7 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking, Nyungwe Forest And Akagera National Park

7 DAYS - 6 NIGHTS
  • 7 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking, Nyungwe Forest And Akagera National Park

Description

7 Days Gorilla trekking, Nyungwe forest and Akagera national park takes you to all most visited national parks in Rwanda for a memorable wildlife and primate safari.

The tour will start from Kigali city; your guide will pick you up and start your safari to Volcanoes national park where you will spend a full hour with the endangered mountain gorillas and also explore the Iby’Iwacu cultural village the following day.

The safari will also introduce you to Nyungwe forest national park for chimpanzee tracking and canopy walk. Lastly, you will visit Akagera national park for an exciting game drive safari in search for over 100 animal and several bird species.

7 Days Rwanda Gorilla trekking, Nyungwe forest and Akagera national park safari highlights

  • Day 1: Arrival and transfer to volcanoes national park
  • Day 2: Encounter mountain gorillas and cultural visit
  • Day 3: Lake Kivu and transfer to Nyungwe forest national park
  • Day 4: Encounter chimpanzees and canopy walk
  • Day 5: Connect to Akagera national park
  • Day 6: Morning game drive and boat cruise
  • Day 7: Transfer to Kigali

Day 1: Arrival – Drive to volcanoes national park

On the first day of 7 Days Gorilla trekking, Nyungwe forest and Akagera national park, you will arrive at the airport and find our English-speaking driver guide ready to meet you and brief you about the safari. Later you will head out for a Kigali city tour where you will visit the Inema Art Centre, Kirimonko market, and Kigali genocide memorial. You will head out for lunch and later start on your 2-3 hours journey to volcanoes national park. Upon arrival at Musanze, you will check in your lodge for evening relaxation, have dinner, and have an overnight stay.

Meal plan

Lunch, and Dinner

Accommodation 

Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel – luxury, Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge – mid-range, Kinigi Guest House – budget

Day 2: Mountain gorilla tracking and cultural visit

After an early morning game drive, you will meet your driver guide who will transfer you to the park headquarters for a briefing before heading into the jungle to meet the mountain gorillas. At the briefing point, you will meet the rangers who will teach you about the dos and don’ts of gorilla trekking, and thereafter the driver guide will take you to the starting point.

Here you will meet the armed ranger guides who will lead you through different park trails looking for the endangered mountain gorillas and on meeting them you will spend 1 hour with them while learning about their habits, watching them do daily activities such as hunting, nesting, mothers breastfeeding and you will be able to take the photos with cameras that have no flashlight. When trekking you will meet different park animals and birds but after all, this is done you will trek out of the forest, meet your driver-guide and connect to the lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon, you will connect to the Iby’Iwacu cultural village where you will have a cultural tour with the local people among which some used to be poachers. While at the cultural village you will meet the former poachers and get to listen to their stories, visit craft shops for souvenirs, be part of ceremonies, watch the people do daily activities, and at last you will be entertained by the local people who will take you through traditional dances and drama. Later you will connect to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Meal plan

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Accommodation 

Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel – luxury, Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge – mid-range, Kinigi Guest House – budget

Day 3: Lake Kivu experience – Head to Nyungwe forest national park

After early morning breakfast, you will check out of the lodge and meet your driver guide to transfer you to Nyungwe forest national park with a stopover at Lake Kivu. When you reach Lake Kivu, you will have a morning boat cruise which takes 2-3 hours of going around the lake with opportunities of spotting crocodiles and hippos and then different bird species. You can also have a simple nature walk where you will be able to spot different bird species. Later you will continue to Nyungwe forest national park and on arrival, you will just check in your booked accommodation have dinner, and an overnight stay.

Meal plan

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Accommodation 

One&Only Nyungwe House – luxury, Nyungwe Top View Hotel – mid-range, and Gisakura Guest House – budget

Day 4:  Chimpanzee tracking and canopy walk

On day four of your 7 Days Gorilla trekking, Nyungwe forest and Akagera national park, you will wake up to a morning breakfast and then meet your driver guide who will drive you to the briefing point to meet the rangers who will teach you about the dos and don’ts of the trekking activity. You will later join other trekkers and head to the starting point where you will meet the arranged ranger guides to lead you into the jungle to search for the fully habituated chimpanzees.

The searching takes 2-4 hours of passing through different plant species with opportunities of meeting different monkey species like the silver monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, vervet monkeys, different bird species, and much more. When you set eyes on chimpanzees in Nyungwe, you will be given 1 hour to be around these primates, watch them do daily activities, learn about their habits and take photos. Later return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation.

In the afternoon you will be driven again to the briefing point where you will have another briefing but this time about the canopy walk one of its kind in East Africa. After the briefing, a ranger guide will lead you on this 90-meter long bridge raised 50 meters above the ground for over 2 hours with aerial views of the park animals, different bird species, park surroundings, and different plants. Later you will drive back to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Meal plan

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Accommodation 

One&Only Nyungwe House – luxury, Nyungwe Top View Hotel – mid-range, and Gisakura Guest House – budget

Day 5: Drive to Akagera national park

On day five of 7 Days Gorilla trekking, Nyungwe forest and Akagera national park, you will wake up to morning breakfast, check out of the lodge and then meet your driver for a transfer to Akagera national park. The journey from Nyungwe to Akagera national park takes 5-6 hours and you will have a stopover at the king’s palace, and Rwanda national museum. On arrival at the park, you will just check in your lodge, relax in the evening and have dinner.

Day 6: Morning game drive and boat cruise

On day six of 7 days best of Rwanda, you will wake up early in the morning for breakfast and then meet the driver guide to take you through different game tracks as you search for animals. Having the game drive early in the morning helps you to spot some of the nocturnal animals before they go to their hiding places. On the game drive in Akagera, you will see animals such as zebras, giraffes, rhinos, lions, antelopes, waterbucks, duikers, cape elands, buffaloes, and elephants among others. Return to the lodge for lunch, relax as you wait for a boat cruise.

In the afternoon, the driver will transfer you to Lake Ihema for a boat cruise. During the boat cruise, you will be exposed to so many water animals like the crocodiles and hippos and then different water birds such as ibis, Plovers, Sandpipers, jacanas, herons, Hawk, Malachite Kingfisher, and many others. After the wonderful boat cruise, you will return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Meal plan

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Accommodation

Magashi Camp – luxury, Ruzizi Tented Camp – mid-range, Mutumba Campsite – budget

Day 7: Transfer to Kigali

The seventh day will be the last day of your wonderful safari in Rwanda and on this day, you will wake up and have morning breakfast. Later you will check out of the lodge and exit the park with a morning game drive which can give you an opportunity to encounter animals you would have missed the previous day. You will have an en-route lunch and on reaching Kigali, the driver guide will drop you at any place of your inconvenience to end your 7 Days Gorilla trekking, Nyungwe forest and Akagera national park.

Meal plan

Breakfast and Lunch

7 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking, Nyungwe Forest And Akagera National Park Tour includes;

  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • Golden monkey trekking permit
  • Park entrance fees
  • Cultural tour
  • Kigali city tour
  • Transport
  • Service of the English-speaking guide
  • Accommodation
  • Drinking water and meals indicated in the itinerary

7 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking, Nyungwe Forest And Akagera National Park Tour excludes; 

  • International tickets
  • Visas
  • Personal insurance
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Porter fee
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