5 Days Volcanoes & Akagera safari

5 Days Volcanoes & Akagera safari: Take on a 5 days Rwanda safari in the Volcanoes national park for the mountain gorilla trekking experience and end the safari with a visit to the wildlife park of Rwanda; Akagera national park. You will also take on a boat trip on the Lake Ihema for a chance with the water life of the park and spot the bird life. 

5 Days Volcanoes & Akagera safari

This 5 day Rwanda safari package is available for booking throughout the year on any day of the week. This Rwanda tour starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda.

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Trip description

Day 1: Drive from Kigali to Volcanoes national park

Your driver guide will be waiting for communication from you once you are ready to start your safari. He will meet you at your hotel in Kigali, brief you on the expectations of the next few days and you will embark on the safari vehicle to start your safari. You will make your first stopovers at the Kimironko market for a chance to purchase local produce and also interact with the local people of Rwanda. You will also visit the Kigali Genocide memorial grounds as part of your Kigali city tour. 

You will have lunch in Kigali or Musanze and head out to Ruhengeri the home of the mountain gorillas to check into your hotel for the next few nights. Dinner will be served and you will spend your first night in Volcanoes national park.

Hotel options in Volcanoes national park

  • Hotel Muhabura for a budget option
  • Le Bambou gorilla lodge for midrange option
  • 5 Volcanoes gorilla lodge for the luxury option

Day 2: Mountain gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park

Get set for your big day in the Volcanoes national park. Right after an early breakfast, your driver guide will be ready to drive you to the park briefing point. You will attend the 20 to 30 minutes brief before the activity and hire porters if need be. Connect with your ranger guides to enter the forest searching for mountain gorillas. You will trek for about 2 to 4 hours depending on how far into the forest your gorilla family of the day may be that day.

When you meet the gorillas, you will spend one hour enjoying them at a 6 meters distance. Watch them go about their daily routine and see how close to humans they are. Exit the forest and head back to your hotel for a late lunch. 

Later in the evening, you will take on the Iby’iwachu cultural center visit for an experience of the Rwandan culture. Return to your hotel in Ruhengeri for dinner and another night stay.

Day 3: Transfer to Akagera national park via Kigali

Wake up to a heavy breakfast at your hotel ready to check out. After breakfast, you will gather your belongings and head out to connect to Akagera national park. The Akagera national park is a 5 hour drive from Volcanoes national park via Kigali. You will have an enroute visit to the Dian fossey fund museum and an enroute lunch.

Drive further to connect to arrive at the park headquarters in time before the gates close. You will check into your hotel and settle in as you wait for dinner to be served.

Hotel options in Akagera national park

  • Akagera Game Lodge for budget
  • Karenge bush camp for midrange
  • Rusizi tented camp for luxury

Day 4: Day Game drive and Lake Ihema boat trip

Wake up as early as 6 am to have breakfast right before you set out into the Akagera national park for your 4 hour day game. You will pick up a ranger guide and head out to search for the wild life of Akagera national park. You will come across a number of giraffes, rhinos, buffaloes and elephants along with the smaller animals like the kobs, waterbucks, bush duikers and warthogs.

After your game drive, you will connect back to your hotel for lunch and relax to regain your energy to continue the day. You will later in the afternoon after the sun has cooled go back to the park to Lake Ihema for a boat trip. 

This lake Ihema boat trip gives you an opportunity to see the water life of the park like the crocodiles, hippos and spot the bird life of Akagera national park. Akagera national park has been named one of the ideal places for a birding safari with a great number of different bird species. Return to your lodge for dinner and night stay as the night before.

Day 5: Transfer back to Kigali.

Wake up to a hot cup of tea and prepare to leave the Akagera national park headed back to Kigali. You may have a brief game drive as you exit the park headed to Kigali. You may take on the Kigali city tour on this day if you were not able to have it on the first day. You will advise on your preffered drop off location in Kigali.

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Trip quote to include:

  • Safari vehicle with fuel
  • English speaking driver guide
  • Accommodation
  • Meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Activities as described in the itinerary
  • Bottled water

Trip quote to exclude:

  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Optional activities
  • Personal needs like insurance, airtime, laundry, tips, alcohol

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