The 7 days Gorilla Chimpanzee & wildlife Rwanda with lake kivu is an extensive but relaxed safari that allows you to explore the national parks, recreational, cultural and historical sites of in detail. The safari takes you to akagera national park with views of lions, elephants, buffaloes, zebras, elands roan antelope, the masai giraffes, aquatics in its range of lakes like nile crocodiles and hippos. The cultural sites of butare including the ethnographic museum and the royal palace at Nyanza. The Nyungwe forest National Park with an opportunity to track chimpanzees and the adventure of the canopy walk before proceeding to relax at the beaches of lake kivu – gisenyi, gorilla trekking in volcanoes national park along with a visit to the twin lakes ruhondo and bulera.
Safari highlights for 7 days Gorilla Chimpanzee & wildlife Rwanda
Day one: Arrive in Rwanda (Kigali international Airport) and transfer to Akagera national park
Day two: undertake a game drive /wildgame viewing in the morning and lake Ihema boat cruise in the afternoon.
Day three: Drive to Nyungwe forest national park . tour the ethnographic museum and the king’s palace in Butare and nyanza respectively
Day four: undertake morning chimpanzee trekking and nyungwe canopy walk in the afternoon.
Day five:transfer to gisenyi(lake kivu) drive along the congo Nile divide trail.
Day six:transfer to volcanoes national park.Explore the twin lakes
Day seven ;undertake gorilla trekking and depart.
SAFARI IN DETAIL for 7 days Gorilla Chimpanzee & wildlife Rwanda
Accommodation ( click on a particular accommodation to view more details on it )
Day 1 : Transfer to Akagera National park
Arrive at the Rwanda’s Kigali International Airport where you will meet your safari guide who will welcome you, brief you about the destination Rwanda and the safari in particular after which you embark on the transfer to Akagera National Park 135 km around 2 1/2 hour drive passing through amazing countryside landscapes including the areas of rwamagana where you have chances of encountering the inyambo cows, you arrive in the park in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.
Upmarket/Luxury: ruzizi tented lodge
Midrange/standard: Akagera Game lodge
Budget/basic: dereva hotel
Day 2 : Game viewing and boat cruise on lake Ihema
After an early morning cup of coffee, embark on the thrilling game drive encounter in the savanna landscapes of the park. Game including elephants, elands, zebras, masai giraffes, lion, leopards are among some of the wild game you will encounter on the game drive which are present in the park. You retreat from the activity and drive back to the lodge for lunch and relaxation after which you connect to Lake Ihema for an afternoon boat cruise .lake Ihema is the second largest lake in Rwanda inhabited by Hippos and nile crocodiles and counts of birds. Thus the boat cruise on the lake presents a memorable encounter on this safari.
Upmarket/Luxury : Ruzizi Tented Lodge
Midrange/standard: Akagera Game Lodge
Budget/basic: dereva hotel
Day 3 : Drive to Nyungwe Forest / visit king’s palace in Butare
After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park in the south west of Rwanda 320km about 5 hours drive. You drive through impressive countryside landscapes of Rwanda before making a stop in butare to visit the ethnographic Museum with over 100,000 artcrafts detailing the history and heritage of Rwanda. From the ethnographic Museum, you proceed to visit the king’s palace at Nyanza where the two kings of Rwanda king Musinga and king Rudahigwa stayed. The palace features a traditional hut which depicts the exact design to time of the kingship and the inyambo cows with their beautiful long horned cows. Retreat from the activities and continue to nyungwe park for relaxation, dinner and overnight.
Upmarket/Luxury: Nyungwe Forest lodge
Midrange/standard: Nyungwe hill top view hotel
Budget/basic: gisakura guest house
Day 4 : Morning chimpanzee trekking and canopy walk
After breakfast, connect to the park headquarters for briefing at 8am local time before heading to the forest insearch of common chimpanzees. The forest of Nyungwe is considered as the montane forest in the region and is a rich habitat to 310 species of birds, over 75 mammal species, 13 species of primates of which common chimps are among along with counts of butterflies, impressive tree species and beautiful orchids. The chimp trekking takes between 2-5 hours inclusive of one hour direct encounter with the chimps as you see them fruit, roll themselves on tree branches, socialize, patrol. Retreat from the activity and connect to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. In the afternoon ,you connect to uwinka visitor center to embark on the afternoon canopy walk. The two hour walk on top of the forest canopy offers you impressive views of the forest and the species that thrive in it including primates and birds. Retreat from the activity and connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.
Upmarket/Luxury: Nyungwe Forest lodge
Midrange/standard: Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel
Budget/basic: Gisakura guest house
Day 5 : Transfer to lake kivu along the congo nile drive trail
After breakfast embark on the transfer to lake kivu 294 km about 7-8 hours drive driving along the congo Nile divide with magical sceneries of the water catchment area for these prominent rivers arising from the heart of Africa. The views of lake kivu and the resort towns cyangugu and kibuye before arriving in Gisenyi make the drive very rewarding. Relax on the shores of lake kivu before retiring for relaxation, dinner and overnight.
Upmarket/Luxury: lake kivu serena hotel
Midrange/ standard:Hotel gorillas lake kivu
Budget/ basic: hakuna matata lodge
Day 6 : Transfer to volcanoes National park –Optional activities
After a relaxed breakfast amidst the soothing breath from lake kivu, you embark on the transfer of volcanoes National Park 110km about 2 hours drive. Upon arrival you will transfer to the twin lakes of ruhondo and bulera and you explore the beauty of these lakes and how people in the area go about their fishing activities. Retreat from the activity and drive back to musanze to your hotel for relaxation, dinner and overnight.
Upmarket/Luxury: Mount Gorilla View Lodge
Midrange/standard: volcanoes gorilla hotel
Budget/basic: muhavura lodge
Day 7 : Optional Gorilla trekking and departure
Embark on the Gorilla trekking encounter after breakfast at your lodge by connecting to the park headquarters at kinigi to catch up with briefing by park officials at 8am and after enter into the jungle to search for the endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Requirements like firm trekking shoes, hut, insect repellant, bottled drinking water rain gear, packed lunch area must plus other tools that one may need once in the tropical rainforest. The gorilla trekking experience in volcanoes is beyond gorillas alone. The sights of the volcanic mountains that stretch from congo through Rwanda to Uganda, the verdant green vegetation that shelter their slopes, the counts of birds along with fauna like duikers and buffaloes combine to generate lasting safari memories. This activity normally takes 2 – 8 hours depending on the day’s gorilla movement. The one hour of direct encounter brings you closer to these ancient apes, look into their eyes, their gigantic structure that makes them more powerful of all the apes apes as you them feed and play. Retreat to the starting point to transfer to Kigali about 2-3 hours drive to catch up with your flight.
Safari inclusions for 7 days Gorilla Chimpanzee & wildlife Rwanda
- Chimp permit per person
- Canopy walk experience
- All meals and accommodations as per itinerary
- Park entry fees
- Fuel costs
- Bottled water while on safari
- Boat trip on lake ihema
- Wildlife viewing safari
- Transportation in either a 4*4 safari van or safari landcruiser with a pop up roof
- English / German speaking driver guide
- All government taxes
- All airport pickups and drops
- all activities as per itinerary
Safari exclusions for 7 days Gorilla Chimpanzee & wildlife Rwanda
- All international flights
- Phone calls and bar bills
- Personal insurance
- Laundry services
- Optional activities
- Tips while on safari