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Rwanda Safari

12 Days Best of Rwanda Safari Highlights

12 Days Best of Rwanda Safari Highlights

Visit Rwanda Gorillas

Visit Rwanda Gorilla as the country of a thousand hills, Rwanda prides in some of the best scenic views and a home to some of the world’s remaining mountain Gorillas. From the vast Savannah grasslands of the Akagera to the thick but beautiful old unique rain forest in Nyungwe till the Virunga volcanoes puts Rwanda in a position of an attractive country to visit. The clean and neat cities doubled with diverse culture with a sad but interesting history, Rwanda has grown to be one of the most admired countries in Africa.

This 12 days journey will present Rwanda to its best taking you to the best hidden treasures of this small African country while it will get you up-close and personal with the mountain Gorillas of Virungas.

Tour Summary

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to your hotel in Kigali

Day 2: Relaxed Transfer to Akagera National Park

Day 3: Morning game drive and Transfer to Butare

Day 4: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park

Day 5: Chimpanzee trekking/Canopy walk

Day 6: Transfer to Kibuye along the shores of Lake Kivu

Day 7: Visit the L’Esperance Children’s Orphanage and Village

Day 8: Transfer to Gisenyi

Day 9: Transfer to Ruhengeri

Day 10: Gorilla trekking in Parc National Des Volcans

Day 11: Golden Monkey Trekking and transfer back to Kigali

Day 12: A short city tour & Transfer to Airport

Visit Rwanda Gorillas

Day 1, Arrival and transfer to your hotel in Kigali

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be welcomed by our company representative together with the driver / guide and transfer to Kigali city. Depending on the time of your arrival, you will go for a short city tour with in Kigali and visit the genocide memorial sites. Dinner and overnight stay at Golden Hills Hotel for mid range.

Day 2, Transfer to Akagera National Park

Today you can enjoy your breakfast and transfer to Akagera National Park. En route you will pass through the country’s phenomenal landscape which will give you views of the country’s beauty and also the life style of its people. Upon arrival in the park, you will go for a short southern Lake Ihema game drive. Look out for animals such as elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, hippos, crocodiles and many more like Antelopes. Dinner and overnight at Akagera Game Lodge

Day 3, Morning game drive and Transfer to Butare

Early in the morning after breakfast, you will go for a Northern circuit game drive to search for animals that you may have missed out in the previous game drive. It is not a guarantee that all the animals can be seen in the evening game drive. There are s ome that are early risers and can only be seen in the morning. After this you will transfer to Kigali where you will have your Lunch. After lunch you transfer to Butare town which was the first country’s Capital city.

En route, you will pass through wonderful and magnificent hills and cultivated countryside. Have a stopover at the royal King’s Palace in Nyanza for a cultural description about the history of Rwanda. Continue and visit the cultural museum at Rwesero. Proceed and reach Butare town, where you will check in into your Hotel and later visit the Rwanda National Museum for a tour around the site. The Museum will provide you with more information about the Rwanda’s history and culture. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Butare town.

Day 4, Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park

After breakfast, you will transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park. En route, visit the new Visitor’s Interpretive Centre to give you more information about the park such as number of primate species found in the park, types of bird species and other tourist activities carried out with in the Park. Proceed and check into your Hotel for Lunch. In the afternoon, you will go for Colobus Monkey trekking. To be able to do the activity, you will have to hike through lush forests, endless, green tea fields while taking the stunning views of the surroundings. Nyungwe forest Lodge

Day 5, Chimpanzee trekking

After breakfast, report to the park headquarters in Nyungwe forest for briefing before going for chimpanzee tracking. However, it is advisable to organize packed lunch and plenty of water prior to this expedition since it can sometimes last over 6 hours. In the forest, you will not only see chimpanzees to but also variety of animals and birds like the Rwenzori Turacco, black and white casqued horn bill, colobus monkeys – sometimes as many as 400 in a group. Return late in the afternoon. Return for dinner and Overnight Nyungwe forest Lodge

Day 6: Transfer to Kibuye along the shores of Lake Kivu

After breakfast at your lodge/Guest house, you will transfer to Lake Kivu. The lake is one of the great lakes in Africa and is the largest of the fresh water lakes that gleam in the Albertine (Western) rift of the Great Rift Valley. On the shores there is the Kibuye town which is one of the country’s most attractive of lake ports, nestled in a series of interwoven and undulating hills and will offer you spectacular views of the lake and its islands plus the surrounding countryside. Arrive at your lodge for evening relaxation, dinner and overnight stay at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

Day 7 :Visit the L’Esperance Children’s Orphanage and Village

After breakfast, you will go and visit the L’Esperance Children’s Orphanage and Village. Spend the whole day at the orphanage and see how the orphaned children have been helped by donations from different organisations and also from tourists like you. Return to your Lodge in Kibuye for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 8, Transfer to Gisenyi

After breakfast, you will continue with your safari to Gisenyi town. This offers beautiful and excellent views of Lake Kivu and it’s a great place to relax while feeling its waterfront and sandy beaches. Upon arrival, you will have and then spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing or visit the host springs which will help you learn more about the formation of the Virunga Volcanic Mountains. Alternatively you can also visit the local projects in the area and interact with project members or visit the local artisans and a local women’s weaving association. Overnight in Gisenyi town

Day 9, Transfer to Ruhengeri

Breakfast will be served early this day and then after, you will check out from your Hotel and later transfer to Ruhengeri. En route, you will visit the Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village where you may have a wonderful and interactive experience about the Rwandan traditions, culture and way of life. After this you will continue to the Park reaching in the late evening. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge for Luxury or Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge

Day 10, Gorilla trekking in Parc National Des Volcans

Early in the morning after breakfast and a briefing from the ORTPN officials, set off for the gorilla tracking. This experience of gorilla tracking is a once in a life time adventure. The rangers will lead you deep into the forest in search for the Gorillas. You will move through the rugged terrain until you finally meet these harmonious creatures that will entertain you for about 1 hour. The activity in Rwanda can take 3-5 hours depending on the movement of these gentle primates. This is an awesome and exciting moment.

Return for lunch at the Lodge and in the afternoon, visit the Karisoke research center and the graves of Diane Fossey a woman who was murdered because she was protecting these endangered mountain Gorillas. Return for dinner and overnight stay at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge for Luxury or Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge

Day 11, Golden Monkey Trekking and transfer back to Kigali

After breakfast, you will go for golden monkey tracking. This activity also takes like 2-3 hours in the Virunga forest. Later return back to your lodge for early lunch and transfer back to Kigali city reaching in the afternoon. Depending on your time of departure, you will either be transferred to the Airport for your flight back home or be dropped off at your Hotel in Kigali for dinner and overnight stay at your own expenses.

Day 12, Departure

As the last day depending on your flight, You Shall have a relaxed breakfast at the Hotel and depending on the time of departure, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.


Visit Rwanda Gorillas

Included in The package/Price:

  • Transfers in a 4×4 Safari Vehicle
  • Full Board Accommodations 11 Nights
  • All Activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Gorilla permits
  • Chimpanzee Permits
  • Bottled water on safari

Excluded in the Package

  • Personal International flight.
  • Visa (USD $50 or $100 for east African tourist visa
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Items of personal nature
  • Laundry service
  • Tips

What to Bring for Nature walks, Treks and Gorillas:

  • Nice Gripped Walking/hiking shoes
  • Warm Clothing for the Bwindi sector
  • Light safari clothing for warm areas
  • Insect repelants
  • Sun Screen
  • Hats/caps
  • Rain Jacket and/or ponchos
  • Long light pants
  • Head lamp/touch
  • Binoculars
  • Backpack for carrying small luggage
  • Gloves if you want( But Not necessary)

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