Seven Day Ultimate Rwandan Wildlife Safari

Seven Day Ultimate Rwandan Wildlife Safari

Short Overview

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.

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Unlimited game drives with expert guides
Private 4x4 custom safari vehicles
AMREF air rescue insurance included in each trip

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January - February, June - September & December


Details of Seven Day Ultimate Rwandan Wildlife Safari


You'll set off after breakfast for the drive to nearby 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.


Wake early for breakfast before departing on a sunrise game drive on the Akagera National Park's savannah. It's the best time of day to see predators in action and the sun rising over the plains is a sight you'll never forget.

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.


You'll wake early for the scenic drive between Akagera and Volcanoes National Park, stopping along the way in Kigali. 

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.


After an early breakfast at your hotel, you'll proceed directly to the Volcanoes National Park's headquarters to meet your guides. After completing the briefing, you'll embark on the once in a lifetime experience of tracking the enigmatic mountain gorillas.

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.


We hope you're in the mood for more monkeys, as you'll love spend this morning with the playful and fearless golden monkeys who call the park home. You'll get to observe these acrobatic individuals as they go about their daily lives unbothered by your presence.

After lunch, you'll drive down to to Korongi on the shores of Lake Kivu to overnight.


You'll continue your journey south towards the Nyungwe Forest National Park today, enjoying one of the world's most scenic drives as you weave through hills and valleys along the shores of Lake Kivu.

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.


You'll rise early for breakfast and take a packed lunch with you as you go off in search of Rwanda's enigmatic and endangered chimpanzee population. With only four hundred chimpanzees in the country, there's no guarantee you'll see chimps during your day's hike, but your Shadows of Africa guide will do all he can to get you a glimpse of our closest relatives in the animal kingdom.

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




Itinerary in Brief

  • 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)

B - Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner


  • Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park.

  • Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe National Park.

  • See four of the Big Five during two days in Akagera National Park for game drives.

  • Boat safari in Akagera National Park.

  • City tour including Genocide Memorial in Kigali.

  • Golden monkey trekking in Volcanoes National Park.

  • Iby Iwacu Cultural Village tour.

  • Optional activities in Nyungwe such as canopy walks or primate trekking

  • Old King's Palace and/or National Museum visit.

Why Book with Shadows of Africa?

Tailor Made, Private Tours

Tailor Made, Private Tours

We specialize in tailor-making your tour to suit your tastes and budget. We can customize everything from routes to accommodation to optional activities.
Expert Advice

Expert Advice 24/7

With offices in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, the USA, Europe, and Australia, you have access to Shadows of Africa personnel 24/7. We’ re with you from the planning stages all the way through to dropping you off at the airport at journey’ s end.
World Class Guides & Unlimited Game Driving

World Class Guides & Unlimited Game Driving

Our drivers are all fluent in English and all have at least a decade of safari experience. Our guides are chosen to be personable and knowledgeable, and with no limit on drive distance – you can game drive from dawn until dusk.
Specialized Safari Vehicles

Specialized Safari Vehicles

Our safari fleet is made up of specially customised 4x4 Toyota Land Cruisers equipped with large windows, pop up roof, phone charging stations, comfortable seats, and a fully stocked supply of water, coffee, and tea.
Full Financial Protection

Full Financial Protection

With offices in the US, Europe, Tanzania, and Australia, you can make payment to whichever is most convenient. We also accept payments via credit card and PayPal.
Your One Stop African Operator

Your One Stop African Operator

We can arrange safaris in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, or Kenya, as well as beach getaways to Zanzibar, the Kenya Coast, or the Seychelles.

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