10 Days Gorilla Trekking Rwanda and Wildlife Safari | Best Long Rwanda Adventure for Primates, Wildlife and Culture

Your 10 Days Gorilla Trekking Rwanda Safari takes you to Volcanoes National Park-a home to a section of mountain gorillas, Nyungwe Forest National Park, Akagera National Park, Rwanda genocide sites and the scenic Lake Kivu. It is a special package designed for you to take part in gorilla trekking, chimpanzee tracking, game viewing, canopy walk, golden monkey tracking and city tour. Your 10 days Rwanda gorilla tour will commence and end in Kigali.

Activities to do on 10 Days Gorilla Trekking Rwanda and Wildlife tour

  • City tour in Kigali
  • Game drives
  • Boat cruise
  • Gorilla trekking
  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Golden monkey tracking
  • Canopy walk

10 Days Gorilla Trekking Rwanda Brief itinerary

  • Day 1: Kigali city tour
  • Day 2: Transfer from Kigali to Akagera National Park
  • Day 3: Early morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise
  • Day 4: Connect to Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • Day 5: Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • Day 6: Canopy walk in Nyungwe National Park
  • Day 7: Travel to Volcanoes National Park
  • Day 8: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park
  • Day 9: Golden monkey tracking/Dian Fossey tomb hike and drive to Gisenyi
  • Day 10: Boat ride and return to Kigali

10 Days Gorilla Trekking Rwanda and wildlife safari

10 Days Gorilla Trekking Rwanda and Wildlife Tour Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Kigali City Tour

Meet AfriTrek driver guide at Kigali International Airport and after, you will be briefed on what your 10 days Rwanda Safari covers. You will be expected to arrive early enough and then set off for city tour in Kigali where you will have insight into the 1994 Rwanda genocide at Kigali genocide site which is in Gisozi, visit craft shops/local markets among other nearby tourist sites.

Hotels in Kigali City

Kigali Serena Hotel (Luxury) or Garr Hotel

Day 2: Transfer to Akagera National Park

The second day of your 10 day gorilla trekking Rwanda safari will start with a hot cup of tea or coffee and after, you will drive northeast wards to Akagera National Park. Early arrival at the park where you will check in at the lodge to have rest and lunch then in the afternoon, you have a boat cruise along Lake Ihema. This offers you the opportunity to look out for hippos, water birds, basking crocodiles and variety of terrestrial wildlife that roam around the shores of the lake.

lodges in Akagera National Park

Magashi Tented Camp/Ruzizi Tented Camp (Luxury), Akagera Game Lodge (Midrange), Dereva Hotel (Budget)

Travel time: 2-3 hours

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Morning Game drive and boat cruise on Lake Ihema

Have breakfast early in the morning and after, meet your driver guide ready to embark on morning game drive via the northern section of Akagera National Park. Expect to see a variety of wildlife species including bush elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, buffaloes, giraffes, bush bucks, zebras, roan antelope, bird species and many others. This will take you about 2-3 hours and later, return to your safari lodge to have lunch. In the afternoon, you will embark on a boat cruise via Lake Ihema for you to spot hippos, crocodiles, water birds and others.

Safari Lodges at Akagera National Park

Magashi Tented Camp/Ruzizi Tented Camp (Luxury), Akagera Game Lodge (Midrange), Dereva Hotel (Budget)

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park

Today, you will have the best of your hot tea or coffee and after, meet your driver guide ready to drive from Akagera National Park to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Along the way, you will make a stopover at Nyanza Museum, Butare museum for photo taking and lunch.

Safari Lodges at Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury), Nyungwe Top View Lodge (Midrange) or Gisakura Hotel (Basic).

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest

After an early morning breakfast, you will head off to Chanika reception to have a briefing on the set rules and regulations for chimpanzee trekking. At 8:00am, you and park ranger guide will start the search for chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest. You will also come across other primate species like L’Hoest monkeys, red tailed monkeys, vervet monkeys, olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys as well as bird species. After your magical encounters with chimpanzees, you will get back to the lodge to relax and lunch.

Safari Lodges in Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury), Nyungwe Top View Lodge (Midrange) or Gisakura Hotel (Basic).

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Canopy Walk and Community Encounter

Enjoy your delicious cup of tea or coffee at your preferred lodge and after, you will take part in a canopy walk. This is the first of its kind canopy walk to be introduced in East Africa. While here, expect to see a variety of primates, birds and the scenic canopy of Nyungwe Forest. Get back after your 2-3 hour canopy walk to enjoy lunch and have a rest, then in the afternoon, you have a community walk where you will interact with residents; learn about their lifestyles and others

Accommodation at Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury), Nyungwe Top View Lodge (Midrange) or Gisakura Hotel (Basic).

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans)

Have breakfast early in the morning and after, you will check out ready to embark on a road trip to Volcanoes National Park in the northern province of Rwanda. Volcanoes National Park offers refuge to a section of rare mountain gorillas that today remain fewer than 1004.

Safari lodges in Volcanoes National Park

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Bisate Lodge (Luxury), La Palme Hotel/Da Vinci Lodge (Midrange), Muhabura Hotel/Kinigi Guesthouse (Basic).

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8: Mountain Gorilla Trekking Experience

Since this is the day everyone has been waiting for, you are expected to wake up early enough to prepare, enjoy your breakfast and then connect to Kinigi offices for briefing on the set safety measures to be observed while on trek to see mountain gorillas. At 8:00am after you have been assigned to gorilla family to trek and park ranger guide, you will kick start your adventure which may take you 2-5 hours although this depends on a number of factors including your speed of hiking.

Because it is an exhilarating adventure, do not forget to come along with bottled drinking water, some packed lunch and walking stick. Only an hour is given to you to strike your imagination with these creatures, take photos and learn about their behaviors.  You will get back to relax and in the evening, you have a cultural walk to Iby’Iwacu cultural village for cultural exploration.

lodges at Volcanoes National Park

Bisate Lodge/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury), La Palme Hotel/Da Vinci Lodge (Midrange) or Muhabura Hotel/Kinigi Guesthouse (Basic).

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9: Golden Monkey Trekking and Transfer

Today, you still get back to Kinigi park offices after breakfast but this time round to have briefing on golden monkey tracking rules and regulations or embark on a hike to Dian Fossey tomb site. Later, you will connect to Gisenyi.

Accommodation at Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel/Paradise Malahide

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Boat Cruise and Transfer to Kigali

Wake up early in the morning to enjoy your cup of tea or coffee and after, you will have a boat cruise which takes you to Coffee Island for scenic viewing and exploration of other sites. You will return to Kigali and this will mark the end of your 10 days Gorilla Trekking Rwanda Tour.

End of 10 Days Gorilla Trekking Rwanda and Wildlife Safari

 

10 Days Gorilla Trekking Rwanda Tour Price includes

  • Kigali city tour
  • Gorilla and chimpanzee permits
  • All activities in the travel plan except the optional ones
  • Bottled water
  • Relevant government taxes
  • Accommodation and meals
  • Transportation in a 4×4 drive safari car
  • Service of an experienced English speaking driver guide

10 Days Gorilla Trekking Rwanda Tour Cost Excludes

  • Rwanda visa fees
  • Airfares
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses such as laundry services, telephone call, cigarettes, extra activities, accommodation and meals outside the itinerary.

 

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