Travel through the majestic waterways of magical Rwanda – the land of a thousand hills on this 4 days safari taking you to Volcanoes National Park to view the mighty mountain gorillas near the Ugandan border. Spend your days on game drives and boat trips through Akagera national park and your nights, dining under the stars in the bustling Kigali city.
4 Days Gorillas & Wildlife Itinerary
Day 1: Transfer to Akagera National Park
Today, after your relaxed morning breakfast at your hotel, or airport pick up. You will be picked by our safari guide to begin Kigali city excursion. Thereafter leave for Akagera national park, the journey to Akagera national park takes approximately 2 to 3 hours depending on the stopovers along the way. The journey is filled with beautiful sweeping landscape en route to the park, feel free to ask the guide for stopovers to capture some memorable photos. On arrival in Akagera national park, take an optional game drive in the evening and proceed to your accommodation for check in and overnight stay.
Day 2: Game Drive & Boat Cruise
Wake up to a tasty breakfast meal before you depart the lodge for your game viewing experience. You will drive to the northern section of Akagera National Park through the famous Mutumba hill for stunning wildlife viewing moments as well as some parts of Tanzania. While on your game viewing drive, you will have a lot of chances to meet the savanna woodland and open savanna grassland animals which include among others elephants, buffaloes, Masai giraffes, birds, lions and many antelope families. In the afternoon, undertake a leisurely boat cruise at Lake Ihema. The excursion lasts for up to 2 hours and presents endless opportunities to spot water animals, reptiles and unique birds along the shores.
Day 3: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park / Evening Community Tour
Early morning wake up, have breakfast and check out from the lodge ready to head off to Volcanoes National Park. This is about 4 hours’ drive, Enroute rolling landscape that make this country a true land of a thousand hills. You will have lunch along the way and up on arrival, check in at your place of accommodation.
In the evening, visit the famous Ib’yiwachu Village, one of the few places to be immersed in the culture of the three tribes of Rwanda; Hutu, Tutsi and Twa. While here, you will a get an insight into the lifestyle, activities, artifacts and unique ways of life of Rwandan people through their traditional performances, cuisine and other cultural experiences.
Day 4: Gorilla Trekking & Transfer to Kigali
After breakfast, head to the park headquarters and receive brief briefing from the park officials about the dos and don’ts while with the gorillas as well as get allocated to the ranger guide and the gorilla family you’ll track. Head off to the jungles and start the search for mountain gorillas.
It’s an amazing moment to be among 8 persons allowed to visit a specific gorilla family. Once you meet them, you are only given one hour to be stay with them, as you watch their behaviors and way of life. There after return to the lodge by 2:00pm. Have refreshment and lunch at the lodge and later set off to Kigali city. Depending on your flight time, be dropped off at the airport, marking the end of your 4 days Volcanoes and Akagera national parks safari.