7 DAYS SAFARI RWANDA TOUR, GORILLA TREKKING IN VOLCANOES, CHIMPANZEE TRACKING IN NYUNGWE, WILDLIFE VIEWING SAFARI IN RWANDA IN AKEGARA.
7 Days Safari Rwanda Tour – SAFARI OVERVIEW.
7Days Safari Rwanda Tour is a 6nights/7 days safari in Rwanda trip offering Gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee tracking & Wildlife viewing enabling you to explore all the popular destinations in the country. This 7 days safari Rwanda tour commencing with a visit to the Gisozi genocide memorial where counts of Rwandese that lost their lives during the bloody genocide are gathered then to the Akagera National Park which is the largest in Rwanda with counts of wild game including Masai giraffe, elephants, buffaloes among others to the Nyanza palace in the south of Rwanda, Nyungwe National Park known for chimpanzee trekking and canopy walk and eventually the Volcanoes National Park with its mountain gorilla trekking and the Dian Fossey centre combine to generate ultimate Rwanda safari memories.
7 Days Safari Rwanda Tour – SAFARI HIGHLIGHTS.
- Day 1: Visit Gisozi genocide memorial & transfer to Akagera National Park
- Day 2: Do morning game drive & afternoon boat cruise on Lake Ihema
- Day 3: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Visit the Nyanza palace en route in Butare
- Day 4: Do Chimpanzee trekking in the morning and afternoon Nyungwe Canopy walk
- Day 5: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
- Day 6: Do gorilla trekking & Musanze Caves in the afternoon
- Day 7: Hike the Dian Fossey Grave & transfer back to Kigali
7 Days Safari Rwanda Tour – DETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY.
Day 1 of the 7 Days Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife safari in Rwanda, Gorilla trekking safari tour: Visit Gisozi genocide memorial & transfer to Akagera National Park
After your breakfast at your place of stay in Kigali city embark on the drive to 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 the 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 7 Days Safari Rwanda Tour: Do morning game drive & afternoon 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 7 Days Safari Rwanda Tour: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Visit the Nyanza palace en route in Butare
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 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 of 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 7 Days Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife safari in Rwanda, Gorilla trekking safari tour: Do Chimpanzee trekking in the morning and afternoon Nyungwe Canopy walk
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 us 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 7 Days Safari Rwanda Tour: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Volcanoes National Park in the northwest of Rwanda at 338km. You will drive along the Congo Nile divide with the impressive views of the lush Rwandan countryside and the views of Lake Kivu which is the largest in Rwanda. You will arrive in Ruhengeri in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Mount Gorilla View Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Hotel La Palme (Midrange/Standard) or Muhabura Hotel (Budget/Basic).
Day 6 of the 7 Days Safari Rwanda Tour: Do gorilla trekking & Musanze Caves in the afternoon
After a thrilling breakfast from your respective lodge, you will gather at the Volcanoes Park Headquarters in Kinigi at 8 am for briefing and the eventual start of the gorilla tracking encounter. The park rangers will give you the situation that surrounds gorilla trekking and the respective dos and don’ts for the very activity while enjoying a thrilling cup of Rwandan coffee and being entertained by the famous Intore dance demonstrating the traditional Rwandan society. Embark on the actual gorilla tracking hiking through the jungle of Volcanoes following the respective assigned gorilla family and in the company of those the eight teammates that have been put together with you track a given gorilla group. The duration for the gorilla tracking tends to fall between 2 – 8 hours and the encounter is more than the ordinary. The hike through the jungle passing by amazing flora and fauna, the impressive and magical scenic landscapes of the Virungas would definitely leave you in a state of bewilderment. The eventually one-hour direct encounter with mountain gorillas seeing direct in their frightening eyes enjoying the beauty of their fur and being entertained by the playful young ones settles your thoughts of the worthiness of the gorilla permit price. Return from this encounter and return to the lodge for a short relaxation. In the afternoon, you embark on the Musanze caves tour encountering the cathedral-like natural features that used to act as a hiding place for the Rwandan Royals and storage for supplies during the war times in traditional Rwanda. Retire in the evening relaxation, dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Hotel (Luxury/upmarket), Lapalme Hotel (Midrange/Standard) or Muhabura Hotel (Budget/Basic).
Day 7 of the 7 Days Safari Rwanda Tour: Hike the Dian Fossey Grave & transfer back to Kigali
After breakfast embark on the hike to the Dian Fossey grave to pay tribute to this famous gorilla conservationist of her time. She is worldly re-known for dedication towards gorillas and is thus paying a visit to her site honouring her remarkable performance while still living. The activity lasts about 4 hours and involves a hike to the centre which is in between the Karsimbi and Bisoke Volcanoes forming its name Karisoke. Retreat from the activity and embark on the transfer to Kigali city 116km about 3 hours’ drive to mark the end of the safari.
End of the 7 Days Safari Rwanda Tour
Please note that Upon your request, we can change(customize) the tour destinations, hotels and number of days to suit your desire. Please contact us call us on our 24/7 on the phone.
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
- 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)
Accommodations, Safari Lodges, Safari Hotels in Akagera National Park Rwanda
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 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.
Accommodations, Safari Lodges, Safari Hotels in Nyungwe National Park Rwanda
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.
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 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 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.
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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