14 Days Best of Rwanda Safari, wildlife, gorillas,chimpanzee
Tour Duration: 14 Days / 13 Nights
Places to Visit: The 14 days Rwanda Safari offers you the best opportunity to Visit the leading tourist attractions in Rwanda including Volcanoes NP for Gorilla tracking, the impressive Lake Kivu, Nyungwe Forest NP, Akagera Wildlife Park as well as the capital city Kigali.
Day 1: Kanombe Airport-Kigali city
You will be received by a representative from Africa Nature Trekkers and one of our drivers / safari guides at Kigali International Airport who will brief you about your safari and later transfer you to Kigali city. If you arrive early we recommend you to take city tour and if the arrival is late drive to lodge for dinner and overnight stay at Kigali Serena Hotel/Golf Hills Residence or Okapi Hotel.
Day 2: Kigali-Nyungwe Forest National Park
Have breakfast from your Hotel of residence, after transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park. En route visit the old King’s Palace in Nyanza. Lunch en-route, proceed to the Park. Dinner and overnight stay at Nyungwe Forest Lodge or Gisakura Guest House
Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking
Early morning breakfast, and after proceed to the park headquarters for briefing at 6:00am. Unlike other countries like Uganda where chimpanzee tracking activity starts at 8:00am, here in Nyungwe forest National Park the activity starts at 6:00am. You will enter into the forest when its dark but you will be able to see primate species such as Columbus monkeys, forest birds and later, you will be able to see the chimpanzees when its already day time. Return to lodge for Lunch, you will set out for the guided forest walk with in the Forest. Return for dinner and overnight. Meal plan: Full-Board
Day 4: Forest Walk
Have breakfast, after with your packed lunch for a full day forest guided walk with in Nyungwe Forest National Park. On this long walk, you will visit the Kamiranzovu waterfalls where you will enjoy your picnic lunch. On this walk expect to see a lot of bird species and also primates like monkeys. Return back to your lodge dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Kibuye On The Shores Of Lake Kivu
After breakfast, head to Kibuye with Lunch en-route and after take a boat trip either Napoleon’s (it’s shaped like his hat) Island or Amahoro (peace) Island. Return for dinner and overnight at Kibuye.
Day 6: Transfer-Gisenyi Town
After breakfast, transfer to Gisenyi town on the Northern shores of Lake Kivu. Lunch, go and visit the fishing villages around the town, the solid field lava from Nyiragongo Mountain that erupted in 2002 and also the hot springs. Dinner and Overnight at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel
Day 7: Boat ride on Lake Kivu-Ruhengeri
Early morning breakfast, take a short boat ride on Lake Kivu and visit the different fishing villages. Return for a fascinating lunch. After lunch, transfer to Ruhengeri town. You will pass through magnificent views of the beautiful, hilly countryside which forms Rwanda’s name “a thousand hills”. Dinner and overnight stay at Gorilla Nest Lodge / Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge
Day 8: Gorilla trekking
Have early morning breakfast, and after transfer to the Park Headquarters of Parc National des Volcans. Meet your ranger guides for briefing on how to behave while in the forest searching for the Gorillas and also will let you know more about their behaviors’ and ways of life before you set off. After the briefing you will enter into the forest and search for these endangered rare mountain Gorilla species. This is a once a life adventure and an opportunity one should never miss in life. The activity will take half or full day, therefore you are advised to go with your packed lunch and bottled mineral water, safari shoes, hut, sun screen, insect repellent, Cameras, rain gears among others you think are vital while in tropical rain forest.
Day 9: Golden monkey tracking
Today have breakfast, and after experience Golden Monkey tracking in the Volcanoes National Park. These Golden Monkeys are the most endangered primates with in the forest. It is a short adventure and after return to your lodge for lunch. After noon visit the Dian Fossey centre. Return to lodge for dinner and Overnight
Day 10: Mountain Bisoke hike
Early in the morning, you will gather at the park headquarters where you will meet your hiking guides. After a short briefing from them, you will then start on your hike on Mountain Bisoke. It’s not such a big mountain and the hike to the top will only take 3 or 4 hours depending on the strength and fitness of the hikers. Upon reaching the top, you will then descend back and transfer to your hotel for relaxation. Return to lodge for dinner and Overnight
Day 11: Volcanoes-Akagera National Park
Early breakfast, depart for Kigali. On arrival in the city, take a short city tour and visit places like the Genocide Memorial sites. Have lunch along the way as you drive to Akagera National Park found on the eastern border of Rwanda. En-route game drives to spot out for animal species like the Lions, Elephants, Buffaloes, and so on. Dinner and overnight stay at Akagera Game Lodge
Day 12: Game Drive and Boat Ride On Lake Ihema
Early morning breakfast, and after take game drive in the park. Here you will spot variety of animals like Lions, Elephants, Buffaloes, Giraffes, hyenas among others. Afternoon boat ride on Lake Ihema to encounter large herds of hippos, crocodiles and a lot of bird species along the lake shores/banks. Return to lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 13: Akagera-Kigali City
Early morning breakfast, and after take game drive in the park. Here you will spot variety of animals like Lions, Elephants, Buffaloes, Giraffes, hyenas among others. Depart for Kigali. Dinner and overnight stay at Kigali Serena Hotel / Okapi Hotel
Day 14: Departure
Have breakfast, after take another city tour to other historical site of interest that brand Rwanda to be unique. Lunch en-route and after our guide will drop you at the airport for your flight back home.
End of Safari!
What to Bring
- Comfortable safari boots / shoes
- Right travel clothes
- Sun block
- Photo /Video Camera
This safari itinerary is a proposal trip that can be gladly customized to suit any personal changes, times, dates and other specifications.