13 Days Rwanda Classic Safari

This 13 days Rwanda Classic Safari starts and ends in Kigali. It involves visiting Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda for gorilla trekking and golden monkey tracking. The scenery in the shadow of the volcanoes is one of the most breathtaking in Africa. You will visit Nyungwe Forest National Park for chimpanzee tracking and game viewing at Akagera National Park.

Day 1: Arrival in Kigali International Airport
Day 2: Head to Volcanoes National Park
Day 3 and 4: Gorilla trekking
Day 5: Golden monkey tracking
Day 6: Transfer to Gisenyi town
Day 7: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park
Day 8: Chimpanzee tracking
Day 9: Forest walks
Day 10: Return to Kigali
Day 11: Drive to Akagera National Park
Day 12: Game drives and boat trip
Day 13: Reserved for departure

Day 1: Arrival in Kigali International Airport
On arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by our safari representative/guide and transferred at the hotel for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Kigali Serena Hotel (Luxury), Mille Collines Hotel (Midrange), Chez Lando Hotel (Budget)
Meal Plan: Dinner

Day 2: Head to Volcanoes National Park
After breakfast, carry out some shopping and a visit to Gisozi genocide memorial centre and later, drive north of the country to Volcanoes National Park. On arrival, you can decide to have an optional community walk for a good cultural experience of a true Rwandese culture in Ruhengeri, if time permits.

Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury), Le Bambou Lodge (Midrange), Kinigi Guest House (Budget)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 and 4: Gorilla trekking
Have an early morning breakfast and be transferred to the Park headquarters for a gorilla briefing before the trek. After this you will set out in the forest to search for these rare Mountain Gorillas. The time you will spend in the forest searching for the Gorillas is not predictable as it depends on where they spend the last night. After coming across the gorillas, you will spend one hour in their company while taking their photos, observing their behaviour and feeding patterns, before retracing your way back to the headquarters for certificate issuing. Return to the lodge for relaxation and if time allows, have a scenic drive to the twin lakes Burera and Ruhondo.

Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury), Le Bambou Lodge (Midrange), Kinigi Guest House (Budget)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Golden monkey tracking
This day after breakfast you will go to the Rwanda Gorilla office headquarters and get the briefing from the guides, and then it’s off on to your adventure to meet the Golden Monkeys in Volcanoes National Park. Your guide will take you through thick vegetation on a 1-7 hour trail, when you finally meet the golden monkeys, you will spend one hour with them and later return to the lodge. If time permit, you may decide to carry out village walks in Ruhengeri.

Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury), Le Bambou Lodge (Midrange), Kinigi Guest House (Budget)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Transfer to Gisenyi town
After breakfast, you will depart Kinigi to Gisenyi town which is located on the shores of Lake Kivu. Upon arrival, have lunch and after you can take an optional visit at the Imbabazi Orphanage which provides education, skills training and income generating opportunities to orphans. Otherwise, you can relax on the beach as you wait for your dinner and overnight

Accommodation: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (Luxury), Stipp Hotel (Mid-range), Paradis Malahide Hotel (Budget)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park
After breakfast, drive along the road on the shores of Lake Kivu to Nyungwe Forest National Park. On your way, you will visit Kibuye town also found on the shores of Lake Kivu for spectacular sceneries. Have lunch and later proceed to Cyangugu town which is on the southern shore of Lake Kivu and also a gateway to Nyungwe Forest National Park. You will reach Nyungwe in the evening in time for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury), Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel (Mid-range), Gisakura Guest House (Budget)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8: Chimpanzee tracking
Have an early morning breakfast and head fore chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest. This can take anything from a few hours to a full day depending on where the chimpanzees are. It should be mentioned that it is not guaranteed to see the chimps as they are unpredictable and can move long distances in one day. There are several other primates in Nyungwe such as the Rwenzori colobus, Hoest Monkey, silver monkey, owl faced monkey, red tailed monkey, vervet monkey and olive baboon and so many others. Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation after the trek.

Accommodation: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury), Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel (Mid-range), Gisakura Guest House (Budget)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9: Forest walks
After breakfast, you will spend another day in the forest participating in the forest walk which can take about 4-5 hours up to the water falls. You can also spot other primate species missed out in the previous primate trek. Return for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury), Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel (Mid-range), Gisakura Guest House (Budget)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10: Return to Kigali
Have breakfast and drive back to Kigali with en- route stop-over at the Genocide Memorial of Murambi. You may decide to visit the Nyanza Royal Palace. The site displays original items and pieces of history of the Old Mwami who was the King. Proceed to Kigali for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Kigali Serena Hotel (Luxury), Mille Collines Hotel (Mid-range), Chez Lando Hotel (Budget)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11: Drive to Akagera National Park
After breakfast, you will depart for Akagera National Park Eastern Rwanda which is approximately 2 and a half hours drive. You will arrive at the park in time for lunch which you will have at Akagera Game Lodge/Dereva Hotel. Later in the evening,


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