Rwanda Wildlife Safari & Chimpanzee Trekking

Trip Summary

This 5days/4nights in Rwanda wildlife and chimp trekking will give you the best ultimate safari experiences i.e. game drives in Akagera national park and chimp trekking in Nyungwe national park. The Akagera national park is the only Savannah park in Rwanda holding a number of big mammals that are most viewed such as Lions, Buffaloes, Giraffes, Zebras and Hippos which will provide a great experience. After this experience proceed to the Nyungwe national park for an astonishing encounter with the cousins to human “chimpanzee”.

Safari Highlights 

• Kigali City Tour

• Game drive in Akagera national park

• Chimpanzee trekking

• Canopy Walk

• Optional – Boat trip on Lake Ihema

Detailed Tour ( 5-days )

Upon arrival at Kigali international airport, meet and great with our safari expert that will give you highlights on 6 days safari. 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)

Following early morning 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)

This morning we depart for Nyungwe forest having lunch en-route in Huye formerly known as Butare. The journey takes you through the winding roads of Rwanda and beautiful scenery of the countryside. We will explore the ethnographic museum learning about the Rwandan history and culture. We proceed to Nyungwe forest that evening arriving later in that evening. 

Meal plan: full board (alcohol not included) 

Overnight: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury)

                   Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel (Mid-range)

                   Gisakura Guesthouse (Budget)

Following an early morning breakfast, we depart to Uwinka park headquarter for briefing on dos and don’ts while we tracking Chimpanzee and in Nyungwe forest as we set in different groups.

The forest is rich in botanical diversity holding over 200 species of trees and flowering plants. It is home to 13 species of primates including Chimpanzees, L’Hoest monkeys, Columbus monkeys and about 300 bird species for birders. You have an option to explore the forest/canopy walk in Nyungwe forest for great views after the chimp trek or simply relax at your lodge. 

Meal plan: full board (alcohol not included)

Overnight: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury)

                   Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel (Mid-range)

                  Gisakura Guesthouse (Budget)

Wake up early enough, follow a hot cup of tea or coffee and after check out from your particular lodge. You will then head off to Butare museum and Nyanza Palance for a cultural tour.

En-route, have lunch and proceed to Kigali while enjoying the stunning views of the countryside. If your flight is scheduled today, drive to Kigali Airport and this will mark the end of your safari. 

Meal plan: breakfast and 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
    • 5 nights’ accommodation (as per Itinerary)
    • Boat cruise on the Lake Ihema (optional)
    • Game drives in Akagera National Park
    • All park entrance fees
    • Community visits
    • Chimpanzee 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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Payment Terms

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.