6 Days Rwanda Wildlife & Gorilla Safari

Top Destinations/Parks to Visit:

  • Kigali CityDo your ultimate shopping and trip preparation
  • Akagera National ParkHome of Rwanda Wildlife Species & Experience
  • Volcanoes National ParkWhere the massive gentles gorilla giants inhabit.

Activities to do on this Safari:

  • Mountain Gorilla Trekking
  • Chimpanzee & Golden Monkey Tracking
  • Akagera Wildlife Game Drive

This 6 days Rwanda wildlife and gorilla safari will give the two ultimate safari experiences i.e. game drives in Akagera national park and gorilla trekking in volcanoes national park. The Akagera national park is one of the prime national parks, the only Savannah park in Rwanda hosting a number of big mammals with the most sought after being Lions, Buffaloes, Giraffes, Zebras and Hippos which will provide for great photographic moments. After this experience, you will proceed to the volcanoes national park for an unforgettable encounter with the mountain gorillas on a gorilla trekking experience.

Highlights

  • Kigali city tour
  • Game drive in Akagera national park
  • Optional – Boat trip on Lake Ihema
  • Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park
  • Iby’Iwacu cultural Village

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1: Arrival for the 6 days Rwanda Wildlife and Gorilla Safari
  • Day 2: Kigali City Tour
  • Day 3: Wildlife Game Drive in Akagera
  • Day 4: Transfer From Akagera to Volcanoes National Park
  • Day 5: Rwanda Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park
  • Day 6: End of the 6 Day Wildlife & Gorilla Safari

Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival for the 6 days Rwanda Wildlife and Gorilla Safari

Today you start the amazing experience touring Rwanda on this 6 days Rwanda wildlife and gorilla safari. Extreme Safaris Uganda driver guide will pick you up from your hotel or at the Kigali international airport on your arrival.

Accommodation

  • Up market – Kigali Radisson Blu, Mid-range – Hotel Villa Portofino, Budget – Quiet haven Lodge

Day 2: Kigali city tour

After a breakfast, we explore Kigali on the Kigali city tour visiting key areas like Genocide Memorial, craft centers, Kandt National Museum etc. You can choose which sites to visit because in the afternoon we journey to Akagera national park after having lunch in the city.

Akagera National Park is located in eastern Rwanda, our journey will be about 2 hours arriving late afternoon continuing to the lodge for check-in. You can have short stopovers en route to Akagera park for photo moments of the beautiful landscape and people.

Journey time – 2 hours, Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner,

Accommodation: Up market – Ruzizi tented camp, Mid-range – Akagera game lodge

Day 3: Exploring wildlife in Akagera national park

We arise early and leave right after breakfast to explore Akagera national park in search of the big mammals like Elephants, Giraffes, Buffaloes, several Antelope species and recently the re-introduced Lions. Most of the gamed drives happen in the northern part of the park where we will spend the better part of the day and return to the lodge later that afternoon. Akagera national park is is the biggest in Rwanda with beautiful scenery and landscape. It has varied habitats for wildlife and a birders haven with over 500 species in the park. There are also opportunities to explore the park on foot together with a ranger by taking a nature walk, this can be incorporated on request especially in the afternoon. You also have opportunities of a boat safari on Lake Ihema to watch Hippos and crocodiles in the water or by the shores. Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Transfer from Akagera national park to Volcanoes national park

After breakfast, we relieve the great wildlife safari experience in Akagera national park before transferring to the volcanoes national park where the massive gentles giants inhabit. It is a natural habitat for the mountain gorillas providing the perfect environment and food for the gorillas. Volcanoes national park is located in northern Rwanda about 2 hours from Kigali in Kinigi, Musanze. The drive from Akagera national park to Musanze will be through Kigali city, enjoy several villages with great landscape views. You can ask the drive to stop for picture moments at different view points. You will see the endless hills and understand why indeed Rwanda is referred to as ‘the land of a thousand hills’. We will arrive to the lodge later that evening ready for the gorilla hike the next day.

Journey time – 4 hours, Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Accommodation: Up market – Mt Gorilla view Lodge, Mid-range – Le Bambou gorilla lodge, Budget – Garden palace

Day 5: Rwanda Gorilla trekking safari

After a good restful night, your whole agenda today is tied to meeting the mountain gorillas in the lush and dense jungles of the Virunga ranges – precisely the volcanoes national park. Your driver guide will transfer you to the briefing place right after your early breakfast to listen from the ranger guide on how to behave while in the park and divide you into the different gorilla groups. In the meantime as you wait for the briefing enjoy the Rwandan cultural dances and the freshly brewed Rwandan coffee. After a briefing from at the visitors Center – you embark on the trek that will eventually bring you to the gorillas in their natural habitat. The trek can last from an hour to several hours depending on where the gorillas nested the previous night – you need to be relatively fit to enjoy this experience.

Depending on the time the gorilla tracking lasts, you have an opportunity to visit the Iby’iwacu cultural village for a taste of the Rwandan culture. Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: End of your 6 days Rwanda Wildlife and Gorilla Safari

We hope that you have had a fantastic time exploring the wildlife and culture of Rwanda and will look back at these memories with smile. This is the last day of your safari, after a lazy morning we start journey to Kigali for your return flight or hotel. If your flight in later in the night you can add an optional activity like golden monkey trekking, hike one of the virungas, visit Dian Fossey’s tomb and learn more about her conservation work.

End of your 6 days Rwanda Wildlife and Gorilla Safari

Included

  • UWA Gorilla Trekking Permit – $600
  • Ground transport per 4WD
  • Bottled water
  • Full board accommodation
  • Park entrance fees
  • Game drive
  • Boat trips
  • Service of an English-speaking driver guide
  • All mentioned activities except for the optional ones

Not Included

  • Extras at the accommodation i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
  • Tips to porters and driver/ guide
  • Insurance

Tour Highlights

  • Gorilla Home Volcanoes National Park
  • Gorilla Trekking Adventure
  • Savannah Wildlife Game Drive
  • Kigali City Tour

Best Time to Visit

The best wildlife viewing months in Uganda and Rwanda are during the Dry seasons from June to August and December to February. Primate walks in the forest are a big part of any safari in Rwanda. The habitat of rainforests is, by default, very wet, and one can’t avoid rain completely.

How to Obtain Tourist Entry Visa

The most easier way of getting a visa to Uganda is by purchasing it at the entry point, Entebbe Airport or any border station. This is very possible for tourists. All you need to do is pay USD 50, fill in the application form with passport dates and information. The visa fee of USD 50 usually runs for 90 days.