This 8 days Rwanda safari takes you to the east, north and south of one of Africa's most enchanting countries, Republic of Rwanda. In the north, go gorilla trekking and explore the Musanze caves in Volcanoes National Park; in the east, you'll see the Big 5 (lions, rhinos, cape buffaloes, African elephants, and leopards) in Akagera National Park and in the south, meet human’s closest cousins, chimpanzees in Nyungwe National Park, which is home to over 13 different primate species.
In a holiday that begins and ends in Kigali city/Kigali international airport, you will tour Kigali city, explore Musanze cave, have a boat cruise, participate in cultural activities, and take photographs.
Day 1: Pickup and Kigali city tour.
When the time and day of our meeting approach, our company driver guide, who has planned an 8-day vacation with you, will meet you and educate you on what will happen in Rwanda and the places you will visit. Check in at the lodge, enjoy lunch and then explore Kigali city after finishing the last sip of your glass of juice.
Kigali is one of Africa's brightest and cleanest towns, with excellent infrastructure, historical attractions, and friendly people. Before returning to the resort for the last meal and overnight, visit the craft shop, local markets and the genocide memorial site.
Day 2: Transfer to Volcanoes National park.
From bed to breakfast, join the driver guide for a magnificent trip to Volcanoes National Park, which takes around 2-3 hours and takes you through rolling hills, lush greenery and more. Arrive at the lodge for lunch, followed by a visit to Musanze Caves in the afternoon. There will be an hour spent there before returning to the resort for dinner and a restful night's sleep. Volcanoes National Park is only a few kilometers away from Musanze Caves.
Day 3: Gorilla trekking and cultural adventure.
After a sunrise breakfast, you'll pack a lunch, all of your trekking gear, and put on your hiking gear, ready to reunite with your closest relatives, with whom you share almost 98 percent of your genes. The first step in gorilla trekking is a briefing session, during which ranger guides explain about mountain gorillas, trekking dos and don'ts, and assign hikers to different gorilla families.
The activity lasts between one and six hours, with the possibility of encountering other forest occupants such as monkeys, birds, baboons, and other animals. You are rewarded with one hour of photography and observation of the gorillas' individuality, from their family structure, body and feeding strategies, after locating these uncommon species.
Thereafter, you will have lunch break, followed by rewarding culture adventure, with the communities living outside the park. The time spent will be for knowing how village life in Rwanda looks like, listening to legendary stories and supporting the locals in one way or the other.
Day 4: Transfer to Akagera National Park.
Get your day off to a good start with a hearty breakfast. After breakfast, check out of the resort and make your way to Akagera National Park, one of Africa's oldest conservation zones and Uganda's only savannah park. The driver guide's anecdotes, as well as the stunning scenery and more will securely transport you to the lodge in or surrounding the park. You will check in to the lodge for a rest, lunch and more leisure before supper and a nap.
Day 5: Game drive and boat cruise.
Early in the morning, you will embark on a rewarding 3 to 4 hours’ game drive across Akagera National Park's wide savannah grassland. It takes 3-4 hours to travel across the park's territory, photographing the animals, birds, primates, plants, and the stunning scenery.
You may come across lions, leopards, African elephants, cape Buffaloes, various antelope species, warthogs, and other animals during your search. After that, have bush breakfast before returning to the resort for lunch.
In the afternoon, take a relaxing 2-hour boat ride on Lake Ihema, which is home to hippos, crocodiles, aquatic birds, and other wildlife. A twilight drive to the lodge for dinner and lodging concludes the day's chapter.
Day 6: Akagera National Park to Nyungwe National Park.
After breakfast, you will depart for Nyungwe National Park, with lunch and rest stops along the way. Large plantations, undulating hills, smiling inhabitants waving at visitors they call "Muzungu" and dotted homesteads characterize the route, which is safe and in good condition. The beauty of the location may be found on all sides, drawing a traveler's attention to capture photographs from beginning to end.
Day 7: Chimpanzee Trekking and canopy walk safari.
At dawn, enjoy sunrise breakfast at the resort before driving to the park headquarters for a pre-trekking briefing. The park rangers will go through the do's and don'ts of trekking before taking you to the jungle for the trek, which will last anywhere from 1 to 5 hours depending on your hiking speed and how far the apes have migrated.
Other park residents include forest creatures, primates such as white and black Columbus monkeys, baboons, and more; as well as rare plants and more. After greeting, taking photos, and carefully observing your cousins the chimps play, jump around, and feed, the trekking exercise concludes.
After that, take a lunch break before embarking on a delightful afternoon canopy walk—one of the few in the continent's east. The breathtaking landscape, some primates, and birds at the tree top are among the sights you can expect to see during the 1-2 hour walk. After dinner and refreshment, finish and head to the lodge for a snooze.
Day 8: Deperture and a visit to the King's Palace.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the lodge before departing for Kigali. On the way, you'll stop at the Kings Palace for some exciting entertainment and cultural insights into Rwandese culture. After that, we'll head to the airport or another drop-off location for lunch.