Overview of the 5 days Volcanoes National Park Rwanda gorilla safari and Akagera National Park wildlife safari

This 5 days Rwanda safari will give you a classic outlook of Rwanda “the land of a thousand hills as you drive to Akagera National Park situated in the Eastern part of Rwanda. Akagera National Park is a little piece of heaven situated in North Eastern Rwanda, at the country’s border with Tanzania. Akagera National Park is blessed with mixture of forested areas as well as diverse savannah vegetation that create a piece of spectacular scenery giving you beautiful varied sights of the park. The park is also dominated by swamps and small lakes whose water flows into River Kagera after which the park was named.

While in the park, you will have game viewing drives that expose you to the big 5 game and other wildlife including; buffalos, herds of elephants, lions, gazelles, Masai giraffe, baboons, impala, oribi, Burchell’s zebra, topi, bush baby, leopard and bushbuck. As part of your adventure still, you will have the best of your time on your gorilla safari tour Rwanda in Volcanoes national park; the major highlight of this trip in Rwanda.

Rwanda safari highlight of the 5 days Volcanoes National Park Rwanda gorilla safari and Akagera National Park wildlife safari

Day 1: Arrival at Kigali International Airport and transfer to Akagera National Park Rwanda.

Day 2: Morning game drive in the park, have an afternoon boat ride and an evening game drive as you depart for your hotel/lodge.

Day 3: Transfer from Akagera National Park for Volcanoes National Park

Day 4: Do gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Day 5: Return to Kigali to your hotel or for your scheduled flight.

Detailed trip Itinerary of the 5 days Volcanoes National Park Rwanda gorilla safari and Akagera wildlife safari

Day 1 of the 5 days Volcanoes National Park Rwanda gorilla safari and Akagera wildlife safari: Arrival at Kigali International Airport and transfer to Akagera National Park Rwanda.

You will be met by our Rwanda safari tour guide on arrival at the airport. He will take you through a short briefing about your 5 days Volcanoes National Park Rwanda gorilla safari and Akagera wildlife safari and after drive East, through the attractive rolling plains, characterized of dense, lighter acacia woodland, broad-leafed woodland and rolling grassland. As you approach Akagera National Park, expect to see extensive series of lakes linked by papyrus swamps forming an extensive wetland. Check in lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Ruzizi tented camp- Luxury

Akagera Safari Lodge-Midrange

Day 2 of the 5 days Volcanoes National Park Rwanda gorilla safari and Akagera wildlife safari : Morning game drive in the park, have an afternoon boat ride and an evening game drive as you depart for your hotel/lodge.

Start your day with early morning breakfast at the lodge before joining your ranger in your open safari 4×4 land cruiser for your morning game drive in the park. This half day game drive will offer you opportunity to spot a variety of wild animals including elephants, buffalos, lions, Masai giraffe, gazelles, impala, baboons, oribi, Burchell’s zebra, topi, bush baby, leopard and bushbuck. Later in afternoon after your game drive, you will return to the lodge for your lunch.

After your lunch, proceed for a boat cruise along Lake Ihema that lasts about 2hours, a ride that will bring you close to the water animals like Crocodiles and Hippos, as well as large concentration of bird life. The park has over 525 species identified bird species with unique species like the Shoe billed stock, papyrus gonolek among the many. This park has Endemics include the jacanas, ibis, sand pipers and herons. Retire from the boat cruise and return to your lodge for dinner and overnight as you do a simple game drive.

Accommodation

Ruzizi tented camp- Luxury

Akagera Safari Lodge-Midrange

Day 3 of the 5 days Volcanoes National Park Rwanda gorilla safari and Akagera wildlife safari : Transfer from Akagera National Park for Volcanoes National Park and do a nature walk

Have breakfast in the morning at the lodge, prepare to set off for Volcanoes National Park for an unquestionably incomparable experience of Mountain gorilla tracking. The drive is about 217km covered in about 4 hours. Arrive at the park and check in your accommodation and have lunch. Take an afternoon nature walk through the nearby forest and the nearby crater lakes for a picturesque view, bird watching and photography. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at lodge.

Accommodation

Mountain Gorilla’s Nest – Luxury

Kinigi guest house/ Da Vinci gorilla lodge – Midrange

Day 4: Do gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Wake up to an early morning breakfast at the lodge and then transfer to the Volcanoes National Park headquarters with your packed lunch before 8am for your briefing by the park rangers on how you are going to carry out your Rwanda gorilla trekking safari. After the briefing, you will be led by the rangers into the forest in search for the brilliant apes. You will use slippery and muddy trails along the Volcanoe slopes which is a little challenging. This Rwanda gorilla tour will last between 2-8 hours including the 1 hour that will be given to you after spotting the mountain gorillas. During this hour, you will watch the gorilla carryout their activities, feed, build nests, cuddle giving you chance to take lots of pictures.

Depending on how you will be feeling, you can visit the panoramic twin volcanic lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. After the simple nature walk, you will return to your lodge for dinner.

Accommodation

Mountain Gorilla’s Nest – Luxury

Kinigi guest house/ Da Vinci gorilla lodge – Midrange

Day 5 of the 5 days Volcanoes National Park Rwanda gorilla safari and Akagera wildlife safari: Day 5: Return to Kigali for a city tour and then to your hotel or for your scheduled flight
Have breakfast at will, prepare to live this part of land and embark on your journey to Kigali for your city tour and later your flight. you will visit some Genocide Memorial centers in Kigali which may include Nyamata, Kigali Memorial Center and later transfer to Volcanoes National Park

End of the 5 days Volcanoes National Park Rwanda gorilla safari and Akagera National Park wildlife safari