8 Days Rwanda Safari

8 Days Rwanda Safari

Itinerary Overview: 8 Days Rwanda Wildlife Safari

8 Days Rwanda Safari you will experience offers the best 8 Days Rwanda Safari Tour with Gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee tracking and Wildlife tour. 

Nyungwe national Park Rwanda

Nyungwe National Park Rwanda

Activities for this Rwanda 8 Day tour include game drive, boat cruise, Chimpanzee trekking, Gorilla trekking, a visit on Lake Kivu and Kigali city tour. 

Your eight days safari in Rwanda will start from Kigali city to Akagera National Park, then to Nyungwe Forest National Park, Volcanoes National Park and finally Lake Kivu.

From Kigali city, you continue to Akagera National Park for a wildlife tour with game drive and a boat trip on Lake Ihema. Formed of the forest-fringed lakes, rolling plains, papyrus swamps and savannah plains the park is famed as the most scenic in Africa.

The eight days tour continues to Nyungwe forest which is the best place for chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda. Chimpanzees here are habituated for tracking by several tourist groups.  

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.

Quick Tour Details

Number of People: Tailored
Number of Days: 8 Days
Start/End: Kigali, Rwanda
Availability: All year throughout
Activities: Mountain Gorilla Trekking, Game drive, Chimpanzee trekking, Golden Monkey trekking, morning Game drive, evening boat cruise and Wildlife
Destinations: Volcanoes National Park, Akagera National Park, Nyungwe Forest National Park, Lake Ihema, Lake Kivu
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Contents

Highlights: 8 Days Rwanda Wildlife, Chimpanzee & Gorilla trekking safari

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 National Park.

Day 6: Transfer from Nyungwe Forest to Volcanoes National Park.

Day 7: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park and transfer to Lake Kivu.

Day 8: Boat cruise and return to Kigali International Airport for a departure flight.

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Detailed Itinerary: Best 8 Days Rwanda Safari

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

Upon arrival, 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 National Park

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: 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 7: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park and transfer to Lake Kivu

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. 

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 then transfer to Lake Kivu in the evening. 

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

Day 8: Boat cruise and return to Kigali International Airport for a departure flight.

On the last day of your 8 Days in Rwanda Safari, 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

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Your Safari Route – 9 Days 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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Important Information while on a Rwanda Safari Tour

1. What to pack/wear for Wildlife Tours in Rwanda

Rwanda being in Africa some people think this part of the world is generally warm or even unbearably hot but it is not so as the country experiences both warm and cool temperatures. To have any African safari your list on what to wear should be one that will keep you comfortable and yet smart for each kind of activity. Learn More about What wear about Rwanda Wildlife Tours

2. Best time for Wildlife viewing in Rwanda
Taking a Wildlife safaris in Rwanda at the best time is the perfect way of having an incredible safari. The best time to visit Rwanda for a wildlife safari is during the months of June to September and Late December to February which are the long and short dry seasons respectively.

This is the best time for wildlife viewing in Akagera National Park and the general best time for visiting Rwanda. However, it’s a bit different for Chimpanzee trekking where the best time is during part of the wet season which is from October to November when the chimpanzees do not walk for long distances.

3. Best Time To Visit Rwanda

Best Time: June to September (Except for chimp trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park)

High Season: June to September (Lodges might be full and gorilla permits must be booked long in advance)

Low Season: March, April, October, November (These are the peaks of the rains)

Best Weather: June to August (Least rain)

Worst Weather: March and April (Most rain, forest trails are slippery)

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