8 Days Rwanda Safari
Day 1: Arrival in Kigali
Our Albertine tours safari driver will meet you at Kigali International airport on your arrival. Drive to Akagera national park located along the Rwanda-Tanzania border in Eastern Rwanda. Go for an evening game drive in the park that may reward you with sights of different wildlife species like Burchell’s Zebra, lions, elephants, topi, giraffes, impalas. Over 425 species of birds are found in the park including the shoe billed stock, African jacana, sacred ibis goliath heron. Dinner and overnight at Akagera Game Lodge / Ruzizi Tented Camp.
Day 2: boat trip on Lake Ihema
Rise early in the morning for a game drive to catch the early risers. The drive around the park is done almost all day, it starts from the south and ends in the northern part of the park. In the late afternoon, have a boat trip on Lake Ihema. Some animals that can be seen during the boat ride include large pods of hippo, huge Nile crocodiles and numerous water birds. Dinner and overnight at Akagera Game Lodge.
Day 3: Nyanza Tour & Nyungwe National Park
You will have an early breakfast in the morning, drive to Kigali city and then continue to Nyanza. Visit the royal palace of the Mwami (traditional king of Rwanda). An onsite storyteller will narrate the facts on the pre-colonial kingdom’s history. From Nyanza, drive to Butare and visit the national cultural museum. Have lunch after which you will drive to Gikongoro to tour the Murambi genocide memorial. Proceed to Nyungwe national park arriving in the evening. Dinner and overnight at ORTPN Gisakura guest house /Nyungwe Forest Lodge.
Day 4: Primates walk in Nyungwe national park
Have an early breakfast at your hotel after which you will proceed to the park headquarters. A park official will brief you about the park shortly after which you will go on a primates’ walk in Nyungwe forest. This trek can take long between 1-6 hours depending on the movement of the primates. It is advisable to carry plenty of water and a picnic lunch on this walk. This walk will reward you with sights of large troops of colobus monkeys and chimpanzees. Retire for dinner and overnight at ORTPN Gisakura guest house /Nyungwe Forest Lodge.
Day 5: Lake Kivu beach
You will leave Nyungwe Forest in the morning for Gisenyi. Gisenyi is a pretty town located on the shores of Lake Kivu, Rwanda’s main water body. Relax and enjoy beach activities like sport fishing, boating, and swimming chilling on the lake shore. Check in to Kivu Hotel or Palm Beach Hotel for lunch, dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Travel to Musanze
You will be driven to Musanze (Ruhengeri) the gateway to Parc Nationale des Volcans. The drive takes you past the Virunga mountains. Musanze is one of the most interesting towns lying in the shadows of the Virunga and Volcanoes Mountains. Upon reaching the hotel, you can relax all evening or take a local community tour. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Nest Camp or Muhabura Hotel.
Day 7: Mountain gorilla trekking in PNV
Have breakfast early in the morning. Transfer to the headquarters of Volcanoes National Park by 7 am for briefing. After the briefing, you will go to the forest to track the habituated mountain gorillas. The time spent in the forest will depend on the movements of the gorillas. Tracking can take half an hour but in some instances can even take as long as 8 hours. However, on a lucky day, you will locate the gorillas in a short while, spend an hour with them, and then return to the lodge for a late lunch. While trekking gorillas, it is advisable to move with enough water necessary for long tracking hours. Rain gear and a pair of strong walking boots are also a must-have. Visit the mountain gorilla sanctuary and on your return, you will receive a certificate: souvenir for every successful tracker. Have lunch. You can relax all evening at the lodge. Dinner and Overnight at the Gorilla Nest Camp or Muhabura Hotel in Ruhengeri.
Day 8: Akagera national park
After breakfast, leave Volcanoes National park for Kigali. Have a Kigali City Tour. Drop off at the airport or hotel
End of the Safari