Rwanda Safari Holiday
Imagine a game drive in search of the big five, trekking chimpanzees in one of the largest Equatorial Rain forest in Africa and a beach holiday in Rwanda? That is what is in this 7 day Rwanda safari holiday. An African safari that allows you a wholesome experience in one country.
About the 7 Day Rwanda Safari Holiday Tour
7 Days Rwanda safari holiday starts and ends in Kigali. This African safari tour in Rwanda goes to two national parks.
You will visit Akagera and Nyungwe National parks on this Rwanda safari holiday. The 7 day Rwanda safari holiday has game drives in Akagera Game Park. You will also enjoy a boat ride on Lake Ihema.
This is before Rwanda safari holiday takes you on Rwanda chimpanzee tracking. This is the star attraction in Nyungwe Forest. The forest boasts of more than 13 primate species. Your Rwanda safari holiday ends with a visit to Gisenyi town. This is for a full day excursion on Lake Kivu.
Rwanda Safari Holiday Tour Highlights:
- Big game tracking
- Canoe ride on Lake Ihema
- Chimpanzee and other primate trekking
- Forest and nature walk
- Canopy walk experience
- Bird watching
7 Day Rwanda Safari Holiday Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Kigali – Akagera National Park
You will be met in the morning by our Rwanda safari rep. This can be either at the airport or your hotel in Kigali. You will enjoy being briefed on the 7 day Rwanda safari holiday. This is to let you know what to expect on this Rwanda wildlife safari.
It is to be followed by a drive North to Akagera National Park. The parks enjoy the great biodiversity of wildlife in Rwanda. There are various attractions of mammals. On arrival you will have the evening at leisure. Enjoy your dinner overnight at Akagera Game Lodge.
About Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park is located in the north east of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania. Although founded in 1934, much of the park was re-allocated as farms and in 1997 the park was reduced in size from more than 2,500 sq km (nearly 10% of the surface area of Rwanda) to its current extent of 1,122 sq km. Since 2010, a joint venture with African Parks has seen Akagera return to its former glories.
It is named after the Akagera River that flows along its eastern boundary and feeds into a labyrinth of lakes of which the largest is Lake Ihema. The forest fringed lakes, papyrus swamps, savannah plains and rolling highlands combine to make Akagera amongst the most scenic of reserves anywhere in Africa. It has exceptional levels of biodiversity and forms the largest protected wetland in central Africa.
Akagera National Park combines well with Nyungwe and the Volcanoes National Park to offer a great safari element as it is home to many large plains game species as well as species restricted to the papyrus swamps such as the Sitatunga and the sought-after Shoebill Stork. Notable plains game include elephant, buffalo, topi, zebra, waterbuck, roan antelope and eland. Other antelope are duiker, oribi, bohor reedbuck, klipspringer, bushbuck and impala. Of the primates, olive baboons, vervets and the secretive blue monkey are seen during the day, with bush-babies often seen on night drives.
Day 2: Akagera National Park
Your 7 day Rwanda safari holiday will start with an early breakfast. You will then proceed for a game drive in the park. Enjoy amazing views of the Giraffes, Elands, Zebras, Topis, Buffalos and Elephants.
You can also spot the lions, hyenas and so many other small animals. You will return to the lodge for your lunch and a short rest. Thereafter you will enjoy a boat ride on Lake Ihema. This is fed by the Akagera River. Return for your evening, dinner and overnight at Akagera Game Lodge.
Day 3: Kigali – Nyungwe Forest National Park
Start the 7 day Rwanda safari holiday with an early breakfast. Today you join your guide for yet another exciting drive. This will be a long to Nyungwe forest National Park.
The drive is full of exciting sightseeing. You will arrive later in the evening. This will be in time for dinner and overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge.
About Nyungwe National Park
Nyungwe National Park is located southwestern Rwanda within the Albertine Rift Valley. The park harbors Nyungwe Forest, East Africa’s largest and oldest mountain rainforest and one of the largest mountainous rainforest remaining in Africa. Nyungwe has an incredible treasure-trove of biodiversity with an exceptional level of species endemism.
Of the 86 species of mammals in Nyungwe, 14 are endemic to the Albertine Rift. 280 avian species have been identified in the forest, with 26 Albertine Rift endemic species and 121 forest species. Of the 43 species of reptiles, 8 are endemic. There are 31 species of amphibians with 15 endemic species. Nyungwe is also known for its abundant butterfly populations which include 21 Albertine Rift endemic species.
Nyungwe is particularly a very important ornithological site in Rwanda. With more 310 species of birds, it is increasingly being sought out for incredible birding opportunities, particularly the numerous Albertine Rift endemics; the highest concentration found in any single park in Africa. The park has more than 240 species of trees, more than 140 colorful orchids, 1050 plant types, such as the giant lobelia. Of these plants 250 are endemic to the Albertine Rift.
Day 4: Rwanda Chimpanzee Tracking
Today your 7 day Rwanda safari holiday wakes up to a hearty early breakfast. This will reward you with enough energy for today’s activity in the equatorial forest. You should be at the park headquarters by 0500hrs for briefing.
You will embark on a trail in the forest in search for the chimps. There are colobus monkeys among other primates found in this forest. There is also a collection of various bird lives in Nyungwe. Enjoy views of various plant species that exist in the forest. Return to the Nyungwe Forest Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Nyungwe Forest – Gisenyi town
The 7 day Rwanda safari holiday will begin with breakfast today. This will be followed by a drive to the beautiful Gisenyi town. Spend your afternoon at leisure. Overnight will be at the Lake Kivu shores.
Day 6: whole day excursion on Lake Kivu
This day of your 7 day Rwanda safari holiday is reserved for excursion. Enjoy a whole day of relaxation at the sand beaches on Lake Kivu. Enjoy all the fun activities that include a boat ride. There are water-sports and other water games to enjoy here. You will have your overnight on the shores of Lake Kivu.
Day 7: Gisenyi – Kigali
Start your 7 day Rwanda safari holiday with an early breakfast. This will be followed by check out and drive to Kigali. You will be in Kigali in time to have lunch and chart on the safari highlights. You will be transferred to the airport for departure.
End of 7 Day Rwanda Safari Holiday
7 Day Rwanda Safari Holiday Costs:
What is included in the 7 Day Rwanda Safari Holiday cost?
- Accommodationon full board basis while on safari and bed and breakfast in Kigali
- Transport in a 4 X 4 Safari vehicle with pop up roof
- Rwanda golden monkey trekking permit
- All park entrance fee
- All Government tax
7 Day Rwanda Safari Holiday cost excludes:
- Items of personal use
- Deviation from the above program
- Drinks and beverages
- Tips and porterage
What to Carry on the 7 Day Rwanda Safari Holiday
- Sun glasses
- Light and some few heavy clothing
- Rain Poncho
- Sun screen
- Insect repellant
- Comfortable hiking shoes