Rwanda Wildlife Safari And Gorilla Trekking

Trip Summary

This 6 days/5 nights in Rwanda wildlife and gorilla safari will give you the best ultimate safari experiences i.e. game drives in Akagera national park and gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park. The Akagera national park is the only Savannah park in Rwanda holding a number of big mammals that is most visited such as Lions, Buffaloes, Giraffes, Zebras and Hippos which will provide a great experience. After this experience proceed to the volcanoes national park for an extraordinary encounter with the mountain gorillas.

Safari Highlights 

• Kigali city tour

• Game drive in Akagera national park

• Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park

• Iby’Iwacu cultural Village

Detailed Tour ( 6-days )

Upon arrival at Kigali international airport, meet and great with our safari expert that will give you highlights on 6 days safari. Later transfer to your hotel as you prepare for the next day to start your safari. 

Meal plan: Dinner (Alcohol not included)

Overnight: Kigali Radisson Blu (luxury)

                   Hotel villa Portofino(mid-range)

                   Quiet haven lodge (budget)

Following an early morning hot breakfast, we depart to explore the beauty of Kigali city that offers a number of activities such as Genocide Memorial, cultural craft centers, Kandt National Museum etc. On this we shall choose which sites to visit as we shall be departing for Akagera national park in the afternoon lunch in the city. 

Akagera National Park is located in eastern part of Rwanda taking about +/- 2 hours arriving late afternoon for check-in at your lodge. You can have short stopovers for photos en route to Akagera park a place of beautiful landscape.

Meal plan: full board (Alcohol not included)

Overnight: Ruzizi tented camp(luxury)

                    Akagera game lodge (mid-range)

As we rise up early following breakfast. We depart to explore the greatness of Akagera national park on a game drive in search of big mammals like Elephants, Giraffes, Buffaloes, several Antelope species and recently the re-introduced Lions. Akagera game drives normally happen in the northern part of the park where we shall spend the better part of the day and return to the lodge later afternoon.

Akagera national park is the biggest in Rwanda with beautiful scenery and landscape. It has varied habitats for wildlife and a birders haven with over 500 species.

There are also opportunities to explore the park by taking a nature walk, this can be incorporated on request especially in the afternoon. You also have opportunities of a boat safari on Lake Ihema to watch Hippos and crocodiles in the water or by the shores. 

Meal plan: full board (Alcohol not included)

Overnight: Ruzizi tented camp(luxury)

                    Akagera game lodge (mid-range)

After a good restful night, have early morning breakfast as your whole day will be tied up on meeting enormous mountain gorillas in the lush and dense jungles of the Virunga ranges – precisely the volcanoes national park.

Your driver guide will transfer to the headquarters for short briefing on dos and don’ts while tracking Gorillas and how to behave in the park, divide you into different Gorilla groups. You will enjoy the Rwandan cultural dance as you do wait for the ranger to brief you. After a briefing at the visitors Center – you embark on the trek that will eventually bring you an awesome close of gorillas in their natural habitat.

Gorilla trekking can last from an hour to several hours depending on where they nested the previous night, meaning that you need to be relatively fit to enjoy this experience. Once they are tracked then you will only be allowed one hour to view them as you prepare for the next activity at Iby’iwacu cultural village for a taste of the Rwandan culture. 

Meal plan: full board (Alcohol not included) 

Overnight: five volcanoes (luxury)

                    Le Bambou gorilla lodge(mid-range)

                    Garden palace (budget)

Following an early morning breakfast, we relieve the great wildlife safari experience in Akagera national park as we transfer to volcanoes national park where the enormous gentles giants “mountain Gorillas” inhabit. Volcanoes national park is located in northern part of Rwanda about +/-2 hours from Kigali in Kinigi, Musanze.

As you traverse through Kigali city, you will enjoy several villages with great landscape views. Stopover will be made for picture/photo moments at different viewpoints. You will see the endless hills and understand why indeed Rwanda is referred to as ‘the land of a thousand hills. We will arrive to the lodge later that evening ready for the gorilla hike the next day. 

Meal plan: Full board (Alcohol not included) 

Overnight: five volcanoes (luxury)

                   Le Bambou gorilla lodge(mid-range)

                   Garden palace (budget)

Following an early morning breakfast, we depart to Kigali for your return flight or hotel. If your flight is later in the evening or night then we opt to go golden monkey trekking, hike one of the virungas, visit Dian Fossey’s tomb and learn more about her conservation work. 

Meal plan: breakfast & lunch


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What is included?

    • Airport transfers in kigali
    • Vehicle with English speaking local driver/ guide throughout
    • Bottled water and snacks in safari vehicle
    • 6 nights’ accommodation (as per Itinerary)
    • Game drives in Akagera National Park
    • All park entrance fees
    • Community visits
    • Gorilla permit (One per person)
    • All meals as specified in Itinerary
    • 4x4 Vehicle border crossing Fees.

What is not included?

    • International and domestic flights (From/to home)
    • Visa Fees
    • Additional accommodation at the end of the tour
    • Tips
    • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees)
    • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
    • Alcohol not included
    • Insurance 

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A deposit of 40%-50% is required when booking this safari depending on the product to be booked. final payment will be required no later than 45-50 days prior departure. For any bookings made within mentioned days of departure, full safari fees, fares/amount will be charged upon booking.