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The 8 Days Best of Rwanda Safari Tour is an exclusive safari that offers ultimate exploration of Rwanda’s most attractive wildlife. The 8 day safari takes you to Volcanoes National Park, Akagera National Park and Nyungwe National Park. The parks are scattered across the country and this offers another great opportunity to discover the countryside. Contact us to book this Rwanda tour.

8 Days Best of Rwanda Safari Tour

Day 1: Arrival – Kigali

When you arrive at Kigali international airport, a World Africa Journeys tour guide will welcome you and brief you about the 8 day tour. He will then transfer you to the hotel already booked for you in Kigali. Check in, have dinner and relax at the hotel as you prepare for the next day’s activities.

Day 2: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park

You will rise up early, have breakfast and get on the road to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Drive via the northern route with a stopover at National Museum in Butare then proceed to Nyungwe Forest National Park in the far Southeastern part of Rwanda.

The country has a beautiful landscape described by numerous rolling hills which offer an eye catching road trip. After about 5-6 hours of travel. Arrive at the park, and check in for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Nyungwe Top View hotel, Emeraude Kivu Resort

Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 3: Chimp Trekking and Canopy Walk in Nyungwe Forest

Wake up early, have breakfast and head to the park headquarters. After being briefed on the rules and regulations for chimpanzee trekking and exercise in the forest, find your way into the forest with a ranger guide. If you love hiking, these are probably the activities you enjoy the most. Meeting the forest inhabitants who are closest to humans is one of the most beautiful moments you can experience in your life. Be sure to bring your camera to capture all of the monkey’s movements. The forest is home to many other animals such as monkeys and birds, some of which may be sighted.

Return to the lodge to freshen up before taking a walk through the treetops. This is more exciting than you might think, offering the best views of Nyungwe Forest’s dense canopy, diverse forest birds and adrenaline rush.

Accommodation: Nyungwe Top View hotel, Emeraude Kivu Resort

Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 4: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

After breakfast, start your journey from South to North Rwanda via Kibuye and Lake Kivu in the early morning. Enjoy views of different terrains such as lakes, hills and the Virunga Mountains.

When you arrive at one of the few homes owned by the endangered mountain gorilla, you’ll be amazed. Strategically located at the top of the cone-shaped Virunga volcano, it’s the perfect place to enjoy the region’s cool climate. The park is also a natural habitat for beautiful golden monkeys and many forest birds. Check into the lodge.

Accommodation: Bisate Lodge, Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge, Muhabura Hotel.

Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 5: Gorilla Trekking Experience

Wake up early for breakfast and head to the park headquarters to learn more about gorilla trekking. Therefore, it is best to plan when you will wake up and have breakfast before heading to the starting point of your activity. Each group of up to 8 people is assigned to a gorilla family and searches for gorillas with an experienced and knowledgeable ranger familiar with the trails of the rainforest.

A great encounter with a mountain gorilla is amazing. Spend this wonderful time watching giants, toddlers frolic, and how the adults care for the little ones. We spent an hour interacting with gorillas before heading back to headquarters and learned a lot about them.

As an optional activity, visit the Iby’iwacu Cultural Village for cultural entertainment, interaction and the chance to learn about local life. This can be done in the evening.

Accommodation: Bisate Lodge, Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge, Muhabura Hotel.

Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 6: Transfer to Akagera National Park

This is another road trip running from the north to the west of the country. Check out after breakfast and hit smooth tarmac roads of Rwanda, taking us through various towns to Akagera national park. This journey takes about 6 hours and on arrival, we explore the park before checking in at the lodge.

Accommodation: Akagera Game Lodge.

Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 7: Morning Game Drive – Afternoon Boat Cruise

To increase your chances of encountering more animals in Akagera, you should head to the jungle early in the morning. So we have breakfast very early and drive on dirt roads. Beautiful sunrise views after dawn and plenty of wildlife including Maasai giraffes, buffalo, zebras, oribi, lone antelopes, elephants and hippos. The lion was reintroduced to the park after being exterminated by hunting and is one of the attractions you are lucky enough to see. Some primates can be seen in the park’s woodlands. There is much to discover in the park, especially around Lake Ihema. Therefore, enjoy lunch before boarding the boat to show you many attractions from landscapes to mammals. The lakeside is a resting place for alligators and birds, and the occasional shoebill can be seen. Many hippos also live in this lake. After the boat ride, return to the lodge and relax.

Accommodation: Akagera Game Lodge.

Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 8: Return to Kigali – Departure

This is your last day of the 8 Days Best of Rwanda Safari Tour. You will end it in the best style by doing a short game drive to have your last views of the buffaloes, elephants, giraffes and antelopes as you leave the park. The driver drops you off at the preferred location in Kigali.

Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch).

End of tour.

The 8 Days Best of Rwanda Safari Tour includes;

  • Transportation in a 4×4 Safari Car.
  • Professional safari driver.
  • Bottled drinking water.
  • Activities included on the itinerary.
  • Park entry fees.
  • Gorilla trekking permit.
  • Chimp permit trekking permit.
  • Accommodation and meals per itinerary.

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