Embark on a diverse and enriching 5-Day Rwanda Gorillas and Akagera National Park, immersing yourself in the captivating world of mountain gorillas and the abundant wildlife of Akagera National Park. This thoughtfully crafted itinerary combines two remarkable experiences, offering the chance to connect with nature and witness the magic of Rwanda’s biodiversity. Below, you’ll find mid-range accommodation options, a detailed day-by-day itinerary, inclusions, exclusions, and essential information on how to embark on this extraordinary journey.
Mid-Range Accommodation Options
- Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge: Situated near Volcanoes National Park, Le Bambou offers comfortable rooms with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Its rustic charm and warm hospitality provide a welcoming haven for travelers.
- Akagera Game Lodge: Nestled within Akagera National Park, this lodge offers well-appointed rooms and stunning vistas of the park’s scenic landscapes. The lodge’s serene ambiance complements the wilderness experience.
Day 1: Arrival in Rwanda
Your adventure begins with your arrival at Kigali International Airport. Upon landing, you will be warmly greeted by your guide, who will accompany you throughout your journey. A scenic drive will transport you to your selected mid-range lodge near Volcanoes National Park.
After settling into your comfortable accommodation, you’ll savor a delightful lunch, surrounded by the tranquility of your surroundings. In the evening, as you prepare for the exciting gorilla trekking ahead, you will enjoy a delicious dinner at the lodge’s restaurant.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking
An early start to the day ensures you’re fueled with a hearty breakfast before heading to the Volcanoes National Park headquarters. Here, you’ll receive a comprehensive briefing on gorilla trekking etiquette and safety measures.
As the sun climbs higher in the sky, you’ll embark on a thrilling gorilla trek into the bamboo-covered slopes of the Virunga Mountains. This remarkable journey will lead you to the heart of the gorillas’ natural habitat, where you’ll have the unique opportunity to observe their behaviors and capture cherished memories.
In the evening, you’ll return to your mid-range lodge, where you can share the day’s awe-inspiring experiences with fellow travelers over a sumptuous dinner.
Day 3: Akagera National Park
After breakfast and check-out, you’ll embark on a scenic drive to Akagera National Park, Rwanda’s premier wildlife destination. Upon arrival, you’ll check in to Akagera Game Lodge, where you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch.
In the afternoon, you’ll set out on a thrilling game drive, exploring the diverse landscapes of Akagera and encountering a rich array of wildlife, including elephants, buffalo, lions, and numerous bird species. As the sun sets, you’ll return to the lodge for a relaxing evening and a sumptuous dinner.
Day 4: Akagera Game Drives
Today is dedicated to exploring the wonders of Akagera National Park further. After a hearty breakfast, you’ll embark on both morning and afternoon game drives, maximizing your chances of encountering the park’s diverse wildlife.
Your experienced guide will lead you through the park’s savannahs, wetlands, and woodlands, providing insights into the unique ecosystems and helping you spot elusive animals. A picnic lunch amidst the natural beauty of Akagera will add to the adventure.
In the evening, you’ll return to the lodge for a restful night’s sleep and a delectable dinner.
Day 5: Departure
After breakfast and check-out, you’ll bid farewell to the pristine landscapes of Akagera National Park. A scenic drive will take you back to Kigali International Airport, where you will depart with cherished memories of both gorilla trekking and the captivating wildlife of Akagera.
– Accommodation: Four nights in selected mid-range lodges.
– Meals: All meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 5.
– Transport: Transfers from the airport to the lodges, as well as transportation for activities.
– Permits: Gorilla trekking permit and park entrance fees for Akagera National Park.
– Guides: Experienced guides for gorilla trekking and game drives.
– Flights: International flights to and from Kigali, Rwanda.
– Visa: Any necessary visa fees.
– Travel Insurance: Comprehensive travel insurance is highly recommended.
– Personal Expenses: Souvenirs, additional activities, and personal expenses.
– Gratuities: Tips for guides, lodge staff, and drivers (recommended but discretionary).
How to Get There
To embark on this extraordinary gorilla trekking and Akagera National Park adventure. Book an international flight to Kigali International Airport in Rwanda. Upon arrival, your tour operator or lodge will welcome you and provide transportation. This is to your selected mid-range accommodations near Volcanoes National Park. After completing your double gorilla trek and exploring Akagera National Park. You’ll be transferred back to Kigali International Airport for your departure. Therefore concluding your memorable journey in Rwanda.