10 Days Rwanda Tour – Gorilla Safari

From $6,500 (USD)

Rates are per person and based on 2 people sharing 1 room

No. of travellers- 2 minimum

Safari overview

Visit the best highlights of Rwanda. Rwanda is an excellent place to experience East Africa. Meet the friendly locals, track the mountain gorillas and take in some wonderful lakeside views. This tour has been designed to bring you in close contact with all of the highlights of this fascinating country with a tumultuous history. Your lodgings will be the best midrange options available in the country, and have been chosen for a balance of comfort, service, and value.

Tour Summary

  • You'll go to Rwanda 
  • This tour starts and ends in Kigali (Rwanda)
  • You'll visit Kigali (City), Akagera NP, Genocide Memorial, Nyungwe Forest NP, Kibuye(Town), Volcanoes NP & Kigali Airport
  • Activities: game drives, gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking, nature hikes/walks &boat safari
  • Game drives: pop-up roof 4x4 vehicle
  • Getting around: pop-up roof 4x4 vehicle
  • A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for extra 

Day by Day

Arrival

  • You'll be collected from the airport (or hotel).
  • Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for extra cost.

Day 1: Welcome to Rwanda

Your driver/guide shall be at Kigali Airport to pick you up from your flight.

 

Depending on your arrival time you may be able to visit some of Kigali’s craft markets to browse amongst the pottery, carvings, batik, weaving, sculpture, musical instruments, leather and fabrics on offer. Prepare to use your haggling skills! All activities and purchases today are at your own cost.

 

You will sleep at a comfortable hotel located in a quiet subburb of Kigali.

Main destination: Kigali

Accommodation: Flame Tree Village Mid-range lodge located in or near Kigali

Meals & drinks: Meals at own expense Drinks not included

Day 2: Akagera national park

After a relaxed breakfast, you head to Akagera National Park.

 

Akagera National Park covers 2500 km² of savannah west of the Kagera River, in the north-east of Rwanda. The park has a variety of wildlife and is a habitat for over 500 different species of birds. Herds of elephant and buffalo emerge from the woodland to drink at the lakes, while you might stumble across a leopard, a spotted hyena or even a lion. Giraffe and zebra haunt the savannah, and more than a dozen types of antelope inhabit the park.

 

You will have lunch (exclusive) and in the afternoon you will go for a long game drive in the national park.

 

You will stay at the Akagera Game lodge where you will have a nice hot meal in the evening.

Main destination: Akagera National Park

Accommodation: Akagera Game Lodge Mid-range lodge located inside Akagera NP

Meals & drinks: Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)Drinks not included

Day 3: Boat safari & Genocide memorial

This morning you go for a boat safari on the Akagera River to spot the many waterbirds like Cormorans, Fish eagles and kingfishers. It is then time to head back to Kigali

 

After lunch you will drive to the Bugesera district, south of Kigali, through a beautiful country-side not often visited by tourists. In the small town Nyamata you will visit a genocide memorial church.

 

You shall then head back for Kigali where you shall visit the Genocide Memorial in the city centre to learn more about this tragedy.

Main destination: Kigali Genocide Memorial

Accommodation: Flame Tree Village Mid-range lodge located in or near Genocide Memorial

Meals & drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)Drinks not included

Day 4: Nyungwe forest national park

Today, you will set off towards the famous Nyungwe Forest, one of the largest forests in East and Central Africa. The forest is abundant with flora and fauna including 13 primate species from colobus monkeys, mangabeys, blue monkeys and, of course, our cousins the chimpanzees. Nyungwe Forest is also a famous location for birders. With about 310 recorded bird species, 26 of which are endemic, this is one of the most important - and still little known - bird-watching destinations in Africa.

 

In the way you will have lunch in Butare (exclusive).

 

You'll be staying at a very nice lodge located on top of a small hill near Nyungwe Forest.

Main destination: Nyungwe Forest National Park

Accommodation: Top Hill View Hotel Mid-range hotel located inside Nyungwe Forest NP

Meals & drinks: Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)Drinks not included

Day 5: Chimpanzee tracking

After a very early morning start, you shall proceed to the chimpanzee tracking trail in either the Cyamudongo or Uwinka sections. The total population between the two groups is a healthy 80 individuals. This exciting up-close encounter with human's closest relative you will not soon forget.

 

After the chimp tracking you can relax at the lodge or choose an optional activity that you can discuss with your guide.

Main destination: Nyungwe Forest National Park

Accommodation: Top Hill View Hotel Mid-range hotel located inside Nyungwe Forest NP

Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinks not included

Day 6: Canopy walk & Waterfall hike

Optional activity

You can choose to go for East Africa’s only canopy walk. This walk takes place above a deep gorge cutting across the massive forest. Lasting about 1½ hours, the walk takes you through some beautiful foliage and animal habitats and you'll have the chance to spot blue monkeys and unique birds that dwell in the upper levels of the forest canopy.

 

In the afternoon you will go for the Waterfall hike. This hike takes between 3 and 6 hours round trip, depending upon how frequently you stop to sightsee and whether you choose to drive a little further or walk from the head offices. The first part of the trail is basically following the road to the vehicle park and before delving into the forest.

 

You will have to cross various streams before making a steep descent to the base of the small, refreshing waterfall. Monkeys are frequently seen along the way and the steep slopes provide excellent views into the canopy.

Main destination: Nyungwe Forest National Park

Accommodation: Top Hill View Hotel Mid-range hotel located inside Nyungwe Forest NP

Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinks not included

Day 7: Lake Kivu

After a relaxed breakfast you will travel to Kibuye on the eastern shores of Lake Kivu. Time allowing, you can visit the Ndaba Falls or take a walk around Kibuye town. In the afternoon you can you can rent a boat and visit a few islands. All activities today are at your own cost.

Main destination: Kibuye

Accommodation: Rwiza Village Mid-range lodge located in or near Kibuye

Meals & drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)Drinks not included

Day 8: Volcanoes National Park

Today you shall drive northeast to the town of Musanze close to the Virunga Volcano range. This beautiful area represents the gateway to the gorilla tracking.

 

Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge is situated on the edge of the the town. The spacious rooms give you a homely feeling. In the evening, enjoy a camp fire and some entertainment from some local dance groups.

Main destination: Volcanoes National Park

Accommodation: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge Mid-range lodge bordering Volcanoes NP without fences

Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinks not included

Day 9: Gorilla tracking

Rise early! From the lodge, you drive into the park about 30 minutes to the Office Rwandais du Tourisme et Des Parc Nationaux. The head ranger of the park will divide you into groups based on interest and fitness. You will track the Gorillas of one of the habituated groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day.

 

Prepare for an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorillas.

 

Your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. The time taken to track the gorillas can take as little as half an hour to as much as 8 hours! Once located, you will be allowed a maximum of one hour with the gorillas. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Rwanda’s own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.

Main destination: Volcanoes National Park

Accommodation: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge Mid-range lodge bordering Volcanoes NP without fences

Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinks not included

Day 10: Departure

Today after a relaxed breakfast you will be transferred by your driver/guide back to Kigali in time to catch your flight back home. Sadly, this is where you say goodbye to Rwanda.

 

Note: This is only possible when your flight departs from Kigali at 3 p.m. or later. If you need another night in Kigali, we will be happy to make a booking for you.

Main destination: Kigali International Airport

Accommodation: End of tour (no accommodation)

Meals & drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)Drinks not included

End of tour

  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for extra cost.
  • You'll be dropped off at the airport (or hotel).

Included

  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • Gorilla permits (one per person, non-resident)
  • Chimp permits (one per person, non-resident)
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)

Excluded

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Some meals (as specified in the day-by-day)
  • Drinks


No. of travellers- 2 minimum