7 Days Remarkable Rwanda Safari
These 7 Days Remarkable Rwanda Safari will bring you through to one of the smallest countries on African continent. Rwanda, despite being among the tiniest countries boasts some of the remarkable attractions the region has to offer as you will find out on this trip.
From visiting the most sought after mountain gorillas, to heavenly canopy walks, encountering all the big five and mix and mingle with some of the most welcoming cultures in the world.
Day 1: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
Following your arrival in Kigali, a carefully selected guide will be assigned to you and will endeavor to assist you and try making your stay for the 7 days Remarkable Rwanda Safari as memorably great as it can be. They will start with introductions and later brief you about the amazing trip you are about to undertake. After the briefing, immediately proceed to Volcanoes national park.
A quick city tour is an ideal kick-off for your trip to Rwanda but highly depends on your arrival time and individual interest. If interested, a city tour usually grants you a chance to tour the Kigali genocide memorial site, religious sites like churches and mosques and the famous Kimironko market.
Transfer to Volcanoes national park which is tucked in the north-western part of Rwanda, roughly 2-3 hours’ drive from the capital city. The park is one of the most famous gorilla habitats in the world. The others being Uganda and D.R. Congo. You will check-in at your lodge, have dinner and rest for the coming adventures.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda
Rise for an early morning breakfast and then transferred to park headquarters for briefing about gorilla tracking. This covers dos and don’ts while tracking the gentle giants, including no littering, keeping safe distance, not using flash cameras, low voices and limiting sudden movements in the presence of these creatures.
After this, you will be allocated a group of 8 people and gorilla family you will track. With this done you will get on the track into misty jungle on the foothills of Virunga Mountains. Trek until you meet the gorillas, an experience that takes up to 8 hours but depends on the distance gorilla family have covered since last seen.
Locating these magnificent beasts is an exciting part on its own. Navigate through tricky trails, defeat shrubs and thickets but the reward is worth the entire struggle. Once you meet with the gorillas you are only permitted an hour to be amidst them. Be camera-ready to capture as many moments as possible since they never fail to deliver amusement, awe and more as they groom, feed, mating and silverbacks protecting their territory.
After a one hour of happiness, return to the park headquarters and transfer back to your reserved lodging. End your afternoon after lunch and evening in relaxation as you recover from the arduous event of tracking gorillas. Have an early dinner and spend the evening as you wish.
Day 3: Transfer to Nyungwe forest national park
Have an early breakfast before checking out of your room and enroute visit to Ibyiwachu cultural village for an incredible experience before proceeding to Nyungwe forest national park. The park is perched in the southwestern part of Rwanda, the journey will take you across the country from the north to the South.
Nyungwe forest is the biggest surviving zone of montane rainforest in East Africa with at least 13 primate species recorded having chimpanzees leading the list and others like monkeys, baboons, mangabeys. The drive takes roughly 6-7 hours from Volcanoes national park to Nyungwe forest with wonderful views of rolling countryside hills that earned Rwanda the name “land of a thousand hills”. You will also view Lake Kivu and the vast Virunga Mountains. Arrive in the early evening for check-in and dinner. Chill as you wait for sleep while listening to the beautiful songs of songbirds in the forest.
Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking and canopy Walk
Enjoy a tasty breakfast and head for briefing before moving into the forest, searching for the Chimpanzees. These are easier to locate than the gorillas as they lunge from one tree branch to another, squealing and making a ruckus. Chimp tracking normally takes about 3-4hours. You will return to the lodge for lunch.
After, you will go for your canopy walk. This happens on a swinging bridge that span 50 meters and is suspended from enormous trees. This gives you a vantage point to behold the remarkable rainforest with a bird’s eye view, while easily spotting the various wildlife running about you. As night falls, you will head back to the lodge for dinner and overnight sleep.
Day 5: Transfer to Akagera National Park
Have breakfast, and transfer to Akagera national park. Akagera national park is placed in the northeastern part of the country with savannah vegetation sufficient for several wildlife homes. You will drive through Kigali where you will have an anticipated lunch. Hereafter, continue to Akagera national park. The whole expedition lasts about 1 to 8 hours with a couple of stopovers en-route.
Upon arrival, begin with a game drive before checking in to catch some animals available before dinner. Check-in your lodge and sleep to recharge for the next day.
Day 6: Early morning game drive and Boat Cruise in Ihema
Arise early and go for a game drive with great expectations of seeing all the big five in their natural habitat. You will be welcomed with early risers going about their breakfast grazing on the tender shoots and their predators looking for daybreak kill.
After the 7 Days Remarkable Rwanda Safari, head back to your lodge to freshen up and await your afternoon boat cruise on Lake Ihema, one of the strikingly beautiful lakes in the region. Watch different bird species as well, animals that loiter around the shores to quench their thirst and predators having easier prey.
Day 7: Return to Kigali & Departure
Relish your delectable breakfast at leisure, check out of your room and hit the road to Kigali. You will undertake a brief city tour for sightseeing or shopping for souvenirs before transferring to Kigali airport for your departure flight. This will mark the end of your 7 Days Remarkable Rwanda Safari.