Gorilla Safari Rwanda
About the 11 day Gorilla Safari Rwanda
This is an 11 day gorilla safari Rwanda that has you trek the gorillas. The gorilla safari Rwanda is an African gorilla safari in Rwanda. You will enjoy the best of gorilla and wildlife safari on this Rwanda gorilla safari.
This 11 day gorilla safari Rwanda goes to Akagera National Park. This is home to big game in Rwanda. Expect to see the elephants, lions, hyenas and warthog among other animals. The gorilla safari Rwanda then visits Volcanoes National Park. Here you will trek the famous Rwanda mountain gorillas.
Dian Fossey spent some twenty years studying the Mountain Gorillas. The unique Golden monkey trekking experience is unmatched. You will finalize your gorilla safari Rwanda with a tour to Nyungwe. This is home to the Chimpanzees. Trekking these creatures is quite an experience.
11 Day Gorilla Safari Rwanda Highlights
- Rwanda Gorilla trek
- Kigali City Tour
- Rwanda Golden Monkey Tracking
- Rwanda Chimpanzee trekking
- Dian Fossey Tour
- Big Five safari and game drive
- Genocide Memorial park tour
- Bird Watching
- Forest Walk
- Nature Walk
11 Day Gorilla Safari Rwanda Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival Kigali Airport
You will be met on arrival at the Kigali International Airport. After the immigration formalities, enjoy a transfer into Kigali City. You will be checked in at your Kigali hotel for the night. It is here that our Rwanda safari rep will brief you on the 11 day gorilla safari Rwanda. You will have your overnight at Gorilla Hotel in Kigali.
Day 2: Kigali – Akagera National Park
Start your 11 Day gorilla safari Rwanda with a no rush breakfast. This will be at 0730hrs at your hotel in Kigali. This will be followed by departure from Kigali. The drive takes you to Akagera National Park.
Your arrival will be in time for lunch. Relaxation in the afternoon will help you prepare for the next events. You will embark on an afternoon game drive within the park. Be on the lookout for Giraffes, Buffaloes, and Spotted Hyenas.
There are also Elephants, Crocodiles, Hippos and plenty of bird life. Your dinner and overnight will be at Akagera Game Lodge.
Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park is one of Africa's most diverse and scenic game reserves. Located northeast bordering Tanzania, the park has established itself as Rwanda's Big Five game park. The park gets its name from Akagera River which flows along its eastern boundary feeding through several lakes the largest of which is Lake Ihema. The labyrinth of lakes and papyrus swamps follows the river's course to make up over third of the park. This is in fact the largest protected wetland in central Africa.
Located northeast bordering Tanzania, the park has established itself as Rwanda's Big Five game park. The park gets its name from Akagera River which flows along its eastern boundary feeding through several lakes the largest of which is Lake Ihema. The labyrinth of lakes and papyrus swamps follows the river's course to make up over third of the park. This is in fact the largest protected wetland in central Africa.
In contrast to highlands that make up a big part of Rwanda, Akagera National Park is relatively at a lower altitude, the climate is moderately lower and the area mostly low-lying savannah, with rolling plains of broad-leafed and acacia woodlands and grasslands. This open expansiveness is ideal for game viewing.
The park was founded in 1934 to protect animals and vegetation in three habitats, that is, savannah, mountain and swamp. The big game in the park includes the African Elephant, Lions,Buffaloes, Zebra, Giraffes and several antelopes. Other animals include hyenas, leopards, lions, mongooses, genets, serval cats, and stripped jackals.
Day 3: Akagera National Park
Start your 11 Day gorilla safari Rwanda with an early breakfast. This will be followed by a transfer to Rusumo waterfall. You will pass via the Imigongo traditional handcraft makers. It is time to sample Mother Nature’s wonderful scene.
This beauty of the waterfall is worth the visit. You will return to your lodge for lunch and a short rest. In the afternoon you have a boat riding in Ihema Lake.
You will visit Nyirabiyoro historical island. This is home to many crocodiles, hippos and other species of rare birds. Your dinner and overnight will be at Akagera Game Lodge.
Day 4: Kigali – Parc Nationale des Volcans
An early morning breakfast will make the start of your gorilla safari Rwanda day. This will be followed by departure. Today you are heading to Parc Nationale des Volcanoes. This park is also known as the Volcanoes National Park.
You will have a lunch break en route. Your arrival will be in the evening for check in at your Volcanoes accommodation. Your dinner and overnight will be at Le’ Bambou Gorilla Safari Lodge.
About Volcanoes National Park
Volcanoes National Park lies in north-western Rwanda and borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is home to 5 of the 8 volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains. The mountainous park is adorned with a variety of forest types, occurring at different altitudes, providing a number of different habitats. Gorilla safaris are conducted in Volcanoes National Park, after having re-established this unique tourist experience in 1999.
There are 300 of these gentle giants residing in the park and 4 habituated families that tolerate the presence of humans in their midst. The gorillas have the freedom to roam far and wide within the park, so the effort involved in tracking them can sometimes involve a substantial amount of hiking and trekking. This, however, is all part of the experience and is an incredible and unique forest and bamboo environment that is an extremely special place to be in.
Day 5: Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda
Your gorilla safari Rwanda day will start early. This will be with an early breakfast. After getting your picnic lunch boxes you will proceed to the head office. This is in time for the briefing at 0800hrs.
You will meet your armed ranger and guide. If you need porters, you can get one or two to help you. This is at a cost of course. It is time to tackle the day’s activity. You will venture into the forest trails in search of the apes. Your trek follows the path of the mountain gorillas assigned to you.
The trek can be quite tough due to terrain and time taken. You can take approximately 2-8 hours to undertake the trekking. Return to your lodge in time for dinner and overnight. This will be at Le’ Bambou Gorilla Safari Lodge.
Day 6: Visit Dian Fossey Grave
Start the day on gorilla safari Rwanda with an early breakfast. This will be followed by a visit to the grave of Dian Fossey. This is at the former Karisoke Research Center. It is here that Dian spent some twenty years studying the Mountain Gorillas. The trek to the site is quite spectacular.
You will be passing through bamboo forest and afro-montane habitats. You may spot other wildlife during the trek. Later return to your lodge for lunch. The afternoon will be spent at leisure. Your dinner and overnight will be at Le’ Bambou Gorilla Safari Lodge.
Day 7: Golden Monkey Trekking
Start your 11 day gorilla safari Rwanda early. You will have your breakfast before 0700hrs. Transfer to the park headquarters for briefing. In much smaller groups, you will set off to the forest. This is to track the rare and endangered Golden monkeys. You will encounter other primate species as vervet monkeys and baboons.
There are so many bird species and butterflies available in this forest. Your guide will help you to identify whatever animal, bird or insect you will meet. The guide will be ready to answer your questions about fauna and flora. Return to your lodge in the afternoon. Your evening in Volcanoes will be at leisure. Your dinner and overnight will be at Le’ Bambou Gorilla Safari Lodge.
Day 8: Volcanoes – Nyungwe Forest National Park
Today your gorilla safari Rwanda starts with an early breakfast. You should be out of Volcanoes by 0800hrs. You will be driving to Nyungwe Forest National Park. The drive is long as it goes through Kigali.
Here you will stop for an early lunch before proceeding. The drive takes you through Nyanza and Butare. You will arrive in Nyungwe Forest National Park in the evening. If time allows you may plan an evening walk in the nearby tea plantations. Your dinner and overnight will be at Top Hill View Lodge.
About Nyungwe National Park
Nyungwe Forest National Park is one of the best places in the world to study and watch a range of different primate species, including the common chimpanzee and baboon and the rarer Hamlyn’s monkey and mangabey.
Nyungwe Forest, whilst easily accessible, is huge and possibly the largest swathe of montane forest left in east or central Africa. The park occupies a region of rainforest, swamp, long grasslands and bamboo in southwest Rwanda.
The wildlife, as you would expect, is very diverse. There are 13 different primate species in the park as well as 85 recorded mammal species. The forests canopy rises high and conceals a prolific bird and plant life among the ebony, mahogany and tree fern.
Day 9: Chimpanzee Tracking in Rwanda
The day on gorilla safari Rwanda will start much earlier. This will be with a breakfast before 0430hrs. You will head to the park office. This is where you will be briefed on chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda.
In smaller groups you will enter the Nyungwe Rain forest in search of man’s close relative. It is important to note that we share about 98% genetic makeup. You should be on the lookout for other primate species. They include Colobus monkeys, l’hoest among other primates.
There are also forest birds to watch out for. After sighting your chimp group you will head to the lodge for lunch. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Your Dinner and overnight will be at Top Hill View Lodge.
Day 10: Nyungwe - Kigali
Start your 11 day gorilla safari Rwanda with a no pressure breakfast. After checking out of the lodge you will proceed to Kigali. This is a scenic drive to be enjoyed all the way to Kigali.
You will have a stop in Nyanza to visit the King’s palace. You may also visit the Marambi Genocide centre if time allows. You will proceed to Kigali to be dropped off at Gorilla Hotel in Kigali.
Day 11: Kigali City Tour and Departure
Start your Rwanda gorilla safari with an early breakfast. This will be followed by a Kigali City tour. This goes to Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre.
You will also be able to visit the colorful markets and craft center. You will conclude your Rwanda gorilla holiday with a transfer. This is to the airport in time for your departure flight.
End of 11 day Gorilla Safari Rwanda
11 day Gorilla Safari Rwanda Costs
The 11 day Gorilla Safari Rwanda cost includes
- Accommodation with meals as per program
- Bottled water
- Customized safari-vehicle
- An English speaking guide
- 1 X Rwanda gorilla permit
- 1 X Rwanda chimpanzee permit
- Beach holiday
- Government taxes
- Lots of fun and African sunshine
The 11 day Gorilla Safari Rwanda does not include
- Items of personal use
- All drinks, beverages and alcohol other than what is served at breakfast
- Deviation from the Itinerary
- Tips and porterage
What you carry for your 11 day Gorilla Safari Rwanda:
- Sun glasses
- Camera gear
- Heavy and light clothes
- Rain Poncho
- Sturdy hiking boots