801 Classic Rwanda safari

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801 Classic Rwanda safari

$7740 per person

This classic Rwanda safari combines a thrilling adventure and safari in the beautiful land of a thousand hills. From the country’s capital in Kigali and Akagera’s sweeping plains to one of the oldest rainforests in Africa and the Virunga mountain…

This classic Rwanda safari combines a thrilling adventure and safari in the beautiful land of a thousand hills. From the country’s capital in Kigali and Akagera’s sweeping plains to one of the oldest rainforests in Africa and the Virunga mountain ranges. You will visit major sites of the city, enjoy game drives in for abundant wildlife, explore Nyungwe by foot to see chimpanzees and beautiful waterfalls and enjoy a canopy walk before you create a lifetime memory in company of the endangered mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. You just won’t miss traversing the some of the country’s water bodies and magnificent landscape and meeting the local very welcoming people.

 

Highlights

  • Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre and King’s palace visit.
  • An adventurous guided canopy walks in Nyungwe Forest
  • Memorable chimpanzee, golden monkey and gorilla tracking
  • Excellent game drives in Akagera national park
  • Boat cruise on the breath taking water bodies
  • Culture interactions with the amazing East African people

 

Overview

Day 1: Arrival at Kigali International Airport

Day 2: City tour and genocide memorial. Transfer to Akagera national park

Day 3: Full day game drive in Akagera national park

Day 4: Game drive. Drive to Kigali

Day 5: Visit the ethnographic and King’s Palace en route to Nyungwe national park

Day 6: Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe. Afternoon adventure canopy guided walk

Day 7: Scenic nature and waterfalls walk

Day 8: Travel to Kibuye. Kayak the beautiful Lake Kivu

Day 9: Coffee experience. Transfer to Rubavu/Gisheyi

Day 10:  Hike Mt Rubavu. Community visit to border between Rwanda and DRC

Day 11: Tea processing experience. Visit to Gorilla guardian’s village

Day 12: Gorilla tracking experience in Volcanoes National Park

Day 13: Golden monkey tracking. Relaxed evening at the lodge

Day 14: Return to Kigali. Visit the museum of campaign against genocide. Flight home

 

When is the best time of year to visit Uganda?

Although Ugandan seasons have become less predictable in recent years, peak seasons usually coincide with dry seasons. When choosing your dates consider:

  • Uganda is an all-year round destination with a pleasant climate and temperatures averaging in the mid 20s0C. The huge variety in altitude means temperatures vary around the country (but this also means increased biodiversity)
  • Flight prices often increase in European holiday seasons
  • There are fewer tourists in low seasons so you can have the place to yourselves!
  • Many hotels offer all-year prices so the price of your visit may not change much between seasons
  • Most major roads going from the capital, Kampala, up-country are tarmac. Conditions on murram roads may worsen slightly in rainy season
  • Rainy season can be good for birding as there is more food (bugs) available
  • If you are targeting certain birds, ask our advice on breeding, migration seasons
  • If you plan to climb the Rwenzori mountains, ask our advice about the best times
  • Hiking may be better in dry seasons.

 

Please note

Permits are required to track gorillas. The minimum ages is 15 years. Gorilla permits are limited to eight people per gorilla family. Permits are also required to track chimps and the minimum age is 12 years.

Please read the information about primate tracking on our primates web page and remember to look at our suggested packing list.

 

  • Included
    Gorilla Tracking
  • Not Included
    Adventure
    Birding
    Boat cruise
    Chimpanzee tracking
    Culture
    Domestic flights
    Equator
    Game drive
    Hiking
    Photography
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Day 1: Arrival at Kigali International Airport
Fly into Rwanda’s International Airport of Kigali, where a representative of Venture Uganda will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel for an overnight in this beautiful city. S/He will be your safari guide throughout your stay in Rwanda.
Accommodation:  Chez Lando Hotel  - Kigali
Meal plan B&B
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Day 2: City tour and visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Site. Transfer to Akagera national park
With your guide, enjoy an early morning tour of the beautiful Kigali city. Peace and reconciliation is what the people of Rwanda now embrace. Visiting the Genocide Memorial Centre is a thought-provoking reminder of the agonizing time - around April 1994 - when the genocide took place. The preservation of the items used in the massacre aims to give an insight into man’s inhumanity to man; by not forgetting the stark realities, the hope of preventing it from ever happening again. Rwandans are committed to fighting the ideology of genocide and focus their energy on development. Later transfer to Akagera national park, check in to your hotel and relax.
Accommodation: Akagera Game Lodge – Akagera national park
Meal plan B, L, D
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Day 3: Full day game drive in Akagera national park
Spend your entire day on game drives exploring the famous  Akagera national park in eastern Rwanda. The park is home to a variety of wildlife which include, elephants, buffalos, giraffe, zebras, leopards, hyenas, lions and home to several antelopes like bushbucks, Topis, Oribis, water-buck, roan antelope and duiker, klipspringer, impala and world's largest antelope – the Cape eland. The common primates in Akagera national park are olive baboons, Vervet monkeys, blue monkeys and bush babies who are often seen on night drives. Enjoy a  variety of bird spices including the remarkable shoebill, papyrus Gonolek, African Wattled Plover, Giant Kingfisher and Senegal Lapwings among others. Later, retire to your hotel and relax.
Accommodation: Akagera Game Lodge – Akagera national park
Meal plan B, L, D
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Day 4: Game drive and drive to Kigali
After your breakfast, enjoy your final game drive in Akagera national park and then return to Kigali. Check in to your beautiful hotel and relax for the evening.
Accommodation: Chez Lando Hotel – Kigali
Meal plan B, L, D
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Day 5: Visit the ethnographic and King's Palace en route to Nyungwe national park
Pay a visit to the ethnographic museum located in Huye Kigali city. The Museum is one of the eight museums that make up the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda. This Museum was built in 1987, and now houses one of Africa's finest ethnographic collections. Its seven galleries display historical, ethnographic, artistic and archaeological artefacts accompanied by visual aids, giving visitors a rich insight into the culture of Rwandans. Later visit the King’s Palace in Nyanza and learn about the earliest days of the monarchy system. Have lunch, continue your journey to Nyungwe Forest through lush countryside and tea plantations and check in to your hotel.
Accommodation:  Nyungwe Top View Hotel   - Nyungwe national park
Meal plan B, L, D
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Day 6: Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe. Afternoon adventure canopy guided walk
After a very early breakfast, drive to the park’s headquarters for a briefing. Then with your guide, head into the forest and begin the search for chimpanzees - man’s closest relative. When you find the group of chimps, you will spend one hour with them, as recommended by conservationists and watch them go about their daily activities. Enjoy an afternoon 2-hour adventurous guided canopy walk on a bridge suspended 70 meters from the ground. Take in a breath of fresh air and see some fantastic birds in flight, the black and white colobus and red-tailed monkeys among other attractions.
Accommodation:  Nyungwe Top View Hotel    - Nyungwe national park
Meal plan B, L, D
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Day 7: Scenic nature and waterfalls walk.
After your breakfast, enjoy an adventurous guided nature and waterfalls walk. The trail is a moderate 4-hour hike, crossing lush green tea plantation, forests, riverine perches bringing you to the beautiful Isumo waterfalls, the biggest of its kind here.
Accommodation:  Nyungwe Top View Hotel    - Nyungwe national park
Meal plan B, L, D
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Day 8: Travel to Kibuye. Kayak the beautiful Lake Kivu
This morning, drive to Kibuye along the spectacular Lake Kivu belt and Kayak the beautiful coastline of Lake Kivu for amazing scenery with a mountainous backdrop. Return to your hotel and relax.
Accommodation: Cormorant Lodge - Lake Kivu
Meal plan B, L, D
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Day 9: Coffee experience. Transfer to Rubavu/Gisheyi
Today you will come up close and personal with coffee experience of this region. You will meet and join the farmers in the coffee farm and depending on the time of the year, participate and learn how coffee is processed from farm to cup. Later in the afternoon, transfer to Rubavu/Gisenyi.
Accommodation:  Kivu Paradise   - Lake Kivu
Meal plan B, L, D
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Day 10: Hike Mt Rubavu. Community visit to border between Rwanda and DRC
A 2-3-hour hike on Mt Rubavu rewards you with exceptional views of the nearby towns and Lake Kivu. Mount Rubavu also has an interesting history as it had the bases of Germans during their battles with Belgians in the First World War. Your knowledgeable guide will take you through the fascinating things of this scenic hike. This afternoon, you have a short visit to the busy border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Accommodation: Kivu Paradise - Lake Kivu
Meal plan B, L, D
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Day 11: Tea processing experience. Visit to Gorilla guardian’s village
As you head towards one of the only 3 homes of the wold’s mountain gorillas, you will stop for a tea plantation tour en route. You will meet the farmers in the fields, whom you will find tending to the plantations. You will have the opportunity to be taken through the whole process from how its planted to cup. Later in the day, after settling in to your lodge, you will be visiting the gorilla guardians’ village. A visit to this community living near Volcanoes national park, contributes to their livelihood and promotes conservation of gorillas.
Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge – Kinigi 
Meal plan, B, L, D
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Day 12: Gorilla tracking experience in Volcanoes National Park
At Volcanoes national park headquarters is where your adventure to meet the magnificent apes starts! After a briefing from your ranger guide, you start your trek in search of your gorilla family. At times, depending on location of the gorillas, the trek may be arduous, with steep rises covered in dense vegetation. Gorillas reside where there is an abundance of food plants near the ground. Your trek will be richly rewarded when you set eyes on these enchanting creatures.
Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge – Kinigi  
Meal plan, B, L, D
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Day 13: Golden monkey tracking. Relaxed evening at the lodge
Golden monkeys are beautiful creatures endemic to the unique Virunga mountain range covering Rwanda, DRC and Uganda. These delightful primates in Volcanoes national park inhabit the bamboo forests, the terrain is relatively flat. You will trek in search of them and once you found them, spend an hour in their company and watch them groom, swing and forage.
Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge – Kinigi 
Meal plan, B, L, D
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Day 14: Return to Kigali. Visit the museum of campaign against genocide. Flight home
This morning you embark on your journey back to Kigali approx. 3 hours. As you wind your holiday in ‘the land of a thousand hills’, you will visit the Campaign Against Genocide museum in Rwanda’s capital. It tells the story of part of the many sad stories of the country’s dark times, the struggles to free her people and the sacrifices to bring peace. After wards, you prepare for your next flight home.
Meal plan, B, L

Guide price: from US$ 7,740 per person

Based on 2 adults sharing a double room in mid-range accommodation and traveling in a safari Land Cruiser.

 

The price for every safari depends on the number of people travelling, their ages, the time of year, whether or not international flights are included, the type of transport and accommodation used and the activities undertaken.

 

We calculate according to the specific dates of your booking because after we publish our itineraries some things may change. For example, hotels may increase their prices, the government may introduce new taxes or some discounts may become available. Unfortunately, we also have to pass on surcharges imposed on us by, for example, airlines when fuel prices or airport taxes are unexpectedly increased.

 

We would be happy to prepare a quotation, based on your requirements. We normally include most costs in the price so all you need to bring with you is ‘pocket money’ for items like drinks, tips and personal shopping e.g. souvenirs.

Price includes

1 gorilla and 1 chimp tracking permit each

Full-board, non-air-conditioned accommodation

Private safari vehicle with driver and fuel for this itinerary

All entrance and other fees for the activities included in the itinerary

Mineral water in transit

All government taxes

Price does not include

International flights

Visas

Travel insurance

Personal expenses: alcohol, laundry services and souvenirs

Tips (normally 5–10% and around $10 per day for your guide).