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8 Days Best of Rwanda Tour

Tour overview

8 Days Best of Rwanda Tour, This safari will begin and end in Rwanda. It will give you an opportunity to explore Rwanda’s secrets. Share the love of mountain gorillas in volcanoes national park with that of chimps in the Nyungwe forest national park. Nyungwe national park is known for housing over 13 species of primates. Go also for a game drive in the Akagera national park a home to wide biodiversity of wildlife species such as elephants, buffaloes, antelopes etc. The safari will also give you an opportunity to tour around the Kigali city Rwanda’s capital and largest city.

Brief itinerary for 8 Days Best of Rwanda Tour

Arrival and transfer to Lake Akagera national park

Game drive and launch cruise at Lake Ihema

Transfer to volcanoes national park

Mountain Gorilla Tracking

Dian Fossy grave hike

Depart to Nyungwe forest national park

Chimpanzee tracking

Departure

Detailed itinerary#8 Days Best of Rwanda Tour

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Lake Akagera national park

Upon your arrival at Kanombe international airport, meet by our safari tour guide/driver he will brief you about the safari and later transfer you to Akagera national park with a scenic drive all through. However if you arrive early in Kigali you may go for a Kigali city tour and visit interesting places like , the genocide memorial site in Gisozi, visit cultural sites like hand craft markets, national museum, among very many interesting around the city. have lunch en-route and later proceed to Akagera national park, you arrive in the evening for leisure as well as dinner and an overnight at

Location: Akagera national park

Accommodation Option:

Luxury: Akagera game lodge

Mid range:  Luzizi Tented Lodge

Budget:Umbrella Pine/Dereva Hotel.

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

Day 2: Game drive and launch cruise at Lake Ihema

Wake up early for breakfast to get energy for a game drive at the park, you will be driven to the eastern part of the park to catch-up with the early risen that rush out from their hide-outs, games expected to see include hyena, bush buck, elephants, buffaloes, lions and leopard, warthogs, giant forest hog, waterbuck, gazelle, spotted hyena, Burchall’s zebra and giraffe among other. After the activity retreat back to the lodge for lunch, Then after, go for a 2-3 boat cruise along the lake Ihema, for a chance to spot more species of wildlife that live and feed on the lake these include schools of hippos and crocodiles just meters from the boat, while buffaloes and elephants can be seen along the shoreline plus various species of birds; lucky visitors can spot the rare shoe bill. Dinner and an overnight at

Location: Akagera national park

Accommodation Option:

Luxury: Akagera game lodge

Mid range:  Luzizi Tented Lodge

Budget:Umbrella Pine/Dereva Hotel.

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

Day 3: Transfer to volcanoes national park

Wake up early for a Hearty breakfast which is followed by a transfer to volcanoes national park in the northern part of Rwanda, the drive may take about 4-5 hours with stopovers at any interesting places like at the genocide memorial sites. The drive to the park is scenic – viewing the beautiful mountains and green forests, which gave Rwanda its name as the “land of a thousand hills.” Volcanoes national park is a home to over 360 species of endangered mountain gorillas and gorilla tracking is the major safari activity done at the park. Dinner and an overnight at

Location: Volcanoes national park

Accommodation Option:

Luxury: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Mid range:  Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge/La Palme Hotel 

Budget:Muhabura Hotel/Kinigi Guest House

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

Day 4: Mountain Gorilla Tracking (volcanoes national park)

After breakfast, drive to the park headquarters to receive short briefings by the park wardens/ senior ranger guide. And also gets you allocated to the gorilla family in respect to client’s physical abilities. After briefing, the ranger guide will transfer you to the starting point to begin the search of our close cousins who shares almost 97% human genes.

This is a breathtaking experience on should not love to miss in the life time. Gorilla tracking time is unpredictable as the time to meet these giants depends on where they last seen the previous day, so a reasonable degree of fitness is needed as well tracking gears like strong pairs of walking shoes/boots It’s a breathtaking moment to sit among the gorillas listening to them grumble to each other, it’s an extraordinary feeling sitting in the forest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas, it’s amazing that only 880 of these remaining creatures left.

Upon spotting them one hour is allowed to stay with these animals while taking photography as well as imitating their calls. Then return to the point where your vehicle is stationed so as to transfer you back to the lodge and later you may go for nature walk to Lake Ruhondo and Burera (Optional)/ take a community walk to the near community of banyarwanda. Dinner and an overnight at

Location: Volcanoes national park

Accommodation Option:

Luxury: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Mid range:  Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge/La Palme Hotel 

Budget:Muhabura Hotel/Kinigi Guest House

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

Day 5: Dian Fossy grave hike

Have breakfast and the after, you will go for the hike up to Dian Fossey grave, in karisoke research center in the volcanoes national park. Dian Fossy was an American primatologist who dedicated her live conserving the lives of the mountain gorillas for over 18 years until she was killed and is buried there next to Digit, a mountain gorilla and many other gorillas died by diseases or sneers set to them by poachers. Without her effort in conserving and habituating mountain gorillas, gorillas would be no more. The hike to the Dian Fossy is somehow tough as it involves passing through the forest and slopes, so some physical fitness is needed. You will receive more information from the care takers of the place, after came back at the lodge for leisure and later dinner and an overnight at

Location: Volcanoes national park

Accommodation Option:

Luxury: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Mid range:  Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge/La Palme Hotel 

Budget:Muhabura Hotel/Kinigi Guest House

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

Day 6: Depart to Nyungwe forest national park in the south

Morning breakfast and later transfer to Nyungwe forest national park a home to over 13 species of primates coupled with chimpanzee the closest relative to man. Stopovers made at Butare town, here you will visit interesting places like the kings palace at Nyanza, the Murambi genocide memorial site, among others, enjoy lunch in Butare and later embark on the transfer to the park arrive in the evening for leisure and later dinner and an overnight at

Location: Nyungwe forest national park

Accommodation Option:

Luxury: Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Mid range: Nyungwe top View Hill Hotel

Budget: Nyungwe Guest house/ (Gisakula Gust House

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

Day 7: Chimpanzee tracking

A breakfast followed with a transfer to the park headquarters to receive short briefings. About the dos and don’ts while with the chimps and also get you assigned to ranger guide. After, you will follow the ranger guide to the forest to begin the search of our cousins who shares almost 98% of human genes. Chimps are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruitful trees.

The incredible diverse forest a home to over 13 species of primate. Other species expected to see during the search of chimps include the black and white colobus monkey. Baboons, civet monkey, mona monkey, grey mangabey, black faced vervet monkeys among many others. Chimp tracking may go from 1-6 hours and ounce they are met, you strictly allowed one hour with them while studding as well as taking photos (flash cameras are not allowed). After activity return back to the lodge for lunch, in the evening, you may go for an optional nature walk/Canopy walk. Dinner and an overnight at

Location: Nyungwe forest national park

Accommodation Option:

Luxury: Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Mid range: Nyungwe top View Hill Hotel

Budget: Nyungwe Guest house/ (Gisakula Gust House

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits throughout

Day 8: Transfer back to Kigali.

Wake up for a hearty breakfast and after embark on the transfer back to Kigali. If you missed the first Kigali city tour, go for a city tour and visit places like the Gisozi genocide memorial site. After, transfer to the airport for your departure flight to the next destination.

Thus the End of 8 Days Best of Rwanda Tour

The safari include

  • 4×4 Ground transportation and fuel
  • Full English speaking safari driver/ guide an all his associated expenses
  • Park entrance fees
  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
  • 1 gorilla permit per person
  • Game drives and boat cruise
  • 1 chimp permit per person
  • Lunch en route
  • City tour and any other activities included in the itinerary

Not included on 8 Days Best of Rwanda Tour

Visa fees,

Airport taxes

Items of personal nature like bar bills, tipping, Laundry, and any expenses of personal nature

Thank you for booking this trip with us at Adventure Rwanda Safaris expect the best.  This trip arranged by Mum and Dad Uganda Tours and it should be noted that this itinerary can be re-arranged to meet your expectations.