Rwanda Safari Tour
This African safari tour in Rwanda combines big game safari with Rwanda chimpanzee trekking. The 5 day Rwanda safari tour is your mid-range safari if and when visiting Rwanda.
About the 5 Days Rwanda Safari Tour
This is a 5 days Rwanda safari holiday tour. This Rwanda safari tour goes to Akagera and Nyungwe Forest National Parks. This Rwanda safari tour starts and ends in Kigali. On this 5 days Rwanda safari tour you will enjoy viewing different animals.
You will also a canoe ride on Lake Ihema in Akagera. Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest is part of the 5 day Rwanda safari tour. Nyungwe Forest has a large concentration of primates in Rwanda. It shall be your Rwanda safari tour destination on this African safari tour in Rwanda.
Nyungwe National Park is a massive Montane Forest in the south of Rwanda. Akagera National Park is a truly mystical park. It will introduce you to the wonders of the African bush. Akagera is known for its big game. Nyungwe National Park is most alluring for its primates. The 5 day Rwanda safari tour itinerary is below:
Rwanda Safari Tour Highlights
- Big game safari
- Chimpanzee trekking
- Game drives
- Bird watching
- Canoe ride
- Forest Walk
- Nature walk
Rwanda Safari Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Kigali – Akagera National Park
You will be received on arrival at Kigali International Airport. This will be by our Rwanda safari rep. Enjoy a detailed briefing on the 5 day Rwanda safari tour. This will be followed by departure from Kigali.
You will be heading for Akagera National Park. You will arrive in time to have your lunch. In the afternoon you will go for a thrilling boat ride on the beautiful Lake Ihema. Here you will be on the lookout for the various water animals. They include the Hippos, giant crocodiles and a profusion of water birds.
The birds include the African fish eagle, papyrus Gonolek and the shoebill stork. You will return for dinner and overnight rest at Akagera Game Lodge.
About Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park is one of the three protected areas in Rwanda situated in the Eastern province of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania just about 2-3 hour’s drive from Kigali city Rwanda’s largest and capital. The park is named for the Kagera River which flows along its eastern boundary feeding into several lakes the largest of which is Lake Ihema.
The park covers an area of approximately 1,200km2 and it was founded in 1934 to protect animals from poachers. Since Rwanda is known as a land of a ‘’thousand hills’’ These highlands provide spectacular views over the expanse of lakes and swamps. And Akagera has its fair share of mountainous terrain. And it is the largest protected wetland in central Africa.
The Akagera national park is considered as one of the National Parks with abundant wildlife to mention some include giraffe, leopard, hyena, bush buck, antelopes, elephants, hippos and crocodiles can be seen in the Lake plus also various species of birds that feed on and around the lake. For visitors interested in Rwanda tours, Akagera national Park is worth vising.
Day 2: Akagera National Park – Kigali
Start your Rwanda safari tour day with an early breakfast. You will then embark on a game drive. You will be looking for the early risers plus large predators. This includes Lions and Hyenas plus others such as bush-buck, zebra, Elephants and giraffes.
You also have the Buffaloes, cape elands, impalas, oribi and antelopes. You will return for lunch at your lodge and check out. In the afternoon you will enjoy a drive back to Kigali. You will spend the night at Hilltop Hotel, Kigali booked on bed and breakfast.
Day 3: Kigali – Nyungwe Forest National Park
Your Rwanda safari tour starts with breakfast. This will be followed by a drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Along the way you will visit a number of historical plus cultural sites. This will be in Nyanza and within Butare.
Stop by the National Museum as well as the National University in Butare. You will as well visit the Old King’s Palace in Nyanza. It is also known as Old Mwami’s palace. Here you will have a historical and cultural experience. You will have lunch in the town of Butare before you proceed to Nyungwe.
You will arrive later in the evening. This will be in time for dinner and overnight rest at Nyungwe Forest Lodge.
About Nyungwe Forest National Park
Nyungwe Forest National Park is a national park in southwestern Rwanda, located south of Lake Kivu on the border with Burundi. The park was established in 2004 and covers an area of approximately 970 km² of rainforest, bamboo, grassland, swamps, and bogs. The nearest town is Cyangugu, 54 km to the west. Mount Bigugu is located within the park borders.
The park is the location of the most distant source of the Nile. Nyungwe has a wide diversity of animal species, making it a priority for conservation in Africa.
The park contains 13 different primate species (25% of Africa’s total), 275 bird species, 1068 plant species, 85 mammal species, 32 amphibian and 38 reptile species. Many of these animals are restricted-range species that are only found in the Albertine Rift ecoregion in Africa. In fact, the number of endemic species found here is greater than in any other forest in the Albertine Rift that has been surveyed.
Day 4: Chimpanzee trek in Nyungwe Forest National Park
Your Rwanda safari tour day will start quite early. This is with a wakeup call at 0400hrs. Enjoy a cup of hot tea or coffee. Right after breakfast gather at the park HQ at 0500hrs. You will receive a briefing on your day’s activity. You will embark on chimpanzee tracking in the verdant rain forest.
During the trek you will have the chance to see various primates. They include the Rwenzori colobus, Silver monkey, Chimpanzees and the Grey cheeked Mangabey. You may also see the L’hoests monkey and the Owl faced monkey. You will later head back to the lodge where you will rest and have your meals. Your dinner and overnight will be at Nyungwe Forest Lodge.
Day 5: Nyungwe – Kigali
You will enjoy a delicious breakfast as you start your Rwanda safari tour day. This will be followed by check out and a drive out of Nyungwe. You will be driving back to the capital Kigali.
There is a stop along the way in Butare for lunch. You may also visit the Botanical gardens along the way. Your arrival in Kigali will be in the afternoon. You can be dropped off at your hotel in Kigali or at the airport for departure flight.
End of 5 Days Rwanda Safari Tour
5 Days Rwanda Safari Tour Costs:
What is included in the 5 Days Rwanda Safari Tour cost?
- Accommodation on 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 chimpanzee trekking permit
- All park entrance fee
- All Government tax
5 Days Rwanda Safari Tour cost excludes:
- Items of personal use
- Deviation from the above program
- Drinks and beverages
- Tips and porterage
What to Carry on the 5 Days Rwanda Safari Tour
- Sun glasses
- Light and some few heavy clothing
- Rain Poncho
- Sun screen
- Insect repellant
- Comfortable hiking shoes