Seven Day Ultimate Rwandan Wildlife Safari
See the absolute best of Rwanda's wealth of wildlife with a day of chimpanzee trekking, a day with the mountain gorillas, a day with the golden monkeys, two days on safari in Akagera National Park, and more!
Your seven day itinerary packs in some of the most memorable animal experiences you'll ever have, and complements them with some fascinating cultural experiences as well.
- DAY 1 - AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK Afternoon game drive. Boat cruise. (L,D)
- DAY 2 - AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK Full day game drive (B,L,D)
- DAY 3 - AKAGERA - VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK Kigali city tour (B,L,D)
- DAY 4 - VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK Gorilla trekking. Iby Iwcu Cultural Village tour (B,L,D)
- DAY 5 - VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK - LAKE KIVU Golden monkey trekking (B,L,D)
- DAY 6 - LAKE KIVU - NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK Afternoon activities in Nyungwe (B,L,D)
- DAY 7 - NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK - KIGALI Chimpanzee trekking. Transfer (B,L)
DAY ONE - KIGALI - AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
While Akagera does not boast the sheer volume of animals you might find in the Serengeti or Maasai Mara, Rwanda's only safari park can still boast four of the Big Five and plenty of opportunities to spot animals in the wild.
You'll start your safari adventure with a boat ride on Lake Ihema to see crocodiles, hippos, and various birds.
After your cruise, you'll enjoy an afternoon game drive in the park in search of elephants, antelope, giraffes, zebras, leopards, primates, buffaloes, and the park's latest addition - a pride of lions!
You'll then overnight within the park.
DAY TWO - AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
You'll take a picnic lunch with you and dine out amongst the animals to maximize your time in the park. Throughout the course of the day you'll see vast herds of buffalo and zebras as you head north.
You'll again overnight within the park.
DAY THREE - AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK - KIGALI - VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Your time in Kigali will include a city tour that takes you to the Natural History Museum, the haunting Genocide Memorial, and a bustling local craft market. You'll also have the opportunity to enjoy lunch at the historic Mille Collines Hotel - more commonly known as 'Hotel Rwanda'.
After lunch, you'll continue on to Volcanoes National Park to overnight in Musanze, Rwanda's second largest city.
DAY FOUR - GORILLA TREKKING
There is no guarantee how long or difficult your tracking experience will be as it depends on where the family of gorillas is and on weather conditions, It can take anywhere from two up to six hours of trekking through the mountain forest at relatively high altitudes. Fitness is definitely recommended for those wishing to undertake the excursion.
One of the most memorable experiences you're likely to ever have, you'll be allowed an hour of close contact with the gorillas once you've found them. You'll be privileged enough to come within mere metres of a family of these rare and beautiful animals, observing their family dynamics and getting to learn a bit about each gorilla's distinct personality in serene silence.
Once your time with the gorillas is done, you'll return to your hotel for lunch.
In the afternoon, you'll pay a visit to the Iby Iwacu Cultural Village to learn about Rwanda's pre-colonial history through a series of demonstrations including cooking, warfare, and more.
DAY FIVE - VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK - LAKE KIVU
After lunch, you'll drive down to to Korongi on the shores of Lake Kivu to overnight.
DAY SIX - LAKE KIVU - NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK
Along the way, you'll stop off in Nyungwe Forest National Park for your choice of afternoon activities such as a canopy walk, guided hikes, or a waterfall walk.
You'll then overnight in town ahead of tomorrow's chimpanzee trekking experience.
DAY SEVEN - CHIMPANZEE TREKKING - KIGALI
In the afternoon, you'll make the drive back to Kigali.
Along the way, you may have time to visit the National Museum in Butare or the former King's Palace in Nyanza