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Day 1

Arrive Kigali Airport early and transfer to Akagera NP

We hope your flight is scheduled for an early landing (before 16:00). Upon arrival at Kigali Int’l Airport, you will be received by the assigned English-speaking professional driver-guide and transfer to accommodation in/close to Akagera National Park. Relatively warm and low-lying, Akagera National Park comprises savannah, acacia woodlands, patches of thick forest, wetland and a dozen lakes. Akagera is a true success story of conservation efforts in Rwanda, with a family of Lions from South Africa settled in and breeding successfully and eastern Black Rhinos reintroduced. The park boasts of big 5 sightings. You will arrive, check in at the accommodation, relax. Optional (extra cost): If interested and time allows, you can proceed for a breathtaking night game drive.

Accommodation: Akagera Game Lodge | Meals: Dinner | Drive Time: Approx. 3 hours.

Day 2

Morning game drive and afternoon boat trip on Lake Ihema

Have breakfast and proceed out for the morning game drive. Be on the lookout for Akagera inhabitants including Lions, Rhinos, Buffaloes, Burchall’s Zebras, Giraffes, Impalas and Topi (known as Tsessebe in Southern Africa), Bushbucks among others. Return to the accommodation for lunch and then go for the afternoon boat safari in Lake Ihema. During the boat safari, expect to see large pods of Hippos and Crocodiles. The boat safari also gives you a chance to have clear viewing of more big game including Buffalo and Elephants that tend to gather at the shores to drink water.

Accommodation: Akagera Game Lodge | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Exit Akagera and transfer to accommodation near Volcanoes NP

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast at the accommodation and then hit the road to Volcanoes NP. Volcanoes National Park lies in northwestern Rwanda and borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. With a strenuous day ahead, you will arrive, check into your accommodation and relax. Later, enjoy your dinner plus the overnight stay.

Accommodation: La Palme Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Drive Time: Approx. 5-6 hours.

Day 4

Gorilla trekking or Mount Bisoke hike and afternoon community, Cultural experience

This morning, you will have breakfast and move to the Rangers’ Point where you will receive a briefing. From the briefing, you will proceed for the Gorilla encounter (adventure) in the Volcanoes National Park. Alternative: If not interested in gorilla trekking, you can proceed out to hike Mount Bisoke (3711 metres above sea). The summit will reward you with the sight of a beautiful crater lake. Return to the accommodation for some rest and later you can move out to encounter the local community. Note: Gorilla permits go for USD 1,500 per person and it’s not included in the trip cost.

Accommodation: La Palme Hotel) | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Golden Monkey trekking and afternoon explore Twin Lakes – canoeing

Golden Monkey trekking takes place in Volcanoes National Park and at the same time (7:00 am) as the Gorilla Trekking. This rare monkey species is also listed as endangered and Volcanoes NP currently has two habituated groups that are available for trekking by visitors. The exercise starts with a short briefing from the park ranger at the RDB Office. Thereafter, you will proceed to trek the Golden Monkeys through the rainforest of the volcanoes NP. Return to the accommodation for some rest and lunch. Later, move out to explore the Twin Lakes – canoeing.

Accommodation: La Palme Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Exit Volcanoes, and transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast and then embark on a transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Filled with stunning beauty, Nyungwe in southwestern Rwanda is not a place to miss on a Rwanda safari offering memorable wildlife experiences. A visit to Nyungwe takes you through the great natural forest comprising of ancient trees which have all favored the habitation of a number of primates including Chimpanzees, Black and White Colobus monkeys among others. The drive is a bit long but incredibly scenic, passing through villages and lush green countryside - you won’t get bored at all.

Accommodation: Emeraude Kivu Resort | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Drive Time: Approx. 6-7 hours.

Day 7

Chimp Trekking and the afternoon canopy walk experience.

Undertake Chimp Trekking and the afternoon canopy walk experience.
Sheltering the highest population of chimpanzees in Rwanda (roughly 400), Chimpanzee Trekking is a major activity done in Nyungwe Forest National Park. Have your breakfast and transfer to the trekking point where you will first receive some briefing on the dos and don’ts during chimp trekking. Thereafter, enter the forest to encounter these fascinating and human-like primates first hand in their natural habitat.

Return to the accommodation for lunch and some rest before going out again for the canopy walk experience. The two hour walk starts and ends at the park’s headquarters – Uwinka information center. Travelers walk on the built trail which hangs 60 meters above the forest rewarding them with an aerial view of the national park, wildlife, adjacent communities, Virunga volcanoes and attractions in the neighboring countries.

Accommodation: Emeraude Kivu Resort | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Hiking Isumo Falls trail and later move out for tea tour

Enjoy breakfast and proceed out to explore the Isumo Waterfalls trail. The trail is 10.6 kilometer – taking approx. 4hours to trek. On your way to the waterfalls, you will encounter ferns along the trail and also encounter a variety of bird species such as Ruwenzori Turaco and monkeys in the patches of the forest along the way. From there, you will return for some rest at the accommodation. Later, move out to explore the nearby tea plantation then retire to the accommodation for dinner and overnight rest.

Accommodation: Emeraude Kivu Resort | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

Exit Nyungwe and return to Kigali Airport

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast at the accommodation. Thereafter, you will check out and embark on a return trip to Kigali Airport to catch your flight out (recommended for 16:00 onwards).

Accommodation: Recommended on request (not included in trip cost) | Meals: Breakfast | Drive Time: Approx. 6 hours.

Meals specified and accommodation in en suite facilities.
Ground transportation in a comfortable 4×4 safari car.
Applicable park entrance, activity fees.
1 assigned English-speaking professional driver-guide.
Chimpanzee trekking permit per person.
Golden monkey trekking permit per person.
Bottled water while on safari.
All airport/hotel pick-up and drop off.
Activities as stipulated (except those stated as optional).
Activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
Phone calls and bar bills.
Personal/travel insurance.
Driver guide’s gratuity (recommended).
All kinds of drinks except water.
Air fare/flight tickets.
Entry visa into Rwanda.
Any activity stated as “OPTIONAL

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