Rwanda Wildlife Safari

The 10-Day Rwanda Wildlife Safari takes you to the ‘land of a thousand hills’.

Rwanda is blessed with extraordinary biodiversity, offering stunning scenery and unique experiences with incredible wildlife, living throughout its volcanoes, montane rainforest, sweeping plains, rolling savannah, lakes and wetlands. Home to four fantastic National parks, Rwanda is definitely one of the most remarkable countries in the world and a top safari destination.

Starts in Kigali Ends in KigaliDuration: 10 DaysBook this safari as a private guided safari

Top Attractions

Volcanoes National Park: Home to the endangered Mountain Gorillas where troops of at least one silverback with several females and youngsters
stay in the intimate rainforest surrounded by 200 species of colorful birds, including Albertine Rift Endemics, and the chattering of the rare Golden Monkey.

Nyungwe National Park: One of the oldest rainforests in Africa, with the Afromontane forests, bamboo-covered slopes, grasslands and wetlands.
The park also supports 13 different primates, 1068 plant species and 322 birds including 29 of the Albertine Rift Endemics.

Akagera National Park: The diverse habitats of savannah, woodland, wetland and a dozen lakes is home to the Big Five, Roan Antelope, Zebra, Giraffe, and Topi.
The park has an incredible 490 bird species including the rare Red-faced Barbet and Ruhuaha Chat.

Gishwati Mukura National Park: Consisting of two forests, the larger Gishwati and at Gishwati and 163 at Mukura, among them Albertine Rift Endemic species and forest specialists.

Lake Kivu: A beautiful, tranquil birding hotspot, supporting huge numbers of White-breasted Cormorants and Pied Kingfishers. A highlight is seeing Osprey fishing during its migration.

The Kigali Genocide Memorial at Gisozi (Kigali) is where 250,000 victims have been buried. There are seven galleries display historical, ethnographic, artistic and archaeological artefacts accompanied by visual aids, giving visitors a rich insight into the Rwandan culture.

You can also visit the famous Ethnographic Museum in Huye/Butare which houses one of Africa’s finest ethnographic collections.


Highlights:

• Trekking endangered Mountain Gorillas
• Chimpanzees
Trekking Golden Monkeys
• Game drives in Savannah Park
Waterfall & Nature Walks
• Birds in the dry savannah, moist savanna and arable land
• Cultural village, Museum and Genocide Memorial

Summary:

Day 1Arrival in Kigali
Day 2Kigali Genocide Memorial / Nyungwe National Park
Day 3Trekking Chimpanzees & Tea Estate visit
Day 4Ndambarare waterfall / onwards to Kibuye
Day 5Boat trip on Lake Kivu / Musanze
Day 6Trekking Golden Monkey / Cultural entertainment
Day 7Trekking Mountain Gorilla / Kigali
Day 8Akagera National Park
Day 9Game drive to north Akagera National Park
Day 10Kigali and departure

Day to Day Itinerary

DAY 1:
Arrival 
– Upon your arrival in the capital city, you will be welcomed by our driver guide and taken to the Chez Lando Hotel. After checking in, you will have dinner and retire to your room for a good night’s rest.

DAY 2:
Kigali Genocide Memorial and transfer to Nyungwe National Park
 – After breakfast, we have a morning tour of Kigali, to explore its development after the 1994 Rwandan genocide. This bustling city is widely considered one of Africa’s most attractive capitals, and you will soon see why! Our tour continues at the Kigali Genocide Memorial where we learn of the events of this infamous event.  After lunch we proceed to Nyungwe National Park.

DAY 3:
Trekking Chimpanzees and Tea Estate visit
 – Trekking Chimpanzees starts early, around 5am. We leave the lodge with our packed breakfast to enjoy before we start walking towards the Chimps group. Trekking can go until 12pm before we drive back to the lodge for our lunch break.

Apart from the wonderful chimps, also look out for some of the other 86 mammal species recorded in the park. Birds include Great Blue Turaco, Regal Sunbird, Bar-tailed Trogon and a host of Albertine Rift endemics. This afternoon we will visit a local tea estate (Gisakura Tea Factory), we return to our lodge for dinner.

DAY 4:
Ndambarare waterfall and onwards to Kibuye
  – This morning after breakfast we will take a walk to view the Ndambarare Waterfall. This waterfall is over 15m tall and is worth the trip. We will have lunch back at the lodge and then head off to Kibuye where we will be staying on the banks of Lake Kivu.

DAY 5:
Boat trip on Lake Kivu and onwards to Musanze
 – After breakfast we will do a 2-hour boat tour of Lake Kivu. Lake Kivu is the largest of the many freshwater lakes that shimmer in the valleys of Rwanda.

We will have lunch back at the resort and then make our way to the tourist area of Musanze, a “town of Mountain Gorillas and Golden Monkeys”, considered the gateway to Volcanoes National Park.

On the way, we can see some bird species like Yellow-billed Kite, Hooded Vulture, Sacred Ibis, Northern Grey-headed Sparrow, Angola Swallow and more..

DAY 6:
Trekking Golden Monkey and afternoon cultural entertainment
 – After breakfast, we drive to Volcanoes National Park headquarters in Kinigi, we report at the office at 7am. After being briefed on the tracking of Golden Monkeys we drive to the foothills of Sabyinyo Volcano, at Kabatwa Hill, which gives the name of this group of rare and beautiful Golden Monkey.

The monkeys are easily found where they are swinging from the bamboo trees in the forest while others are collecting the remaining Irish potatoes in the harvested farms. We will stay about an hour taking pictures, learning the family behaviours and ecology of these wonderful primates.

Colourful and interesting birds to look out for during our time in Volcanoes include Baglafecht Weaver, Black-crowned Waxbill, Handsome Spurfowl, Rwenzori Double-collared Sunbird and Rwenzori Turaco.

The trekking ends between 11am and 12am then we will drive back to our lodge for lunch. In the afternoon we can visit the Gorilla Guardian Culture Village to learn more about Rwanda culture with the former poachers. We will learn about tools used in hunting, traditional medicine, traditional wedding ceremonies and much more. Dinner will be enjoyed at our lodge.

DAY 7:
Trekking Mountain Gorilla and onwards to Kigali
 – The unique opportunity to see Mountain Gorillas Gorilla beringei beringei in their natural habitat in Volcanoes is unforgettable, some even say life changing!

Encounters with Mountain Gorillas as they go about their daily lives are carefully managed, with expert trackers and guides leading small groups of tourists up bamboo-covered slopes to spend a precious and awe-inspiring hour just a few feet away from these gentle creatures. There are twelve gorilla families living in the Volcanoes National Park, which are fully habituated, with a few others habituated solely for scientific research. The groups, or troops, consist of at least one silverback along with several females and youngsters.

After breakfast, we drive to Volcanoes National Park headquarters in Kinigi at 7am, and we are then allocated a family group according to fitness levels, as well as being briefed on protocols and rules for visiting the gorillas.

After trekking, which can go until lunch time, we drive on to Musanze for lunch and then make our way to Kigali.

DAY 8:
Akagera National Park
 – We will be up early and make our way to Akagera National Park, Rwanda’s only savannah reserve.

We will leave the lodge at 06h00am and be on a game drive by 09h00am.

We hope to see animals like Topi, Waterbuck, Bushbuck, Plains Zebra, Impala, Masai Giraffe, etc. We can also some birds like Red-chested Cuckoo, Common Scimitarbill, Green Wood Hoopoe, African Grey Hornbill, Grey Kestrel, Sooty Chat, Meyer’s Parrot, Black-headed Gonolek, Chinspot Batis, Grey-Backed Fiscal and Crested Barbet.

We will have lunch at the lodge time and go on an afternoon game drive.

DAY 9:
Game drive towards the north of Akagera National Park
 – After breakfast we will make our way to the north of the park. We will stop for lunch at one of the picnic areas, seeing an abundance of wildlife and birds on our way to our final overnight accommodation.

DAY 10:
Morning game drive and transfer to Kigali
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We enjoy a morning game drive viewing animals like African Elephant, African Buffalo, Lions, etc. Our lunch is at Mihindi picnic area. Later in the afternoon we proceed to Kigali where our Rwanda adventure comes to an end

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