan cultural heritage and community experiences with an addition of game drive and mountain gorillas in Rwanda.  After a late breakfast, we shall transfer to your hotel in Kigali or the airport for your flight back home.

Drive time –  2 hours 30 minutes Or Helicopter (Robinson) –  35 minutes
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