10 Days Drive Gorilla Safari – Akagera National NP, Nyungwe NP & Volcanoes NP
Day 1: Kigali
Upon arrival at Kigali international airport, you are met by a Great Lakes Safaris representative; you will then transfer to your hotel in Kigali to have a briefing on your safari. Overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel (Bed and Breakfast).
Day 2: Kigali – Akagera National Park (2.5 hrs)
Have breakfast at your hotel; Take up a city tour of Kigali, including a visit to the Genocide Memorial site, a grim reminder of a senseless massacre of innocent’s lives in 1994. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide; learn about other genocides globally and how this country has dealt with that past.
Tour more and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience. The history of Rwanda dates back centuries. Kigali has been a part of it for 100 years. Founded in 1907 as a German settlement, Kigali did not become the capital until Rwanda’s independence in 1962, when it replaced the colonial seat of power in Butare.
You will have lunch in Kigali; Then drive to Akagera National Park. Once you arrived, you will enjoy an afternoon game drive—dinner and overnight at Ruzizi Tented Lodge.
Day 3: Game drive– Boat ride
Today in the morning, depart to the park for a scenic game drive. The Akagera National Park is home to a variety of game, and it’s an exciting reserve in which to spend a few days and an exciting contrast to the more mountainous central and western parts of Rwanda. There are plenty of animals around, and the birdlife is quite exceptional.
Mammals include a healthy population of Elephant and Buffalo, lions, plus 11 species, including Impala, Common Duiker, Defassa Waterbuck, Bushbuck, Oribi, Tsessebe, Cape Eland and the rare Sable Antelope. Zebra and Giraffe still roam the more open acacia dotted plains.
In the afternoon, you will enjoy a boat ride on Lake Ihema, where you can catch sight of hippos and crocodiles. Dinner and overnight at Ruzizi Tented Lodge.
Day 4: Akagera National Park –– Volcanoes National Park
With a packed breakfast, early in the morning, drive to Volcanoes National park with a stopover in Kigali for lunch before continuing to Musanze. Upon arrival, check-in at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge.
Day 5: Volcanoes National Park – Gorilla Trekking
Early breakfast at your Lodge; 0630 hrs: transfer to the Volcanoes National Park HQs 0700 hrs: Registration, where the park staff determines which group of gorillas you will visit. The park staff discusses your fitness level and advises you of the trekking times and conditions to the various groups based upon their location in the park the previous evening. There are 80 gorilla permits available each day, with a maximum of eight trekkers visiting any one group.
Once the trekkers are put into groups, each group’s Lead Guide briefs the trekkers of the trekking procedures and the “do’s and don’ts” while in the presence of gorillas. After the briefing, trekkers return to their respective vehicles to drive up the mountain to the starting point. Porters may be hired for the trek to carry your backpack and gear. The cost, US$10 per person/per day. We advise that you utilize this service.
Please remember to bring your passport for registration, appropriate, waterproof hiking boots and a light raincoat. To protect from stinging nettles, we recommend long pants and long-sleeved tops. A pair of old gardening gloves can help grab onto the vegetation, while most hotels/lodges provide a walking stick that comes in very handy, especially when hiking downhill. A small waterproof backpack is an excellent idea to carry a light snack, bottled water as well as protection for your camera.
After the trek, join your driver-guide for a transfer back to your Lodge. You will enjoy a visit to iby’I wacu cultural village where ex-poachers were turned into eco-warriors in the afternoon—dinner and overnight at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge.
Day 6: More Gorillas – Volcanoes National Park
Have an early breakfast at your Lodge; 0630 hrs; Transfer to the Volcanoes National Park’s Office to undergo the now-familiar gorilla trekking formalities. Then enter the forest for the second trek, visiting a different family from yesterdays. After the trek, rejoin your driver Guide for a transfer back to your Lodge.
Later in the afternoon, you will visit the little known but compellingly beautiful twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo and have a cup of Rwandan coffee while admiring the scenic view. Dinner and overnight at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge.
Day 7: Volcanoes National Park – Gisenyi
Today after breakfast, you will drive to Gisenyi in western Rwanda on the shores of Lake Kivu. Lake Kivu one of a string of huge freshwater lakes which lie along Africa’s Great Rift Valley. Dominating the border between Rwanda and the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo), Lake Kivu is Rwanda’s largest lake and the sixth-largest lake in Africa. You will have lunch in Gisenyi. Dinner and overnight at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel.
Day 8: Gisenyi – Nyungwe National Park
Today you will have a town tour of Gisenyi, including a visit to the borders of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, BRALIRWA (the local brewery) and the hot spring. Water activities available (to be paid directly).
You will be transferred to Nyungwe National Park after lunch. Dinner and overnight at Nyungwe House Lodge.
Day 9: Nyungwe National Park
Early in the morning, hike into Nyungwe Forest, the natural habitats for a massive population of Chimps. Chimpanzees are great apes that are closely related to humans. Nyungwe Forest hosts these intelligent primates who are an endangered species.
You will go for the canopy walk in the afternoon, which offers a splendid view over the lush forest with its magnificent biodiversity. Complex wood trees dominate the upper canopy, while the lower part is beautified with a large selection of orchids, flora and fauna that flourish better in the higher altitudes—dinner and overnight at Nyungwe House Lodge.
Day 10: Volcanoes National Park – Kigali – Departure
Today you will enjoy the scenic drive back to Kigali; on your way, you will go through Butare, the second largest city of Rwanda and regarded as the intellectual city of Rwanda. It hosts the National Museum, several academic (Universities) and research institutions, visit Nyanza, the former Mwami’s palace (King’s palace), and the feudal monarchy’s seat.
You will also visit the Butare National Museum in Huye, one of the excellent set-up, if not the finest ethnographic museum of East Africa, a good source of information on the cultural history of Rwanda. You will have lunch in Butare, and afterwards, proceed to and proceed to the airport for your departure flight.
|Number of Pax||Peak season ( June, July, Aug, Sep, Oct, 16 Dec -05 Jan )||High season (06 Jan-31Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, 1st-15Dec)||Low season (April and May)|
|Travelling with 1 pax||US $ 15,928||US $ 14,168||US $ 12,098|
|Travelling with 2 pax||US $ 10,902||US $ 9,660||US $ 8,453|
|Travelling with 3 pax||US $ 10,143||US $ 8,901||US $ 7,682|
|Travelling with 4 pax||US $ 9,775||US $ 8,476||US $ 7,245|
|Travelling with 5 pax||US $ 9,522||US $ 8,280||US $ 7,015|
|Single Supplement||US $ 2,668||US $ 2,185||US $ 1,346|
|Primates Tracking Permits (to be added to the package)|
|Gorilla Permits||US $ 1,500||US $ 1,500||US $1,500|
|Chimp Permits||US $ 90||US $ 90||US $90|