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10 Day Roaming Rwanda Safari

Experience the spectacular natural beauty and diversity of this modernising country. Rwanda is one of the few destinations that offer you the sighting of the major primates in their natural habitat at close quarters.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $5000
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 9 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Rwanda Rwanda
Parks visited: Volcanoes, Akagera, Nyungwe Forest
Activity level: Very Active - Trekking, mountain biking, kayaking
Safari type:
  • Cultural
Starting with a tour of the capital city, Kigali, this guided road trip takes you to the rich birdlife of Agakera National Park, the chimpanzees of Nyungwe Forest National Park, relaxation on the beaches of Lake Kivu, and the climax of your gorilla tracking adventure in the Volcanoes National Park.

Day 01                                            Arrive in Kigali
On arrival in Kigali today you will be met and transferred to your hotel for 1 night on a bed and breakfast basis.   You will have a city tour, passing by Kigali's older commercial quartiers, business and residential areas, visit historic sites commemorating the 1994 Tutsi
Genocide, take a guided tour within the Gisozi Genocide Memorial, and learn about the city's diverse neighborhoods and local attractions.
Accommodation:        Option A: Lemigo Hotel
                                            Option B: Kigali Serena Hotel

Day 02                               Kigali ~ Akagera National Park      
Heading off to the Akagera National Park this morning you are bound to come across a multitude of bird species.   Akagera, at a relatively low altitude on the border with Tanzania, is dominated scenically by a labyrinth of swamps and lakes that follow the meandering course of the Akagera River.   You will spend 2 nights at your chosen accommodation with full board provided.
Accommodation:        Option A: Akagera Game Lodge
                                            Option B: Ruzizi Tented Camp

Day 03                                       Akagera National Park          
You will spend the day on game drives in the Park, particularly enjoying the exceptional birdlife and looking out for the papyrus gonolek and the shoebill stork.
Accommodation:        Option A: Akagera Game Lodge
                                            Option B: Ruzizi Tented Camp

Day 04       Akagera National Park ~ Nyungwe Forest National Park    
This morning you drive to Nyungwe National Park via Kigali.   En route you will visit the Nyanza Palace and Museum, the former Mwami's Palace (King's palace) and the seat of the feudal monarchy.  You will also visit Butare, the second largest city of Rwanda  with several university and research institutions and the Butare National Museum.  You will spend 2 nights at a lodge in the forest on a full board basis.
Accommodation:       Option A: Nyungwe Top View Lodge
                                            Option B: Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Day 05                            Nyungwe Forest National Park      
You will spend the day in this remarkable montane rain forest, possessing rich fauna and flora and home to 13 species of primates including chimpanzees. 
Accommodation:        Option A: Nyungwe Top View Lodge
                                            Option B: Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Day 06                Nyungwe Forest National Park ~ Lake Kivu         
Option A: You return to Kigali today, visiting the Butare National Museum on the way.   You will spend the night at the Moriah Hill Resort on a full board basis.
Option B: A scenic drive takes you over the Albertine Rift today, heading to the beach city of Kibuye on the eastern shore of Lake Kivu, an extraordinarily beautiful inland sea enclosed by steep, green terraced hills along eastern Rwanda.   You will spend 1 night with full board at Cormoran Lodge.
Accommodation:        Option A: Moriah Hill Resort
                                            Option B: Cormoran Lodge

Day 07                                                  Lake Kivu         
Your drive today takes you to Gisenyi on the shore of Lake Kivu, to enjoy the beautiful sandy beach lined with swaying palms and colonial-era hotels that exude an atmosphere of tropical languor.   You will spend 1 night at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel on a full board basis.
Accommodation:         Option A and B: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

Day 08                      Lake Kivu ~ Volcanoes National Park          
Building towards the climax of your safari, you head for Ruhengeri, near the Volcanoes National Park, where you will spend 2 nights at your accommodation option just outside the park boundary.   You will have an opportunity to visit the local market and interact with the friendly local people.   The constant flow of humanity is quite remarkable.
Accommodation:         Option A: Gorilla Mountain View Lodge
                                             Option B: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Day 09                 Volcanoes National Park - Gorilla Tracking
Around 06h30 you will be transferred to the Volcanoes National Park for the Gorilla Tracking Registration, a simple process where the park staff determines which group of gorillas you will visit.   There are a total of 80 gorilla permits available each day with a maximum of eight trekkers visiting any one group.   Treks vary in duration depending on which gorilla group you are assigned to.   After locating your assigned gorilla group, you will spend approximately an hour in their company before heading back down the volcano slopes.
Accommodation:         Option A: Gorilla Mountain View Lodge
                                             Option B: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

                                      Depart from Kigali
Today you depart from foothills of the Virunga volcanoes and drive south past coffee, tea and banana plantations on a scenic drive through the verdant landscape to Kigali .   You will be transferred to Kigali Airport for your onward journey.

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Lemigo Hotel
  • Kigali Serena Hotel
  • Akagera Game Lodge
  • Ruzizi Tented Camp
  • Nyungwe Top View Lodge
  • Nyungwe Forest Lodge
  • Moriah Hill Resort
  • Cormoran Lodge
  • Lake Kivu Serena Hotel
  • Gorilla Mountain View Lodge
  • Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

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