9 Day Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Tour Rwanda

Tour overview

This safari includes a gorilla permit worth $1500 per person in the final costing. This safari also takes you to Akagera National park where you can spot the wildlife species and the take the sightseeing while on your cruise along the Lake Ihema and after visit the volcanoes National park where you have the Rwanda gorilla trekking. You will then visit Nyungwe Forest for the chimpanzee trekking, Chimpanzee tours and the Canopy walk.

Tour Highlights

Day 1: Transfer to Akagera National Park

Day 2: Have Game Drive & boat Ride

Day 3: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Day 4: Gorilla trekking & Dian Fossey Tomb

Day 5: Second day gorilla trekking

Day 6: Transfer to Nyungwe National Park

Day 7: Chimpanzee trekking & a canopy walk

Day 8: Have a forest Walk

Day 9: Transfer to Kigali City

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Detailed Itinerary

 Day 1: Transfer to Akagera National Park

Have breakfast and meet with the guide ad then transfer to Akagera National park which habitats the Rwandan wildlife species like the buffalos, zebras, elephants and many more and this is can be done upon your arrival in the park and then you will have your dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Luxury: Ruzizi Tented Lodge

Moderate: Akagera Game Lodge

Budget: Ruzizi safati Camp

Day 2: Have Game Drive & boat Ride

Have breakfast and then after go for early morning game drive searching for some big five of the African animals. These include; Lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards and many other wildlife species like antelopes, warthog, water and the bush bucks, topis, kobs, etc. this experience also takes 3-4 hours and then after return to the Lodge for lunch and in the afternoon, drive to the starting point of the boat ride along Lake Ihema and expect to see wildlife and birds and they provide beautiful photographs. After return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight.

Luxury: Ruzizi Tented Camp

Moderate: Akagera game Lodge

Budget: Ruzizi safari camp

Meal plan: Full Board

Day 3: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

You will have breakfast and after drive to Volcanoes National park via Kigali with your lunch en route and then dinner and an overnight at the Lodge.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Moderate: La palme Lodge

Budget: Kinigi Guest House

Day 4: Gorilla trekking & Dian Fossey Tomb

Have breakfast so early at the hotel and after report to the offices for the formal registration for the gorilla trek. After, you will be driven to Volcanoes National park were the trek will start escorted by the rangers. Gorilla tracking takes from 1 to 8 hours and seeing these endangered species is by chance. You will be given 1 hour to stay with them as you are accompanied by the park rangers who have spent all their lives living with these creatures with in the forest. This trek will be as exciting as you also go through the vines, giant lobelias, and the moss covered hagenia trees that grow in the tropical climate. Gorilla trekking is kinder active but worthwhile on meeting these gentle giants. The eagerness of your coming across with these apes will wipe away your complexity of the active trek. You spend time as you are watching the gorillas, view the adults feeding their young ones, resting and brushing as the young ones play from vines in the pleasurably playful display.

In the afternoon, you will visit Dian Fossey center and from here get to experience the conservation efforts to save the mountain gorillas in the mist and it was due to these gorillas that she lost her life and was buried in the forest . After return to the lodge for dinner and overnight

Accommodation options

Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Moderate: La palme Lodge

Budget: Kinigi Guest House

Day 5: Second day gorilla trekking

This is also the second day of gorilla trekking but you will have another gorilla group as there are many of them and you will follow the same steps as that of the previous day. Later in the evening, have a cultural adventure to the Iby Chwa community. After return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Moderate: La palme Lodge

Budget: Kinigi Guest House

Day 6: Transfer to Nyungwe National Park

Have breakfast and then transfer to Nyungwe Forest having lunch on your way. You will visit the genocide memorials, and then on your arrival, check in at the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Moderate: Nyungwe Top Hill Lodge

Budget: Gisakura Guest House

Day 7: Chimpanzee trekking & a canopy walk

Have breakfast and then meet at the park offices for a briefing about the primates and the forest as well, after you will enter into the tropical rain forest as you search for these shy chimpanzees with the tree branches. As you walk, expect to spot many other primates like the white and black colobus , Vervet monkeys, red tailed monkeys and many more.there are many birds that will be spotted in Nyungwe National park, you will then return to the Lodgefor lunch and then in the evening, take canopy walk as you look for the primates, birds and clear the green canopy cover.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Moderate: Nyungwe Top Hill Lodge

Budget: Gisakura Guest House

Day 8: Have a forest Walk

Have breakfast and then embark to trekking in the forest where you will meet with more primates and the birds as well as the cool breeze with in the rainy forest. After we shall return to the lodge and relax to have dinner and an overnight.

Accommodation options

Luxury: Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Moderate: Nyungwe Top Hill Lodge

Budget: Gisakura Guest House

Day 9: Transfer to Kigali City

Have breakfast at the Lodge and then start your journey to Kigali city with lunch enroute. Then you drive to the airport for your return flight back home and this will depend on the day arranged.

END OF SAFARI

Tour inclusions

  • full board accommodation,
  • Gorilla permits
  • Full time English speaking professional driver/guide,
  • All tour activities as detailed in the itinerary,
  • Bottled water while on safari,
  • Transport

Tour Exclusions

  • Kigali hotel fees( the eve of the safari and the night after the safari),
  • Tips,
  • Laundry services,
  • Beverages/ drinks,
  • international flights,
  • Visas,
  • Items of a personal nature,
  • Optional activities in the itinerary

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