5 Days Rwanda gorilla and wildlife safari
5 Days Rwanda gorilla and wildlife safari integrates to of Rwanda’s top national park to mention Akagera national park and Volcanoes national park Rwanda both popular for wildlife and gorilla trekking respectively. get to experience the abundance of wildlife at Akagera and later encounter the gentle giants of Volcanoes national park ( mountain gorillas)
Day 1: Kigali City tour and transfer to Akagera national park
Depending on your location in Kigali city or after your arrival at Kigali International airport, you will be met by our company representative who at the same time will be your safari guide. He will introduce himself and brief you about the trip. Spend your morning hours on a city tour visiting the Kigali genocide memorial, the Kandt National Museum, and craft centres. Have lunch in one of the best restaurants in Kigali then later afternoon embark on your to Akagera national park. This is a 2-3 hours’ drive with beautiful sights of the countryside. Arrive in the park and proceed to check-in your lodge. Relax and later connect for an evening game drive. Animals are usually active in the evening. Search for animals like; the buffaloes, Elephants, Leopards, lions and Rhinos. Other animals to expect include giraffes, hippos, Kobs, Zebras, Bushbucks, and waterbucks. Bird species can be spotted in places including the woodland, swamps, lakes and Savannah. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Accommodation and meals;
- Ruzizi Tented Camp for luxury option
- Akagera game lodge for Mid-range option
- Dereva Hotel for budget option
Day 2: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise
Wake up early morning, enjoy your breakfast, and then meet your driver and ranger guide for an early morning game drive when the animals are very active. The game drive exposes you to a number of animals including; the buffaloes, Elephants, Leopards, lions and Rhinos. Other animals to expect include giraffes, hippos, Kobs, Zebras, Bushbucks, and waterbucks. Bird species can be spotted in places including the woodland, swamps, lakes and Savannah. This will last about 4 hours. Return to the lodge for lunch.
Later afternoon, drive to the meeting point for the boat trip on Lake Ihema. The boat is refreshing with stunning views of both water and land animals that come to drink and bath from the lake like the elephants, buffaloes, and antelopes. Expect to encounter the hippos, crocodiles and some water birds. Return to your lodge, refresh, have dinner and spend another night.
Day 3: Transfer to Volcanoes national park
Wake up early, have your breakfast and embark on your journey to Volcanoes national park. It’s approximately 4-5 hours’ drive with en-route stop for the scenery and lunch in Kigali in one of the best restaurants in Kigali. Connect to Musanze where you will find some of the remaining mountain gorillas, proceed to your booked lodge to refresh, have dinner and overnight stay.
Accommodation and meals
- 5 Volcanoes Gorilla lodge for luxury
- Le Bambou Gorilla lodge for Mid-range
- Hotel Muhabura for Budget option
Day 4: Gorilla trekking experience
After breakfast, meet your guide and connect at 7 am for a briefing about the gorilla trekking experience at the park headquarters where you will be briefed about gorilla trekking expectations. Expect hiking on slippery and muddy volcano slopes is quite challenging and the search can take 2 to 8 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. However, they are adventurous as you will encounter the incredible mountain gorillas playing and jumping on tree branches. You will be allowed to stay with these primates for 1 hour as you study their behavior and taking photographs. Return to the starting point, meet your safari guide and drive back to the lodge. Refresh and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at lodge as above.
Day 5: Transfer to Kigali/Departure
Wake up, have breakfast then meet your guide to drive back to Kigali. Depending on your departure schedule, you either drive straight to the airport for your flight or enjoy a community tour or any other activities around the park before you drive back to Kigali. You will be dropped off at a location you will advise within Kigali or better still, advise us of your flight details so that your safari guide drops you off to the airport for your check-in flight. End of trip