12 Days Rwandan Safari Tour

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12 Days Rwandan Safari Tour

12 Days Rwandan Safari Tour, This twelve-day safari will take you to some of Rwanda’s most amazing destinations. Hike through Nyungwe Forest National Park and search for the elusive mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. Enjoy all that Rwanda has to offer from Kigali to Musanze!

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1: Arrival and Pickup at Kigali International Airport

You will be met and greeted by your driver-guide from Arcadia Safaris upon your arrival at Kigali International Airport. He or she will brief you on your safari before transferring you to your hotel for your overnight stay in Kigali and relax at your Hotel.

Destination: Kigali (City)

Accommodation options:

Luxury

Kigali Serena Hotel or Similar

Mid-Range

Kigali Marriott Hotel or Similar

Budget

Kigali Farway Fantasies or Similar

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

 

Day 2: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park.

After an early morning breakfast, you will drive into the Nyungwe Forest. On the way you will visit Nyanza King’s Palace, the National Museum of Butare, and the genocide memorial of Murambi. Nyanza was the headquarters of the ancient Rwanda Kingdom before the arrival of the Europeans. The compound features the tastefully decorated modern palace built by King Mutura in 1934.

Destination: Nyungwe Forest National Park (Chimps)

Accommodation options:

Luxury

Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel or Similar

Mid-Range

Chimpanzee Lodge or Similar

Budget

Nyungwe Nziza Ecolodge or Similar

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

 

Day 3: Nyungwe Forest National Park (Golden Monkey Trekking)

After breakfast you will enter the Nyungwe forest to track the Nyungwe colobus monkey. A walk into the forest with our knowledgeable guides well versed in botany, ornithology, and interspecies relationships will be a whole new learning experience for you. You will return to the guest house for lunch and have your overnight at the hotel.

Destination: Nyungwe Forest National Park (Chimps)

Accommodation options:

Luxury

The Retreat by Heaven or Similar

Mid-Range

Dove Hotel Kigali or Similar

Budget

Nyungwe Nziza Ecolodge or Similar

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

 

Day 4: Nyungwe Forest National Park-Nyungwe Forest National Park

Today will be your second day in the Nyungwe forest. In the morning you can either opt for the Nyungwe canopy walk or a nature walk to the waterfalls. After lunch you will visit the colobus monkeys darting through the trees. Your overnight will be at the hotel.

Destination: Nyungwe Forest National Park (Chimps)

Accommodation options:

Luxury

The Retreat by Heaven or Similar

Mid-Range

Dove Hotel Kigali or Similar

Budget

Nyungwe Nziza Ecolodge or Similar

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

 

Day 5: Transfer from Nyungwe Forest National Park to Kibuye Town

Early in the morning you will head to Kibuye via Gisakura, a five hour journey. Along the way you will enjoy the thousands of beautiful green hills that make up our country as well as views of Kivu Lake. Dinner and overnight at your accommodation.

Destination: Kibuye (Town)

Accommodation options:

Luxury

Cleo Lake Kivu Hotel or Similar

Mid-Range

Rwiza Village Hotel or Similar

Budget

Rebero Kivu Resort or Similar

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

 

Day 6: Kibuye – Gisenyi – 12 Days Rwandan Safari Tour

Today you will transfer to Gisenyi by speed boat or by vehicle (the choice is yours). Along the way you will explore the wonderful views of the different islands along Lake Kivu and some of the Congolese hills. Your overnight will be at the Hotel Ubumwe.

Destination: Gisenyi (City)

Accommodation options:

Luxury

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (Gisenyi) or Similar

Mid-Range

Paradis Malahide or Similar

Budget

Kivu Peace View Hotel or Similar

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

 

Day 7: Transfer to Musanze – 12 Days Rwandan Safari Tour

You will spend part of the day relaxing and swimming at Kivu Serena Beach. After breakfast and your time at the beach you will drive to Musanze, the base town for visiting mountain gorillas. Enjoy a visit of the Ibyiwacu cultural village and then overnight at your accommodation.

Destination: Musanze (City)

Accommodation options:

Luxury

Ingagi Park View Lodge or Similar

Mid-Range

Snow Hotel or Similar

Budget

La Voisina Hotel or Similar

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

 

Day 8: Musanze –Volcanoes National Park

Early in the morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Volcanoes National Park for your first gorilla trek. You will arrive at the main office at 7:00am for a short briefing and coffee break before going on your trek. Your overnight at your accommodation.

Destination: Volcanoes National Park (Gorillas)

Accommodation options:

Luxury

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or Similar

Mid-Range

Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel or Similar

Budget

Urugano Virunga Palace or Similar

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

 

Day 9: Musanze – 12 Days Rwandan Safari Tour

Today you will visit the golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park. You will again have to be at the main office at 7:00am for a short briefing before your trek. Return at lunchtime and then go visit the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. Your overnight will be at the hotel.

Destination: Musanze (City)

Accommodation options:

Luxury

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge or Similar

Mid-Range

Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel or Similar

Budget

Urugano Virunga Palace or Similar

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

 

Day 10: Transfer to Akagera National Park – 12 Days Rwandan Safari Tour

In the morning, after breakfast, you will be transferred to Akagera via Kigali. Here you will have lunch before driving into Akagera National Park. You will cruise to Lake Ihema in the afternoon and then go on a bird watch in Akagera. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Destination: Akagera National Park

Accommodation options:

Luxury

Akagera Game Lodge or Similar     

Mid-Range

Ruzizi Tented Lodge or Similar

Budget

Karenge Bush Camp

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

 

Day 11: Akagera National Park/Kigali – 12 Days Rwandan Safari Tour

After breakfast you will go on a game drive in the park, Akagera national park is located in Eastern Rwanda on the border with Tanzania. African parks is currently managing this park and has done a great job with the conservation. In the past there were lots of conflict between people and the park but this was solved by fencing off part of the park and the introduction of community tours where visitors are encouraged to visit the communities and benefit accordingly.

12-Day Rwandan Safari, Akagera  national park is a the only Savannah park in Rwanda and is home to several mammal species including Lions, Elephants, Giraffes, Hippos, Kobs, Zebras, Bushbucks, Waterbucks and most recently Black Rhinos have been introduces from South Africa, making Akagera national park officially a big 5 park like it was many years ago. It is also home to numerous bird species in the several habitats which include woodland, swamps, lakes and Savannah.

Destination: Kigali (City)

Accommodation options:

Luxury

Kigali Serena Hotel or Similar

Mid-Range

Kigali Marriott Hotel or Similar

Budget

Kigali Farway Fantasies or Similar

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

 

Day 12: Transfer to Kigali International Airport – 12 Days Rwandan Safari Tour

After breakfast, and depending on your departure flight, you may go on a complementary visit to the Ntarama Church. This was the site where more than 5,000 were killed during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. This genocide memorial is located 30km south of Kigali in the Bugasera region. This church and its contents are a reminder of the horrifying violence that took place. Learn more about the unity and reconciliation commission while you are here. Thank you for choosing Arcadia Safaris and we hope to see you (or any referral) when next, you visit!!!.


Destination:
Kigali Genocide Memorial

Accommodation Option: No (End of tour)

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

 

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Round Trip Airport Transfers (pick up and drop off)
  • Private transportation in a 4×4 Safari Cars
  • Meals specified on a Full Board basis
  • Accommodation with ensuite facility
  • Applicable Park entrance & activities Fees
  • English speaking professional Driver-Guide
  • Chimpanzee Trekking Permit Fees
  • Gorilla Trekking Permit Fees
  • All hotel/lodge pickups and drop off
  • All Taxes
  • Bottled drinking water and Fruits while on safari
  • Activities as stipulated in the itinerary (except those stated as “optional”

 

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • Activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Flight Fares (unless requested)
  • Country entry Visa
  • Personal/Travel insurance
  • Telephone charges
  • Laundry
  • Bar bills and all other kinds of drinks except water
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Souvenirs, gifts and Tips
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Covid-19 and other related tests and vaccinations

 

RATES PER PERSON: (Tour rates/prices are per person and exclude international flight from/to your home country).