Rwanda: Safari and Gorilla Discovery

Rwanda: Safari and Gorilla Discovery stamp

The tiny country of Rwanda sits aside the Albertine Rift Valley- an offshoot of the Great Rift and is one African country which has not lost its quaint charm.  It’s safari and gorilla trekking scene is small and still under the radar.  This diverse itinerary is enticing as it combines traditional game drives, a boat tour, low-level hiking as well as gorilla encounters.

Bordering Tanzania in eastern Rwanda, Akagera National Park is central Africa’s largest protected wetland and the last refuge for savannah-adapted species in the country. Stretching across a vast expanse of low-lying mountains and savannah plains, the park takes in the rolling highlands woodlands, swamp-fringed lakes, and wetlands of the Kagera River along the way. Crocodiles and hippos wallow in the park’s watery basins, predators prowl through its acacia groves, and elephant, zebra, giraffe, buffalo and other animals roam across its grassy plains. Bursting with a rich biodiversity, the park features a variety of rare species, as well as a plentitude of mammals and hundreds of bird species.

Bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo in Rwanda, the Volcanoes National Park is best known as a sanctuary for the region’s rare mountain gorillas. Visitors flock here to experience a face to face encounter with these intriguing creatures. The park is set high on the jungle-covered slopes of the volcanic Virunga Mountains. Highly regulated treks through the reserve allow visitors to spend an hour at a time with these incredible primates in their natural habitat. While the gorilla’s are without a doubt the main drawcard, visitors can also look forward to exploring a network of scenic hiking trails, visiting the tomb of the world-famous Dian Fossey and the Karisoke Research Centre, and enjoying a beautiful day hike to the crater lake on Mount Bisoke.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore central Africa's largest protected wetland
  • Experience a face to face encounter with the region's rare mountain gorilla
  • Trek a network of scenic hiking trails, visiting the tomb of the world-famous Diane Fossey and the Karisoke Research Centre
  • Stay in the Volcanoes National Park, set high on the jungle-covered slopes of the volcanic Virunga Mountains

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Day 1
Akagera National Park

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, we are met and take a scenic 3-hour drive to Akagera National Park, in the low-lying east of Rwanda.

Day 2
Akagera National Park

We will spend our morning in the park as we enjoy game drives. Later in the afternoon, we will take a boat trip where we will be able view hippos and many water birds, before returning to your lodge in the evening.

Day 3
Akagera National Park

Another day of game viewing in the park.

Day 4
Volcanoes National Park

Today we drive 8 hours to Volcanoes National Park.

Day 5
Volcanoes National Park

After early breakfast at the lodge, we will be transferred to the park headquarters for briefing and from there we proceed for our gorilla tracking activity to one of the gorilla families that have been habituated to the presence of humans. In the afternoon, if time weather permits, visit the twin lakes Burera and Ruhondo or the local markets in the Musanze town.

Day 6
Volcanoes National Park

Today you will have your second gorilla track.

Day 7
Golden Monkeys Trekking and End of Trip

We will be transferred back to Volcanoes National Park for briefing before heading into the forest to track equally rare Golden Monkeys. After the morning activity, we will return to the lodge for lunch and shower and then head back to Kigali for your international flight.

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