9 Days Gorilla and Wildlife Rwanda Safari
The 9 Days Rwanda safari is designed to enable you explore all that Rwanda has to offer; wildlife, culture, primates and among other scenic attractions. The safari begins at Kigali for a city tour, Nyungwe Forest National Park for Chimpanzee trekking, Parc National des Volcans for gorilla trekking and finally to Akagera National Park for wildlife viewing.
The Price Includes:
– Return flights: Nairobi-Kigali-Nairobi
– All airport transfers and assistance
– Accommodation on safari on Full board basis
– Private transport in a 4×4 tourist converted jeeps
– Services of an English speaking driver-guides
– Kigali city tour
– Chimp permit(quoted separately)
– Gorilla permit(quoted separately)
– Bottled drinking water while trekking and in vehicle
– All taxes on the services quoted above
The Price excludes:
– Meals and beverages, other than specified.
– Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas.
– Gratuities to driver/guides and other conveyance attendants.
– Laundry and other items of a personal nature such drinks, telephone calls ETC
– Personal, baggage, Accident and Trip Cancellation/Interruption insurance.
– Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the inclusions listing above.
NB: Gorilla Permits US$1500 & Chimps permit US$90 per permit per person are not included in the per person costs above.
Day 1: Arrival – Kigali City Tour – Nyungwe Forest National Park
Upon arrival at Kigali international airport, you will be welcome by our guide. Proceed for Kigali city tour, where you will visit the Genocide Memorial Museum, curio markets and the Kimironko fruits markets where you have a chance to interact with the local people and choose your fruit basket. The city tour will also include a visit to the old town of Nyamirambo, the new handicraft village, the Batwa pottery and dance centre. Lunch enroute. Thereafter, proceed to Nyungwe National park for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Chimpanzee and Colobus Monkey trekking Expedition
Enter Nyungwe forest for Chimpanzee tracking after an early breakfast. During the trek, we will encounter species of Angolan colobus monkey, Golden monkeys and Grey cheeked Mangabeys, l’hoest’s monkey, blue monkey and Owl faced colobus monkey as well as many bird species. After lunch we can either go for colobus monkey tracking or forest walk to the water falls or canopy walk adventure. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 3: Chimp trekking in Nyungwe forest & Kibuye City
Enter Nyungwe forest at 0600hrs to track the chimpanzees; return to the lodge for lunch, thereafter, connect to Kibuye for dinner and overnight at the Hotel.
Day 4: Kibuye-Gisenyi-Ruhengeri & Kinigi
After early breakfast, proceed for a 6hr drive to Kinigi (Volcanoes National Park Headquarters) from Kibuye via Gisenyi and Ruhengeri. The Kibuye-Gisenyi drive traverses the most beautiful sceneries, providing spectacular views of the tea growing countryside of Gisovu and Kayove. Brief stops are provided for photography and refreshment. A 4hrs drive takes us to Gisenyi for lunch and a brief city tour. There after drive for 2hrs to Ruhengeri and finally Kinigi; the base of gorilla tracking. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Gorilla Tracking at Parc National des Volcans
After an early morning breakfast depart for gorilla trekking with packed lunch. Assemble at the park headquarters for a briefing about the ‘Dos’ and ‘Don’ts’ during the trail. Depending on the level of fitness, you may be asked to choose the group you wish to trek with. The trek is demanding, as it involves a 2-8 hours hike on steep and slippery mountain trails. Descend to the lodge for a rest. Spent the rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 6: Day Hike to Volcanic Mountain Bisoke
Enjoy an early morning breakfast and go for hiking at Mt Bisoke, with a beautiful splendid crater lake. The trail traverses the rainforest inhabited by the endangered mountain gorillas that were the subject of the movie – Gorillas in the Mist with Dian Fossey. The hike to the Crater lake takes about 3 hours up and 2 hours down.
It is advisable you put on long pants to avoid the stinging nettle plants along the trail. The Mt Bisoke hike is suitable for those who are reasonably fit! Return to the lodge for lunch, dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Akagera National Park: Boat trip
Drive to Kigali after breakfast enjoying the beautiful rolling hills for which Rwanda is well known. Drive to Akagera National park, through the magnificent undulating plains, composed of dense, broad-leafed woodland, lighter acacia woodland and rolling grassland, also with an extensive series of lakes linked by papyrus swamps forming a sprawling wetland. After lunch, proceed for a boat trip on Lake Ihema, where you will have a closer look at Crocodiles and Hippos, coupled with large concentration of birdlife. Return to the Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Akagera National Park – Game drive
Begin this day with an early morning game drive at the Akagera National Park. A half day game drive here will allow you the opportunity to spot a variety of wild animals such as elephants, buffalos, lions, Maasai giraffe, gazelles, impala, baboons, oribi, Butchel’s zebra, topi, bush baby, leopard and bushbuck. Return to the lodge for lunch and relax around the lodge’s facilities.
Day 9: Akagera National Park – Kigali
After breakfast drive to Kigali for your return flight to Nairobi. This marks the end of the safari.