9 Days

Kigali – Akagera National Park – Volcanoes National Park – Lake Kivu – Nyungwe Forest National Park
9 Days / 8 Nights
Date of Issue: 18 September 2019

Accommodation Destination Basis Duration
Kigali Serena Hotel Kigali B&B 1 Night
Akagera Game Lodge Akagera National Park FB 2 Nights
Mountain Gorilla View Lodge Volcanoes National Park FB 2 Nights
Cormoran Lodge Lake Kivu FB+ 1 Night
One&Only Nyungwe House Nyungwe Forest National Park FB 2 Nights

Day 1: Kigali – Volcano National Park

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by a silverback Africa representative who will introduce your tour driver-guide. The transfer to your Hotel

Overnight :Kigali Serena(BB)


Day 2: Kigali/Akagera National- Game drive

After breakfast at your hotel, Drive to Busegera to visit the Reconciliation village. Then drive back to Kigali for lunch and proceed to Akagera National Park. Drive to the eastern province, Leaving Kigali with Marabou Storks & the Black Kite soaring over the city, set off along the Rwamagana – Kayonza road to Akagera National Park. You are bound to come across a lot of birds activity along the way. Akagera National Park is dominated scenically by a labyrinth of swamps and lakes that follow the meandering course of the Akagera River. (Approximately 2 hours from Kigali – Could be longer for people interested in birds). Take up afternoon Game drive.

Overnight: Akagera Game Lodge  (FB)


Day 3: Akagera National Park.

Full day in the park both Morning and afternoon game drive with a boat ride in Lake I hema.

Overnight: Akagera Game Lodge  (FB)

Day 4: Akagera National Park – Volcanoes National Park

After early breakfast, drive to the Volcanoes National Park via Kigali. Start with a city tour of Kigali including a visit to the Genocide Memorial site, a grim reminder of a senseless massacre of innocent’s lives in 1994. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide and how Rwanda has dealt with that past. We continue our tour and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience. We enjoy lunch at a restaurant in Kigali. Thereafter, we drive to Musanze (formerly called Ruhengeri) in the northwest part of Rwanda, the main base town for Gorilla tracking. The drive is through beautiful rolling hills passing coffee, tea and banana plantations on a comfortable paved road and is approximately 2.5 hours from Kigali.

Overnight: Mt.Gorilla View Lodge(FB)

Day 5: Volcanoes NP/ Gorilla trekking

After your morning wake-up call and breakfast transfer by road in a 4WD Land Cruiser and report to the park headquarters, for gorilla trekking formalities and briefing by the Volcanoes National Park’s guides on the gorillas’ etiquette. The gorilla group that you will visit will depend on the assignment of travelers to the seven habituated gorilla groups. Park rangers have already left to locate the 7 habituated Gorilla groups that are accessible to visitors.

You will be assigned to a specific group of gorillas. Groups of trekkers will have a maximum of 8 visitors per gorilla family. Your trek will vary in length depending on which gorilla group you have been assigned to and will commence at about 7,000 feet of altitude in the upper terraced slopes of the volcano. Soon you will enter the forest of bamboo and thick undergrowth.

You follow paths and the walking is steep but not overly strenuous.  There are no words to describe the thrill of recognition attached to staring deep into the liquid brown eyes of these gentle giants, which share some 97% of their genes with humans. After locating your assigned Gorilla group you will spend one hour in their company before retracing your steps back down the volcano slopes. Lunch at the lodge.

Overnight: Mt.Gorilla View Lodge(FB)

Day 6:  Karongi/ Lake Kivu

After breakfast, Drive to the Lake Kivu. Lake Kivu Lunch at the Lodge. In the afternoon drive to the Lake Kivu Rwanda’s western side is bounded by Lake Kivu, one of a string of huge freshwater lakes which lie along Africa’s Great Rift Valley. Dominating the border between Rwanda and the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo); Lake Kivu is Rwanda’s largest lake and the sixth largest lake in Africa

Overnight: Cormoran Lodge  (FB)

Day 7:  Lake Kivu / Nyungwe National Park.

After breakfast, Drive to Nyungwe National Park, Nyungwe rainforest is placed in southwestern Rwanda at the border with Burundi, south, and Lake Kivu and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. Nyungwe rainforest is probably the best-preserved rainforest in the mountains. Lunch at the Lodge

Overnight: One & only nyungwe house (FB)

Day 8:  Nyungwe National Park./ Chimpanzee trekking.

Enjoy an early breakfast at your lodge; 0430hrs: Embark on a thrilling hike in search of chimpanzee communities. The Rwandan chimpanzee population is thought to consist of approx. 400-500 individuals, confined to the Nyungwe National Park, including a small community in the Cyamudongo Forest. During your hike you may also spot migratory birdlife including the Ross’ turaco, grey-cheeked hornbill, red-breasted sparrow hawk and regal sunbird. Have lunch at your lodge. Optional activities in the afternoon include a visit to the colobus monkeys or do the canopy walk.

Overnight: One & only nyungwe house (FB)

Day 9:  Nyungwe National Park./ Kigali

After breakfast, drive to Kigali Via Butare visit national museum and royal King’s Palace. Lunch in Butare then proceed to  Kigali for your departure flight.

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