8 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari

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This gorilla trekking and wildlife safari tour  gives you deep insight about the beauty of Rwanda at its fullness. You will be able to learn about Rwanda’s culture, experience Rwanda gorilla trekking and Wildlife Safari in  Akagera national park for wild game viewing, excellent bird watching and also visit the grave of the famed primatologist Dian Fossey.

Below is the proposed itinerary for this gorilla trekking and wildlife safari. The safari starts and ends in Kigali.

This 8 days Gorilla trekking safari helps you have a lifetime memorable experience while trekking the endangered Mountain gorilla trekking.

The trekking kicks off with a briefing about the activity at the Volcanoes National Park headquarters, you are then dropped at the trekking starting point guided by the park rangers and guides.

Once you find the mountain gorilla trekking, you will be allowed to spend only one hour with them watching them take care of the young ones, feeding them and combing their hair.

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Kigali International Airport

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Itinerary of 8 days gorilla trekking & wildlife safari

 

Day 1 : Arrival at Kigali.

This 8 Days Gorilla trekking and Wildlife Safari will start when you jet at Kigali international airport Kigali. You will be picked up by our ever on time driver and drive you straight to your hotel. Check in at Hotel des mille Collins [luxury] Iris guest house [budget] for dinner and overnight

 

Day 2 : Akagera National Park

You will be picked up by your driver and embark on a 2 hours’ drive journey to Akagera nat6ional park on the Tanzania border. Arrive and check in at Akagera game lodge, have lunch and then relax. In the afternoon go on the game drive and return in the late afternoon before sunset for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 3 : Game drive and Boat trip

Wake up so early for your breakfast and proceed for a morning game drive to catch up with the early risers and predators returning to their hideouts.

The game drive will reward you with chances to see a variety elephants, buffaloes, lions, Masai giraffe, gazelles, impala, baboons, orbit, topi, bush baby, leopard and bushbuck among others.

Return to the Lodge for late breakfast and relax as we wait for lunch. Later this afternoon we may enjoy a Boat ride on Lake Ihema, which will reward you with large number of hippos, huge Nile crocodiles and about 525 bird species. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

 

Day 4 : Transfer to Musanze

Wake up very early in the morning and drive back to Kigali and when there visit the genocide memorial, have lunch in Kigali and then afterwards proceed north to Ruhengeri in the northern Rwanda’s Musanze district.

This drive will take you through the undulating hills of Rwanda. Reach in the evening and check in at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge [luxury], Lap-lame Hotel [mid-range]or Kinigi Guest House[budget] for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 5 : Gorilla trekking.

As this tour is called Gorilla trekking and Wildlife Safari, on this day you will Rise up very early in the morning and have breakfast and thereafter proceed to volcanoes national park in Musanze district.

Head straight to the park offices for briefing about the gorilla trekking and allocation of gorilla groups and guides. Thereafter get into the tropical rain forest and search for the mountain gorilla trekking starting from where they were the previous day until you find them.

You will find them doing their daily chores of feeding their young ones, climbing trees and others just relaxing. Take your best photographs having switched off your flash.

This whole exercise takes a maximum of 1 hour and then return to the park offices for your gorilla trekking certificate. Drive back to the hotel for lunch and some relaxation.

Then in the evening visit the Diane Fossey center and see where she was buried after being killed by the hunters of mountain gorillas in the mist. From here drive back to the hotel for dinner and overnight. Meal plan here is F/B

 

Day 6 : Karisoke research center and City tour

Rise up so early in the morning and have your breakfast. Together with packed lunch go on a cultural and historic tour beginning with the Dian Fossey grave situated at Karisoke research center where she spent over twenty years studying about mountain gorillas until she was killed by the poachers.

On the way to and from Karisoke, through the volcanic peaks of Karisimbi and Bisoke, you will encounter a lot of wildlife, on this day we will also do Musanze city tour so as to learn more about the city of Musanze. This trek will consume a whole day and then return in the evening to your hotel for lunch and dinner.

 

Day 7 : Second gorilla trekking.

Have your early morning breakfast and assemble again at the park head offices. You can visit a different Gorilla group or go back for the previous group.

Relax in the afternoon as we wait for Cocktails, have dinner with Veterinarians from the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, and acknowledge us about ongoing efforts to protect the Mountain Gorillas

 

Day 8 : Departure

Have a nice relaxed final morning, where we can just soak in the ambiance of the place, reflect back upon the adventures of our past week, and pack. Depending on our flight schedules we may have lunch at the Lodge and then depart for Kigali for your return flight and that marks the end of TRIP of 8 days Gorilla trekking and Wildlife safari

FAQ

The food may not be sophisticated but benefits from the inclusion of fresh fruit and vegetables. You will find a largely vegetarian diet, although meat is available. The cuisine is largely based around beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, bananas, and rice.

 

Any time of year is a good time to travel in Rwanda. Rwanda is known as eternal spring. It maintains a relatively even temperature of about 76.3°F – 82°F/ 24.6°C – 27.6 °C. The hottest time of year is August through September. Evenings are often cool and refreshing and a sweater is suggested. There are two rainy seasons, March through May and October through December. The rainy season shows itself typically with a daily downpour mixed with sunshine. The annual rainfall averages 31.5 in/ 80 cm.

 

Applied cancellation fees differ between packages (including accommodation and/or car rental) and day tours.

Cancellation of packages

For cancellations received up to 30 calendar days before the scheduled departure, a 20% cancellation fee will be charged.

For cancellations received 15 -29 calendar days before the scheduled departure date a 60% cancellation fee will be charged.

For cancellations received 7 -14 calendar days before the scheduled departure date a 80% cancellation fee will be charged.

For cancellations received within 7 calendar days before the scheduled departure date a 100% cancellation fee will be charged

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