7 Days Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari in Rwanda with Lake Kivu (Gisenyi)

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Wildlife, Chimpanzee Trekking Safaris in Rwanda

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The 7 Days Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari in Rwanda with Lake Kivu is an extensive but relaxed safari that allows you to explore the National Parks, recreational, cultural and historical sites of Rwanda in detail. The safari takes you to the Akagera National Park with views of the lions, the elephants, the Buffaloes, elands, Roan antelopes, the Zebra, the Masaai Giraffe, aquatics in its range of lakes like Nile Crocodiles and Hippos; the Cultural sites of Butare including the Ethnographic Museum and the Royal Palace at Nyanza; the Nyungwe Forest National Park with an opportunity to track Chimpanzees and the adventure canopy walk before proceeding to relax at the beaches of Lake Kivu – Gisenyi, gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park along with Cave exploration at Musaze.

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Safari Highlight of the 7 Days Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari in Rwanda with Lake Kivu (Gisenyi)

Day 1 of the 7 Days Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari in Rwanda with Lake Kivu (Gisenyi): Arrive in Rwanda (Kigali International Airport) & transfer to Akagera National Park

Day 2 of the 7 Days Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari in Rwanda with Lake Kivu (Gisenyi): Undertake a game drive / wild game viewing in the morning and Lake Ihema boat cruise in the afternoon

Day 3 of the 7 Days Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari in Rwanda with Lake Kivu (Gisenyi): Drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Tour the Ethnographic Museum and the King’s Palace in Butare and Nyanza respectively

Day 4 of the 7 Days Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari in Rwanda with Lake Kivu (Gisenyi): Undertake morning chimpanzee trekking and Nyungwe Canopy walk in the afternoon

Day 5 of the 7 Days Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari in Rwanda with Lake Kivu (Gisenyi): Transfer to Gisenyi (Lake Kivu) drive along the Congo Nile divide trail

Day 6 of the 7 Days Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari in Rwanda with Lake Kivu (Gisenyi): Transfer to Volcanoes National Park. Explore the Musaze Caves upon arrival

Day 7 of the 7 Days Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari in Rwanda with Lake Kivu (Gisenyi): Do gorilla trekking and depart

Day 1 of the 7 Days Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari in Rwanda with Lake Kivu (Gisenyi): Arrive in Rwanda (Kigali International Airport) & transfer to Akagera National Park

Arrive at the Rwanda’s Kigali International Airport where you will meet your safari guide who will give you a brief about the destination Rwanda and the safari in particular after which you embark on the transfer to Akagera National Park 135km around 2 ½ drive passing through amazing countryside landscapes including the areas of Rwamagana where you have chances of encountering the inyambo cows. You arrive in Akagera National Park in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

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Accommodation
Upmarket / Luxury: Ruzizi Tented Lodge

Midrange / Standard:  Akagera Game Lodge

Budget / Basic:  Dereva Hotel

Wild Camping

Day 2 of the 7 Days Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari in Rwanda with Lake Kivu (Gisenyi): Undertake a game drive / wild game viewing in the morning and Lake Ihema boat cruise in the afternoon

After a morning cup of coffee, embark on the thrilling game drive encounter in the savannah landscapes of Akagera National Park. The Akagera National Park features a range of wild game including elephants, masaai giraffes, buffaloes, Impala, water bucks, bushbucks, Oribi, eland, reedbuck, roan antelope, lions, leopards among other wild game are present in the park and might be encountered on the game drive. You retreat from 3 – 4 hour encounter and get to the lodge for relaxation and lunch after which you connect to Lake Ihema for an afternoon boat cruise. Lake Ihema is the second largest lake in Rwanda inhabited by Hippos and Nile crocodile and counts of birds. Thus the boat cruise on this lake presents a memorable encounter on the Rwanda safari. 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 7 Days Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari in Rwanda with Lake Kivu (Gisenyi): Drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Tour the Ethnographic Museum and the King’s Palace in Butare and Nyanza respectively

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Nyungwe forest National Park in the south west of Rwanda 320km about 5 hours’ drive. You drive through impressive countryside landscapes of Rwanda before making a stop in Butare to visit the Ethnographic Museum with over 100,000 artifacts detailing the history and heritage of Rwanda. From the ethnographic Museum, you proceed to visit the King’s Palace at Nyanza where the two Kings of Rwanda King Musinga and King Rudahigwa stayed. The palace features a traditional hut which depicts the exact design to time of the Kingship and the Inyambo cows with their beautiful long horned cows. Retreat from the activities and continue to Nyungwe Forest National Park 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 7 Days Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari in Rwanda with Lake Kivu (Gisenyi): Undertake morning chimpanzee trekking and Nyungwe Canopy walk in the afternoon

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After breakfast, connect to the Park headquarters for briefing at 8am local time before heading to the forest in search of common Chimpanzees. The forest of Nyungwe is considered as the largest montane forest in the region and is a rich habitat to 310 Species of birds, over 75 mammal Species, 13 Species of Primates of which common Chimpanzees are among along with counts of butterflies, impressive trees and beautiful orchids. The chimp trek tend to last 2 – 5 hours inclusive of one hour direct encounter with the chimps  as you see them munch fruit, roll themselves on tree branches, socialize, patrol, copulate among other interesting aspects that will lure you to make full utilization of your Camera space. Retreat from the activity and connect to the lodge for relaxation an lunch. In the afternoon, you connect at Uwinka Visitor Center to embark on the afternoon Nyungwe canopy walk. The two hour walk on top of the forest canopy offers you impressive views of the forest and the species that thrive in it including primates and birds. Retreat from the activity and connect to the lodge 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 5 of the 7 Days Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari in Rwanda with Lake Kivu (Gisenyi): Transfer to Gisenyi (Lake Kivu) drive along the Congo Nile divide trail

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Lake Kivu 294km about 7 – 8 hours’ drive driving along the Congo Nile divide with magical sceneries of the water catchment area for these two prominent rivers arising from the heart of Africa. The views of Lake Kivu and the resort towns of Cyangungu and Kibuye before arriving in Gisenyi make the drive very rewarding. Relax on the shores of Lake Kivu on the scenic Gisenyi beaches before retiring for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation
Upmarket / Luxury: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

Midrange / Standard: Hotel Gorillas Lake Kivu

Budget / Basic: Paladise Malahide

Wild Camping

Day 6 of the 7 Days Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari in Rwanda with Lake Kivu (Gisenyi): Transfer to Volcanoes National Park. Explore the Musaze Caves upon arrival

After a relaxed breakfast amidst the soothing breath from Lake Kivu, you embark on the transfer to Volcanoes National Park 110km about 2 hours’ drive. Upon arriving in Musaze, you embark on the Musaze Caves exploration. You explore the ancient Caves of Musaze 2km long dating back to 65million years ago when the lava basalt was flowing out from Volcanoes of Bisoke and Sabyinyo. The Caves with 31 entrances were used as hiding grounds in times of war in the pre-colonial Africa. Retreat from the activity and return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Mount Gorilla View Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Hotel La Palme

Budget / Basic: Muhabura Hotel

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Day 7 of the 7 Days Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari in Rwanda with Lake Kivu (Gisenyi): Do gorilla trekking and depart 

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Embark on the gorilla trekking encounter after breakfast at your lodge by connecting to the park headquarters at Kinigi to catch up with briefing by park officials at 8am and after enter into the jungle to search for the shy mountain endangered gorillas in Rwanda. Requirements like firm walking shoes, hut, insect repellent, sun screen, rain gears, packed lunch and bottled water are a must plus other tools that one may need once in the tropical rain forest. The gorilla trekking experience in Volcanoes is beyond gorilla alone. The sights of the Volcanic Mountains that stretch from Congo through Rwanda to Uganda, the verdant green vegetation that shelter their slopes, the counts of birds along with fauna like duikers and buffaloes combine to generate lasting safari memories.  The gorilla trekking activity tends to last from 2 to 8 hours or more depending on the day’s gorilla movement. The one hour of direct encounter with the gorillas brings you closer to these ancient apes, look into their eyes, their gigantic structure that makes them most powerful of all apes and see them forage and play before retreating to the starting point to transfer to Kigali 116km about 2 – 3 hours’ drive to mark the end of the tour.

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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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