12 Days Luxury Gorilla, Chimpanzee and Wildlife Safari

Destination: Rwanda

This 12-day safari is specially tailored to enable you enjoy gorilla, golden monkeys, chimpanzee, maximum wildlife and birding experiences. It takes you to all the 3 Rwandan Parks. You will have a taste of the most organic meals, with fresh ingredients and pamper yourself on the world most known luxury accommodation brands. The itinerary has internal flights to shorten your transfers. Travel and feel taken care off, enjoy adventure in a luxury style.

Day 1: Airport Transfer to Hotel

Upon your arrival at Kigali International Airport and clearing with customs and immigration, you will be met by our driver guide or company representative who will warmly welcome you to this Land of a thousand hills, Rwanda. You will then be driven to Kigali Serena Hotel, one of the best Five star hotels in Kigali city, located in the heart of the city and harbors quiet ambience.

Destination: Kigali

Activities: Airport transfer

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Serena Hotel Kigali (luxury hotel) 

Day 2 & 3: Transfer toAkagera National Park

After breakfast, you will check out and be transferred to Akagera National Park. Akagera is roughly 2 – 3 hours’ drive. The transfer will enable you enjoy the beautiful and picturesque countryside.

Akagera National Park is the only savannah park in Rwanda, located in the Eastern side of the country bordering Tanzania. The park hosts numerous wildlife including, The Big Five, Zebras, Warthogs, Giraffes, Topis, Water bucks, and much more. It also has a huge number of bird species. You will arrive at the lodge. Your luxury accommodation in Akagera happens to be the only tented camp pioneering sustainable and authentic ecotourism in Rwanda.

It creates a unique sense of seclusion, comfort, privacy and space, with spacious rooms, seated just adjacent to the showers of Lake Ihema. It gives a great chance to spot hippos, crocodiles and number of wildlife from while at the lodge. Lunch and dinner will be served on time, as you enjoy a luxury retreat. At the lodge are a number of activities to choose from, and do at your own leisure. They range from nature walks, night and day game drives on an open safari land cruiser, with a great overview, plus wonderful boat trips at Lake Ihema. You will spend two nights in this wonderful camp and amerce you self in one of the most impressive natural and quiet environment.

Destination: Kigali – Akagera

Activities: Game drives, boat trip at Lake Ihema

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch &Dinner

Accommodation: Magashi Camp (High End Camp) Or Ruzizi Tented Camp (luxury Camp) 

Day 4: Transfer to Kigali.

After breakfast, you will checkout and transfer to Kigali, enjoying sights of wildlife along the way to the park’s northern gate. You will later proceed to Kigali in-time for lunch. Afternoon is spent at own leisure and perhaps have great family time. You can as well opt for a ride around the city, visit one of the art galleries, to pass time. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Destination: Akagera – Kigali

Activities: Transfer to Kigali

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Serena Hotel Kigali (luxury hotel) 

Day 5: Transfer to Nyungwe National Park.

Today, you will be transferred to Nyungwe National Park, which is one of the tropical national parks that host over 13 primates species including chimpanzees. Along the way, you will visit Ethnographic and King Palace museums and enjoy a glimpse of Rwandan history and traditions. Dinner and overnight stay at Nyungwe House or Nyungwe Top View Lodge..

Destination: Kigali – Nyungwe

Activities: Museum visit

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: One & Only Nyungwe House (High End Hotel) Or Nyungwe Top View Lodge 

Day 6: Chimpanzee Trekking

Today, after early breakfast, you will leave your hotel to Nyungwe National Park. You will begin chimpanzee trekking after a short brief at the park headquarters. You will be entitled to one hour with the chimpanzees for photography and enjoying their sights. After doing the chimpanzee trek, you will head for lunch. Thereafter, spend the afternoon relaxing at your villa, as you wait for dinner and overnight stay

Destination: Nyungwe

Activities: Chimpanzee trekking

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: One & Only Nyungwe House (High End Hotel) Or Nyungwe Top View Lodge (luxury hotel) 

Day 7: Canopy Walk at Nyungwe National Park and tea plantation visit

Today you will head for a canopy walk. The walk is usually on a 70-meter suspension metallic bridge that gives you a picturesque overview of Nyungwe forest. On a luck day you are likely to spot primates in the forest from the platform. The walk takes about one and a half hours. You will later drive back to your lodge for lunch. After lunch visit Gisakura tea plantations, where you learn much about, tea growing, harvesting and processing. Finally return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay

Destination: Nyungwe

Activities: Canopy walk & tea plantation visit

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: One & Only Nyungwe House (High End Hotel) Or Nyungwe Top View Lodge (luxury hotel) 

Day 8: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park.

After breakfast, transfer to Volcanoes National Park, for an epic stay. You will visit Lake Kivu for a canoe ride on this amazing lake. Later proceed with your transfer to Musanze. Dinner and overnight at the lodge. Prepare for tomorrow’s gorilla trekking.

Destination: Nyungwe – Musanze

Activities: Boat trip at Lake Kivu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Virunga Lodge (High End Hotel) Or Tiloreza Volcanoes Eco Lodge (luxury hotel) 

Day 9: Gorilla trekking at Volcanoes National Park.

After your breakfast, our tour driver guide will pick you up from your lodge for briefing at the park headquarters. You will then begin the gorilla trek. This gorilla safari is tasking and requires a reasonable degree of fitness. In the safari walking shoes come in handy. You will also enjoy packed food and mineral water. Insect repellent, sun screen and a hat are recommended. The tracking of the gorillas takes approximately half or whole day depending on the day’s dispersal of these primates. In a short while of hike, you will definitely find the gorillas, and you will have an ample time of interaction one on one and if lucky shoulder to shoulder. The trek takes between 2 to 6 hours, depending on the gorilla dispersal and your fitness level. This is always looked at as a one or two life time moment, where you come face to face with the gorillas.

The experience is magical, I have no words to describe it. An hour will be allocated for you, such that your able to stay calm in their presence, take as many photos of your choices, and video clips as well. Later your will descend, and return to your cottages for a self-retreat. This is always the highlight of the trips taken to Rwanda. You have finally, ticked off a bucket list, of a gorilla encounter dream.
Destination: Musanze

Activities: Gorilla trekking

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Virunga Lodge (High End Hotel) Or Tiloreza Volcanoes Eco Lodge (luxury hotel) 

Day 10: Golden Monkey Trek at Volcanoes National Park.

After breakfast, you will check out of the lodge and proceed off for a golden monkey trekking. At the park headquarters, you will be briefed. Its epic as the gorilla trekking but not much hectic. An hour of interaction with the golden monkeys will be allocated as well. Later you will head cultural visit at Iby’ Iwacu gorilla guardian site, for a cultural and traditional experience thenn drive for lunch. In the afternoon, you will fly back to Kigali. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Destination: Musanze – Kigali

Activities: Golden monkey trek & Cultural visit

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Serena Hotel Kigali (luxury hotel) 

Day 11: Kigali City Tour

After breakfast, you will begin a city walking tour. On this tour, you will explore the genocide museum, local markets and art galleries. In the evening, you can catch up with the night live band at the hotel to spice up the evening. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Destination: Kigali

Activities: City tour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Serena Hotel Kigali (luxury hotel)

Day 12: Airport Transfer.

After breakfast depending on your flight timing, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home. With you will be great memories of your ample time with us in Rwanda. We look forward for your next visit, or recommendations to family and friends. We wish you, a safe flight, and great stay.

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This package includes.

  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
  • 1 Gorilla permits ($1500), per person to be paid in advance (16 years and above)
  • 1 Chimpanzee permit, per person (16 years and above)
  • 1 Golden Monkey permit, per person (16 years and above)
  • Cultural experience
  • Boat ride at Lake Kivu
  • Tea Plantation visit
  • Kigali city tour
  • Boat ride at Lake Ihema
  • Game drives in Akagera
  • Boat ride on Lake Kivu
  • Park entrance fee
  • Laundry
  • Canopy walk
  • Soft drinks
  • Services of English speaking driver/guide
  • Bottles of mineral water during safari
  • Porter fee while trekking

The package excludes:

  • Expenses Of Personal Nature
  • International Air Fare
  • Visa
  • Tips To Local Guides
  • Telephone
  • Personal Insurance
  • Personal Shopping Bills and Cigars.

NOTE: You can as well request a rate based on Flight means of transfer and self-tailored alternative.