8 Days Rwanda Safari

8 Days Rwanda Safari – Gorilla Trekking Safari and Wildlife Tour

8 days Rwanda safari is designed for travelers on Long Rwanda holiday safari interested in wildlife, mountain gorilla trekking, bird watching, cultural encounter and primate safari experience such as chimpanzee trekking and golden monkey. The 8 days Rwanda safari tour is doable all year round for both luxury Rwanda safari and budget Rwanda Tour. 

This Rwanda safari takes you to northeastern Rwanda to Akagera National Park for game drive and wildlife exploration, Volcanoes National Park for golden monkey tracking, mountain gorilla trekking; canopy walk and chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park and other significant tourist sites. Your safari will begin and end in Kigali city.

Activities to do on 8 days Rwanda safari

  • Gorilla trekking
  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Canopy walk
  • Game drive
  • Boat cruise
  • Visit Iby’Iwacu Cultural Center
  • Golden monkey tracking or Hike to Dian Fossey tomb site
  • Bird Watching
  • Kigali City Tour

Brief itinerary of your 8 days Rwanda safari

  • Day 1: Arrival at Kigali
  • Day 2: Transfer from Kigali to Akagera National Park 
  • Day 3: Game drive and drive to Volcanoes National Park
  • Day 4: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park
  • Day 5: Golden monkey tracking in Volcanoes National Park and drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • Day 6: Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • Day 7: Drive back to Kigali
  • Day 8: Kigali City Tour and Departure

Detailed itinerary of your 8 Days Rwanda safari

Day 1: Arrival at Kigali

Get a warm welcome from our driver guide at Kigali International Airport and later, he will brief you on what your 8 days Rwanda safari is about. After, he will drive you to your hotel in Kigali 

Accommodation choices in Kigali

Kigali Serena Hotel (Luxury)

Elegance Motel (Budget)

Day 2: Transfer to Akagera National Park 

Start your day with a hot cup of Rwanda tea or coffee and later, meet your driver guide ready to embark on a road trip to Akagera National Park which is in the eastern province of Rwanda. Get here early enough and enjoy your lunch.

8 Days Rwanda Safari Tour
Giraffes in Akagera National Park Rwanda

In the afternoon, you have exciting boat cruise along the scenic Lake Ihema for you to catch a glimpse at several hippos, crocodiles and water birds plus elephants, buffaloes as they roam along the lake shores. 

Lodges in Akagera National Park

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

Travel plan: 2-3 hours

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Game drive and drive to Volcanoes National Park

After a delicious breakfast early morning, you have a game drive via the northern part of Akagera National Park.

It will take you about 2 to 3 hours but will reward you with incredible view of varied savanna dwellers including elephants, leopards, lions, buffaloes, rhinos, antelopes, giraffes, birds a mention but a few. Later, you will return to have lunch and then drive to Volcanoes National Park in northwestern Rwanda. 

Accommodation choices at Volcanoes National Park

Virunga Lodge/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury), Kinigi Guesthouse (Budget) or Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge/Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge (Mid-range).

Day 4: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

You are expected to get up early enough to make preparation, take your tea or coffee and at 7:00am with your packed lunch and water, assemble at Kinigi park headquarters for briefing. You will be briefed by park ranger or park official and also allocated to a gorilla family to trek.

At 8:00am, you will start your adventure which may take you 2 to 6 hours although this entirely depends on the nature of habitat, where these creatures are and nature of the habitat. Once you get a group assigned to you, you have an hour to make your dream come into reality.

8 Days Rwanda Safari - Gorilla Trekking
Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park consists of habituated families such as Susa, Kwitonda, Ugenda, Bwenge, Hirwa, Karisimbi, Umubano, Amahoro, Agashya and Sabyinyo. After, you will get back to have some rest and in the afternoon/evening, you will pay a visit to Iby’Iwacu cultural center for cultural experience.

 Accommodation choices at Volcanoes National Park

Virunga Lodge/Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury), Kinigi Guesthouse (Budget) or Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge/Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge (Mid-range).

Day 5: Golden Monkey Trekking in Volcanoes National Park and drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park

After an early breakfast, you will assemble once again at Kinigi for briefing but today for golden monkey trekking guidelines or hike to Dian Fossey tomb site at Karisoke Research Center. Later, you will be driven to southwards to Nyungwe Forest National Park a home to about 13 distinct primate species. 

Accommodation options at Nyungwe National Park

Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury), Nyungwe Top View Lodge (Moderate) or Gisakura Guesthouse (Basic).

Day 6: Chimpanzee Trekking and canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest National Park

Enjoy your breakfast and later, gather at either Cyangungu or Uwinka for briefing on safety guidelines for chimpanzee trekking. A chimpanzee trek can take you about 2 to 4 hours and only one hour is given to you for magical encounter.

However, it also rewards trekkers with incredible sights at other primates such as colobus monkeys, mangabeys, blue monkeys and forest birds. 

After your chimpanzee exploration, you will get back to the lodge to have lunch and in the afternoon, you have a canopy walk. On canopy walk, you have a chance to spot out several primates, birds and beautiful forest cover.

Day 7: Drive back to Kigali

After breakfast, embark on a forest walk for bird watching experience where you also view more primates. Nyungwe Forest is known to be one of Rwanda’s birders paradise and it is a birding destinations with over 310 bird species. Expect to spot birds likes the Great Blue Turaco, the Paradise Flycatcher, Re-Throated Alethe, and the Gigantic Forest Hornbill among others.

At around mid-day, you will depart for Kigali after Lunch and check in to your hotel for relaxation, swimming or go for a city walk. 

Day 8: Kigali City Tour

The last day of our 8 days Rwanda Safari holiday will be for Kigali city tour. Among the amazing sites to visit while in Kigali include; Kigali Genocide Memorial Site, the Presidential Museum, Visiting Artisan/Craft Centers, Kigali Convention Center, have lunch at City Restaurant or Hotel des mille collines popularly known as Hotel Rwanda form the movie “Hotel Rwanda” and many more.

The order to which those sites are visited in dependent on the start time and your hotel location. After the activities in Kigali city, you will driven back to your hotel or drive direct to Kigali airport to catch up with your flight back home.

End of your 8 days Rwanda safaris


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8 days Rwanda safari includes

  • Gorilla trekking (permits cost $1500 per person)
  • Chimpanzee permits $100
  • Park entry fees
  • Game drives
  • Boat cruises
  • Transport in a 4×4 drive safari car
  • Services of an English-speaking driver guide
  • All activities listed in the travel plan apart from the optional ones.
  • Bottled water 

8 days Rwanda safari excludes 

  • Airfares
  • Rwanda visa fees
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses-tips for staff, beverages

 


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