Group Size: Based on Minimum of 2 passengers
This week long safari includes chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest National Park and visits Rwanda’s lesser-visited regions. Explore Akagera National Park, home to a variety of wildlife and Lake Kivu, Rwanda’s largest lake and one of the African Great Lakes. With a choice of Classic or Superior accommodation, this safari is a perfect add-on to one of our gorilla trekking adventures.
Day 1 - Akagera National Park
Arrival at Kigali international Hotel and transfer to Akagera National Park, approx 2 hours.
Enter the National Park for an evening game viewing experience. Akagera is set at a relatively low altitude on the border with Tanzania; Akagera National Park is dominated scenically by a labyrinth of swamps and lakes that follow the meandering course of the Akagera River. (LD)
Tucked away in the riverine forest on the edge of Akagera’s largest lake. This small private camp offers seven en-suite tents dotted along the forested lake edge, sheltered by large trees and swaying palms. The tents are spaced either side of a thatched reception area with a lounge, bar and dining room. Each tent is accessible by a wooden boardwalk from the reception.The camp is entirely powered by solar, with a solar hot water system.
Day 2 - Akagera National Park
After an early breakfast you will enter the park for game drives and activities.
Akagera is home to a variety of game, and an exciting reserve in which to spend a few days. It offers an interesting contrast to the more mountainous central and western parts of Rwanda. There are plenty of animals around and the birdlife is quite exceptional. Mammals include a healthy population of elephant and buffalo, plus 11 species of antelope including impala, common duiker, defassa waterbuck, bushbuck, oribi, tsessebe, cape eland and the rare sable antelope. Hippos are present in impressive numbers in the lakes and rivers and zebra and giraffe still roam the more open acacia dotted plains.After game viewing return to the lodge. (BLD)
Day 3 - Kigali
After breakfast you will return to Kigali and check-in to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.(B)
Situated in Central Kigali, the ambassadorial and commercial heart of Rwanda and the city’s pre-eminent meeting place for diplomats and business people. The hotel is situated only 10 km from Kigali International Airport. The accommodation comprises of 104 air-conditioned rooms from the Presidential suite, luxury suites to deluxe rooms. The elegant Diplomat Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while The Lounge Bar offers a choice of three purpose designed areas: the bar, the lounge and the terrace.
Day 4 - Nyungwe Forest National Park
Depart Kigali after breakfast you will make your way to Nyungwe Forest National Park via the Kings Museum in Nyanza and Butare for a visit to the National Museum with a stop for lunch.
Nyungwe Forest National Park is at an altitude range of between 1600 metre – 2950 metre above sea level with temperatures varying between 0°C and 30° C; average day temperatures 15°C. Main features and attractions in NyungweForest include the largest montane rain forest remaining in Africa, Mt. Bigugu (2925M) and Kamiranzovu marsh (13 Km²). Nyungwe Forest has 260 species of trees and shrubs and over 100 species of orchids and giant lobelias. (BLD)
Designed to fit harmoniously within its beautiful natural surroundings, Nyungwe Forest Lodge offers guests comfort and ensures an experience rich in local culture, fluently fused with quality service and African courtesy. The lodge is situated in Gisakura, a working tea plantation, on the edge of the Nyungwe Forest National Park. The Nyungwe Forest is the largest mountain rainforest on the African continent with over 13 different species of primates, representing 20% of all the apes in Africa.
Day 5 - Nyungwe Forest National Park
Depart after an early breakfast for a hike into Nyungwe Forest in search of chimps (Chimp Trek permit additional cost). There is a lot more in Nyungwe than just chimps. Colobus monkeys, mangabeys, various other primate species plus lots of forest dwelling birds will be encountered on the way. Return to the lodge for lunch.
This afternoon you can decide to do optional activities do the Canopy Walk (at own expense) or just relax at the hotel. (BLD)
Day 6 - Lake Kivu
After breakfast drive to Kibuye by the lake shores of the Lake Kivu. Lake Kivu is one of the greatest Lakes in Rwanda, and is in the Albertine (western) Rift, a part of the Great Rift Valleys. The lake is a 2,650 Square kilometer freshwater expanse and the largest of all the lakes that fill the valleys of Rwanda.(BLD)
Kivu Lodge is located on a small piece of land that juts into the calm waters of the Lake Kivu in Karongi District. The lodge boasts 20 spacious cottages, 2 of which are executive suites. It also has a restaurant, coffee bar and lounge bar. It boasts an outdoor cascading swimming pool overlooking the waters of the Lake Kivu. All the rooms offer stunning views of the Lake Kivu. They also have private balconies. The lodge is located on a private peninsula on the Lake Kivu and is surrounded by a private coffee plantation.
Day 7 - End of Rwanda Explored Tour
After breakfast, enjoy the scenic drive back to Kigali Airport for your onward journey. (B)
Dates and Pricing
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.