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12 Days Explore Rwanda Safari

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This 12-days explore Rwanda safari tour will take you on a journey through the enchanting land of Rwanda, often referred to as the “Thousand Hills” country. During this immersive experience, you will have the opportunity to delve into the rich tapestry of Rwandan culture, immerse yourself in the breathtaking natural landscapes, and witness the country’s remarkable wildlife. This comprehensive tour begins and concludes in the vibrant city of Kigali, allowing you to uncover the myriad wonders that Rwanda has in store for you.

Day 1: Airport Transfer to Hotel

Upon arrival at Kigali international airport, you will go through custom and immigration, and you will be met by our company guide who will warmly welcome you to the Land of a thousand hills that Rwanda is know of, and later drive to your booked hotel accommodation for dinner and overnight stay.

Location: Kigali

Accommodation Option:

MID-RANGE   Chez Lando or similar

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Day 2: Transfer to Akagera National Park from Kigali.

Today, after your relaxed morning breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked by your safari guide and leave for Akagera national park, the journey to Akagera national park takes about 2.3 hours depending on the stopovers along the way, with the beautiful un winding landscape en route to the park, feel free to ask the guide for stopovers to capture some photos. On arrival at the park, we shall register at the park offices and later proceed to our accommodation with a short game drive and check in for lunch. We order lunch and later head for brief game drive for game viewing. Later return to the lodge for dinner and evening stay.

Location: Akagera National Park

Accommodation Option:

MID-RANGE    Akagera game lodge or similar

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

Day 3: Game drive and boat cruise

After an early morning breakfast at 6:00 am and leave for an early morning game drive in Akagera national park to catch up with late hunters and early risers. We will be searching for the big mammals like Elephants, Giraffes, Buffaloes, several Antelope species, and recently the re-introduced Lions and Rhinos. The park is a varied habitat for wildlife and a number bird species with over 500 bird species in the park making it a birding paradise. You will later return to lodge for lunch. After lunch, we head for a boat trip on Lake Ihema watch Hippos and crocodiles in the water or by the shores and meet the buffaloes and elephants wallowing by the water banks. Later return to the lodge for dinner and evening stay.

Location: Akagera National Park

Accommodation Option:

MID-RANGE   Akagera game lodge or similar

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

Day 4: Transfer back to Kigali

You will leave the lodge after a relaxed breakfast, head for a brief game drive before we drive back to Kigali and you will visit the Kigali Genocide Museum in the afternoon. This is where over 250000 victims of Rwandan genocide of 1994 were buried, you will watch short video clips and later visit the grave yards as well, and drive back to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Location: Kigali

Accommodation Option:

MID-RANGE   Chez Lando or similar

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

Day 5: Transfer to Nyungwe National Park.

You will enjoy your early morning breakfast and checkout of the hotel and drive heading to the western province, on your way visit the Royal Palace Museum and Ethnographic Museum in Southern Province, this will give you a great history of traditional ways of living among Rwandans and their past way of leadership of Kingship with an enroute lunch.  You will reach in the afternoon at Nyungwe national park and spend the afternoon at your leisure.

Location: Nyungwe national park

Accommodation Option:

MID-RANGE    Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel or Similar

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

Day 6: Chimpanzee tracking & canopy

Today, after your early morning cap of African coffee, you will leave your hotel to experience the natural forest of Nyungwe well known for having 13 species of primates, and transferred to the park for briefing and chimpanzee trekking. You will be entitled to one hour on finding the chimpanzees. After doing the chimpanzee trek, head for lunch before heading for a canopy walk. This 90 meters suspended metallic bridge will give you a great overview of Nyungwe forest and on a luck day spot one or two more primates in the forest as you take a walk on this bridge and later return in the afternoon for dinner and overnight stay.

Location: Nyungwe national park

Accommodation Option:

MID-RANGE    Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel or Similar

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

Day 7: Transfer to Lake Kivu for Kayaking or boat trip

Begin your day with a warm delightful breakfast, and later transfer to Lake Kivu for an afternoon sun set Kayaking or boat trip. You will have a roughly 2 hours exploring the beauty of this wonderful lava lake and later return to your hotel for relaxation. Dinner will be served in time as you later catch up with the night at the hotel.

Location: Lake Kivu

Accommodation Option:

MID-RANGE   Paradise Kivu or similar

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

Day 8: Transfer to Musanze

After a delightful breakfast in the morning, you will drive to Kinigi. Kinigi is a tourism area near Volcanoes National Park, where most of the lodges are located since there are no lodges inside of the park. You will spend the evening at your leisure.

Location: Volcanoes National Park

Accommodation Option:

MID-RANGE    Le Bamboo Gorilla lodge or similar

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

Day 9: Gorilla Trekking & Cultural visit

Early morning cup of coffee, then prepare for the gorilla trekking briefing from the park headquarters and thereafter, you will enter the jungle with your packed lunch to search the shy mountain gorillas and enjoy their life style in their real home. After meeting the gorillas, you can sit around these great apes for a whole hour watching their social life as you take pictures. On a gorilla safari, a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as walking shoes, packed food and mineral water, insect repellent, sun screen and hut. The gorilla tracking experience takes half or whole day depending on the movements of these primates. After this gorilla tracking experience, you will return to your lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, ready for a village foot safari, to explore the indigenous local life with a taste of the traditional performance at IbyIwacu cultural center. Diner and overnight at the hotel.

Location: Volcanoes National Park

Accommodation Option:

MID-RANGE    Le Bamboo Gorilla lodge or similar

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

Day 10: Hike Mount Bisoke

Today, after having your morning breakfast, we go hiking, to reach the summit of Mount Bisoke, one of the Virunga volcanoes, which is thrilling and rewarding, as it gives you great view of Virunga mountain ranges as you explore flora and fauna along the way. You will as well have a chance to observe the stunning view of the crater on top of the volcano. You will later descend back.

Location: Volcanoes National Park

Accommodation Option:

MID-RANGE    Le Bamboo Gorilla lodge or similar

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

Day 11: Golden monkey & Transfer to Kigali.

Today after you warm early morning breakfast, you will be picked by our safari driver guide who will transfer you to the park headquarters for briefing and start off your day golden monkey trekking. Just like the gorilla trekking experience, the same applies to golden monkey trekking though no so hectic like gorilla trekking. You will later return to the lodge for lunch and later transfer to Kigali.

Location: Kigali

Accommodation Option:

MID-RANGE   Chez Lando or similar

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

 

Day 12: Transfer to the airport.

After getting done with your relaxed morning breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to catch up with your onward flight.

End of the 12 Days Explore Rwanda Safari!

Location: Kigali

Accommodation Option: NO

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

 

Cost Includes on 12 Days Explore Rwanda Safari

  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle.
  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary.
  • 1 Gorilla permits ($1500), per person to be paid in advance.
  • 1 Golden Monkey permit, per person.
  • 1 chimpanzee permit, per person.
  • Canopy walk.
  • Museum visit.
  • En-route lunches.
  • Game drives.
  • Bisoke hike.
  • Boat ride at Lake Ihema.
  • Cultural visit.
  • Boat ride on Lake Kivu.
  • Park fees.
  • Canopy walk.
  • Services of English speaking driver/guide.
  • Drinking water per day per person during safari.

Cost Excludes on 12 Days Explore Rwanda Safari

  • International and domestic flights
  • Country entry visa
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of personal nature/laundry/telephone charges
  • Souvenirs and gifts, Tips
  • Alcoholic and other soft drinks (sodas, special juice order at the lodge and wines)

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