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Rwanda: 9 Days Gorilla Trekking Adventure Safari

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Duration

9 days 8 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

6 people

Languages

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Overview

Spend 9 days tracking Gorillas, Golden Monkeys, and Chimpanzees in Volcanoes National Park and Nyungwe National Park. You’ll also hike Mount Bisoke, enjoy a canopy walk, and discover Akagera National Park on several exciting game drives.

Not suitable for
  • Children under 15 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
Important information

What to bring

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

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

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

  • See Gorillas in their natural habitat
  • Hike Mount Bisoke
  • Spot the Big 5 & the Big Cats in Akagera National Park
  • Go Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest
  • Enjoy a boat cruise 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 hotel in Kigali and transfer you to Akagera National Park. Enjoy an afternoon game drive, and keep your eyes open for the Big 5 and big cats. Overnight at Akagera Game Lodge.

Day 2: Game Drive and Boat Cruise

Head out on another game drive in the early morning. After lunch, take a boat trip on Lake Ihema for a close encounter with the crocodiles and hippos along the river banks. Spot some of the over 525 bird species, both migratory and savanna-dwelling, 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. Visit interesting sights, which may include the craft market or the Kigali Genocide Memorial. Afterward, depart for a 2-hour drive to Musanze. Arrive at the Red Rocks Intercultural Exchange Center for lunch, before joining the local brew makers to understand the process of brewing a local beer from bananas. Overnight at The Garden Place Hotel.

Day 4: Golden Monkey Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

After breakfast, report to the park headquarters for your first experience with an endangered species in Volcanoes National Park. The golden monkey trek is normally an easy trek that takes 1-2 hours. Later, visit the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. Overnight at The Garden Place Hotel.

Day 5: Hike to Bisoke Crater Lake

Today you will hike to the top of Mount Bisoke Crater. Overnight at The Garden Place Hotel.

Day 6: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

After an early morning breakfast, transfer to the park headquarters together with your packed lunch. Learn about the code of conduct for your encounter with the gorillas in a short briefing. Then, enter the forest in search of the gorillas, which may take 2-6 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas in the jungle. Meet and stay with the gorillas for a maximum of 1 hour. Overnight at The Garden Place Hotel.

Day 7: Lake Kivu and Transfer to Nyungwe National Park

After early morning breakfast at the lodge, drive for 1 hour to Rubava to visit Lake Kivu and enjoy the morning breeze on the shores. Spend 1 hour there, then get back on the road to proceed on your 4-5 hour drive to Nyungwe National Park with lunch en route. Overnight at Emeraude Lake Resort.

Day 8: Chimpanzee Trekking — Canopy Walk

Have breakfast then head out on a trek to find chimpanzees in Nyungwe National Park. You enjoy a 1-hour stay on finding the chimpanzees. After the chimpanzee trek, head for lunch at the hotel. After lunch, go back to Nyungwe National Park for a canopy walk. Overnight at Emeraude Lake Resort.

Day 9: Nyungwe National Park — Butare — Kigali

After an early morning breakfast, transfer back to Kigali where you will be dropped off at your hotel or at the airport to catch your flight back home.

Included/Excluded

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Kigali
  • Transportation
  • Full board accommodation for 8 nights
  • Gorilla permits
  • Mount Bisoke fees
  • Chimpanzee permits
  • Canopy walk fees
  • Golden Monkey trek
  • Game drives in a 4x4 safari vehicle
  • Lake Ihema boat trip
  • Water en route
  • Guide
  • Park fees
  • Flights
  • Drinks
  • Visa fees

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