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5 Days Rwanda Wildlife Safari – Wildlife Viewing Akagera Park, Chimpanzee Tracking Nyungwe Forest

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5 Days Rwanda Wildlife Safari – Wildlife Viewing Akagera Park, Chimpanzee Tracking Nyungwe Forest

5 Days Rwanda Wildlife Safari – SAFARI OVERVIEW

Your affordable 5 days Rwanda wildlife safari is a rewarding 5 days wildlife safari in Rwanda, offering you amazing game viewing in Akagera National Park and a Chimpanzee tracking safari in Nyungwe Forest National Park, coupled with breathtaking scenery viewing plus fascinating culture and historical tours.

You begin your safari in Kigali, where you’ll visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial and come face to face with the heartbreaking history of the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

Next, go for a classic African safari experience in Akagera, which has Rwanda’s only savanna habitat and harbors a variety of animals, including rhinos, elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards, hippos, giraffes, zebras, crocodiles, antelopes, etc.

After your rewarding safari experience in the warm savannah, you’ll visit Nyungwe, one of the oldest montane forests in Africa that is popular for its high concentration and variety of primates including over 500 chimpanzees. On your way to Nyungwe, you’ll visit the ethnographic museum and the Nyanza Royal Palace where you’ll be given a deep insight into Rwanda’s past and present cultures.

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5 Days Rwanda Wildlife Safari – PRIME SAFARI ACTIVITIES

  • Kigali city & Genocide Memorial tour
  • Game drives in Akagera National Park
  • Boat cruise on Lake Ihema in Akagera National Park
  • Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • Canopy walk via the treetop walkway in Nyungwe Forest NP
  • Cultural heritage tours at the Ethnographic Museum & King’s Palace
  • Comfortable road transfers through Rwanda’s stunning landscapes

5 Days Rwanda Wildlife Safari – FEATURED SAFARI DESTINATIONS

Day 1 & 2: Kigali Genocide memorial & Akagera National Park.

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

Day 5: Kigali – Departure

5 Days Rwanda Wildlife Safari – SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS

Day 1: Tour the Kigali Genocide memorial & transfer to Akagera National Park.

Day 2: Morning game drive & afternoon boat cruise in Akagera National Park

Day 3: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest. Visit Ethnographic Museum & King’s Palace.

Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking & Canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest

Day 5: Transfer Back To Kigali via Kibuye – Lake Kivu.

5 Days Rwanda Wildlife Safari – DETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY

Day 1: Tour Kigali Genocide Memorial & Transfer to Akagera National Park.

Your 5 days Rwanda wildlife safari begins at 8 am. Your trip driver guide will pick you up from your place of stay in Kigali and take you for the Kigali Genocide Memorial Museum tour.

Kigali is today one of the cleanest, safest, and friendliest African capital cities, however, just a few decades ago it was home to one of the most brutal genocides in the history of mankind.

The memorial was built to remember the victims and to educate people on the atrocities to ensure that this never happens again. It is an insightful but upsetting experience, so be prepared. From the memorial tour, take a city drive and visit local markets, art galleries, and craft centers plus other fascinating sites.

After the city tour, have a good lunch and then take a scenic 2½ drive east to Akagera National Park. The park has a remarkable conservation story and is home to Africa’s Big 5 animals. Its savannah plains are dotted with swamps and lakes, as well. You arrive at your lodge in the evening for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

The highlight of the Day: – Driving through the amazing countryside landscapes

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Ruzizi Tented Lodge/Magashi Camp

Midrange: – Akagera Game Lodge

Budget: – Dereva Hotel

Meal Plan: – Lunch & Dinner

Drive distance & time: – Approx.  135km/2 ½ hours

Activities & Services:-

  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Kigali Genocide Memorial tour
  • Transfer to Akagera

Optional Activities in Akagera:-

  • Night game drive
  • Sunset boat cruise

Day 2: Morning Game Drive & Afternoon Boat Cruise in Akagera National Park.

Day two of your 6 days safari in Rwanda begins at 6 am with an early morning.

Then you go on a 3-4 hour morning game drive in the Akagera savannah as the sun comes up. This is the ideal time of the day to see predators, and the sunrise over the savannah plains is an unforgettable sight.

On the game drive, search for lions, rhinos, leopards, elephants, buffalo, hyenas, and others who graze freely in the park. Giraffes are commonly seen well as zebras, warthogs, waterbucks, roan antelopes, elands, topis, and impalas.

After the game drive, return to the lodge for lunch and some free time to relax.

In the afternoon, take a relaxing boat cruise on Lake Ihema. Watch hippos and crocodiles and spot more wildlife such as elephants and buffalos, as they gather at the lakeshore to drink water. Keep an eye out for a variety of birds; the lake and its adjacent wetlands are home to about 500 different species.

Retire for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

The highlight of the Day: – Searching wildlife on a game drive

Accommodation:-

Luxury: – Ruzizi Tented Lodge/Magashi Camp

Midrange: – Akagera Game Lodge

Budget: – Dereva Hotel

Meal Plan: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services: –

  • Game drive
  • Boat cruise

Optional Activities:-

  • Sport Fishing
  • Night Game Drive
  • Community tour outside the park

Day 3: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Visit Ethnographic Museum & King’s Palace En Route.

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast today and then take a 5-6 hour drive to the southwest of Rwanda. Drive through rolling hills and the beautiful scenery of the southwest as you make your way to the Cultural Heritage Corridor of Rwanda.

You make a stop in Nyanza and visit the reconstruction of the traditional King’s Palace, a wonderfully-crafted thatched dwelling.

Learn about the royal style and the authority of pre-colonial Rwanda Kings here. Explore into the ground and meet the royal Inyambo long-horned cows on the site and herders who sing to them. Then, wander the halls of the simple, modern home of the country’s last king.

Continue your drive south to the Ethnographic Museum in Huye for a broader look at Rwanda’s social-cultural history. Thereafter, enjoy a delicious lunch and complete your scenic drive to Nyungwe Forest. Nyungwe is home to 13 species of primates that account for 25% of Africa’s total including over 500 wild chimpanzees.

Tonight, relax at your lodge as you prepare for your Chimp trek tomorrow.

The highlight of the Day: – Exploring Rwanda’s rich 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/5-6 hours

Activities & Services:-

  • Drive to Nyungwe Forest
  • Tour the King’s Palace
  • Visit the Ethnographic Museum

Day 4: Chimpanzee Trekking & Canopy Walk In Nyungwe Forest

Day four of your 6 days Rwanda wildlife safari begins with an early breakfast.

Then transfer to the park’s visitor center to meet your excellent local park guide for a briefing. At 5.30 am, start your trek (2-5 hours) to see the chimps, and you’ll enjoy looking for other primates, birds, and animals along the way.

Your expert guide will teach you about the fascinating behavior of these endangered apes – our closest relatives in the animal world – and gain insights into current efforts to protect them. Upon reaching Chimpanzees, you will see them as they interact in their natural habitat. You have a full hour to enjoy these human-like creatures (we share 98.7% of our DNA with them) and you’re free to take as many photos as you wish!

Return to the lodge for lunch and some free time for relaxation. In the afternoon, go for an adventurous walk along a 70-meter high, 160-meter long Canopy Walkway that sways in the wind above Nyungwe National Park Forest.

The highlight of the Day: – Track wild Chimpanzees on foot

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: –

  • Chimp trekking
  • Canopy walk

Day 5: Transfer Back To Kigali via Kibuye – Lake Kivu.

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast today and depart for Kigali going via Kibuye and stopping over at Lake Kivu (one of the most beautiful lakes in East and Central Africa) for lunch. On arrival in Kigali, continue to the airport for your scheduled departure flight to mark the end of this amazing 5 day Rwanda wildlife safari.

The highlight of the Day: – The scenic drive to Kigali

Meal Plan: – Breakfast & Lunch

Drive Distance & Time: – 241km/5-6 hours

Activities & Services:-

  • Transfer to Kigali
  • Drop off at the airport

End of the 5 Days Rwanda Wildlife Safari

5 Days Rwanda Wildlife Safari − SAFARI INCLUSIONS

  • 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
  • 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

5 Days Rwanda Wildlife Safari − SAFARI EXCLUSIONS

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides, and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages I drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)
  • Accommodation in Kigali (Arranged on request)

5 Days  Rwanda Safari – SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS.

  • Day 1: Visit the Gisozi genocide memorial & transfer to Akagera National Park
  • Day 2: Do morning game drive & afternoon boat cruise
  • Day 3: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Visit the National Institute of Rwandan Museums & the Nyanza Palace en route in Butare
  • Day 4: Do Morning Chimpanzee Trekking & afternoon Nyungwe Canopy Walk
  • Day 5: Do colobus Monkey tracking & transfer to Kigali

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5 Days  Rwanda Safari – DETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY.

Day 1 of the 5 Days Rwanda Safari: Visit the Gisozi genocide memorial & transfer to Akagera National Park

5 Days Rwanda Safari

Gisozi Memorial Museum

After your breakfast at your place of stay in Kigali city embark on the drive to the Gisozi genocide memorial to pay a visit to the counts of Rwandese who lost their dear lives during the bloody genocide that befell Rwanda in the year 1994. The number of skulls line in the building and the respective writings gives you a fresh picture of what exactly transpired during that period.  After this encounter, you will embark on the transfer to Akagera National Park in the East of Rwanda driving through impressive rural landscapes that have got amazing scenic views from 135km about a 2 ½ hours’ drive.   The traditional long-horned cattle in Rwamagana district will welcome you as changing the terrain from the hilly landscapes of the central to the plain landscapes of the east where the Akagera is situated.  Arrive in the afternoon for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Ruzizi Tented Camp (Upmarket/Luxury), Akagera Game Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Dereva Hotel (Budget/Basic).

Day 2 of the 5 Days Rwanda Safari: Do morning game drive & afternoon boat cruise

5 Days Rwanda Safari

Boat Cruise on Lake Ihema

After an early cup of coffee, embark on the morning game drive exploring the rolling savannah landscapes of the park with the impressive plains that stretch to the border of Tanzania dotted with counts of wild game. The game drive in the morning exposes you to counts of elephants, buffaloes, Masai giraffes, antelopes like Impala, bushbucks, waterbucks among others, the predators including leopards among other wild game that thrive in this natural habitat. The stretch to the upper hills of Mutumba presents a rewarding encounter on your safari in Rwanda. You retreat from this activity that lasts 3 – 4 hours and returns to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. In the afternoon, you will connect to Lake Ihema for a thrilling boat cruise that offers you an opportunity to encounter Rwanda’s second largest lake which has counts of Hippos and Nile Crocodiles not forgetting a range of water birds that dwell on the lake shores. Retire from dinner and overnight

Accommodation: Ruzizi Tented Camp (Upmarket/Luxury), Akagera Game Lodge (Midrange/Standard) or Dereva Hotel (Budget/Basic).

Day 3 of the 5 Days Rwanda Safari: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Visit the National Institute of Rwandan Museums & the Nyanza Palace en route in Butare

5 Days Rwanda Safari

Butare National Museum Rwanda

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park in the southwest of Rwanda 320km about 5 hours’ drive excluding stops en route. You will make a stop in Butare province to visit the National Institute of Rwanda Museums with one of the largest ethnographic museums in East Africa and the Nyanza palace which is the home to the Rwandan Monarchs including the two Kings; Musinga and his predecessor King Rudahigwa. The traditional hut at the site which is the house of King Rudahigwa is crafted in an impressive architectural design very well preserved. The Inyambo cows with their long horns also make the site worth visiting.  You will have lunch in Butare before proceeding to Nyungwe arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Nyungwe forest View Lodge (Luxury/upmarket), Hill Top View Hotel (Midrange/standard) or Gisakura Guest House (Budget/basic).

Day 4 of the 5 Days Rwanda Safari: Do Morning Chimpanzee Trekking & afternoon Nyungwe Canopy Walk

5 Days Rwanda Safari

Canopy Walk in Nyungwe Forest National Park

After breakfast, embark on the chimpanzee trekking encounter in the prehistoric forests of Nyungwe. The trek starts at 8 am commencing with briefing at the park headquarters before proceeding to the forest in search of our closest cousins the Chimpanzees. Walking through the forest and eventually having a direct encounter with these chimpanzees for one (1) hour makes the chimp trek memorable. The species thrive in their natural habitats and they are impressive to look at as they munch fruits, roll themselves on the trees, mate and socialize. The activity tends to last between 2 – 5 hours after which you return to the lodge for lunch and short relaxation. In the afternoon, you gather at the Uwinka Visitor centre to embark on the famous Nyungwe Canopy walk which is the first of its kind in East Africa and the third in the whole of Africa. The canopy walkway is raised to 40m from the ground and it is 90m long hanging above a steep deep valley with impressive scenic views of the landscapes and the flora and faunal species that are found in the area. Retire in the evening to the lodge for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel (Midrange/Standard) or Gisakura Guesthouse (Budget/Basic).

Day 5 of the 5 Days Rwanda Safari: Do colobus Monkey tracking & transfer to Kigali

5 Days Rwanda Safari

Colobus Monkey Tracking Nyungwe Forest National Park

After breakfast, embark on the Colobus Monkey tracking in the forest of Nyungwe. Nyungwe Forest is very diverse and when it comes to primates, it is stocked with 13 species which makes it a favourable primate destination in Rwanda. The colobus monkey tracking also commences at 8 am in the morning and then you head to forests in search of these impressive species. Dressed in white and black, the colobus monkeys are encountered rolling themselves in the trees and swinging in the forest in a very large grouping of over 400 numbers which is the largest on the whole continent of Africa. The direct encounter with them lasts one hour after which you will return to the starting point and embark on the transfer to Kigali city 268km about 6 hours’ drive.

End of the 5 Days Rwanda Safari

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Your Safari Route

General Safari Inclusions

  • Chimpanzee Permit (for chimpanzee trekking safaris)
  • Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
  • Full Board Accommodation on Safari
  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 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
  • 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)
  • Visas
  • 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)

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Accommodations, Safari Lodges, Safari Hotels in Akagera National Park Rwanda

Ruzizi Tented Lodge
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
Akagera Game Lodge

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.

Accommodations, Safari Lodges, Safari Hotels in Nyungwe National Park Rwanda

Gisakura Guesthouse
Gisakura Guesthouse

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.

Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel
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.

Accommodations, Safari Lodges, Safari Hotels in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda

Virunga Lodge
Virunga Lodge

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.

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
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.

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
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.

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