12 DAYS BEST OF RWANDA PRIMATES, WILDLIFE SAFARI, VOLCANO HIKE & CULTURAL TOUR (Volcanoes national park, Nyungwe forest national park & Akagera national park)
12 days best of Rwanda primates, wildlife safari, Volcano Hike, & Cultural tour: This 12 days/ 11 Nights best of Rwanda primates, wildlife safari, Volcano Hike, & Cultural tour is a perfect Rwanda safari package for tourists interested in primates, wildlife, Bisoke Hike, and cultural adventures. While on this 12 days best of Rwanda primates, wildlife safari, Volcano Hike, & Cultural tour, you are to visit numerous Rwanda travel destinations such as Volcanoes national park for mountain gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking, Bisoke Hike and cultural tour to Iby’Iwacu Cultural village (Gorilla Guardian Village). You will then explore Lake Kivu for boat cruise, Nyungwe Forest national park for chimpanzee trekking, Canopy walk, and Cultural tour then Akagera national park for boat cruise, Game drive and cultural tour. This 12 days best of Rwanda primates, wildlife safari, Volcano Hike, & Cultural tour starts from Kigali city of Rwanda and also ends in Kigali.
Highlights of 12 days best of Rwanda primates tour & wildlife safari tour
- Day 1: Arrival in Kigali
- Day 2: Kigali city tour and transfer to Volcanoes national park
- Day 3: Mountain gorilla trekking experience in Volcanoes national park
- Day 4: Golden monkey trekking and Iby’Iwacu Cultural visit
- Day 5: Mount Bisoke hike
- Day 6: Transfer to Lake Kivu – Boat cruise
- Day 7: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest national park
- Day 8: Chimpanzee tracking and Canopy walk
- Day 9: Transfer back to Kigali
- Day 10: Transfer to Akagera national park – Lake Ihema boat cruise
- Day 11: Morning game drive and evening Cultural tour
- Day 12: Drive back to Kigali
Day 1: Arrival in Kigali
Welcome to Rwanda: On arrival at Kigali International airport on day 1 of 12 days best of Rwanda primates, wildlife safari, Volcano Hike, & Cultural tour, you will be picked up by your tour guide and drive to your hotel in Kigali City the capital of Rwanda, have dinner and stay overnight at The Kigali Serena Hotel (Luxury)/ The Retreat Kigali (Mid-range)/ Step town Motel (Budget)
Day 2: Kigali City tour & Transfer to Volcanoes national park
Volcanoes national park: On day 2 of 12 days best of Rwanda primates, wildlife safari, Volcano Hike, & Cultural tour, have breakfast then go for a city tour visiting some of the fascinating tourist attractions including the Kigali Memorial Genocide Centre exhibiting the history of Rwanda genocide through videos, photographs and history written on a number of art crafts and testimonies. You will also visit a section referred to as the wasted lives referring to the genocides plus holocausts in Southwestern Africa, Bosnia, Armenia and Cambodia. After lunch you will embark on a drive heading to Volcanoes national park a famous mountain gorilla habitat in Rwanda and Africa, on your arrival you will have dinner then stay overnight at Kiningi Guest House/ La Palme/ Mountain gorilla view Lodge/ Sabinyo Silverback lodge.
Day 3: Mountain gorilla trekking experience- Volcanoes national park
Gorilla trekking Rwanda: Mountain gorilla trekking experience is the highlight of 12 days best of Rwanda primates, wildlife safari, Volcano Hike, & Cultural tour and on this day you will wake up early for breakfast then head to the park for the fascinating mountain gorilla trekking experience. You will briefed about the rules and regulations to follow on the experience then trek into the forests of volcanoes national park in search for mountain gorillas with a help of a game range, as you hike through the mountainous terrain of the park you will enjoy watching many plant species, birds and a chain of volcanoes including mount Karisimbi the highest volcano in the chain. When you find the mountain gorilla, you will be fascinated by the incredible size of the gentle animals, watch them take care of their animals, pick fruits and leaves to eat and get to take amazing pictures (keep in mind your flashlights should be off). Then trek back to your lodge for late lunch then spend the last of the day resting at your lodge or even take a dip in the swimming pool. Dinner and overnight will be at your lodge as above. You may however take a guided walk to visit the twin Lakes of Burela & Ruhondo.
Day 4: Golden Monkey trekking and community visit
Golden monkey trekking & Ibyiwacu: On day 4 of 12 days best of Rwanda primates, wildlife safari, Volcano Hike, & Cultural tour, have breakfast at your lodge then drive to the park headquarters for a golden monkey trekking experience. You will undergo a briefing session in which rules and regulations to follow in this experience will be read to you then trek into the forest looking for golden monkeys and when you find them you will spend 1 hour in their presence. In this one hour you will take amazing pictures, observe the behavior of the golden monkeys then head back to your lodge for lunch. In the afternoon you will go for a community walk enjoying interaction with the locals, observe the making of locally brewed beer and be entertained by cultural dances. In the evening you will have dinner and stay overnight as above.
Day 5: Mount Bisoke hike
Mount Bisoke Hike: After breakfast on the 5th day of 12 days best of Rwanda primates, wildlife safari, Volcano Hike, & Cultural tour, pack all that you need for your Bisoke hike including drinking water, snacks, insect repellant, ran jacket and any other item that you might need during the hike. Meet your driver for a transfer to the briefing grounds at the park headquarters where you will meet other hikers. After briefing, you will start ascending Mount Bisoke one of the 8 volcanoes in Virunga Massif. Along the hike, look out for different animals, birds, and beautiful butterflies that thrill with in the stunning vegetation cover. Ascending takes about 4 hours. While at the summit, you will enjoy your picnic lunch and then descend back to your lodge for dinner and night rest.
Day 6: Transfer to Lake Kivu – Boat cruise
Transfer to Lake Kivu: After breakfast at your hotel on the 6th day of 12 days best of Rwanda primates, wildlife safari, Volcano Hike, & Cultural tour, you will checkout and drive to Lake Kivu for a boat ride experience visiting the virgin Islands found in the lake such as the Napoleon’s Hat Island. While on the island you can ascend to the peaks of the hat where you will enjoy views of numerous Angola bats in the blue skies. After lunch you will head to Butare visiting the Intellectual Centre of Rwanda, the National University, the national Museum and the Institute of Scientific Research. In the evening you will head to your lodge, have dinner and stay overnight at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (Luxury)/ La Palm Beach Hotel (Mid-range)/ Paradise Malahide (Budget)
Day 7: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National park
Lake Kivu to Nyungwe forest national park: Have breakfast at your hotel on day 7 of 12 days best of Rwanda primates, wildlife safari, Volcano Hike, & Cultural tour, checkout and transfer to Nyungwe Forest National park one of the remaining protected montane rainforests on the African continent. The forest is a home to a large population of chimpanzees other primate species such as black and white Angolan Colobus monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys, different species of trees and orchids, butterflies, mammals and abundant bird species. Lunch will be enroute and upon arrival, you will check n for dinner and overnight sleep at Gisakura guest house (Budget)/ Nyungwe Top View Hotel (Mid-Range)/ Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury).
Day 8: Chimpanzee Trekking and Canopy Walks in Nyungwe forest national park
Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest national park: Have early breakfast on day 8 of 12 days best of Rwanda primates, wildlife safari, Volcano Hike, & Cultural tour, then proceed to the park for a chimpanzee tracking experience, you will be briefed about the experience then head into the forests of Nyungwe looking for chimpanzees, when you find them you will have one hour of watching these beautiful creatures playing on tree tops and take pictures.
Canopy walk in Nyungwe forest national park: After lunch, you will return to the park for an afternoon canopy walk on the canopy suspended about 50M high above the tree tops, on this walk you will enjoy watching chimpanzees, numerous species of birds such as sun birds and the neighboring areas. Later return to your lodge, have dinner and stay overnight.
Day 9: Drive to Kigali
Nyungwe forest national park to Kigali: Have breakfast on day 9 of 12 days best of Rwanda primates, wildlife safari, Volcano Hike, & Cultural tour, then check out of the lodge and drive to Kigali city with an enroute lunch and upon arrival, you will check in your hotel for overnight.
Day 10: Transfer to Akagera national park- Boat Cruise
Kigali to Akagera national park: Wake up in the morning for breakfast on day 10 of 12 days best of Rwanda primates, wildlife safari, Volcano Hike, & Cultural tour after which you will check out of your hotel and depart Kigali for Akagera national park one of the most stunning and the only savanna national park in Rwanda. Once you arrive at the park, you will check in for lunch.
Afternoon Boat cruise: later in the afternoon, you will enjoy a breath taking boat cruise on Lake Ihema to watch plenty of wildlife species including Crocodiles, Hippos, and water birds among others. You will then head back to your lodge for dinner and overnight at Dereva hotel/ Akagera Game lodge/ Karenge Bush Camp/ Ruzizi Tented Camp.
Day 11: Morning game drive and afternoon cultural tour
Morning game drive: Arise and shine on the 11th day of 12 days best of Rwanda primates, wildlife safari, Volcano Hike, & Cultural tour, head to the park for the morning game drive as you spot plenty of animals that reside in this stunning savanna park. look out for all the big 5 game including Elephants, Rhinos, Lions, Buffaloes, Leopards and many other animals that reside in Akagera national park. other animals to look out for include zebras, impalas, giraffes, Topis and lots of bird species such as giant kingfisher, Senegal lapwings, grey crowned crane, papyrus Gonolek, to mention but a few. After game drive, you will return to your lodge for lunch and then spend your evening on a cultural tour meeting with the locals around the park.
Day 12: Transfer to Kigali
Akagera national park to Kigali: After breakfast at your lodge on the last day of your 12 days best of Rwanda primates, wildlife safari, Volcano Hike, & Cultural tour, you will check out and enjoy an enroute game drive as you depart Akagera national park back to Kigali. The drop off will be either at your hotel or airport.
END OF 12 DAYS BEST OF RWANDA PRIMATES, WILDLIFE, VOLCANO HIKE & CULTURAL TOUR
Inclusive in 12 days best of Rwanda primates, wildlife safari, Volcano Hike, & Cultural tour
- Airport pick up and drop off
- Gorilla trekking permit
- Golden monkey hiking permit
- Mount Bisoke Hike
- Chimpanzee trekking permit
- Canopy walking permit
- Cultural tour
- Boat cruise
- Game drive
- A safari vehicle for ground transportation
- All accommodations for 11 Nights
- A bottle of packed drinking water
Exclusive in 12 days best of Rwanda primates, wildlife safari, Volcano Hike, & Cultural tour
- Rwanda visa
- Flight air ticket
- Tips & Gratuity
- All expenses of personal nature
- Optional activities
- Additional accommodation before or after the safari