5 Day Rwanda Safari, to see gorillas & Chimps or other wildlife
The 5 day Rwanda safari takes you to Volcanoes National Park for gorilla trekking and Nyungwe National Park for Chimps and other primates tracking as well as Canopy walk. However, we can substitute Nyungwe forest with Akagera National Park for wildlife viewing and boat ride on Lake Ihema. The choice is yours between Nyungwe forest and Akegara National park. If you want all the 3 parks, then you need 7 days tour package. Accommodation options in Volcanoes National Park include Sabyinyo Silverback lodge, Virunga Lodge, Gorillas Nest Lodge, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge, Hotel La palme, Gorillas hotel, Kinigi Guest house, Villa Gorilla and Hotel Muhabura.
Nyungwe Forest currently has Nyungwe Forest Lodge, Nyungwe Hill top View hotel, Gisakura Guest House and Peace Guest House. Akagera National Park has Akagera Game Lodge, Akagera safari lodge and Ruzizi Tented Camp. Below is he detailed day by day itinerary;
Day 1: Kigali City Tour, Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
Pick up from your hotel in Kigali after breakfast, or from the airport on arrival and start with a visit to Gisozi genocide memorial museum in Kigali. Later hit the road to Volcanoes national park, a home to mountain gorillas in Rwanda, located 100 minutes drive from Kigali. Dinner and overnight in any lodge of your choice above.
Day 2: Day for Gorilla trekking Adventure
Wake up early for heavy breakfast at the your hotel / lodge, followed by transfer to the Park headquarters at Kinigi for a briefing from the park officials. You will be allocated to a gorilla group. If you have special interest in a certain gorilla group, you can ask for it through your driver / tour guide. Rwanda currently has about 10 gorilla families that include Hirwa, Sabyinyo, Karisimbi, Ugenda, Susa, Umubano, Group 13 and Amahoro among others. Some gorilla groups are far, and others are close. depending on your level of fitness, you have both choices, but generally you must be physically fit because the trek is quiet strenuous. It can take 2 – 7 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas in the forest. You will be guided by park guides and wardens with guns just in case of any wild animals like forest buffaloes and Elephants among others. Time allowed to stay with gorillas is one hour maximum, enjoy them playing, feeding and young ones swinging on trees. Never forget to carry enough packed water and snacks. Later descend to your lodge for late lunch, take an evening community walk and interact with local people, or relax at your lodge as you wait for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Transfer to Nyungwe National Park
Breakfast and connect to Nyungwe National Park, a home to 13 primate species that include chimpanzees, golden monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, baboons, Mangabeys and Blue monkeys among others. Dinner and overnigth at Nyungwe forest lodge or Gisakura guest house.
Day 4: Chimpanzee Tracking and Canopy walk
Have a cup of tea/ coffee, transfer to the briefing point for dos and don’ts while with the chimpanzees. The trek takes between 1 hour to 6 hours depending on how chimps move in the forest. Also expect to encounter, other primates like the Rwenzori colobus, L’Hoest’s monkey, Owl faced monkey and the Grey cheeked Mangabey among others. Thereafter, return to your lodge for relaxation as you prepare for the canopy walk or Colobus monkey tracking in the afternoon. See a variety of birds while on an adventurous canopy walk. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.
Day 5: Reserved for departure
Breakfast and hit the road back to Kigali. This is a 5 hours journey, with en-route visit to Murambi Genocie memorial museum, Rwanda National Museum in Butare (Huye) and Nyanza King’s palace, arrive in Kigali city by late afternoon or early evening, check into your hotel of your choice, or transfer to the airport for your scheduled departure flight.