Embark on an unforgettable 6-day Rwanda wildlife and gorillas, combined with a relaxing visit to the tranquil shores of Lake Kivu. This adventure allows you to experience the best of Rwanda’s natural wonders, from gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park to wildlife encounters in Akagera National Park. After thrilling wildlife experiences, unwind by the serene Lake Kivu, where relaxation and exploration await.
Accommodation Options (Luxury):
Throughout your 6-day safari, you will be accommodated in comfortable Luxury lodges or hotels, offering a balance of convenience and a connection to the natural surroundings. Accommodation options may include properties like Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Akagera Game Lodge, Lake Kivu Serena Hotel, and similar establishments.
Day 1: Arrival in Kigali and Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
Your adventure begins with your arrival at Kigali International Airport (KGL), where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative. After the greeting, embark on a scenic drive to Volcanoes National Park, situated in Rwanda’s northwest. En route, you will be captivated by the stunning landscapes and the picturesque “Land of a Thousand Hills.”
Upon reaching the park, check in to your chosen Luxury lodge or hotel, where you can relax and savor a delicious dinner.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park
After an early breakfast, proceed to the park headquarters for a briefing on gorilla trekking guidelines. You’ll be assigned to a gorilla family group and set off on an exhilarating trek into the park’s lush forests, in pursuit of the mountain gorillas.
The duration and difficulty of the trek may vary, but the anticipation and excitement will keep you motivated. Once you encounter the gorilla family, you’ll have a mesmerizing hour to observe and photograph these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Witness their social interactions, behaviors, and the bond between family members.
After the gorilla trek, return to your lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, you can visit the Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village to learn about traditional practices, enjoy vibrant dance performances, and interact with local communities.
Day 3: Transfer to Akagera National Park
Following breakfast, bid farewell to Volcanoes National Park and set off on a journey to Akagera National Park in the east of Rwanda. The drive offers scenic views and opportunities for wildlife sightings.
Upon arriving at Akagera, check in to your selected midrange lodge, where you can relax and enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, embark on a game drive in Akagera National Park, where you may encounter a variety of wildlife, including elephants, buffalos, lions, and antelopes.
Day 4: Full Day Game Drive in Akagera National Park
Today, you’ll explore the savannah landscapes of Akagera National Park on a full-day game drive. Keep your eyes peeled for the park’s diverse wildlife, including giraffes, zebras, hippos, crocodiles, and numerous bird species. Your guide will provide insights into the animals’ behaviors and habitats.
Return to your lodge in the evening for dinner and relaxation.
Day 5: Transfer to Lake Kivu
After breakfast, depart for the serene shores of Lake Kivu, located in the western part of Rwanda. The journey offers picturesque landscapes and a glimpse into local life.
Upon arriving at Lake Kivu, check in to your chosen midrange hotel, which offers stunning lakefront views. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon by the lake, with opportunities for swimming, kayaking, or simply unwinding on the beach.
Day 6: Lake Kivu Exploration and Departure from Kigali
Savor breakfast with a view of Lake Kivu before embarking on a boat tour of the lake’s islands and surrounding areas. Explore the picturesque landscapes, visit local fishing villages, and immerse yourself in the tranquility of Lake Kivu.
After the boat tour, enjoy lunch at your hotel before beginning your journey back to Kigali. Depending on your departure time, you may have the opportunity to explore Kigali’s landmarks and markets, including the Genocide Memorial Center, before being transferred to Kigali International Airport for your onward flight, marking the end of your 6-day wildlife and gorilla safari and Lake Kivu experience.
6-day wildlife and gorilla safari in Rwanda
– Gorilla trekking permit
– Accommodation as specified
– Meals as per the itinerary (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
– Bottled water during the safari
– Park fees and permits
– Professional guide
– Ground transportation
– International airfare
– Visa fees (if applicable)
– Travel insurance
– Personal expenses
– Tips and gratuities
– Optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary
How to Get There:
Commence your 6-day wildlife and gorilla safari and Lake Kivu adventure by booking an international flight to Kigali International Airport (KGL). Numerous international airlines operate flights to Kigali from major cities worldwide. Upon your arrival in Kigali, our representative will welcome you and assist with your transfer to Volcanoes National Park. The safari will then unfold, offering you a diverse exploration of Rwanda’s captivating landscapes, remarkable wildlife, and serene Lake Kivu.