8 Days Rwanda Adventure and Classic Gorilla Safari

Overview

The 8 days Rwanda Adventure and Classic Gorilla Safari is that wonderful safari which offers travellers on Rwanda Safaris the unique opportunity to explore the cultural, natural, secrets that are hidden in the small country located in the heart of Africa. The safari tour offers you chance to have short Kigali city tour and also enjoy the magnificent views of the different wildlife protected in the one and only Akagera national Park in Rwanda. The safari also links you to the serene Lake Kivu, the only largest fresh water body and Centre of adventure in the land of thousand hills. Taking Safari to Africa and leaving without gorilla experience is an incomplete safari and therefore the eight days Rwanda safaris offers the opportunity for you to encounter the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat of the Volcanoes national park.

Safari Highlight

Day 1: Arrival at Kigali international Air port

Day 2: Transfer Drive from Kigali to Akagera National Park (drive distance of130 Km, 2 -3 hrs.)

Day 3: Akagera National Park (Game drive and Drive transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park)

Day 4: Nyungwe forest national park (Chimpanzee trekking, 2 - 6 hours)

Day 5: Transfer Drive from Nyungwe National Park to Lake Kivu.

Day 6: Transfer Drive from Lake Kivu to Volcanoes National Park

Day 7: Volcanoes National Park (Mountain Gorilla Trekking 2-8hrs)

Day 8: Transfer Drive from Volcanoes National Park to Kigali City

Description

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Day 1: Arrival at Kigali international Air port

Immediately you step on the land of thousand hills through its entry point Kigali international Airport, you will be met by our experienced driver guide, who will transfer you to your choice lodging in Kigali to have rest, safari briefings and Lunch. After lunch, your driver guide will drive you for an afternoon Kigali City Tour. You will take tour to Genocide memorial sites such as Gisozi Genocide Memorial where you will have mirthless reminder of senseless massacre of innocent's lives of the Rwandese in 1994. You will also enjoy the beautiful architectural design of the City structures; tour the National Museum, Craft Centers among other tourist’s attractions in Rwanda. Thereafter you will retire back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Kigali Serena Hotel (Upmarket/Luxury), Hotel Chez Lando (Mid-range/Standard) or Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel (Budget/Basic).

Day 2: Transfer Drive from Kigali to Akagera National Park (drive distance of 130 Km, 2 -3 hrs.)

You will have your early morning breakfast in your Kigali Lodge, and thereafter you will depart Kigali driving on the Eastern direction to Akagera National Park. The 2-3hours drive journey is an adventurous journey where you will explore Rwanda while on your way to Akagera.  On arrival to Akagera, you will drive direct to you lodge to check-in, have Lunch and after lunch proceed for  Short boat trips  which are available on Akagera’s lakes. Here you have the opportunity to get close to the plentiful water birds including numerous African fish eagles, open-billed stork marabou stork, cormorants, crowned cranes, egrets and   herons. On good day, you may even get to see the elusive shoebill stork. Boat trips along the shores of Lake Ihema, Rwanda’s second largest lake, yield some great aquatic bird sightings and you can even fish on Lake Shakani. After the boat trip, you will drive back to the park head Quarters for Behind the Scenes experience. Here you will get more insights into Akagera, including conservation developments within the park, take a ‘Behind Scenes’ tour of the park headquarters also enables you to meet some of the people integral to the management of the park. From the park, you will drive back to your lodge for dinner and slumber.

Accommodation: Akagera Game Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Ruzizi Tented Camp (Mid-range/Standard) or Dereva Hotel (Budget/Basic).

Day 3: Akagera National Park (Game drive and Drive transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park)

Early morning game drive in Akagera is very rewarding because it offers the chance for you meet the nocturnal wildlife species when they are retuning back to their hiding grounds and you will meet the early morning risers when they are starting their daily activities. Therefore after your early morning breakfast; you will head to the park for an early morning game drive in order to get up close encounter with different wildlife species such as zebras, several antelope species and giraffes. After the game drive, you will drive out of the park and continue with your drive transfer to Nyungwe which is primate’s capital in Rwanda. You will have lunch enroute in Butare while on your way to Nyungwe Forest. The forest is situated in a region where several large-scale biogeographically zone meet and the variety of terrestrial biomes hence providing a great span of microhabitats for many different species of plants and animals.

Accommodation: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel (Mid-range/Standard) or Gisakura Guesthouse (Budget/Basic).

Day 4: Nyungwe Forest National Park (Chimpanzee trekking, 2 - 6 hours)

After your early morning breakfast in your lodge, you will drive to the park headquarters for memorable primate’s encounter. Nyungwe National Forest is an ideal destination for lovers of primates, with 13 different species living. You will have the opportunity to trek the chimpanzees in their natural habitat. In the park you will be briefed by the park ranger guides and divided in groups of 8 people and trekking starts at 8:00am. After wards, you will be led by the ranger guide through the beautiful forest trail to trek the fascinating chimpanzee creatures. Along the trails you will enjoy the nice melodies of different bird species housed in the forest and you will also have chance to enjoy the views of other primates like grey-cheeked mangabey, monkeys. The activity takes between 2-6 hours but experienced guides will also make sure that they take you where you will have to see the primates as fast as possible. The opportunity to see these chimpanzees are amazing, you will observe them play, feed and rest. You will be allowed one hour to stay with these prominent primate species and with this one hour you are allowed to take numerous pictures. After this worthwhile experience, you will head back for lunch and later explore canopy walk to see the beautiful twin lakes as well as various bird species. Participate in Nature walks in the ever green forests of Nyungwe. After these interesting activities, you will retire back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel (Mid-range/Standard) or Gisakura Guesthouse (Budget/Basic).

Day: 5 Transfer Drive from Nyungwe National Park to Lake Kivu.

After your early morning breakfast, you will embark on transfer drive from Nyungwe to Gisenyi through Kibuye which is one of the wonderful towns surrounded by Lake Kivu. The drive will through the green fields of tea plantations before exploring the shores of Lake Kivu. You will arrive when it’s rounding to lunch time and hence you will connect to your Lodge for check-in and Lunch. Thereafter lunch, you will head to the shores of Lake Kivu for relaxation activities like taking boat cruise, taking walk in the splendid areas of the lake fishing in fresh waters of the lake. After participating in the adventurous activities, you will drive link back to your respective lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (Upmarket/Luxury), Hotel Gorillas Lake Kivu (Mid-range/Standard) or Paladise Malahide (Budget/Basic).

Day 6: Transfer Drive from Lake Kivu to Volcanoes National Park

After early morning breakfast, you will depart Kivu driving to Volcanoes National Park in Ruhengeri. On arrival to Ruhengeri where Volcanoes national park is located, you will drive direct to your lodge for check-in and have lunch. Immediately after lunch you may take drive to the Karisimbi Research Centre where the Famous American conservationist Dian Fossey was buried. Here you will have chance to visit the tomb and house where the world remarkable zoologist, conservationist Dian was killed by the local poachers, you will also listen to history of the conservationist being explained to you by an experienced guide who will be attending to you.  After that tomb tour, you will retire back to your lodge for relaxation, dinner, preparation for early morning mountain gorilla trek in the Volcanoes Park and overnight.

Accommodation: Mount Gorilla View Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Hotel La Palme (Mid-range/Standard) or Muhabura Hotel (Budget/Basic).

Day 7: Volcanoes National Park (Mountain Gorilla Trekking 2 - 8hrs)

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Immediately after your early morning breakfast, you will transfer to the Volcanoes National Park Headquarters for Briefing at 8:00am by park rangers about the rules and regulations to follow while trekking and spending time with the mountain gorillas. After the briefing, you will be  driven  to  the  trail  head  for  the  start  of  your  amazing  Gorilla  Tracking  adventure in the precious Volcanoes National Park.  Porters  may  be  hired  for  the  trek  to  help you carry  your  backpack  and  gear. Your memorable Gorilla trekking  experience begins from the  cultivated  foothills  of  the  Virunga’s  offering  stirring  views  in  all  directions and the trails will lead you  to the  mysterious  intimacy  of  the  rainforest,  alive  with  the  unique colorful bird species which offer free entertainment to trekkers moving in the forest, during the trek you will have chance to hear at the  chattering golden monkeys as well as enjoying the views of   elusive   buffalo   and  elephant roaming in the forest. Upon  sighting  the  gorillas,  you  will  stay  with  them  for  one   memorable magical  hour  as  they  go  about  their  daily  life of feeding,  playing,  resting,  raising  their  young.  Coming  face  to  face  encounter with  a  giant  silverback  will be truly your greatest wildlife  experiences  on  earth. During this one hour you will be allowed to take a many photos as you can. Immediately the one hour is over, you will make U turn journey to the park head Quarters and drive back to your respective lodge for relaxation and memory sharing with friends. After relaxing, you will drive to the nearby Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village for a rare opportunity to interact with the local people, in their environment, with a taste of their unique culture and traditions. After the cultural encounter, you will drive back to the Lodge for dinner and slumber.

Accommodation: Mount Gorilla View Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Hotel La Palme (Mid-range/Standard) or Muhabura Hotel (Budget/Basic).

Day 8: Transfer Drive from Volcanoes National Park to Kigali City

On this last day of your safaris, you will you wake up early at 7:00am, take your breakfast and thereafter depart Volcanoes national park driving back to Kigali. This journey to Kigali is very fascinating as you will traverse through amazing sceneries all around the area. The driver guide will slowly drive to allow you capture the best photographs. On arrival in Kigali, you will have your lunch and afterward you will be driven to the airport and this will mark the end of the safari

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