7 days Rwanda safari features private road transfers between destinations, allowing you maximum privacy and excellent convenience of visiting remote places within a very short period of time. On a seamless journey that features luxurious services across an iconic safari country, observe the famed Big Five along with countless other wild species, countless birds and meet the hospital Rwandan people while exploring the finest game parks in the land of a thousand hills, including Volcanoes and Nyungwe forest National Park – the respective homes of mountain gorillas and chimpanzees.
7 Days Rwanda Adventure Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kigali city
On arrival at Kigali International Airport in Rwanda, you will be received by one of our representatives who will greatly welcome you and transfer you to the hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you will do a city tour to introduce you to the history and culture of this country during a city tour, visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre where up to 250000 Tutsis were buried in open graves. Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel in the heart of Kigali city.
Day 2: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park
After morning breakfast, enjoy breakfast and checkout of the hotel to begin your transfer to south- western based Nyungwe forest. On the way visit Butare city – home of the Royal Palace Museum and Ethnographic Museum, later have an en-route lunch. After lunch you head straight to Nyungwe National Park for dinner and overnight stay at the lodge overlooking Nyungwe forest.
Day 3: Chimpanzee Trekking & Canopy Walk
Today, after your morning breakfast, leave your lodge to experience the natural forest of Nyungwe famous for having 13 species of primates, track the endangered chimps and also take part in canopy walk which will give you a magnificent experience of exploring the forest from the top. Chimpanzee tracking sets off at 8:00 am from Gisakura park headquarters. The experience lasts between 1 – 5 hours depending on the location and movement of the chimpanzee troops.
Other than chimpanzees, you will be able to sight other primates like black-and-white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, grey-cheeked Mangabey, L’Hoest monkeys, bush babies, pottos and numerous endemic bird species like the rumped tinker bird, the crowned eagle, little greenbul, yellow-spotted nectar, green breasted pitta, black bee-eater and large mammals like elephants can be viewed during the trek. In the afternoon, undertake another adventurous experience of Nyungwe forest canopy walk. This canopy walk avails amazing opportunities to view elusive birds, rare primates and other nocturnal species of the forest.
Day 4: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
After an early breakfast in Nyungwe, transfer to Gisenyi for a boat ride and visit different islands on Kivu Lake (Rwanda’s biggest lake). During a speed boat trip, you will also be able to see a myriad of bird species such as the African darter, pied kingfisher, etc. and later head for lunch along one of the magnificent white sand beaches. After lunch, proceed on a drive to Volcanoes NP, the home of mountain gorillas and golden monkeys in Rwanda. Arrive and check in at your lodge in Musanze for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5: Mountain Gorilla Trekking
After breakfast at your lodge, head to the Volcanoes national park ranger station for briefing by head ranger then drive to the trail head for the start of your amazing gorilla tracking adventure. Porters can be hired at the briefing point to help carry your backpack and trekking gear. Your trek again starts in the cultivated foothills of the Virunga’s offering stunning views in every turn. Upon sighting the gorillas, you will stay with them for a magical hour as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing, resting and caring for their young ones. Trek back to the starting point, meet with your guide who will drive you back to the lodge for lunch and spend the rest of the day relaxing and meditating about this magical adventure.
Day 6: Rwanda Cultural Experience & Transfer to Kigali
After breakfast, take a village walk to explore the amazing Ib’yiwachu cultural center in the outskirts of Volcanoes national park. This is a living museum located on the foothills of Virunga Volcanoes, which unveils the typical lifestyle and traditions of Rwandan people of both ancient and present. It’s an encounter that you will completely get immersed into, and you will love the joy and excitement that the Rwandan culture brings. Transfer back to Kigali city, though scenic landscapes arriving in town for lunch and afternoon relaxation.
Day 7: Kigali Cultural Experience & Departure
In the morning after breakfast, take a drive to visit Nyamirambo women’s group on the fringes of Kigali city. This is a place for epic cultural experiences including basket weaving, enjoying Rwandan traditional, delicious, and gratifying cuisine that is prepared locally by the native women and youth groups. Later transfer to the airport for your departure flight.