Day 1: Welcome to Rwanda
Your driver/guide shall be at Kigali Airport to pick you up from your flight.
Depending on your arrival time you may be able to visit some of Kigali’s craft markets to browse amongst the pottery, carvings, batik, weaving, sculpture, musical instruments, leather and fabrics on offer. Prepare to use your haggling skills! All activities and purchases today are at your own cost.
Day 2: Game drive in Akagera N.P or Boat ride.
After a relaxed breakfast, you head to Akagera National Park.
Akagera National Park covers 2500 km² of savannah west of the Kagera River, in the north-east of Rwanda. The park has a variety of wildlife and is a habitat for over 500 different species of birds. Herds of elephant and buffalo emerge from the woodland to drink at the lakes, while you might stumble across a leopard, a spotted hyena or even a lion. Giraffe and zebra haunt the savannah, and more than a dozen types of antelope inhabit the park.
You will have lunch (exclusive) and in the afternoon you will go for a short game drive in the national park or a boat ride on the Akagera River to spot the many waterbirds like Cormorans, Fish eagles and kingfishers.
Day 3: Game drive and back to Kigali
This morning you go for a long game drive towards the nothern part of the national park which is more open for game viewing.
You shall then head back to Kigali where you shall visit the Genocide Memorial in the city centre to learn more about this tragedy if time allows.
Day 4: Travel to Nyungwe Forest
Today, you will set off towards the famous Nyungwe Forest, one of the largest forests in East and Central Africa. The forest is abundant with flora and fauna including 13 primate species from colobus monkeys, mangabeys, blue monkeys and, of course, our cousins the chimpanzees. Nyungwe Forest is also a famous location for birders. With about 310 recorded bird species, 26 of which are endemic, this is one of the most important – and still little known – bird-watching destinations in Africa.
In the way you will have lunch in Butare (Huye).
Day 5: Chimpanzee Tracking
After a very early morning start, you shall proceed to the chimpanzee tracking trail in either the Cyamudongo or Uwinka sections. The total population between the two groups is a healthy 80 individuals. This exciting up-close encounter with human’s closest relative you will not soon forget.
After the chimp tracking you can relax at the lodge or choose an optional activity that you can discuss with your guide.
Day 6: Waterfall hike or Canopy walk
Optional activity Canopy walk:
You can choose to go for East Africa’s only canopy walk. This walk takes place above a deep gorge cutting across the massive forest. Lasting about 1½ hours, the walk takes you through some beautiful foliage and animal habitats and you’ll have the chance to spot blue monkeys and unique birds that dwell in the upper levels of the forest canopy.
In the afternoon, you will do the exciting waterfall hike to explore the beautiful nature of Nyungwe forest.
In the afternoon you will go for the Waterfall hike. This hike takes between 3 and 6 hours round trip, depending upon how frequently you stop to sightsee and whether you choose to drive a little further or walk from the RDB offices. The first part of the trail is basically following the road to the vehicle park and before delving into the forest.
You will have to cross various streams before making a steep descent to the base of the small, refreshing waterfall. Monkeys are frequently seen along the way and the steep slopes provide excellent views into the canopy.
After the trail, you return back to your hotel.
Day 7: To Kibuye on Lake Kivu
After a relaxed breakfast you will travel to Kibuye on the eastern shores of Lake Kivu. Time allowing, you can visit the Ndaba Falls or take a walk around Kibuye town. In the afternoon you can you can rent a boat and visit a few islands. All activities today are at your own cost.
Day 8: To Volcanoes N.P.
Today you shall drive northeast to the town of Musanze close to the Volcanoes N.P. This beautiful area represents the gateway to the gorilla tracking.
Day 9: Gorilla Tracking
Early morning you will be briefed by the park guide at the park headquarters about the tracking guidelines, and then set out with other trekkers led by an experienced guide into the forest as you look for them. On finding the mountain gorillas, you will spend at most an hour observing at taking photos of them. Afterwards return to your lodge and relax. Later on in the evening, you there will be an optional cultural walk to the adjacent village community where you will be amazingly entertained by the local people, or take a nature walk to the caves or ruhondo and burera twin lakes nearby.
Note: Wild African Safaris purchases the permits in advance but is unable to reserve a specific gorilla group as it is for the head-ranger to decide this in the morning.
Day 10: Departure
Today after a relaxed breakfast you will be transferred to the park headquarters for golden monkey trekking which a short hike there after your driver/guide will transfer you back to Kigali in time to catch your flight back home. Sadly, this is where you say goodbye to Rwanda.
Note: This is only possible when your flight departs from Kigali at 3 p.m. or later. If you need another night in Kigali, we will be happy to make a booking for you.