The 10 Days Rwanda Gorilla & Cultural safari is a comprehensive Rwanda safari trip that gives a cross country encounter of Rwanda. This Gorilla safari includes the Kigali city encounter with its rich heritage, the Akagera National Park which is the home of Rwanda’s game and several water bodies including the second largest lake in Rwanda – Lake Ihema which is a boat cruising haven, the Butare encounter with the Nyanza palace, Nyanza memorial and the National Museum, trekking Chimpanzees in the pre historic forest of Nyungwe and community tour, water relaxation on Lake Kivu, whole day Banyarwanda cultural tour at Iby’iwachu cultural village, gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park and eventually the eco tour at Urwibutso Ecotourism project at Nyirangarama.
Day 1: Do Kigali city tour
Day 2: Transfer to Akagera National Park & do boat cruise.
Day 3: Game drive & transfer to Butare.
Day 4: Encounter Butare & transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park
Day 5: Carry out Chimpanzee trekking & cultural experience
Day 6: Drive to Gisenyi town.
Day 7: Encounter the Iby’iwachu cultural village.
Day 8: Do Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park.
Day 9: Undertake Golden Monkey tracking experience.
Day 10: Drive to Kigali city.
Day 1: Drive from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park
Before embarking on this 4 day Rwanda gorilla trekking adventure, you will have first have an early breakfast at your place of stay in Kigali after which you will transfer with the help of our guide to Volcanoes National Park 116km about 3 hours’ drive. You will arrive early for Lunch and simple relaxation. In the afternoon, you will either embark on the nature walk to the awesome twin lakes of Ruhondo and Burera amidst magical bird sights and amazing scenery or you can opt for the Iby’ iwachu cultural village to have a detailed encounter of the Kinyarwanda Culture.
Virunga Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Gorilla Mountain View Lodge (Midrange/standard) or Kinigi Guest House (Budget/basic).
Day 2: Do gorilla tracking endeavor
While on your gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda, you will wake up for an early cup of coffee before gathering at Kinigi Park Headquarters for briefing about the gorilla trekking activity at 08:00am always conducted by park rangers. This short briefing is designed detail the dos and don’ts while trekking gorillas. After briefing, you will traverse the jungle in search of the splendid mountain gorillas in the company of the park ranger guide which stretches between 2 – 8 hours. You will walk through the luxuriant vegetation, climb raised gradients, ascend down the valleys before you encounter the great mountain gorillas as they munch their food and get astonished by the young gorillas playing and demonstrating their tactics which will prompt you to use up your camera space unknowingly. You have one full hour encounter with gorillas after which you will retreat to your lodge for relaxation carrying with you a certificate of gorilla tracking.
You will stay at your previous lodge.
Day 3: Carry out Golden monkey tracking & visit the Dian Fossey site
On the day 3 of your gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda, you will have your early breakfast and gather at the park Headquarters at 08:00am for another amazing primate encounter – the golden monkey tracking. This snub-nosed monkey is listed as endangered by the IUCN and only exists in the Virunga Area thus encountering it is a rewarding move to ever incorporate in your gorilla safari in Rwanda. It will take you half day to hike and spend time with these species before returning to the lodge for simple relaxation. In the afternoon, embark on the hike to the Karisoke research center to see the works of the leading gorilla conservationist that the world has ever had- Dian Fossey whose tomb also lies close the center alongside that of her great silverback – Digit.
You will spend an overnight at your previous lodge.
Day 4: Drive back to the city of Kigali.
After your relaxed breakfast, embark on a return journey to Kigali city 116km about 3 hours’ drive. You will enjoy the scenic views en route as you come to the end of your 4 days gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda.
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Please note that Upon your request, we can change(customize) the tour destinations, hotels and number of days to suit your desire .just contact us call us 24/7 on phone
- General Safari Inclusions
- Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
- Chimpanzee Permit (for chimpanzee trekking safaris)
- Full Board Accommodation on Safari
- Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
- Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
- Entrance fees to the tourist sites including Protected areas mentioned
- Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
- Bottled water while on safari
- Border crossing fees (for cross border safaris)
General Safari Exclusions
- General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
- Laundry Services
- Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
- International Flights (Arranged on request)
- Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
- Optional Activity fees
- Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
- Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)
- Accommodation in Kampala or Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)
Hotels we use in Akagera National Park
Ruzizi Tented Lodge
Ruzizi Tented Lodge is a luxury tented accommodation facility in Akagera National Park. It offers accommodation in a range of twenty (20) beds that are connected by walkways. Ruzizi Tented Camp has nine (9) tents which can up to twenty (20) clients.
Akagera Game Lodge
The Akagera Game Lodge is located within the park close to its southern entrance. The Lodge features a swimming pool, conference center and a tennis court. Accommodation is offered in standard rooms, deluxe, family and Junior Suite. The lodge features over 60 bed rooms.
Hotels we use in Nyungwe National Park
Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel
Accommodation at Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel is offered in twelve (12) units and four (4) of these feature twin beds while the eight (8) are apartments featuring queen sized beds. The rooms are self-contained. The Hotel also has a restaurant and a well-stocked bar.
Positioned at 2km distance outside Nyungwe Forest National Park. Gisakura guesthouse offers accommodation in twin, double and triple rooms which are self-contained and with provision of warm water on request. The Guesthouse also features a good restaurant.
Hotels we use in Volcanoes National Park
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
The Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is an upmarket lodge on the boundaries of Volcanoes National Park about fifteen (15) minutes’ drive to the entrance of the park. The lodge offers accommodation in a range of thirty (30) chalets with enough space, a modern bar and restaurant.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is positioned close to the Volcanoes Park Headquarters is about few minutes’ drive. Accommodation is provided in six cottages with two (2) suites with private verandas, inbuilt ablutions and living room overseeing fireplace.
Virunga Lodge is a luxury accommodation located on a ridge with impressive views of the Virunga massif. Accommodation is presented in eight (8) bandas and each banda features a private terrace with impressive views of the Virunga massif.
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