9 Days Safari in Rwanda Holiday Trip – Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzee Tracking, Wildlife Viewing, Lake Kivu, Dian Fossey Tomb Hike.

This is 9 days safari in Rwanda holiday trip is a perfect 9 day Rwanda safari itinerary offering you a highlight of ALL Rwanda safari activities in only 9 days in Rwanda to see Gorillas, Chimpanzees, wildlife, relaxation at lake Kivu, a hike to Dian Fossey at an affordable price and can be tailored to suit your exact Rwanda safari desires/interests.

9 Days Safari in Rwanda Holiday Trip – SAFARI OVERVIEW.

The 9 days safari in Rwanda holiday trip is a perfect 9 day Rwanda safari itinerary offerings an extended holiday package in Rwanda that incorporates the most popular destinations and activities in destination Rwanda. The 9 days safari in Rwanda holiday trip package features gorilla trekking and Dian Fossey hike in Volcanoes National Park, Musanze caves tour in Musanze, relaxation at the beach of Lake Kivu, Chimpanzee trekking, Black and White Colobus Monkey tracking as well as a canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest National Park, the culture and heritage tour to the Ethnographic Museum and Nyanza Palace in Butare and the amazing wild game viewing along with the boat cruise in Akagera National Park.

9 Days Safari in Rwanda Holiday Trip – SAFARI HIGHLIGHTSOVERVIEW.

Day 1 of the 9 Days Safari in Rwanda Holiday Trip: Arrive at Kigali International Airport & transfer to Akagera National Park

Day 2 of the 9 Days Safari in Rwanda Holiday Trip: Do game drive and afternoon boat ride on Lake Ihema

Day 3 of the 9 Days Safari in Rwanda Holiday Trip: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Explore the ethnographic museum in Butare and Nyanza palace en route in Butare.

Day 4 of the 9 Days Safari in Rwanda Holiday Trip: Do chimpanzee trekking and canopy walk

Day 5 of the 9 Days Safari in Rwanda Holiday Trip: Do Colobus Monkey tracking and afternoon Tea estate tour

Day 6 of the 9 Days Safari in Rwanda Holiday Trip: Drive to Lake Kivu (Gisenyi) following the Congo Nile divide trail

Day 7 of the 9 Days Safari in Rwanda Holiday Trip: Drive to Musanze and do Musanze Caves tour on arrival

Day 8 of the 9 Days Safari in Rwanda Holiday Trip: Do gorilla trekking and relax at the lodge

Day 9 of the 9 Days Safari in Rwanda Holiday Trip: Hike Dian Fossey grave and transfer to Kigali

9 Days Safari in Rwanda Holiday Trip – DETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY.

Day 1 of the 9 Days Safari in Rwanda Holiday Trip: Arrive at Kigali International Airport & transfer to Akagera National Park

Following the flight from your respective country of origin, you land at the Kigali International Airport which is the main gateway to the destination Rwanda. You are welcomed by the driver guide giving you a briefing about the safari and the destination Rwanda in general. You embark on the drive to Akagera National Park to the east of Rwanda 135km about 2 ½ drive encountering magical sights of Rwandan countryside including the sights of the Inyambo cows in Rwamagana before arriving at the lodge in the evening to relax and have dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Ruzizi Tented Lodge, Midrange / Standard: Akagera Game Lodge, Budget / Basic: Dereva Hotel, Wild Camping

Day 2 of the 9 Days Safari in Rwanda Holiday Trip: Do game drive and an afternoon boat ride on Lake Ihema

boat-cruise-ihema Rwanda safari

boat-cruise-ihema Rwanda safari

Settle for breakfast at 6 am before connecting to the park to embark on the game viewing encounter at 7 pm. The drive through the diverse landscapes of Akagera National Park presents the magical game viewing encounter in the destination Rwanda. The possible sights of elephants, Masaai giraffes, buffaloes, Impala, waterbucks, bushbucks, Oribi, eland, reedbuck, roan antelope, lions, leopards among other wild game can be explored on this activity. The game drive in Akagera National Park takes 3 – 4 hours after which you retreat to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. In the afternoon, you embark on the boat ride on Lake Ihema one of the myriad of lakes in the park standing as the second largest in Rwanda. The boat allows you to explore the recreational waters of this lake, the fringing papyrus that supports counts of goneleks and shoebill stork, the sights of Nile crocodiles, and Hippos. Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Ruzizi Tented Lodge, Midrange / Standard: Akagera Game Lodge, Budget / Basic: Dereva Hotel, Wild Camping

Day 3 of the 9 Days Safari in Rwanda Holiday Trip: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Explore the ethnographic museum in Butare and Nyanza palace en route in Butare.

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butare-memorial-center-safari-in-rwanda

Drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park 320km about 5 hours’ drive to the south west of Rwanda. The drive takes you magical hills of southern Rwanda before stopping en route in Butare to visit the Butare National Museum also referred to as the ethnographic Museum featuring a range of artifacts that count to more than 100,000 bringing out the background, heritage and history of Rwanda – the land of a thousand hills. You proceed to visit the Nyanza Palace – the Royal court of the two Kings of Rwanda namely King Musinga and his successor King Rudahigwa featuring an impressive architectural hut, the traditional Inyambo cows and items that these Kings used in their daily life. You retreat from the stop in Butare and proceed to Nyungwe arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Nyungwe Forest Lodge, Midrange / Standard: Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel, Budget / Basic: Gisakura Guesthouse, Wild Camping

Day 4 of the 9 Days Safari in Rwanda Holiday Trip: Do chimpanzee trekking and canopy walk

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canopy-walk-rwanda safari

Settle for breakfast at 6am before gathering at Nyungwe National Park headquarters for briefing about the Chimpanzee trekking conduct at 8am. You embark on the chimpanzee trekking exploration in this forest of Nyungwe which is known to have survived the last ice age featuring over 13 primate species, the 310 species of birds, the 75 mammal species and great counts of butterflies. The chimpanzee trekking experience tends to last 2 – 5 hours and one full hour is availed to you to explore the chimps in detail as they feed, copulate, socialize, patrol, make pant hooting calls and the young ones play which magical deriving ultimate memories. Retreat from the activity and relax at the lodge till lunch after which you gather at Uwinka visitor center for canopy walk in the afternoon exploring the famous canopy walk way of Nyungwe standing as the third in Africa and the first of its kind in East Africa. The activity takes 2 hours and offers you the opportunity to explore the lush canopy of Nyungwe, the magical sights of primates, birds and butterflies that prefer to dwell on the raised branches of the trees. Retire for overnight.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Nyungwe Forest Lodge, Midrange / Standard: Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel, Budget / Basic: Gisakura Guesthouse, Wild Camping

Day 5 of the 9 Days Safari in Rwanda Holiday Trip: Do Colobus Monkey tracking and afternoon Tea estate tour

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colobus-Monkey-tracking-rwanda-safari

Settle for breakfast at 6am and gather at Nyungwe Forest National Park headquarters at 8am to embark on the colobus monkey tracking. The Nyungwe forest features the largest grouping of the colobus monkeys in Africa with over 400 counts. Exploring the impressive black and white colors all over the forest with the young colobus monkeys being totally white before attaining coloring at 3 months is impressive to encounter. The activity takes 2 – 5 hours and includes 1 full hour encounter with them. Retreat for relaxation and lunch. In the evening, you embark on the tea plantation tour exploring the extensive tea estates of Gisakura learning the tea growing practices including planting, maintenance and harvesting not forgetting processing and the products got from it. Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Nyungwe Forest Lodge, Midrange / Standard: Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel, Budget / Basic: Gisakura Guesthouse, Wild Camping

Day 6 of the 9 Days Safari in Rwanda Holiday Trip: Drive to Lake Kivu (Gisenyi) following the Congo Nile divide trail

Following breakfast, you set off to Lake Kivu (Gisenyi) 294km about 7 – 8 hours’ drive following the Congo Nile divide trail which marks the geographical separation between the water catchment areas for River Nile and River Congo the major rivers of Africa. The drive exposes you to the views of Lake Kivu, the impressive resort towns like Cyangungu and Kibuye and eventually Gisenyi. Arrive in the afternoon and spend the rest of the evening relaxing on the cozy beaches before retiring for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel, Midrange / Standard: Hotel Gorillas Lake Kivu, Budget / Basic: Paladise Malahide, Wild Camping

Day 7 of the 9 Days Safari in Rwanda Holiday Trip: Drive to Musanze and do Musanze Caves tour on arrival

Musaze Caves Walk Active Adventure Vacation Safari in Rwanda

Musanze Caves Walk Active Adventure Vacation Safari in Rwanda

Take a relaxed breakfast and embark on the transfer to Musanze – Volcanoes National Park 110km about 2 hours’ drive. Upon arriving in Musanze, you embark on the Musanze caves tour taking a 2-hour walk in the 2km cave that is over 65 million years formed as a result of the lava flow from the two Volcanoes of Sabyinyo and Bisoke. The Musanze Caves feature 31 entrances and the cave was significant in Rwandan history as it would provide refuge in times of war and even the genocide time. Connect to the lodge after the cave walk for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Mount Gorilla View Lodge, Midrange / Standard: Hotel La Palme, Budget / Basic: Muhabura Hotel, Camping

Day 8 of the 9 Days Safari in Rwanda Holiday Trip: Do gorilla trekking and relax at the lodge 

5 Days Gorilla and Wildlife Safari in Rwanda

5 Days Gorilla and Wildlife Safari in Rwanda

Settle for breakfast at the lodge at 6 am and connect to Kinigi Park headquarters of Volcanoes National Park to catch up with briefing at 8 am. The earlier arrival offers you an opportunity to explore the traditional Kinyarwanda performance and the hot cup of Rwandan coffee all presented at a zero cost. After this encounter, you attend to the ranger guide briefing at 8 am in the respective gorilla families allocated after which you connect to the trailhead to embark on the active gorilla trekking experience. You traverse the jungle full of lush flora, counts of birds (178 species), and the forest animals like duikers. The one magical hour with the gorillas presents a lifetime moment of reuniting with your long lost cousins. You enjoy them as they forage, the silverback demonstrating its might, the young ones socializing, the female caring for the young and the entire group spread across the forest gathering their nutritious diet provided naturally in their ancient habitat. Retreat from the activity which tends to last 2 – 8 hours according to the movements of mountain gorillas and return to the lodge for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Upmarket / Luxury: Mount Gorilla View Lodge, Midrange / Standard: Hotel La Palme, Budget / Basic: Muhabura Hotel, Camping

Day 9 of the 9 Days Safari in Rwanda Holiday Trip: Hike Dian Fossey grave and transfer to Kigali

After breakfast, embark on the hike to the Dian Fossey site to explore the historical Karisoke research station where the famous Dian Fossey an International re-known gorilla researcher set her research site upon reaching in Rwanda in the 1960s. She lost her life in 1985 and her grave is at the site along with that of her favorite Silverback Digit. The hike to Dain Fossey takes about 4 hours after which you will embark on the transfer to Kigali 116km about 2 – 3 hours’ drive to mark the end of the tour.

END of the 9 Days Safari in Rwanda Holiday Trip – Gorilla Trekking, Chimpanzee Tracking, Wildlife Viewing, Lake Kivu, Dian Fossey Tomb Hike.

Getting There

Transport Means to Your Safari Destinations

4X4 Safari Landcruisers For Hire In Ugand & Rwanda

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One of the best known 4×4 WD that you can use for your safari in Uganda’s Parks and Rural countryside.Our car hire is based on limited mileage and applies to travel within Uganda.( Terms and conditions apply. Read More

4X4 Safari Vans For Hire In Uganda Rwanda

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Looking for 4X4 Safari Vans for hire in Uganda, Prime Uganda Safaris is available to your service. We have customized safari vans that have 4 wheel drive and have demonstrated the capacity to access distant Uganda Safari destinations and across borders such as Rwanda. Read More

4X4 Minivan|Coaster|Mini Buses For Hire in Uganda Rwanda

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We have minivans for hire to groups of eight up to twelve. Make sure to find the class to suit your large group.In this Category, we have 4X 4 Safari Mini bus with capacity ranging from 6 seater to 14 seater and they’ve got a pop up roof for game viewing purposes. These have got diesel powered engines and come with a driver guide but excluding fuel.( Terms and conditions apply). Read More

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Chameleon Hill Lodge is positioned on the shores of Lake Mutanda with the views of Lake Mutanda, Virunga Volcanoes and the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and provides a luxury overnight stay for the Uganda safari undertakers

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Imperial Resort Beach Hotel- luxury accommodation in uganda

Imperial Royale Hotel opened in 2007 offering Luxury / Upmarket accommodation to the Uganda safari undertakers and other guests in Uganda.

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Imperial Royale Hotel opened in 2007 offering Luxury / Upmarket accommodation to the Uganda safari undertakers and other guests in Uganda.

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Bunyonyi Safari Resort is a midrange / standard accommodation on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi in the Kagalama village overlooking the lake.

General Safari Inclusions

  • Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
  • 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)

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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