7 Days Rwanda Gorillas & Wildlife Safari

Day 1: Arrival in Kigali

Welcome to Rwanda where you will be met on arrival by our representative who will take you to your hotel in Kigali for overnight. Depending on your arrival time, we would have a city tour of Kigali to include a visit to the genocide memorial centre at Gisozi as well as the local craft markets.

Accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at:

Kigali Serena Hotel/Hotel des Mille Collines/Chez Lando Hotel

 

Day 2: Drive to Akagera National Park

In the morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to Akagera National Park for wildlife viewing. This is the only park in Rwanda where you can do a game drive and view savannah based wild animals. The Park is one of the most complex Savannah ecosystems in Rwanda and in East Africa as a whole with abundant birdlife, beautiful landscapes, and the big game animals. Upon arrival, you will go for a cone ride on Lake Ihema which will reward you with stunning views of the Park’s water loving animals.

Accommodation on Fullboard basis at:

Ruzizi Tented Camp/Akagera Game Lodge

 

Day 3: Full day game viewing in Akagera National Park

After breakfast, you will set out for a full day game viewing safari within the Park with your packed lunch. Explore the park and search for the big game found only in this park in Rwanda for instance; Giraffes, Elephants, Lions, and Buffaloes and so on. Return in the evening to your lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Accommodation on Fullboard basis at:

Ruzizi Tented Camp/Akagera Game Lodge

 

Day 4: Transfer back to Kigali and Kigali City Tour

After breakfast, depending on the success of the previous day, we will have a game drive through the park and later, return to Kigali for a city tour to include a visit to the genocide memorial centre at Gisozi as well as the local craft markets, and later head to your hotel and relax as you prepare to explore the country’s other tourism attractions.

Accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at:

Kigali Serena Hotel/Hotel des Mille Collines/Chez Lando Hotel

 

 

 

Day 5: Transfer from Kigali to Parc National des Volcans

We shall meet at youir hotel after breakfast and leisurely drive to Ruhengeri the gorilla tracking capital of Rwanda. This scenic drive will take about 2 and a half hours enjoying the rolling hills and truly evidencing why the country is dubbed the Land of a thousand hills.

Accommodation on Fullboard basis at:

Virunga Lodge/Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge/Kinigi Guest Gouse

 

Day 6: Gorilla Tracking in Parc National des Volcans

After breakfast you will report to the park headquarters in Kinigi where your guide will accomplish the necessary formalities for you of allocating you a gorilla family to track. You will meet your ranger guide(s) for a briefing about the gorilla tracking formality and how everything will be conducted from the start to the finish point; also you will be briefed on how you are to conduct yourself in the forest before and after encountering the gorillas. Return afterwards for lunch at your hotel or at Ruhengeri. Time permitting, we shall have an excursion to explore the beautiful twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo in the region or just conduct a village walk in Ruhengeri or visit the Iby’Iwacu traditional village, where the local community displays the traditional ways of living.

Accommodation on Fullboard basis at:

Virunga Lodge/Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge/Kinigi Guest Gouse

 

Day 7: Optional activities and transfer to Kigali

In case you wish to take another day tracking the gorillas in parc National des Voclans, today is the days and we recommend you visit one of the groups with a longer hiking time; the Susa group which is located on the slopes of the Karisimbi volcano and has more than 35 members will give you a great sense of achievement.

Alternatively, you may opt for other hikes in the park to include: A walk to visit the Golden Monkeys. Listed as “endangered”, the habituated groups of about 40 individuals are the only ones to be found in Africa, an excursion to Dian Fossey’s grave of and the former Karisoke Research Center or a hike to the top of the Bisoke volcano (3.711 m) and its beautiful crater lake. Afterwards, drive back to Kigali, enjoying the beautiful scenery along the way.