5 Days Rwanda Wildlife Safari – Game Viewing In Akagera Park & Chimpanzee Tracking Safari In Nyungwe Forest

5 Days Rwanda Wildlife Safari – SAFARI OVERVIEW

Your affordable 5 days Rwanda wildlife safari is a wonderful five days wildlife safari in Rwanda, offering you amazing game viewing in Akagera National Park and chimpanzee tracking safari in Nyungwe National Park Forest, 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 National Park, 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 National Park, 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


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 for wildlife on a game drive


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
  • Nigh 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 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


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 Forest.

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


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
  • Border crossing fees (for cross-border safaris)

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 (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 Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)

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