7 Days Best of Rwanda Safari
7 Days Best of Rwanda Safari: Book this 7 day Best of Rwanda safari tour visiting the 3 major national parks of Rwanda. Take on a mountain gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes national park, connect to the Nyungwe forest national park for a chimpanzee trek and a canopy walk experience and conclude the safari with a game drive in Akagera national park and a boat trip on Lake Ihema.
You will have some cultural visits to the Iby’iwachu cultural center and a brief stopover at the Butare museum, King’s palace, Kigali Genocide memorial grounds and the Kimironko market for souvenirs.
You can book this safari any day of the week throughout the year.
Trip highlights of the 7 Days Best of Rwanda Safari
- Day 1: Hotel transfer to Ruhengeri
- Day 2: Mountain gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park Rwanda
- Day 3: Connect to Nyungwe forest national park
- Day 4: Morning chimpanzee trekking and afternoon canopy walk in Nyungwe forest national park
- Day 5: Connect to Akagera national park with enroute museum visits
- Day 6: Morning game drive and afternoon boat trip on Lake Ihema
- Day 7: Morning game drive and drive back to Kigali.
Day 1: Hotel transfer to Volcanoes national park – Ruhengeri
In the morning, your driver guide will be waiting for you to get ready for your Rwanda safari. He will meet you at the agreed pick up point in Kigali, exchange pleasantries and receive a briefing on what to expect the next few days. You will get your bags and set out for your first point of visit; the Kigali Genocide Memorial Grounds for a brief history of the 1994 political events of Rwanda and connect to the Kimironko market for a chance to interact with the local people of Rwanda.
Have lunch and set out for Ruhengeri. You will drive about 2 hours and reach Musanze to connect to your hotel to check in and settle in for the night.
Hotel options in Volcanoes national park
- Hotel Muhabura for budget option
- Le Bambou gorilla lodge for midrange option
- 5 Volcanoes gorilla lodge for luxury option
Day 2: Mountain gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park Rwanda
By 6 am, you will be expected to be up and ready for your breakfast at the hotel and after head out to the Volcanoes national park for the morning brief before the mountain gorilla trekking experience. Your driver guide will drive you the point, you will attend the 20 to 30 minute brief on what to expect and code of conduct while in the forest and you will get assigned a mountain gorilla family for the day. After when you are ready, you will follow your ranger guides into the forest in search of the mountain gorillas. This trek lasts about 2 to 4 hours all depending on how far into the forest the mountain gorillas will be.
Upon meeting the gorilla family of the day, you will enjoy your magical one hour at a 6 meters distance. Watch them go about their day and see how they relate, take non flash photos and after exit the forest headed back to your accommodation for lunch. You may spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Dinner will be served and you will head back to your rooms to spend another night in Volcanoes national park.
Day 3: Connect to Nyungwe forest national park
By 8 am, you will be expected to be having breakfast and well packed up ready to leave Gisenyi. You may have a last glimpse at the lake and continue driving further to Nyungwe forest national park. This is a 5 to 6 hour road transfer from Gisenyi to Nyungwe forest.
You will have an enroute lunch and arrive at your hotel in Nyungwe in the afternoon hours. Check in and settle in as you await dinner to be served.
Hotel options in Nyungwe forest national park
- Gisakura visitor center for budget option
- Nyungwe top hill view lodge for midrange option
- One and only Nyungwe house for luxury option
Get up so early to catch these early risers. By 5 am, your driver guide will be expected to have dropped you at the Uwinka visitor center where you will attend the morning brief from the Nyungwe forest park rangers and join the team headed on to the trail for chimpanzee trekking. You will hear the chimpanzee sounds right from the beginning of trail up to when you catch a glimpse of these playful creatures and this trek will take about 4 hours.
Return to your hotel for a late breakfast and relax to regain some energy. Lunch will be served and your driver guide will transfer you to the park reception to check in for your canopy walk experience in Rwanda. The canopy walk in Nyungwe forest is a 160 meters long canopy and 70 meters high suspended bridge giving you a view of the forest from the bird’s view. Return to the hotel before it gets dark for dinner and second night in Nyungwe forest.
Day 5: Connect to Akagera national park with enroute museum visits
Wake up early to complete this long transfer from Nyungwe forest to Akagera national park. Have breakfast and pack your bags and check out of your hotel. You start your 6 to 7 hour road transfer with enroute visits of the Butare Museum and the King’s Palace. You will also have an enroute lunch and continue further to Akagera national park via Kigali.
You will arrive at the park before the gates close and drive to your hotel to check in, have dinner and spend your first night in Akagera national park.
Hotel options in Akagera national park
- Akagera game lodge for budget option
- Karenge bush camp for midrange option
- Rusizi tented camp for luxury option
Day 6: Morning game drive and afternoon boat trip on Lake Ihema
Get up for a tasty breakfast at your hotel and connect with your driver guide for your wildlife tour of this safari. Drive to the park reception and pick up a park guide/ security and head out to explore vast lands of Akagera where you will meet the game of the park like the giraffes, elephants, rhinos, lions and the smaller animals like the bush duikers, impalas, warthogs.
Return to the hotel for lunch and after the sun has calmed down, you will drive for your Lake Ihema boat trip to view the water animals like the crocodiles, hippos and the number of bird life of Akagera. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay in Akagera national park.
Day 7: Morning game drive and drive back to Kigali.
Right after breakfast, you will gather your belongings, check out of your hotel and connect with your driver guide who will be waiting to drive you back to Kigali for drop off. You may have a brief game drive in the park as you exit and drive 2 hours back to Kigali. If the Kigali city tour was not possible on the first day then, this would be the best time to do it and be dropped off at the agreed drop off time and location.
End of the 7 Days Best of Rwanda Safari
Trip quote to include:
- Full-time safari vehicle with fuel
- English/ French speaking driver-guide
- Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- Activities as outlined in the itinerary
- Park entrance fees
- Bottled water
Trip quote to exclude:
- Flight fares
- Visa fees
- Optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal needs like laundry, phone service, insurance, medicine, alcoholic beverages e.t.c