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Rwanda: 7-Day Gorillas, Chimps, Big 5, and Big Cats Tour

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Duration

7 days 6 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

6 people

Languages

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Overview

Spend time with Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitats in Rwanda. Visit Nyungwe Forest to track chimpanzees and enjoy a canopy walk and visit Akagera National Park to spot the Big 5 and some big cats, and enjoy a boat trip on Lake Ihema.

Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Warm clothing
  • Hiking shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Insect repellent

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • A reasonable level of fitness is required and participants must be used to walking.
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • See gorillas in their native habitat in Volcanoes National Park
  • Search for chimpanzees in Nyungwe forest
  • Enjoy a canopy walk in Nyungwe forest
  • Spot the Big 5 and some big cats in Akagera National Park
  • Enjoy a boat trip on Lake Ihema

Itinerary

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Day 1: Transfer from Kigali to Akagera National Park

Your guide will pick you up from your accommodations in Kigali and transfer you to Akagera National Park. Enjoy an afternoon game drive.
- Overnight at Akagera Game Lodge

Day 2: Game Drive & Boat Cruise

Enjoy an early morning game drive and, after lunch, a boat trip on Lake Ihema for a close encounter with the crocodiles and hippos along the river banks. You'll also have the opportunity spot some of the over 525 bird species, both migratory and savanna dwelling, that are in the area.
- Overnight at Akagera Game Lodge

Day 3: Akagera National Park - Kigali - Musanze

Have breakfast and then enjoy a morning game drive, before returning to Kigali where you'll visit interesting spots which may include the craft market and the Gisozi Genocide Memorial Site. Then depart for a two-hour drive to Musanze. You'll arrive at Red Rocks Intercultural Exchange Center in time for lunch before joining the local brew makers to learn about the process of brewing a local beer from bananas.
- Overnight at The Garden Place Hotel

Day 4: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

After an early morning breakfast, you'll transfer to the park headquarters together with your packed lunch. You'll begin the morning with a briefing on the code of conduct while with the gorillas. Then head out into the forest in search of the gorillas with your guide. Finding the gorillas may take from two to six hours depending on the movement of the gorillas in the jungle. Meet and stay with the gorillas for a maximum of one hour.
- Overnight at The Garden Place Hotel

Day 5: Lake Kivu - Nyungwe National Park

After early morning breakfast at the lodge, visit Lake Kivu and enjoy the morning breeze on the shores. Spend an hour there before heading on to Nyungwe National Park with lunch en route. The drive takes about four to six hours.
- Overnight at Emeraude Lake Resort

Day 6: Chimpanzee Trekking - Canopy Walk

Start with another early morning breakfast and then you'll head out for some chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe National Park. On finding the chimpanzees, you'll have a one hour to watch and photograph them. After the chimpanzee trek, lunch will be back at the hotel. After lunch you'll head to Nyungwe National Park for a canopy walk.
- Overnight at Emeraude Lake Resort

Day 7: Nyungwe Forest - Butare - Kigali

Have an early morning breakfast and then transfer back to Kigali where you will be dropped off at the airport to catch your flight back home or at your accommodations in Kigali.

Included/Excluded

  • Gorilla permits
  • Chimps permits
  • Canopy walk fees
  • Accommodation for 4 nights with full board
  • 4x4 safari vehicle
  • Water en-route
  • Guide
  • Park fees
  • International flights
  • Drinks
  • Visa fees

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