The 9 days Rwanda wildlife safari takes you to volcanoes gorilla national park, where the 200 species of endangered mountain gorillas are found, Rwanda has now 8 gorilla families for Rwanda gorilla trekking safari, gorilla safari Rwanda, Eco tours Rwanda under Nature Adventure Africa Safaris Limited can arrange for you this Rwanda safari from Akagera National Park via Nyungwe Forest and then end with the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park which habits the Dian Fossey Centre and the safari can be customized based on the group size!
Day1: Kigali-Rwanda-Akagera National Park
Upon arrival meet the guide/driver and take short Kigali city tour. Thereafter transfer to Akagera National Park which is composed of wetland, woodland and savannah with the lowest point of Rwanda. Lunch and after take an evening photographic game drive to some of the African big 5 and other wildlife species in Rwanda like Giraffe, Buffalo, Elephant and a lot of bird species like the shoe bill stork which can be seen easily on the shorelines on River Akagera. Dinner and overnight stay at Akagera Game Lodge or Ruzizi Safari Camp, meal plan: H/B
Day2: Game drive and Boat Ride
Dawn game drive to search for early risers and also animals you have missed out in the previous Rwanda photographic game drive. Return to the Lodge for lunch and in the afternoon go for the boat ride on River Akagera and to the nearby lakes which will expose you to water loving birds and animal species that come along the shorelines to take water. Dinner and overnight stay at Akagera Game Lodge or Ruzizi Safari Camp, meal plan: F/B
Day3: Akagera-Nyungwe National park
Early morning breakfast, and then embark the safari jeep and set off to Nyungwe National park. Lunch en-route and then take en-route stopover in Nyanza museum, Butare museum among other areas good for photography and adventure, as well as lunch. Reach Nyungwe in the evening for dinner and overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge/Nyungwe Top View Lodge/Gisakura Guest House. Meal plan: F/B
Day4: Chimpanzee tracking
Have breakfast, and then head to the Park headquarters for chimpanzee trekking and the forest briefing. After go for chimpanzee trekking in the forest. The time taken to encounter the Chimps is unpredictable but usually takes between 3- 10 hours. Along the way, you will encounter other primates species found in this Park such as the Silver monkey; Owl faced monkey, Ruwenzori Columbus, L’hoest monkey, and the Grey cheeked Manageably and so many others. Then enjoy the canopy walk searching for more primates, birds and scenic view of the canopies. Return for dinner and overnight stay at Nyungwe Forest Lodge/Nyungwe Top View Hotel/Gisakura Guest House, meal plan: F/B
Day5: Canopy walk & Nature walk
After breakfast, go for canopy walk and over this walk you can experience the primates, birds and plants with closer view in the Nyungwe forest, the canopy walk, where you will view the water falls, birds, more primates as well as the amazing forest cover. Then spend the evening taking another nature walk with in the forest to the falls. Dinner and overnight stay, meal plan: F/B
Day6: Nyungwe Forest-Volcanoes national park
After morning breakfast, take scenic drive to Volcanoes national park with stopovers to some museums for photography and lunch en-route. Reach Volcanoes national park in the evening and relax at your lodge as you wait for dinner and overnight at Virunga Safari Lodge/Sabyinyo Silver Back Lodge/Mountain gorilla view lodge/Lebombou Gorilla Lodge/La Palme hotel/Muhabura hotel. Meal plan: F/B
Day7: Rwanda Gorilla Tracking
Early morning breakfast, then with your packed lunch to the park offices for briefing and gorilla tracking escorts and Rangers. You will then start your trek of the Gorillas. Once you come across the bamboo forest logs and also your first perception of the sound the breaking of bamboo indicating that the gorillas are nearer. Prepare yourself for the enjoyful encounter with the Gorillas and wonderful experience. Stay with the gorillas for 1 hour and then and trek back to your lodge or lunch and in the afternoon, visit the twin lakes of Ruhondo and Bulera. Dinner and overnight at Virunga Safari Lodge/Sabyinyo Silver Back Lodge/Mountain gorilla view lodge/Lebombou Gorilla Lodge/La Palme hotel/Muhabura hotel. Meal plan: F/B
Day 8: Visit Dian Fossey
After breakfast, visit the Dian Fossey hike at Karisoke research centre, where Dian, an American anthropologist spent years researching and conserving the gorillas before she was killed and is buried there next to Digit, a silverback gorilla. On return, transfer to Lake Kivu, Relax at the beach, dinner and overnight at Lake Kivu Serena hotel/Moriah Hotel/Paradise Malahide. Meal plan: F/B
Day 9: Boat cruise-Kigali
Have breakfast, after enjoy the boat cruise up to the coffee island, with the panoramic view of Mountain Nyiragongo in Virunga. On return, set off to Kigali, where you will reach early to have the necessary shopping. You will then check in your hotel or be dropped to the airport for your departure flight if it is on schedule.
The package includes:
Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
Full day English speaking guide fees
Visit to genocide memorials
Dian Fossey grave
Mineral water on board
Boat Cruise along Lake Kivu
International flights and fares, services not mentioned in the package, mineral water, insurance, phone calls, laundry, and other items of a personal nature and tips and gratuities.
What to wear/bring
Dress codes are informal. Daytime temperatures are generally warm, so bring lots of light clothing, supplemented by light sweaters for the cool evenings and heavier clothing for the higher altitudes especially Bwindi. When tracking gorillas layering your clothing is the best idea and we suggest: long sleeved shirts, cotton or gore tex trousers, strong walking shoes with ankle support, socks that you can tuck your trousers into, light gloves to protect your hands from thorns and nettles, a hat and sunglasses to provide protection against the sun and a waterproof jacket in neutral colors may come in handy in the moist mountains. Travel light and remember that soft-sided luggage is required. One medium sized duffel bag and one small day pack (carry-on) per person should be adequate. Laundry services are available at most accommodations. You should also pack some zip lock bags for spare clothing, cameras, binoculars and film. Please note that you are not allowed to use a flash when photographing Gorillas. It is a good idea to take along several different speeds of film (64 to 1000) as gorillas can be found in open sun or in the dark underbrush of the forest.