The all-inclusive Rwanda Safari Tour
9 Days Start: Kigali – End: Kampala Kigali, PNV, Njyungwe, Akagera
The 11 days Rwanda Safari Tour is designed in such a way to fulfill the desire of any traveler who intends to explore Rwanda to the maximum in terms of History, culture and wildlife. It includes the most important and beautiful places of Rwanda such as, Akagera national park, Nyungwe national park, Lake Kivu-gisenyi, Volcanoes national park, Historical and cultural site in butare, and Gorilla Guardians village (iby iwacu village).
- Kigali City tour
- Game drives in Akagera national park
- Boat ride on Lake Ihema and Lake Kivu in Gisenyi
- Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe national park
- Canopy walk in Nyungwe forest national park
- Community coffee tour
- Cultural visits
- Rwanda Gorilla trekking
- Golden Monkey tracking
- Hiking mount Bisoke volcano up to Crater Lake.
Detailed best of Rwanda safari Itinerary:
Day 1- Arrival and transfer to the Hotel
Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, the tour guide will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel for your overnight stay at HOTEL DES MILLE COLLINES/FLAME TREE VILLAGE/ FIVE TO FIVE HOTEL
Day 2 – City Tour and transfer to Akagera national park
On the second day of the best of Rwanda Safari Tour after your morning breakfast, the tour guide will pick you from your Hotel and take you through Kigali city tour with a visit to Gisozi genocide memorial, Nyamata church, Kaplaki craft village, and other local markets. Later you will Have your lunch break and thereafter transfer to Akagera national park which is located further eastern province of Rwanda. This is the country’s savannah park that has variety of habitats hence being able to accommodate huge species of animals such as Elephants, Giraffes, plain Zebras, Rear roan Antelopes, Impalas, and Hippopotamus, crocodiles within the lake Ihema, Lions, Leopards Baboons, varvet monkeys, waterbucks, bushbucks, among others together with lots of bird species of both savannah, water and wood lands. You will stay at AKAGERA GAME LODGE/ RUZIIZI TENTED CAMP
Day 3- Morning Game drive and afternoon boat cruise at Lake Ihema
On third days of the Rwanda Safari Excursion Tour, after morning breakfast together with your packed lunch, you will go for game drive in search of Zebras, giraffes, impalas, Elephants baboons, topi, leopards on rare occasions, Elands Roan antelopes and lions that where recently introduced, later you will return to your lodge for the lunch break , then later in afternoon you will go for the boat ride on lake Ihema , the largest lake in the park where you stand chances to spot hippos, crocodiles and aquatic birds species like herons, sand pipers, pied kingfishers and many more, after the boat return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay at DAY 2.
Day 4-Game drive through the North transfer to Kigali city
In the morning after your breakfast, you will go for the game drive in search game animals, lookout for Elephants, lions, giraffes, Zebra, leorpards, topi, Roan antelopes, Impalas waterbucks and birds of savannah and bush thickets. You will continue your game drive enjoying beautiful scenery up to the northern gate where you will exit after and drive to Kigali for your overnight stay of the Rwanda Safari Excursion Tour at HOTEL DE MILLES COLLINES/ FLAME TREE village/ GARR HOTEL
Day 5 – Transfer to Nyungwe forest national park with en-route visit to cultural & historical sites.
The fifth day of the Rwanda Safari Excursion Tour after your breakfast in the morning, you will be driven to Nyungwe forest national park with en route visit to Nyanza kings palace, Butare national museum, Murambi genocide memorial thereafter continue and enter the forest to gisakura area where you will have your accommodation. The forest is huge one of the largest remaining of the African tropical rain forests that hosts around 13 primate species, this will include chimpanzee, Angola colobus monkey, owl faced monkey l’horst monkey red tailed monkey among others plus a lots of bird species with high concentration of Albertine rift endemic bird species. You will check in to the lodge have dinner and overnight stay at NYUNGWE FOREST LODGE/ NYUNGWE TOP HILL HOTEL/EAGLES NEST HOTEL
Day 6 – Chimpanzee tracking and afternoon canopy walk / colobus monkey tracking.
A relatively early morning start of the fifth day of Rwanda Safari Excursion Tour, after your breakfast drive to the ranger station ready for chimp tracking. Here you will be briefed then set and drive to the forest approximate 1 hour and 20 minutes to get to the starting point where walking will start, start you trek as you look out chimps together with the park ranger, When you return, you will have lunch and drive to Uwinka to start your canopy walk that will last 1-2 hours. This is the time you will walk on swinging bridge across the forest as you get the chance to see birds monkeys of different types as well as scenery or you may choose to do Angolan colobus monkey, the rare monkey found in few places at high elevation along the Albertine rift valley then after return to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay at DAY 5.
Day 7 – Transfer to Gisenyi at Lake Kivu & sun set boat ride
On this day, you will set off to Lake kivu in Gisenyi town, through a scenic view of eastern province have lunch on the way, you will take an evening sunset boat ride enjoying the view of islands gas plant and beautiful land scape around up to the hot spring, later when you return, have your dinner and overnight stay at LAKE KIVU SERENA HOTEL/PARADIS MALAHIDE HOTEL/ PALM GARDEN RESORT
Day 8 – Coffee tour and transfer to Volcanoes national park
On this day after breakfast, you will take a scenic drive up the hills to Kimbiri where you will experience a coffee tour, be ready to learn about the process of how coffee can be planted cared harvested till the consumers cup, on return you will be transferred to Volcanoes national park for your overnight stay at MOUNTAIN GORILLA VIEW LODGE/ DA VINCE LODGE/ MUHABURA HOTEL
Day 9 – Gorilla tracking and cultural walk to Gorilla Guardians Village (Iby iwacu).
Amazing day of Rwanda Safari Excursion Tour, after your breakfast report to the park offices for the briefing about gorilla tracking well dressed in trekking attire and drinking water the trekking here will take few hours to 8 hours, you will be split into small groups of 8 people and the walk up the mountain with a park ranger who will interpret the gorilla behaviors in the wild, later after gorilla trekking you will visit cultural village called Iby iwacu for cultural demonstrations and entertainments .then go back to your Hotel for dinner and overnight stay at DAY 8.
Day 10 – Mount Bisoke crater Lake Hiking
Another early morning start after breakfast, the guide will take you back to the park office where all activity briefings are conducted from, be ready for your hiking experience to Mt. Bisoke which 3711m high, it’s one of the beautiful Volcano that has a crater lake on top called lake Bisoke, enjoy the good views of the country and surrounding volcanic mountain up to the top. NOTE; to do this activity you must be physically fit as the pass will be muddy after heavy rain. Later descend the mountain up to your lodge for relaxation dinner and overnight stay at DAY 9.
Day 11- Golden monkey tracking and Transfer to Kigali, End of tour
Wake up and take your breakfast, then drive to the park office ready for golden monkey tracking, this is a type of monkey that is declared endangered and on found in the virunga ranges in this specific area. The tracking will take 3-4 hours then you will be brought back. After lunch you transfer to Kigali, for shopping later proceed to the Airport for your departure flight back home or the guide will take you to your desired place of stay this will mark the end of the safari with us.
Note that accommodation will be in either budget: mid- range: or luxury; according to your choice as selected above
End of Rwanda Safari Tour.
Included 11 Days Rwanda Safari above are:-
- Airport transfers
- Chimpanzee tracking permit
- Canopy walk/Colobus monkey tracking fees
- Park entry fees
- Game drives in Akagera national park
- Boat cruises
- Kigali city tour
- Gorilla tracking permit that cost USD $1500
- Mount Bisoke hiking
- Coffee tour
- Golden Monkey permit
- Community and Cultural visit fees
- Transport costs in customized 4wd safari vehicle
- Full time English speaking and knowledgeable Driver/guide and his allowance
- Accommodation and meals
- Drinking water during the tour
- Government local tax on Accommodation
However the tour excludes:-
- Any domestic or International flights
- Visa fees
- All optional activities
- Medical and travel Insurance
- Tips and gratuities to the guide/driver and hotel staffs.
- Any item not mentioned in the itinerary of personal nature like laundry and beverages, souvenirs and telephone bills.