12-DAY RWANDA MAGNIFICENT SAFARI
- Ultimate Gorilla trekking Experience
- Chimpanzee trekking and Canopy walk experience in Nyungwe national park
- Wildlife safaris in Akagera national park
- Boat rides
- Authentic cultural, History and city tours
Embark on a Magnificent best of Rwanda safari with Lifetime Africa's 12-day Rwanda magnificent safari. This all around tour package immerses you in the breathtaking rolling hills landscapes offering you with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to encounter the magnificent mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
The tour kicks off with a sightseeing tour around beautiful and green Kigali. Over the next few days, you'll trek through lush rainforests, guided by experienced trackers who possess an intimate knowledge of the gorillas' movements. As you venture deeper into the mountains, anticipation builds, until finally, you find yourself in the presence of these awe-inspiring creatures. Watching the gorillas in their natural habitat is a truly humbling experience, as you observe their interactions, social behaviors, and the close bond they share as a family. Alongside gorilla trekking, the itinerary also includes opportunities to explore the local communities, where you can learn about Rwanda's rich cultural heritage and engage with the friendly locals. Immerse yourself in the magic of Rwanda's biodiversity and leave with cherished memories that will last a lifetime.
The 12-day Rwanda magnificent safari entails great opportunities to visit and stay with both Chimpanzees in Nyungwe national park as well as meeting up with the incredible mountain gorillas in their natural setting in Volcanoes national park known park known for gorilla trekking and relaxed vacations in the land of a thousand hills. This is a top-notch safari that comes with much more exciting and beyond primate trekking activities including a safari in Akagera national park, 2 hours hike exploring the 60m long canopy walk, Boat ride and kayaking along lake Kivu in Kibuye as well as Experience night fishing with the local fishermen, Gorilla guardian’s village and relaxation at the beach on lake Kivu in Gisenyi.
- Day 1 - ARRIVAL AT KIGALI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be welcomed by our meet and greet lounge host who helps you through a fast-track assistance with VISA and luggage collection. After immigration and luggage collection, you will then be handed over to our driver guide who will transfer you to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
- Day 2 - KIGALI CITY TOUR
Following a relaxed breakfast at 09h00, you will be driven for 20Minutes to Kigali Genocide Memorial to commemorate the 1994 Tutsi Genocide where the remains of over 250,000 people are interred. After lunch at 14h00, you will then indulge yourself in a sightseeing tour around Kigali city including visits to kimironko local market. After your sightseeing tour, you will return to the hotel for a relaxed evening and dinner whilst utilizing the complementary offers at the hotel.
- Day 3 - TRANSFER TO AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK - AFTERNOON BOAT RIDE
Depart the hotel at 09h00 for Akagera national park, the journey to Akagera national park takes about 3 hours depending on the stopovers along the way, with the beautiful unwinding landscape en-route to the park. Upon arrival, you will check in to your lodge and enjoy a hot lunch. After lunch, you will take a 2hours sun-set boat trip on Lake Ihema offering you amazing views of the Hippos and crocodiles in the water or by the shores as you meet the buffaloes and elephants wallowing by the water banks.
- Day 4 - DAY GAME DRIVE – NIGHT GAME DRIVE
Early morning at 06h00, your guide will drive you to the park reception for an all-day wildlife safari in the park. Your guide will ensure to take you to every corner of the park to give you all the opportunity to site almost all the game in the par. At 17h00, Park guides and vehicles will pick you up for a Night Game drive adventure lasting 3 hours in the Northern part of Akagera National Park. You’ll be dropped back at the lodge for dinner and overnight.
- Day 5 - GAME DRIVE - RETURN TO KIGALI
After a scrumptious breakfast at 08h00, you will head out for half day wildlife safari in the park. You will have lunch at Imigongo. Following lunch, you will take a 3-hour scenic drive to Kigali. Upon arrival at Kigali, you will check in at your hotel followed by dinner and overnight stay.
- Day 6 - TRANSFER TO NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK - CANOPY WALK EXPERIENCE
Following breakfast at 06h30, your guide will ensure you take the Covid-19 PCR test before transferring to Nyanza for the King’s Palace heritage tour. After Lunch at 12h30, you will go through a scenic drive to the Nyungwe national park. Upon arrival, you proceed to take a 2-hours Canopy Walkway experience. Thereafter, you will be driven to your Lodge.
- Day 7 - CHIMPANZEE TREKKING – CROP TO CUP TEA TOUR
On this particular day at 05h00, you be picked up by a driver guide who will drive you to Cyamudongo visitor reception center for a briefing undertake on the chimpanzee trekking activity and spend 1 hour with them taking photographs and videos. You will return to lodge at around 13:00 for Lunch and thereafter spend the afternoon at a nearby tea plantation/factory, experiencing the “crop to cup” tea tour. You will spend the evening at leisure.
- Day 8 - TRANSFER TO KIBUYE - BOAT RIDE - LOCAL FISHING
After breakfast at 8h00, the driver guide will transfer you to Karongi where you will have lunch and later a boat ride on lake kivu. This part of your tour offers you an opportunity to explore the impressive lakeshore scenery, view and discover birds and wildlife, as well as traditional fishing boats in use, and to interact with local communities. Later that evening, you will join the Kibuye fishermen for a night fishing experience using the local methods for about 2 hours. You’ll be dropped off at the hotel’s banks for dinner and overnight.
- Day 9 - KAYAKING -TRANSFER TO KINIGI
Following an early breakfast, you will head out to experience 3 hours kayaking adventure on Lake Kivu from 07h30, departing to Karongi (Kibuye). This part of your tour offers you an opportunity to explore the impressive lakeshore scenery, view and discover birds and wildlife. Later that afternoon at 14h00, your driver guide will ensure you take the Covid-19 PCR test before embarking on a 3-hour scenic drive to the Volcanoes National Park as you enjoy the beautiful views of the rolling hills and green vegetation. Upon arrival, you will check in at your lodge followed by an evening at leisure utilizing the hotel amenities.
- Day 10 - ULTIMATE GORILLA TREKKING
This is the highlight of your trip! A day that you’ve been waiting for and have been meditating as well as building up the momentum to meet the famous endemic mountain gorillas. Your day begins with breakfast at 06h30, then head to the park reception for briefing at 07h00. Thereafter, you will be guided through the Virunga jungle to search for the shy mountain gorillas. You will have 1 hour after meeting the gorilla family. You will get full briefing of their family formations, background, and observe their life style in their own habitat and family setting. After this mind-blowing activity, you Will return to the lodge for lunch followed by a relaxed evening and dinner whilst utilizing the complementary offers at the hotel.
- Day 11 - GOLDEN MONKEY TREK – GORILLA GUARDIANS’ VILLAGE
After breakfast at 06h30, transfer to Kinigi park offices. At around 07h00 you will get briefing about Golden Monkeys trucking code of conduct before heading out to the golden monkey trucking trails. You will transfer to the Gorilla Guardians’ village to experience Rwanda cultural preservation through key aspects including the importance of cows, how to milk a cow, local banana beer making, traditional dance, basket weaving class by the Rwandan women, herbal medicine experience to mention but a few.
- Day 12 - TRANSFER TO KIGALI - DEPARTURE
After breakfast at 08h00, you will take a 3-hour scenic drive to Kigali. Upon arrival at Kigali, you will have the opportunity to pick out some of Rwanda’s unique art pieces and blends including baskets, coffee, chillies and many others at selection of key Souvenir shops including Kimironko market. You will then have a late lunch at hotel Milles Collines before transferring you to the airport for your homebound flights.
- All Permits and Entrance fees included in the itinerary, All game drives and boat rides, All ground transportation in a 4WD Vehicle, All other activities indicated in the itinerary, All Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary, English-speaking Experienced Safari-guide, Meals as indicated in the itinerary, Refreshments and snacks in the vehicle.
- All Covid 19 tests, All Tips to Hotels/Lodges/Camps staff and Safari Guide, Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks that are not accompanying meals., International flight/s and departure taxes and other taxes, Visa fees. Visas are available online or at arrival at all Entry points, Laundry, Shopping, Travel Insurance.
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TuesdayOctober 31 2023SaturdayNovember 11 2023Total