5 Days Wildlife and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda
Overview of 5 Days Wildlife and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda
5Days Wildlife and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda takes you to the wild game viewing haven of Akagera National Park and the chimpanzee trekking destination of Nyungwe Forest National Park. The drive to the Akagera involves traversing the impressive country side landscape with the plains of the east that incline towards the flat Tanzania border. The Akagera park its self has good counts of wild game including masaai giraffe, buffaloes, elephants, leopards, Impala, Zebras while the series of lakes within the park such as the Rwanda’s second Largest Lake Ihema has Nile crocodiles and Hippopotamus. The Butare area is a rich culture and heritage destination for Rwanda providing an encounter with the National institute of Rwandan museums and the Kings palace. The eventual chimpanzee trekking, colobus monkey tracking and the canoe walk in Nyungwe Forest National Park combine to make the safari memorable. The tour to Gisozi genocide site allows you to pay tribute to the victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
5 Days Wildlife and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda highlights
- Day 1 of the 5 Days Wildlife & Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda: Visit the Gisozi genocide memorial & transfer to Akagera National Park
- Day 2 of the 5 Days Wildlife & Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda: Do morning game drive & afternoon boat cruise
- Day 3 of the 5 Days Wildlife & Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Visit the National Institute of Rwandan Museums & the Nyanza Palace en route in Butare
- Day 4 of the 5 Days Wildlife & Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda: Do Morning Chimpanzee Trekking & afternoon Nyungwe Canopy Walk
- Day 5 of the 5 Days Wildlife & Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda: Do colobus Monkey tracking & transfer to Kigali
5 Days Wildlife and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 of the 5 Days Wildlife and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda: Visit the 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 2 ½ hours’ drive. The traditional long horned cattle in Rwamagana district will welcome you as change the terrain from the hilly landscapes of the central to the plain landscapes of the east where the Akagera is situated. Arrive in the 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 Wildlife and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda: Do morning game drive & afternoon boat cruise
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 boarder of Tanzania dotted with counts of wild game. The game drive in the morning exposes you to counts of elephants, buffaloes, masaai giraffes, antelopes like Impala, bushbucks, water bucks 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 return 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 the 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 Wildlife and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Visit the National Institute of Rwandan Museums & the Nyanza Palace en route in Butare
After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park in the south west 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 worthy 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 Wildlife and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda: Do Morning Chimpanzee Trekking & afternoon Nyungwe Canopy Walk
After breakfast, embark on the chimpanzee trekking encounter in the prehistoric forests of Nyungwe. The trek starts at 8am 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 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 Uwinka Visitor center 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 walk way 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 5 Days Wildlife and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda: Do colobus Monkey tracking & transfer to Kigali
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 favorable primate destination in Rwanda. The colobus money tracking also commences at 8am 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.
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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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