10 Days in Rwanda

10 Days Rwanda Safari Tour

Itinerary Overview: 10 Days Best of Rwanda Safari

10 Days Rwanda Safari offers the best gorilla trekking, chimpanzee tracking and Wildlife tour in Rwanda with a Kigali city tour, canopy walk and visit to Lake Kivu.

Chimpanzee trekking tours in Rwanda Nyungwe Forest National Park

Chimpanzee trekking tours in Rwanda Nyungwe Forest National Park

This 10 Days holiday in Rwanda is a trip to Nyungwe Forest National Park, Volcanoes National Park and Akagera National Park

A wildlife tour will be undertaken at Akagera National Park with a boat trip on Lake Ihema and a game drive in the savannah plains. Formed of the forest-fringed lakes, rolling plains, papyrus swamps and savannah plains the park is famed as the most scenic in Africa.

Nyungwe forest is the best place for chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda as well as a canopy walk. The canopy walk in Nyungwe is the best in the whole of East Africa. 

From Nyungwe Forest, you will continue to Volcanoes National Park for Gorilla trekking. Gorilla safaris Rwanda offer a lifetime experience as trekkers have chance to share the mountain gorilla habitat and a maximum of 1 hour in the presence of the gorillas.

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Contents

Highlights: 10 Days Best of Rwanda Tour  

Day 1:Arrival at Kigali International Airport, short Kigali city tour and transfer to hotel

Day 2: Drive to Akagera National Park and have an evening game drive

Day 3: Morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise on Lake Ihema in Akagera National Park

Day 4: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Day 5: Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest.

Day 6: Canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Day 7: Transfer from Nyungwe Forest to Volcanoes National Park

Day 8: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Day 9: Golden Monkey trekking in Volcanoes National Park and transfer to Lake Kivu

Day 10: Boat cruise and return to Kigali International Airport for a departure flight.

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Detailed Itinerary: 10 Days Rwanda Safari

Day 1: Arrival at Kigali International Airport, short Kigali city tour and transfer to hotel

On the first day of your 10 Days Rwanda safari, a tour guide will be at Kigali International Airport to pick you up. The guide will easily be identified as she or he will be carrying a placard with your names.

After meeting and greeting your local guide will transfer you to Kigali for a city tour and lunch. After lunch, you will then be transferred to a booked lodging facility in Kigali city. You check in, relax, have dinner and spend the night. 

Meal Plan: Dinner
Accommodation Options: Luxury: Serena Hotel Kigali, Mid-range: Hotel chez Lando, Budget: Iris Guest House

Day 2: Drive to Akagera National Park and have an evening game drive

Following breakfast in Kigali, you are driven for about 2 h 30 min to Akagera National Park. Arriving in time for lunch, you have a meal and then relax as you wait for an evening game drive. 

In the Afternoon, you have a game drive in the savannah plains of Akagera. Some of the animals that can be seen include the big five game which are Buffaloes, Rhinos, Elephants, Lions and Leopards. Other wildlife species include Giraffes, Zebras, hyena, cape bushbuck, Topis, Oribis, roan antelopes, duikers, impala, cape eland and many more.

In in the evening, you return to your booked hotel or lodge for relaxation, dinner and spend the night. 

Accommodation options: Luxury: Ruziza Tented Camp, Mid-range: Akagera Game Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Morning Game drive and afternoon boat cruise on Lake Ihema in Akagera National Park

Early morning you are served breakfast, then undertake a game drive in the scenic savannah plains for about 4 hours depending on the animal sightings and interests. After the game drive, you return to your lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon, you go for a boat ride on Lake Ihema. The boat ride on Lake Ihema offers great sightings of hippos and crocodiles in the water. Wildlife like Elephants and buffaloes can be seen on the shores of the lake. 

After the boat trip, you later on transfer to a booked accommodation facility for check in, dinner and an overnight stay.

Accommodation options: Luxury: Ruziza Tented Camp, Mid-range: Akagera Game Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park

You will have breakfast at leisure and then be transferred to Nyungwe Forest National Park. The drive lasts about 4-5 hours from Kigali city to Nyungwe Forest. On arrival, you check into your lodge, have lunch and relax in the evening.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation Options: Luxury: Nyungwe Forest Lodge / One & Only Nyungwe Forest House, Mid-range: Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel, Budget: Gisakura Guest House 

Day 5: Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest

Early morning you will have breakfast and then be driven to the park headquarters for the start of a chimpanzee trekking experience. You walk for some time till you find where the chimps spent their previous night.

Chimpanzees can be seen jumping from tree to tree at high speeds while making noise, the speed at which they jump and play around determines how many photos you take and how much time you spend viewing them. 

After the trek, you return to your trek start point where you meet the driver guide for a transfer to the hotel for lunch and relaxation.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation Options: Luxury: Nyungwe Forest Lodge / One & Only Nyungwe Forest House, Mid-range: Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel, Budget: Gisakura Guest House 

Day 6: Canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe forest has the best canopy walkway in East Africa and you will have that experience this morning. You are driven to the park headquarters where after you walk to the canopy walk. The walk on the suspension about 70 m high from the forest floor lasts about 2 hours. Later on you return to the hotel for relaxation and Lunch. You spend your evening at relaxation. 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Diner
Accommodation Options: Luxury: Nyungwe Forest Lodge / One & Only Nyungwe Forest House, Mid-range: Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel, Budget: Gisakura Guest House 

Day 7: Transfer from Nyungwe Forest to Volcanoes National Park

From Nyungwe Forest you have breakfast at leisure then after be transferred to Volcanoes National Park. The drive lasts about 5-6 hours arriving in the afternoon. You check in to an accommodation facility of your choice. 

Accommodation Options: Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Mid-range: Gorilla Solution Lodge, Budget: Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Day 8: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park 

Following breakfast, your driver guide picks you up from the lodge for a drive to the park headquarters. Arriving at the park headquarters in Kinigi you first have a briefing on the do’s and don’ts of Gorilla trekking in Rwanda by the park warden. 

By 8:30 am, the park ranger guide will transfer you to the trekking starting point for a gorilla trek. A total of 8 tourists with a trekking permit of Rwanda which costs USD 1500 per permit are allocated one gorilla family. 

Each 8 individuals take about 2-6 hours in the jungle trekking through the bamboo forest along with armed ranger guides. However, only 1 hour (60 minutes) are spent in the presence of the mountain gorillas. 

The trek lasts an unpredictable time depending on the Gorilla group movements but the population in Rwanda is known to move for shorter distances and therefore make it easy to trek. 

After 1 hour in the presence of a gorilla family, you walk back to the park headquarters where you meet the tour guide for a transfer back to your hotel.

Accommodation Options: Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Mid-range: Gorilla Solution Lodge, Budget: Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Day 9: Golden Monkey trekking in Volcanoes National Park and transfer to Lake Kivu

In the morning you will go for Golden monkey trekking in Volcanoes National Park where they co-exist with the mountain gorillas. Golden monkeys have unique characters and can easily be identified by their color. 

You must be at the park headquarters as early as 7:00 am for briefing before the trek. There are two troops of golden monkeys in Rwanda with the largest found in mount Sabinyo and it has about 80-100 monkeys and the most visited in the park.

After trekking, you are driven back to your hotel for lunch. In the evening you are driven to Lake Kivu where you will spend the night at the shores of the Lake.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation Options: Luxury: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel, Mid-range: Paradise Malahide, Budget: Stipp Hotel

Day 10: Boat cruise and return to Kigali International Airport for a departure flight.

On the last day of your 10 Days Rwanda tour, you will have an early morning boat cruise up to the coffee island. You have breakfast and sightseeing of the beautiful surrounding. After the breakfast, you return from the island and set off to Kigali International Airport for a departure flight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast

End of 10 Days Rwanda Safari

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Your Safari Route – 10 Days Best of Rwanda Safari

Safari inclusions

  • English speaking driver guide
  • Entry fees and taxes including 2 gorilla permits
  • Safari van
  • Lunch
  • Water on board
  • 3 nights’ accommodation

Safari Exclusions

  • Any purchases of personal kind
  • Any changes to the Itinerary
  • International flights and visas

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