7-Day The Best of Rwanda Safari - 7 Days

During this safari tour you will game drive in Akagera, see gorillas and other primates in Nyungwe and visit Rwandan culture sites like the King’s Palace in Nyanza and the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center. Rwanda is a primate and bird paradise. Some of the primate species found here include the chimpanzee, l’hoest monkeys and Angolan Colobus monkey. Come join us to experience the best Rwanda has to offer!

  • Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for an extra cost.

Day 1
Akagera National Park

After breakfast in the morning you will be met by our safari guide and transferred to Akagera National Park in the eastern part of Rwanda (an approximately three-hour drive). Upon arrival you will go on a short game drive and then head to the Akagera Game Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon you will go on a canoe ride on Lake Ihema to see hippos, lions, crocodiles and waterbirds like the papyrus gonolek, shoebill stork and African fish eagle. Return to the lodge for dinner and your overnight stay.

Main Destination:

Akagera National Park

Accommodation:

Discover Rwanda Kayonza Eco Lodge

• Budget lodge located just outside Akagera NP

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2
Akagera - Kigali

After breakfast you will go on an early morning game drive to see wildlife such as elephants, impala, black-tailed mongoose, hippos, oribi, bushbuck, antelope, zebra, cape eland, giraffe, buffalo, olive baboon, vervet monkey and busy baby. You will eat lunch at the lodge and then return to Kigali. You will arrive in the late evening in time for dinner and your overnight stay.

Main Destination:

Kigali

Accommodation:

Okapi Hotel

• Budget hotel located in or near Kigali

Meals & Drinks:

• Meals at own expense

• Drinks not included

Day 3
Nyungwe Forest National Park

After breakfast in Kigali you will visit the Rwanda Genocide Memorial before driving to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Along the way you will pass through the beautiful, hilly countryside that gives Rwanda the name “a country of a thousand hills”. During your drive, you will stop to visit the King’s Palace in Nyanza, where a guide will take you through the entire palace, educating you about the ancient Rwandan Kingdom. The King’s house is one of the magnificent attractions here that you cannot afford to miss. You will then continue on your travels to the National Archaeological Museum in Butare, where you will tour the museum and have lunch. You will then to proceed to Nyungwe, arriving in the late in afternoon. Dinner and your overnight stay will be at the Gisakura Guest House.

Main Destination:

Nyungwe Forest National Park

Accommodation:

Gisakura Guest House

• Budget guest house located just outside Nyungwe Forest NP

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4
Nyungwe Forest National Park - Kibuye

You will wake early, around 4:30 am, eat breakfast and then set off into the forest to track chimpanzees. During your walk inside the forest you may encounter other primates, animal and bird species. In the afternoon, you will return to the Guest House for lunch. In the evening you will take off on a canopy walk, where you will view a variety of animal species and beautiful landscape. After this walk you will return to the Guest House to check out and then transfer to Kibuye, arriving late in the evening.

Main Destination:

Nyungwe Forest National Park

Accommodation:

Gisakura Guest House

• Budget guest house bordering Nyungwe Forest NP without fences

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5
Gisenyi

After breakfast at 8:00am you will drive to Gisenyi in Rubavu via Kibuye Road. During this drive, you will have the opportunity to see Lake Kivu and the daily lives of the people who have lived in this countryside for centuries, virtually unchanged. This is a very scenic route and provides the opportunity to see the people at work – cultivating bananas, cassava, sorghum, beans, rice, potatoes and even coffee in their steep and tiny fields. In addition, there are several massive tea plantations, villages, innumerable tiny brickworks, and surprises around every corner. Arrival at Gisenyi for lunch and visit the border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Gisenyi is the crossing point to the Congo, so you will also have the opportunity to see the town of Goma from this city. Goma was devastated by the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano.

Main Destination:

Gisenyi

Accommodation:

Centre D’Accueil St Francois-Xavier Gisenyi

• Budget hotel located in or near Gisenyi

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 6
Volcanoes National Park

You will be picked up at 5:30 am and take off on a two-hour, picturesque drive to Volcanoes National Park in Musanze province. Upon arrival, you will enjoy breakfast and then take off to the park headquarters at Kinigi for a thorough briefing by the park warden. After the briefing, our tour guide will transfer you to the starting point of the gorilla trek. The trek may last anywhere from 1-8 hours depending on the gorillas’ movements. When you return you will visit the twin lakes of Ruhondo and Burela.

Main Destination:

Volcanoes National Park

Accommodation:

Muhabura Hotel

• Budget hotel located just outside Volcanoes NP

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 7
Kigali

Wake up in the morning and eat breakfast before being entertained by Intore dancers at the Ibyiwacu culture center before driving to Kigali. The Intore, once the elite of the traditional Rwanda army, were not only trained in military techniques but also in high jump and dance. They were known for their remarkable technique, which allowed them to jump over two meters. The Intore became world famous as dancers in 1958 when the World Expo was held in Brussels. Today Intore dancers are part of the rich Rwanda folklore. Their dance is a jewel of the choreographic heritage of Rwanda. Dressed with a mane made of sisal fiber, with little bells jingling with each step, the warriors dance a thrilling rhythm. Throughout the Intore ballet, physical confrontation turns into artistic rivalry and then ends with a vigorous hug amongst the warriors. This is the most artistic gesture of friendship, mutual aid and protection. Each lunch and then transfer to Kigali. This will end your tour.

Main Destination:

Kigali

Accommodation:

No accommodation (End of tour)

Meals & Drinks:

• Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)

• Drinks not included

Included

  • • Park fees (For non-residents)
  • • Gorilla permits (One per person, non-resident)
  • • Chimp permits (One per person, non-resident)
  • • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • • A professional driver/guide
  • • All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
  • • All Taxes/VAT
  • • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • • Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Excluded

  • • International flights (From/to home)
  • • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • • Some meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Single 1 room 2 people 1 room 3 people 2 rooms 4 people 2 rooms 5 people 3 rooms 6 people 3 rooms 7+ people
Jan 1, ’18 – Dec 31, ’18 $3,410 $2,730 $2,680 $2,490 $2,560 $2,390 Get Quote

  • Rates are per person and exclude the international flight from/to your home country.
  • Single travelers can join this group tour, but it requires a minimum of 2 people to run.
  • This tour must be paid in US Dollars (USD).

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Price From USD $ 4,000/person
4000
Total $ 4,000 USD