5 Days Visit Rwanda Gorillas & Wildlife Safari

5 Days Visit Rwanda Gorillas & Wildlife Safari: Rwanda is also well-known as the land of a thousand hills; Rwanda has spectacular scenery offering unique experiences in the remarkable wildlife and primates destinations in Africa. The destinations are blessed with extraordinary biodiversity with incredible montane rainforest, and wildlife adventure in Volcanoes national park, Nyungwe national park and Akagera national park. This 5 Days Rwanda Africa’s best destination for Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park and Rwanda’s only wildlife savannah national park – Akagera national park. 

5 Days Visit Rwanda Gorillas & Wildlife Safari

Volcanoes national park is one of the only 3 countries in the world where we find the endangered mountain gorillas. The park occupies part of the eight Virunga Mountains on the Rwanda side shared with Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park is the most expensive gorilla trekking experience where a gorilla permit is $1,500 per person per day. The experience of trekking gorillas in this park is quite easier as compared to Bwindi national park and Virunga national park. There are about 10 habituated gorilla families for visitors to see. Apart from Rwanda gorilla trekking, Volcanoes national park is also a home to the endangered golden monkeys. The park also offers hiking experience such as the Karisimbi Hike, Bisoke hike and Dian Fossey Hike, with about 200 different bird species. Akagera national park on the other hand is the wildlife park located in the eastern part of Rwanda in the savannah areas good for wildlife experience especially to see the big five game. Enjoy remarkable game drives for animals such as Buffaloes, Antelopes, Elephants, Giraffes, Leopards, Hyenas, lions, rhinos to mention a few. Other excursions include Kigali city tour will offer you more understanding of Rwanda and its history and beauty 

Highlights of the 

  • Day 1: Transfer to Volcanoes national park 
  • Day 2: Gorilla trekking experience 
  • Day 3: Transfer to Akagera national park
  • Day 4:  Game drive and boat trip on Lake Ihema
  • Day 5: Return to Kigali – Departure 

Detailed itinerary

 Day 1: Transfer to Volcanoes national park

Upon arrival at Kigali international airport with your morning confirmed booked flight or Depending on your location in Kigali, you will be met by your safari driver who will be your guide throughout the trip, meet and greet, pack your luggage in the safari vehicle and Volcanoes national park. It’s a 2-3 hours’ drive from Kigali to Musanze where we find the home of the endangered mountain gorillas. 

Arrive in Musanze at good time for lunch after checking-in your booked accommodation. Later afternoon, visit Iby’wacu Cultural Village-a Non-Profit umbrella organization that aims at improving the lives of reformed poachers and communities around Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park through provision of conservation incentives, supporting community enterprise development and livelihood based projects. It’s a rewarding place where you will be guided around the place as you enjoy the Kinyarwanda traditions including the Intore dance, traditional ceremonies and a guided community walk. Connect to your booked accommodation for dinner and overnight stay at 5 Volcanoes Gorilla lodge/Virunga lodge for Luxury option/Le Bambou Gorilla lodge for the mid-range option/Hotel Muhabura/Kinigi Guesthouse for the budget option

Day 2: Gorilla trekking experience 

After early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to the Kinigi park headquarters with your trekking gears for a briefing about the endangered mountain gorillas. You have been allocated a gorilla family to trek, connect to the starting point and start gorilla trekking along with the guidance of the armed ranger guides together with the ranger guides. This activity may take between 2-8 hours searching for the gorillas depending on their movement. However meeting them is so rewarding and you will spend maximally 1 hour with them as you take time studying them and taking pictures and videos. After spending your time with the fascinating mountain gorillas, return to the base and meet your driver to connect to your lodge for lunch and refresh. Spend the rest of your day at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at booked lodge as above

Day 3: Transfer to Akagera National Park – evening game drive

After breakfast, set off to Akagera national park located in the eastern part of Rwanda via Kigali city. This area is different from the other hilly areas of Rwanda given this savannah vegetation cover and relatively flat area. It’s a 6 hours’ drive from Musanze through Kigali then to Akagera national park. Arrive at the park, proceed to check-in your lodge, have lunch and enjoy an evening game drive. Before nightfall, return to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay Ruzizi tented camp for luxury option/Akagera game lodge for mid-range option/Dereva hotel for luxury option

Day 4: Game drive and Lake Ihema boat cruise.

After a morning breakfast, you will embark on your morning game drive around the park for a rewarding wildlife views. Expect to encounter the Big five including the Lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, cape buffaloes and the recently introduced Rhinos along with other animals including; giraffes, warthogs, waterbucks, zebras, hyenas and different antelope species. Expect to also see over 500 species of birds. The game drive may last for about 3-4 hours. Return to lodge for lunch and relax as you wait for the next activity. 

In the afternoon, the driver will pick up for a boat cruise on Lake Ihema-the second largest lake in Rwanda after Lake Kivu. The boat trip exposes you to plenty of wildlife on the lake shores which come to cool off and drink water including hippos, buffaloes, huge crocodiles and birds such as malachite kingfisher and fish eagle. After the amazing boat trip, return to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay

Day 5: Return to Kigali – Departure

After breakfast, check-out of the lodge and transfer back to Kigali. Upon arrival in Kigali, have lunch and proceed to Kigali airport for your onward flight back home.

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