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15 Days Rwanda Safari Tour – Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzee Tracking, Wildlife Viewing Culture & Community Tours & Bisoke Hike

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15 Days Rwanda Safari Tour – Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzee Tracking, Wildlife Viewing Culture & Community Tours & Bisoke Hike

15 Days Rwanda Safari Tour – SAFARI OVERVIEW

Your 15 days Rwanda safari tour is a 14-nights/15 days Rwanda tour designed for you to have an in-depth exploration of Rwanda, The Land of a Thousand Hills. Starting and ending in Kigali, this 15 days Rwanda safari, will offer you time to relax, learn about the country’s unique history and culture, admire the stunning landscapes, and discover the incredible wildlife.

You will do gorilla trekking in Rwanda, golden monkey tracking, and Mount Bisoke hike in Volcanoes National Park, as well as chimpanzee tracking, colobus monkey tracking, and canopy walk adventures in Nyungwe National Park.

You will also explore Kigali city, the Genocide Museum, King’s Palace, Tea Estates, Lake Kivu, Musanze Caves, Ibywachu Cultural Village, and visit Rwanda’s only savanna park; Akagera National Park, home to the “big five”. At Akagera National Park, you will also get to witness one of Africa’s highest hippo density, large crocodiles, and a variety of birds; over 500 species have been recorded.

If you are looking for a more rewarding Rwanda holiday, then book or tailor this 15 days Rwanda safari tour to your interests and desires – at an affordable price.

15 Days Rwanda Safari Tour – PRIME SAFARI ACTIVITIES

  • Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park
  • Golden monkey tracking in Volcanoes NP
  • Hike a volcano – Mount Bisoke (3711 meters)
  • Track Chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest NP
  • Track Colobus monkey in Nyungwe Forest
  • Canopy walk via the treetop walkway in Nyungwe Forest
  • Scenic drives through Rwanda’s picturesque landscapes
  • Game drives in Akagera National Park
  • Boat cruise on Lake Ihema in Akagera National Park
  • Relax at the scenic shores of Lake Kivu
  • Boat cruise on Lake Kivu
  • Visit the Ethnographic Museum & King’s Palace
  • Visit Ibyiwacu Cultural Village/Gorilla Guardians Village
  • Tour Musanze Caves
  • Visit Kigali Genocide Memorial & tour Kigali city

15 Days Rwanda Safari Tour – FEATURED SAFARI DESTINATIONS

Day 1: Kigali

Day 2: Kigali City – Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre

Day 3, 4, & 5: Nyungwe National Park, Ethnographic Museum & King’s Palace

Day 6 & 7: Lake Kivu (Gisenyi)

Day 8, 9, 10: Volcanoes National Park & Ibyiwacu Cultural Village

Day 12 & 13: Akagera National Park

Day 14: Kigali

Day 15: Departure

15 Days Rwanda Safari – SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS

Day 1: Arrive at Kigali International Airport & transfer to your hotel

Day 2: Visit Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre & tour Kigali city

Day 3: Drive to Nyungwe Forest. Visit Ethnographic Museum & the King’s palace

Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking & canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest National Park

Day 5: Do Colobus monkey tracking & afternoon tea estate tour

Day 6: Drive to Lake Kivu (Kibuye) for relaxation.

Day 7: Boat cruise on Lake Kivu & relaxation. Optional full-day kayaking.

Day 8: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park & tour Musanze Caves

Day 9: Hike Mount Bisoke. Optional Dian Fossey Tomb hike

Day 10: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park & relax

Day 11: Golden monkey tracking in Volcanoes. Visit Ibyiwacu cultural village

Day 12: Travel to Akagera National Park. Enjoy an evening game drive

Day 13: Full game drive in Akagera National Park & Relaxation

Day 14: Boat cruise on Lake Ihema. Dive back to Kigali

Day 15: Drop off at the airport for flight departure

15 Days Rwanda Safari Tour – DETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive at Kigali International Airport & Transfer to Your Hotel in Kigali City

At Kigali Airport, you will be received by a representative of Prime Safari and transported to your comfortable accommodation in Kigali city.

Kigali, with its lush hillsides, flowering trees, winding roads, and busy streets, is one of the most attractive capital cities in Africa.

The city is especially known for its impeccable cleanliness and safety attributes, which are lacking in most African cities and even the world’s big cities. Once a month, residents undertake ‘Umuganda Day’ when they engage in compulsory cleaning of all aspects of the city.  You’ll spend the evening resting after your travels and enjoy dinner as you prepare for your Kigali city tour tomorrow.

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Serena Hotel Kigali/ Hotel Mille Collines/Radison blu

Midrange: – Heaven Boutique Hotel/Hotel Chezlando

Meal Plan: – Dinner

Activities & Services:-

  • Pick from the Airport
  • Transfer to a hotel for relaxation

Day 2: Visit Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre & Tour Kigali City

Your day two of the 15 days Rwanda safari tour begins with a leisurely breakfast, before embarking on an evocative visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial. The memorial is built on the burial site of 250,000 victims of the genocide against the Tutsi tribe in which almost one million Rwandans were killed in 100 days. It has an excellent exhibition that tries to explain how it was that the world watched as the 1994 Rwanda genocide unfolded.

The exhibit is an intensely emotional experience but also an educational one, where you’ll learn about the darkest hour in Rwanda’s recent history and the immense progress and reconciliation the country has achieved to date.

After this encounter, embark on the Kigali city drive exploring markets, art galleries, craft centers, and other interesting sites. You can even opt to have a cup of coffee at Hotel Mille Collins, one of the historic places in Kigali. Tonight enjoy your dinner as you prepare for the exciting trip ahead

The highlight of The Day: – Learning about Rwanda’s tragic past at Kigali Genocide Museum.

Accommodation:-        

Luxury: – Serena Hotel Kigali/Radison blu/Hotel Mille Collines

Midrange: – Hotel Chezlando

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services:-

  • Visit Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre
  • Tour Kigali City

Day 3: Drive to Nyungwe National Park. Visit Ethnographic Museum & the King’s Palace En-route

Enjoy an early breakfast at 7 am and then embark on a 5-6 hour drive southwest to Nyungwe Forest National Park. The route takes you through rolling hills and beautiful scenery.  You’ll stop in the town of Butare to visit the detailed Ethnographic Museum to learn about the social-cultural history of Rwanda.

Proceed to Nyanza and tour the King’s Palace – the historical seat of the Rwandan kingdom. Venture into the grounds to meet the royal cows and listen to the Amahamba songs the herders sing as part of the grooming process. Then, wander the halls of the simple, modern home of the country’s last king.

After the palace visit, enjoy a delicious lunch and continue to Nyungwe Forest– a pristine, bio-diverse natural rainforest filled with primates, birdlife, and flowers. Tonight, relax at the lodge as you prepare for your amazing chimp trek tomorrow.

The highlight of the Day: – Discovering the rich Rwanda cultural heritage. Accommodation:-

Luxury: – One & Only Nyungwe House/Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Midrange: – Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel

Budget: – Gisakura Guesthouse

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: – Approx. 320km or 5-6 hours

Activities & Services:-

  • Transfer to Nyungwe
  • Explore the Ethnographic Museum
  • Tour the King’s Palace

Day 4: Chimpanzee Trekking & Canopy Walk in Nyungwe Forest

On day four of your 15 days Rwanda tour, you set off after breakfast to meet your expert local ranger guide at the park’s visitor center at 5 am. After the briefing, start your 2-5 hour trek to see the chimpanzee – our closest relatives. You can enjoy looking for other primates, birds, butterflies, unique plants, and animals on the way.

Your guide will teach you about tracking the chimpanzees, pointing out signs they’ve left as you head through the forest. Upon reaching them you’ll be able to see them playing and interacting in their natural habitat – an incredible sight.

Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. In the afternoon, connect at Visitor Center for a wonderful 2-hour canopy walk via the treetop walkway in the Nyungwe Forest. You have a chance to see eye-level wildlife that lives in the forest canopies but is not easily seen from the ground such as monkeys and birds.

The highlight of The Day: – Tracking wild chimpanzees on foot

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – One & Only Nyungwe House/Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Midrange: – Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel

Budget: – Gisakura Guesthouse

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services:-

  • Chimpanzee Tracking
  • Canopy walk

Day 5: Do Colobus Monkey Tracking & Afternoon Tea Estate Tour

On day five of your 15 days Rwanda safari tour, enjoy an early breakfast and transfer to Nyungwe National Park’s visitor center for yet another exciting adventure – tracking Colobus monkeys.

These beautiful old-world monkeys with their black fur and flowing white locks tend to form ‘super-groups’ counting over 400 individuals, a phenomenon that has been observed to happen only among the colobus monkeys in Nyungwe.

The gentle trek to see them will start at 8 am after the briefing. You hike through rolling hills draped with lush tea plantations before reaching a small, isolated patch of forest where these striking primates will be spotted jumping around the trees.

Spend one hour with them, before returning to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. In the afternoon, tour a tea estate to interact with the local people who work there. Discover how tea is grown and harvested, and visit a factory to see how it is processed. Finish off your experience with a cup of tea.

Retire for dinner and overnight.

The highlight of The Day: – Tracking the beautiful Colobus Monkeys

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Nyungwe Forest Lodge/One & Only Nyungwe House

Midrange: – Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel

Budget: – Gisakura Guesthouse

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services:-

  • Colobus monkey tracking
  • Tea experience

Day 6: Drive to Lake Kivu – Kibuye Town for Relaxation

Begin day six of your 15 days safari Rwanda safari with a leisurely breakfast before setting off with your driver for Lake Kivu – one of Africa’s Great Lakes. The drive takes around 3 to 4 hours, through the rolling hills that characterize Rwanda’s landscape becomes much more dramatic as you drive on.

You will pass small farming villages and banana plantations before arriving at Kibuye, a calm town on the shores of Lake Kivu. The lake is also one of the most beautiful in Central Africa, stretching as far as the Congo. And Kibuye is an ideal town for relaxation and is by far the most scenic part of Lake Kivu.

Your driver will take you straight to your hotel, where you can relax, watching the sunset over the lake and the nearby Virunga Volcanoes. You can even take a sunset boat cruise, a stroll on the beach near the property, or a night fishing adventure with local Rwanda fishermen.

The highlight of the Day: – Relaxation at the beautiful shore of Lake Kivu

Accommodation:-

Midrange: – Cormoran Lodge

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: – Approx.  3 hours

Activities & Services:-

  • Transfer to Lake Kivu
  • Relaxation on Lake Kivu

Optional Activities: –

  • Boat trip on Lake Kivu
  • Night fishing

Day 7: Boat Cruise on Lake Kivu & Relaxation

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast today and set out on a leisurely boat excursion to enjoy the beauty, peacefulness, and tranquility of Lake Kivu.

Visit the lake’s several islands such as Napoleon Island with its colony of fruit bats and Amahoro Island, which became popular locally for the sundowner bar set up on the island seasonally! If you’re feeling energetic it’s possible to swim in the lake. Other activities include renting kayaks or motorboats, or waterskiing.

The highlight of The Day: – Boat cruise on Lake Kivu

Accommodation:-

Midrange: – Cormoran Lodge

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services: – Boat excursion on Lake Kivu

Day 8: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park. Tour Musanze Caves

Following your breakfast, on this 15 days Rwanda tour, take a scenic 4-hour drive to Volcanoes National Park. Drive via Gisenyi town (another beautiful town on Lake Kivu shore) where you’ll have a lunch stop before continuing on the drive-through tea plantations, and quiet rural villages to stunning Volcanoes National Park.

Volcanoes NP is situated in the great Virunga Mountains and its 5 volcanoes form the border between Rwanda, Uganda, and Congo.

Besides being one of the most scenic sights in Africa, the park contains a third of the world’s Mountain Gorilla population – some 300 of them. The park itself has a longstanding connection with gorilla conservation. It was the base for the groundbreaking work of primatologist Dian Fossey, which began in the late 1960s and is portrayed in the evocative book and film “Gorillas in the Mist”.

On arrival, go for an easy scenic hike in the 2km long Musanze Cave near the park for a peek into the geological history of the region, which was created by intense volcanic activity that formed the Albertine Rift Valley some 65 million years ago.

The highlight of The Day: – Exploring the ancient Musanze Caves

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Bisate Lodge/Virunga Lodge

Midrange: – Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge

Budget: – Muhabura Hotel

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services:-

  • Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
  • Visit Musanze Caves

Day 9: Hike Mount Bisoke in Volcanoes National Park

Your day nine of the 15 days Rwanda safari tour will be spent hiking magnificent Mount Bisoke. This mountain stands at a respectable 3,711 meters high and is the most popular volcano for day hikes in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park.

It has a beautiful crater lake at the summit and offers wonderful views of other Virunga Mountains. Rare plant life, birds, gorillas, golden monkeys, and other wildlife can be encountered on the hike. The hike will take 6-8 hours round trip and requires reasonable fitness.

The highlight of The Day: – Hiking a volcano

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Bisate Lodge/Virunga Lodge

Midrange: – Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge

Budget: – Muhabura Hotel

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services:-

  • Volcano hiking

Optional activity: – The 4 hours Dian Fossey Tomb hike

Day 10: Do Gorilla Trekking In Volcanoes NP & Relax

Gorilla trekking day! Transfer to the park headquarters early after breakfast and meet your excellent local park ranger guides for a briefing. After the briefing at 8 am, you are driven to the trailhead to start the gorilla trek.

The trek for these great apes can take anything from 30 mins to 7 hours – following your guide through the beautiful forests. It is relatively tiresome as the forest can be quite wet and the going fairly steep.

Along the way, you may encounter golden monkeys, a range of birds, and other forest creatures. And once you reach the gorillas, you then have one precious hour to spend watching these fascinating apes before trekking back to the trailhead.

Spend the time taking photos, learning about their behavior from the guide, and watching them interact – a truly magical, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Return to your lodge for relaxation, dinner & overnight.

The highlight of the Day: – An encounter with the famed mountain gorillas

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Bisate Lodge/Virunga Lodge

Midrange: – Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge

Budget: – Muhabura Hotel

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services: – Gorilla trekking

Day 11: Golden Monkey Tracking In Volcanoes & Visit Ibyiwacu Cultural Village

This morning you will depart after breakfast for the park headquarters for your walk to see the golden monkeys – a completely different experience but just as rewarding.

These beautiful, lively creatures are on the endangered list and are endemic to the Albertine Rift. They are fascinating to watch as they leap through the vegetation. The trek is generally easier and takes up to 3 hours. Once you find them, spend 1 hour observing their charming antics.

Return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. In the afternoon, go for an enchanting cultural experience in the Ibyiwacu Village, a replica village of what traditional life was like back in the day for many Rwandans.

You have an opportunity to spectate and participate in many activities such as hunting skills, traditional dance, and music, traditional architecture, fashion,  food preparation, weaving, local brew preparation, meeting traditional healers, etc. Later in the evening, return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

The highlight of the Day: – Tracking Endemic Golden Monkeys

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Bisate Lodge/Virunga Lodge

Midrange: – Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge

Budget: – Muhabura Hotel

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services: – Golden monkey tracking

Day 12: Travel to Akagera National Park. Enjoy A Game Drive

Day twelve of the 15 days Rwanda safari tour starts with a relaxed breakfast. Stretch your legs among the brightly colored shops of Musanze ahead of your next drive. Later this morning you’ll start the leisurely 4.5-hour drive to Akagera National Park.

Akagera, Rwanda’s largest national park boasts a profusion of wildlife including the Big 5 that you won’t see in any of the other three national parks. Its savannah plains are dotted with swamps and lakes, as well. The park boasts almost 500 bird species.

On arrival at the park, check in at your lodge for relaxation and lunch. In the evening, go for a game viewing experience in the park with a game drive of 3 hours.

The highlight of the Day: – Game drive in Akagera

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Ruzizi Tented Lodge/Magashi Camp

Midrange: – Akagera Game Lodge

Budget: – Dereva Hotel

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: – Approx.  251km/4-5 hours

Activities & Services:-

  • Transfer to Akagera & game drive

Optional Activities:-

  • Night game drive
  • Sunset boat cruise

Day 13: Full Game Drive in Akagera National Park

Enjoy an early breakfast and then check out of the lodge by 6.30 am for a full 6 hours game drive in search of the “big five” – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino.

Be on the lookout for hippos, crocodiles, zebra, warthogs, baboons, giraffes, topi, impala, and more on the large open plains. The park is also a birder’s haven with nearly 500 bird species. Return to the lodge and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

The highlight of The Day: – Morning game drive

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Ruzizi Tented Lodge/Magashi Camp

Midrange: – Akagera Game Lodge

Budget: – Dereva Hotel

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services: – Full Game drive in Akagera

Day 14: Boat Cruise on Lake Ihema. Dive Back To Kigali

On day fourteen of your 15-day Rwanda safari tour, you have your final game excursion in Akagera and it will be by boat on Lake Ihema. From your boat, you’ll see the park and its inhabitants from a different vantage point as you cruise along the shoreline.

Crocodiles bask on the banks of the lake and it is home to numerous hippos. This ride offers a wonderful birding opportunity as there are lots of water birds along with the shoes and islands that you shall sight. You may even see elephants and buffalo at close range as they come down to the shoreline for a drink. In the late afternoon, you will head toward Kigali for your final night.

The highlight of the Day: – Boat cruise on Lake Ihema

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Hotel Mille Collines

Midrange: – Hotel Chezlando

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: – Approx.  13km or 2 ½ hours

Activities & Services:-

  • Canoeing trip on twin lakes
  • Drive back to Kigali

Day 15: Drop Off At the Airport for Flight Departure

Today, you will have a relaxed breakfast in the hotel and then you’ll be transferred to the airport for your return flight home at the end of an unforgettable 15 days Rwanda safari tour adventure.

End of the 15 Days Rwanda Safari Tour

15 Days Rwanda Safari Tour − SAFARI INCLUSIONS

  • Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
  • Chimpanzee Permit (for chimpanzee trekking safaris)
  • Full Board Accommodation on Safari
  • Transportation in 4X4 Safari Van/4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • Fuel
  • 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
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)

15 Days Rwanda Safari Tour − 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)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
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