12 Days Rwanda Culture Tour Rwanda Culture Safari Trip

Overview of the 12 Days Rwanda Culture Tour Rwanda Culture Safari Trip

The 12 Days Rwanda Culture Tour Rwanda Culture Safari Trip is a detailed safari package that takes you around Rwanda exploring her range of natural and cultural attractions and activities. The package involves chimpanzee trekking, colobus monkey tracking and canopy walk in Nyungwe National Park, recreational; water encounters on Lake Kivu, gorilla trekking, Dian Fossey encounter and Bisoke volcano climbing in Volcanoes National Park, game drive and boat cruise in Akagera National Park, rewarding culture and heritage encounters in Nyanza palace, Butare museum, Iby’wachu cultural village, and Kigali city with its Gisozi memorial site.

Safari Highlights of the 12 Days Rwanda Culture Tour Rwanda Culture Safari Trip

  • Day 1 of the 12 Days Rwanda Culture Tour Rwanda Culture Safari Trip: Arrive in Kigali
  • Day 2 of the 12 Days Rwanda Culture Tour Rwanda Culture Safari Trip: Transfer to Nyungwe National Park via Butare
  • Day 3 of the 12 Days Rwanda Culture Tour Rwanda Culture Safari Trip: Do Chimpanzee trekking & community walk
  • Day 4 of the 12 Days Rwanda Culture Tour Rwanda Culture Safari Trip: Do colobus monkey tracking & Nyungwe canopy walk
  • Day 5 of the 12 Days Rwanda Culture Tour Rwanda Culture Safari Trip: Transfer to Gisenyi
  • Day 6 of the 12 Days Rwanda Cultural Tours: Encounter Gisenyi & transfer to Volcanoes National Park
  • Day 7 of the 12 Days Rwanda Culture Tour Rwanda Culture Safari Trip: Do gorilla trekking & visit iby’wachu cultural village
  • Day 8 of the 12 Days Rwanda Culture Tour Rwanda Culture Safari Trip: Hike Dian Fossey center & take a nature walk to Ruhondo and Bulera.
  • Day 9 of the 12 Days Rwanda Culture Tour Rwanda Culture Safari Trip: Hike Bisoke Volcano & transfer to Kigali city
  • Day 10 of the 12 Days Rwanda Culture Tour Rwanda Culture Safari Trip: Transfer to Akagera National Park & do boat cruise
  • Day 11 of the 12 Days Rwanda Culture Tour Rwanda Culture Safari Trip: Do game drive & transfer back to Kigali
  • Day 12 of the 12 Days Rwanda Culture Tour Rwanda Culture Safari Trip: Do Kigali city tour.

Detailed itinerary of the 12 Days Rwanda Culture Tour Rwanda Culture Safari Trip

Day 1 of the 12 Days Rwanda Culture Tour Rwanda Culture Safari Trip: Arrive in Kigali

Arrive in Rwanda through its main gateway where you will find the guide waiting for you. You will be transferred to your respective hotel for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Kigali Serena Hotel (Luxury/upmarket), Hotel Chez Lando (Midrange/standard) or Discover Rwanda Youth hostel (Budget/basic).

Day 2 of the 12 Days Rwanda Culture Tour Rwanda Culture Safari Trip: Transfer to Nyungwe National Park via Butare

Depart from Kigali city in the morning to Nyungwe forest National Park. The scenic drive en route is combined with a visit to the Nyanza Palace, the Butare Museum and Murambi memorial. It is over 268 km approximately 6 hours’ drive to Nyungwe forest excluding stops en route.

Accommodation: Dinner and Overnight: Nyungwe Hill Top (Midrange/standard), Gisakura guest house (Budget/basic) or Nyungwe View Lodge (Luxury/upmarket).

Day 3 of the 12 Days Rwanda Culture Tour Rwanda Culture Safari Trip: Do Chimpanzee trekking & community walk

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Wake up for an early breakfast before embarking on the Chimpanzee tour at 08:00am. It will be a half day activity seeing Chimps feed, play and hunt before returning to the lodge. In the evening, you will take a community tour to the adjacent community tea plantations and exploring the traditions of Rwandese including impressive music dance and drama and handicrafts.

Accommodation: You will have dinner and overnight at your lodge

Day 4 of the 12 Days Rwanda Culture Tour Rwanda Culture Safari Trip: Do colobus monkey tracking & Nyungwe canopy walk

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After breakfast, embark on the colobus monkey trek to encounter the largest grouping of colobus monkeys in Africa. You will be mesmerized by their black and white skin color and their enormous numbers as the swing through the braches of this ancient forest of Nyungwe. The experience is quite rewarding and will create memories on this Rwanda safari. Other monkey species like Vervet and Lhoest monkeys can be spotted. Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation and in the afternoon you will do canopy walk, the first of its kind in East Africa where you will be able to spot a range species swinging in the tree top branches mostly primates and a variety of birds.

Accommodation: Spend an overnight at your previous lodge.

Day 5 of the 12 Days Rwanda Culture Tour Rwanda Culture Safari Trip: Transfer to Gisenyi

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Lake Kivu (Gisenyi area) driving through impressive scenic landscapes marked by Rwandan hill sides and the views of Lake Kivu as it stretches from Cyangungu in the south through Kibuye eventually to Gisenyi. You will have lunch stop in Kibuye and continue to arrive in Gisenyi in the afternoon for relaxation and overnight.

Accommodation: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (Upmarket/luxury), Palm Beach (Budget/basic) or Hotel Gorillas Lake Kivu (Midrange/standard).

Day 6 of the 12 Days Rwanda Culture Tour Rwanda Culture Safari Trip: Encounter Gisenyi & transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Wake up as early as possible to take breakfast before converging at the Park Headquarters at Kinigi at 08:00am for briefing and eventual commencement of gorilla trekking encounter. The activity of trekking can take 2 – 8 hours thus it is important to carry with you packed lunch. One hour will be allocated to you to interact physically with the gorillas and photos and questions are allowed during this historical encounter. Return to the lodge after trekking for relaxation and in the evening you will take a cultural tour to the Iby’wachu Village to explore in to the Banyarwanda culture.

Accommodation: Spend a night at your previous lodge.

Day 7 of the 12 Days Rwanda Culture Tour Rwanda Culture Safari Trip: Do gorilla trekking & visit iby’wachu cultural village

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Wake up as early as possible to take breakfast before converging at the Park Headquarters at Kinigi at 08:00am for briefing and eventual commencement of gorilla trekking encounter. The activity of trekking can take 2 – 8 hours thus it is important to carry with you packed lunch. One hour will be allocated to you to interact physically with the gorillas and photos and questions are allowed during this historical encounter. Return to the lodge after trekking for relaxation and in the evening you will take a cultural tour to the Iby’wachu Village to explore in to the Banyarwanda culture.

Accommodation: Spend a night at your previous lodge.

Day 8 of the 12 Days Rwanda Culture Tour Rwanda Culture Safari Trip: Hike Dian Fossey center & take a nature walk to Ruhondo and Bulera.

Visit Karisoke research center after breakfast to witness the attempts of the leading gorilla conservationist – Dian Fossey an American Primatologist. During this visit, you will also visit her grave and that of Digit – her admirable silverback after which you will return to the lodge for lunch after which you will take a walk to the twin lakes of Ruhondo and Bulera and the magical Russumo falls. This will reward you with great scenic experience.

Accommodation: You will spend dinner and overnight at your previous lodge.

Day 9 of the 12 Days Rwanda Culture Tour Rwanda Culture Safari Trip: Hike Bisoke Volcano & transfer to Kigali city

Hike the Bisoke Volcano one of the eight volcanoes that forms the great Virunga massif. The encounter takes about 7 hours for a round trip. The hike generates impressive scenic views of the volcanoes and the Crater Lake at the top. After this activity, transfer to Kigali city for overnight.

Accommodation: Kigali Serena Hotel (Luxury/upmarket), Hotel Chez Lando (Midrange/standard) or Discover Rwanda Youth hostel (Budget/basic).

Day 10 of the 12 Days Rwanda Culture Tour Rwanda Culture Safari Trip: Transfer to Akagera National Park & do boat cruise

After breakfast, embark on transfer to Akagera National Park – the largest savannah Park in Rwanda 130km about 2.5 hours’ drive from Kigali city. You will have lunch from the park and embark on the boat cruise on Lake Ihema in the afternoon where you will be able to spot water birds, Hippos, Nile crocodiles among other species.

Accommodation: Ruzizi Tented Camp (Luxury/upmarket), Akagera game lodge (Midrange/standard) or Dereva Hotel (Budget/basic).

Day 11 of the 12 Days Rwanda Culture Tour Rwanda Culture Safari Trip: Do game drive & transfer back to Kigali

Wake up for an early morning game drive to catch up with early risers and nocturnal getting back to their hiding places before dawn. You will be exposed to a range of wildlife including; giraffes, elephant, buffalo, zebra and a range of antelope. Return to the lodge for relaxation at 11:00am till lunch time. In the afternoon, you will embark on the transfer back to Kigali for overnight.

Accommodation: Kigali Serena Hotel (Luxury/upmarket), Hotel Chez Lando (Midrange/standard) or Discover Rwanda Youth hostel (Budget/basic).

Day 12 of the 12 Days Rwanda Culture Tour Rwanda Culture Safari Trip: Do Kigali city tour.

After breakfast, undertake a Kigali city tour visiting Gisozi/Kigali memorial genocide site, Nyamata church, Hotel Des Mille Collines, down town Kigali, Presidential palace museum and craft centers before retiring to prepare for your departure in the afternoon.

End of the 12 Days Rwanda Culture Tour Rwanda Culture Safari Trip

Getting There

Transport Means to Your Safari Destinations

4X4 Safari Landcruisers For Hire In Ugand & Rwanda

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One of the best known 4×4 WD that you can use for your safari in Uganda’s Parks and Rural countryside.Our car hire is based on limited mileage and applies to travel within Uganda.( Terms and conditions apply. Read More

4X4 Safari Vans For Hire In Uganda Rwanda

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Looking for 4X4 Safari Vans for hire in Uganda, Prime Uganda Safaris is available to your service. We have customized safari vans that have 4 wheel drive and have demonstrated the capacity to access distant Uganda Safari destinations and across borders such as Rwanda. Read More

4X4 Minivan|Coaster|Mini Buses For Hire in Uganda Rwanda

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We have minivans for hire to groups of eight up to twelve. Make sure to find the class to suit your large group.In this Category, we have 4X 4 Safari Mini bus with capacity ranging from 6 seater to 14 seater and they’ve got a pop up roof for game viewing purposes. These have got diesel powered engines and come with a driver guide but excluding fuel.( Terms and conditions apply). Read More

Accommodations/ Safari Lodges/ Safari Hotels to Your Safari Destinations

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge: This accommodation facility extends value for money and the magnificent sights of the Volcanoes national park. It is positioned on the lower gradients of Sabyinyo Mountain. Gorilla view lodge contains 30 private stone cottages with modern furnishing and décor. With a fire place and en suite facilities, the lodge is worth of stay while at Gorilla tracking safari in Rwanda.

La Palme Hotel: With 48 fully furnished rooms with 4 big elegantly designed suites, La Palme Hotel counts among the cozy and ultimate safari accommodations within the environs of Volcanoes national park. Rooms have Wi-Fi, Satellite TV, 24 hour room service, telephone and double beds.

Nyungwe Forest Lodge: The lodge is found on the edge of Nyungwe forest and it has 24 luxury rooms the 2 being suites providing tourists with comfortable sleeps while on their safaris in Rwanda. The lodge has a swimming pool, lounge, bar, fire place, en suite facilities, restaurant, laundry services, internet access, Air conditioner and so many other services provided to Rwanda safari tourists.

Muhabura Guest House: Muhabura hotel is a budget accommodation found opposite musanze headquarters near the bank of Kigali. This exposes you to a comfortable life while you stay away your home. There are 30 rooms with single, double and Twin. The rooms are self-contained, with warm and cold showers, satellite TV, laundry services, balcony, garden and so many others.

La Palme Hotel: This is among the best deluxe hotel in Rwanda where tourists always feel comfortable to stay while o their Rwanda safaris. This hotel has 48 well designed rooms with 4 large suites. The rooms have screens, good services, internet access, Double bed, telephone and are self-contained.

General Safari Inclusions

  • Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
  • Chimpanzee Permit (for chimpanzee trekking safaris)
  • Full Board Accommodation on Safari
  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
  • Entrance fees to the tourist sites including Protected areas mentioned
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • Border crossing fees (for cross border safaris)

General Safari Exclusions

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)
  • Accommodation in Kampala or Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)

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