Rwanda Gorilla Safari; 11 Days Gorilla, Chimpanzee and Wildlife Safari in Rwanda

Rwanda Gorilla Tours

Wildlife, Chimpanzee Trekking Safaris in Rwanda

Game Parks in Rwanda

 

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The 11 Days Rwanda Gorilla, Chimpanzee and Wildlife Safari is an extensive Rwanda safari encounter that allows you to explore the destination Rwanda in detail. The safari involves gorilla trekking and golden monkey tracking in Volcanoes National Park, the chimpanzee trekking and canopy walk in the forest of Nyungwe, relaxation at Gisenyi beaches – Lake Kivu, the wild game viewing in Akagera National Park including sights of Masaai Giraffe, Lions, Leopards, aquatics like Nile crocodiles and Hippos, heritage tours in Butare including the tour to the genocide Museum and tours to the genocide sites in Rwanda including the Kigali genocide memorial.

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Safari Highlight

Day 1: Arrive in Rwanda (Kigali International Airport) and transfer to the lodge

Day 2: Drive to Nyungwe National Park. Explore the National Institute of Rwandan Museums en route in Huye (Butare)

Day 3: Undertake morning Chimpanzee trekking and Nyungwe canopy walk in the afternoon

Day 4: Drive to Gisenyi via Kibuye driving along the Congo Nile divide trail

Day 5: Recreational encounter on Lake Kivu. Engage in either; wind surfing, boat cruise, cycling among others. Drive to Ruhengeri – Volcanoes National Park in the evening

Day 6: Undertake gorilla trekking and have an evening relaxation at the lodge

Day 7: Undertake golden Monkey tracking and have an evening relaxation at the lodge

Day 8: Drive to Kigali City & tour the Gisozi genocide memorial

Day 9:  Tour the Nyamata genocide memorial and drive to Akagera National Park

Day 10: Undertake a game drive / wild game viewing in the morning and boat cruise afternoon at Lake Ihema

Day 11: Drive to Kigali & departure

Day 1: Arrive in Rwanda (Kigali International Airport) and transfer to the lodge

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Following your long flight, arrive at Kigali International Airport which is the main gateway if you are travelling by Air. You are welcomed by the company representative who will transfer you to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Hotel des Milles Collins

Midrange / Standard: Hotel Chez Lando

Budget / Basic: Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel

Day 2: Drive to Nyungwe National Park. Explore the National Institute of Rwandan Museums en route in Huye (Butare)

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park 268km about 6 hours’ drive passing through the lush countryside landscapes of southern Rwanda before making a stop in Butare to visit the Ethnographic Museum which is the largest Museum in Rwanda with over 100,000 artifacts that bring out the history and traditions of Rwanda in detail. After this encounter, you embark on the tour to the Nyanza palace which is a Royal home to the two Kings of Rwanda namely King Musinga and his successor King Rudahigwa. The impressively build Kinyarwanda hut whose architecture dates back to the times of these Kings. There are also the traditional Inyambo Cows with their beautiful horns and can make a considerable parade. Retreat from the activities in Butare and embark on the transfer 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 3: 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 4: Drive to Gisenyi via Kibuye driving 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 5: Recreational encounter on Lake Kivu. Engage in either; wind surfing, boat cruise, cycling among others. Drive to Ruhengeri – Volcanoes National Park in the evening

You have a day exploration on the shores of Lake Kivu where you can engage in a number of recreation activities including the boat cruise, the swimming in the Bilharzia free waters of Lake Kivu or engaging in water sports like kayaking, wind surfing and catamaran. In the evening, you transfer to Volcanoes National Park 110km about 2 hours’ drive arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

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Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Mount Gorilla View Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Hotel La Palme

Budget / Basic: Muhabura Hotel

Camping

Day 6: Undertake gorilla trekking and have an evening relaxation at the lodge

After our breakfast, start your Rwanda gorilla tracking safari by driving to the headquarters for 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 lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Mount Gorilla View Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Hotel La Palme

Budget / Basic: Muhabura Hotel

Camping

Day 7: Undertake golden Monkey tracking and have an evening relaxation at the lodge

After briefing, embark on the golden monkey tracking. The encounter starts at 7am at the Kinigi Park headquarters where you head to the forest in unlimited numbers in search of these endangered Species. You take about 4 hours on the golden monkey tracking experience inclusive of one hour encounter with them where you see them roll themselves on the Bamboo stems and present themselves with no much shyness as it has been reduced through habituation and enjoy the sights of their silver patch. 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

Camping

Day 8: Drive to Kigali City & tour the Gisozi genocide memorial

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After breakfast, embark on the drive to Kigali City 116km about 2 – 3 hours’ drive with impressive views of the scenic Rwandan hills en route. Upon arrival, you tour the Kigali genocide memorial to explore of what actually transpired during the 1994 genocide that hit Rwanda. The writings and audio presentations in the museum offer you a themed interpretation of the collected items. Retreat from the tour and connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Hotel des Milles Collins

Midrange / Standard: Hotel Chez Lando

Budget / Basic: Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel

Day 9:  Tour the Nyamata genocide memorial and drive to Akagera National Park

After breakfast, embark on the tour to the genocide memorial at Nyamata for further exploration into the genocide mystery. Nyamata was a church and local thought that by gathering in the church, they would survive the militias. Unfortunately, they did not survive as they were attacked and killed in the church itself. Their remains still exist and the church is a living museum of the event. From Nyamata, you proceed on the drive to Akagera National Park driving along the impressive sights of Rwamagana where the traditional Inyambo cows can be explored. Arrive in Akagera National Park in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / luxury: Ruzizi Tented Camp

Midrange / Standard: Akagera Game Lodge

Budget / Basic: Dereva Hotel

Wild Camping

Day 10: Undertake a game drive / wild game viewing in the morning and boat cruise afternoon at Lake Ihema

Day 11: Drive to Kigali & departure

After breakfast, embark on the transfer back to Kigali and catch up with your flight departure.

End of Safari

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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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