14 Days Discovering Rwanda with gorilla trekking and cultural tour

Spend two weeks in Rwanda on this 14 Days Discovering Rwanda safari that takes you to explore Rwanda’s Wildlife in Akagera National Park, a visit to the National Museum, a city tour and track mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park

Day by day 14 days Rwanda safari gorilla trekking and wildlife

Day 1: Arrial Kigali and Tranfer to Hotel

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport in Rwanda, you will be received by one of our tour guide who will transfer you to the hotel. Overnight stay in Kigali Hotel

Day 2: Kigali City Exploration

After your morning breakfast, start your historical-minded exploration of Kigali city with visits to landmarks from colonial, post-independence, genocide and post-genocide times i.e. Kigali Genocide memorial site where over 259,000 genocide victims were put to rest in mass graves, Kimironko Local Market, Belgian camp where they killed the 10 Belgian UN soldiers who were protecting the moderate prime minister before the start of genocide etc

Day 3: Experiencing Rwanda Life

In the morning after our breakfast, you will head to Muhanga to join the locals at their hillside, working, feasting, creating and laughing by participating in a day of life of artisans, imigongo (cow dung art experience), traditional cooking , Candle Dipping and Hive Making. After you will head to Butare and visit the Nyanza Loyal palace

Day 4: Visit the National Museum

After the morning breakfast, you will go to the National Museum, where you will discover the introduction to Rwanda’s kingdoms, discovery of colonial architecture. Get ready for lunch and in the afternoon enjoy traditional dancers from the museum, visit the Catholic Church in Butare

Day 5: Kigali to Nyungwe National Park

Early morning after your breakfast you will head to the Nyungwe National Park, with a lunch en-route. Once you reach the park have a walk on the canopy walk. After the walk, check – in to the hotel for relaxation around this impenetrable forest as you enjoy a fresh breathe. Dinner and overnight stay at Paradise Kivu (midrange lodge) or Paradise Marahide (Standard lodge) on Full Board. Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 6: Nyungwe National Park  for Chimpanzee trekking to Kibuye

Wake up in the morning, get ready today. This day is dedicated to trek Chimpanzee and after you will head to Kibuye along the Kivu Lake; you will have a fantastic view of the country of a thousand hills, check in at Bethanie hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Kivu to go visit Napoleon and Amahoro Island for short hikes that will result in discovering the rare Angola fruit bats, birds, the beauty and history of the island. . Dinner and overnight at Paradise Kivu (midrange lodge) or Paradise Marahide (Standard lodge) on Full Board. Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 7: Transfer to Gisenyi- Congo-Nile trail excursion.

Today you will discover the historical Congo-Nile trail en route to Gisenyi or Rubavu. You will explore the beauty and unique sites of the trail of which include experiencing coffee and tea tours, local livelihoods, fishing with local fishermen using traditional boats

Day 8: Community Projects in Gisenyi

It will be an educational revealing day with tours to women who live with HIV/AIDS, former prostitutes, widows of genocide, street kids etc

Day 9: Buhanga Eco Park- Red Rocks

This morning after tea, with your respective park rangers will take you to the Buhanga Eco Park. This has been a sacred forest where the Rwandese Kings performed initiation ceremonies; today it is a testimonial to past societies that conducted such rituals. There is an opportunity here to go on a trail walk through the park and see where these rituals took place. When you reach one of the ritual sites in the park,

you are always confronted with a small ditch that is surrounded by a flowery thicket and small lava stones. This is where the kings’ assistants, the Abiru, pick some herbs and add to spring water to make a ritual bath for the king’s coronation. In the afternoon, you will visit the red rocks for home stay

Day 9: Buhanga Eco Park- Red Rocks

This morning after tea, with your respective park rangers will take you to the Buhanga Eco Park. This has been a sacred forest where the Rwandese Kings performed initiation ceremonies; today it is a testimonial to past societies that conducted such rituals. There is an opportunity here to go on a trail walk through the park and see where these rituals took place.

When you reach one of the ritual sites in the park, you are always confronted with a small ditch that is surrounded by a flowery thicket and small lava stones. This is where the kings’ assistants, the Abiru, pick some herbs and add to spring water to make a ritual bath for the king’s coronation. In the afternoon, you will visit the red rocks for home stay

Day 10: Golden Monkey Trekking

Today after your warm early morning breakfast, you will be picked by our safari driver guide who will transfer you to the park headquarters for briefing and start off you day with golden monkey trekking and you will be able to see the rare and Albertine rift endemic golden monkeys. Just like the gorilla trekking experience, the same applies to golden monkey trekking though not so hectic like gorilla trekking.

In the afternoon, you will visit the twin lakes after having your lunch at the lodge. Dinner and overnight at Le Bamboo Gorilla Lodge (midrange lodge) or The Garden Palace Hotel (Standard lodge) on Full Board basis. Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 11: Transfer to the Akagera National Park

In the morning, after the breakfast, you will embark on a transfer to Akagera National Park. Arriving there you will relax at your hotel

Day 12: Game drive – Boat ride on Lake Ihema

Early in the morning after the breakfast we will we go for the game drive and in the afternoon have a boat ride on Lake Ihema that will reward you with views of a large number of hippos, huge Nile crocodiles and a variety of bird species

Day 13: Game drive in Akagera National Park

Early morning, after breakfast get ready to search for the big 5 plus the 12 species of antelopes found in Akagera National Park including the biggest antelopes such as the eland cape and roan antelopes; your favorite ungulate, the topi, some of the 525 bird species including 4 Albertine rift endemics, reptiles, amphibians, plants, magnificent landscapes, historical sites; a place with the highest concentration of birds per square kilometer in any national park of Africa and hundreds of hippos etc

Day 14: Transfer to Kigali for Departure

After a morning breakfast, embark on a transfer to Kigali from Akagera National Park, upon your arrival have lunch and in the afternoon have a city visit for souvenirs shopping depending on your time of departure

Safari inclusions

  • Airport transfers
  • All Accommodation and meals on Full Board.
  • 1-litre bottled mineral water per person
  • Transportation by a safari car vehicle
  • A professional English driver/guide
  • Park entrance fees
  • Game drive
  • Boat ride

Safari exclusions

Items of a personal nature i.e., laundry, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and soveniours