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10 Days Highlights of Rwanda Safari

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Tour Details

10 Days Highlights of Rwanda Safari leads you to the best of Rwanda in the shortest time possible. Rwanda is famous as the land of a thousand hills because its hilly landscapes that are blessed with an abundance of flora and fauna despite its small size. The country, infamously known for the 1994 Genocide during which nearly one million Tusi were killed, has had a complete turn around in the past years and has become one of the most progressive and fastest growing countries in Africa. During this growth phase, the country’s biodiversity has continuously remained intact, which has labelled it a popular and perfect destination at such a time! The country is punctuated with a variety of habitats that range from bamboo, moorland, acacia dotted savanna, areas of forest to mountainous landscapes. It is these suitable habitats and vegetation that act as home to a variety of species and wildlife to enhance their survival! Such wildlife include the big five, chimpanzees and most importantly the mountain gorillas, which are the prime attraction that majority of tourists are always interested in.

General Tips:

  • Please note the age limit of 15 years and above for gorilla tracking.
  • Book your permits well in advance as only 8 permits are issued per gorilla group in a day.
  • You should be free from infectious diseases such as Flue which can be passed to the gorillas since humans share 98% DNA with gorillas. If you are found to carry an infectious disease you will not be allowed to track.
  • Every participant has the chance to hire a trekking assistance (porter) who will help carrying the bags and support whenever it is needed. For the trekking assistant an additional fee of US$ 10 is charged.

What to bring:

  • Walking boots, long trousers and rain gears as you will be hiking through the forest.
  • Sun screen is recommended.
  • Mosquito repellant is advisable.
  • At least 1-2 liters of drinking water per person during the trekking.
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival

Accommodation: Kigali Serena Hotel (Luxury), Heaven Boutique Hotel (Midrange), Gloria Hotel (Budget)
Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner

On arrival at the Kigali International Airport you will be met by your tour driver and transfer to your hotel in Kigali.

Day 2Kigali City tour

Accommodation: Kigali Serena Hotel (Luxury), Heaven Boutique Hotel (Midrange), Gloria Hotel (Budget)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we shall tour Kigali, a city that has impressed with her impeccable cleanliness, orderliness and safety. We shall drive along the hills on which the city is built enjoying wonderful views of the mountainous landscape. We shall visit among other places the Genocide memorial, museums, local markets, and major landmarks.

Day 3Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park

Journey time: 5 hours
Accommodation: One&Only Nyungwe House (High end), Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel (Midrange), Gisakura Guesthouse (Budget)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At 8am we shall depart to Nyungwe Forest National Park in the southwest of Rwanda. Along the way we shall visit the ethnographic museum in Huye. The museum displays the cultural history of the people of Rwanda and the region.
We will thereafter transfer to your lodge and spend the rest of the evening taking in the amazing views of the forest.

Day 4Chimpanzee tracking and Canopy walk in Nyungwe

Accommodation: One&Only Nyungwe House (High end), Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel (Midrange), Gisakura Guesthouse (Budget)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We shall transfer to the park office at 4.30am, meet the park guides and drive to the starting point of the trek in the forest. You will set out to track a community of habituated chimps in Nyungwe forest and also see several other unique wildlife in the forest. Over 500 chimpanzees live in Nyungwe Forest National Park, and they are part of the 13 species found in the park.
In the afternoon you will do the popular canopy walk in Nyungwe forest which provides breathtaking views over the forest.

Day 5Forest hike in Nyungwe and transfer to Lake Kivu Kibuye

Journey time: 2 hours
Accommodation: Kivu Lodge (Luxury), Cormoran Lodge (Midrange), Home St. Jean (Budget)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning we shall have another trek in Nyungwe forest to see upclose more birds, monkeys, and rare plants and enjoying the views of the forest.
Later we shall drive to Kibuye and enjoy a relaxing time along the shore of Lake Kivu

Day 6Boat ride on Lake Kivu and transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Journey time: 4 hours
Accommodation: (Luxury), Cormoran Lodge (Midrange), Home St. Jean (Budget)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

in the morning we shall set out for a boat ride on Lake Kivu, one of the most beautiful lakes in Central Africa, and explore the amazing scenery and visit some islands. Thereafter we shall check out and transfer to Volcanoes National Park in the north of Rwanda.

Day 7Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park

Accommodation: Kivu Lodge (Luxury), Cormoran Lodge (Midrange), Home St. Jean (Budget)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After early breakfast transfer to the park office at 7am for allocation of gorilla groups and briefing from the respective park guides assigned to the trekking groups. You will drive the park and set out to hike up the volcanoes to find the gorillas. After the amazing encounter spend the rest of the day relaxing at the lodge.

Day 8Golden monkey tracking and transfer to Akagera National Park

Journey time: 5 hours
Accommodation: Ruzizi Tented Lodge (Luxury), Akagera Game Lodge (Midrange)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning we may have another activity in the park before departure. The golden monkeys trek is wonderful adventure tracking the stunning monkeys. The monkeys are easy to find because they live in the bamboo forests are found the in lower zone of the mountain.
We shall depart to Akagera National Park in the east of Rwanda.

Day 9Game drive and boat ride

Accommodation: Ruzizi Tented Lodge (Luxury), Akagera Game Lodge (Midrange)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we shall do a game drive in the southern part of the park. We shall look out for the rhinos, leopard, and antelopes such as the oribi. In the afternoon we shall go for a boat ride on the Lake Ihema which is good way to watch some water wildlife such as hippos and crocodiles and many birds.

Day 10Game drive and departure

Journey time: 2.5 hours
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

We will set out for a game drive to the north of the park that is more populated with wildlife and we hope to see lions, hyena, elephants, giraffes, warthogs and several antelopes. Exit the park and transfer to the Kigali for your evening flight back home.