15 Days Rwanda Gorillas, Cultural and Wildlife Safari
The ultimate 15 days Rwanda Gorillas, Cultural, and Wildlife Safari, curated by Intaresafaris. Prepare to embark on a transformative journey through the breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and remarkable wildlife of Rwanda. This meticulously designed itinerary offers an immersive experience that combines thrilling encounters with endangered mountain gorillas, captivating cultural interactions, and awe-inspiring wildlife encounters.
From the moment you arrive at Kigali International Airport, our highly experienced company representatives will be there to extend a warm and courteous welcome, ensuring your seamless transition into the vibrant heart of Africa.Join us on this remarkable 15 days Rwanda Gorillas, Cultural, and Wildlife Safari, where adventure, cultural immersion, and wildlife encounters intertwine to create memories that will last a lifetime
Detailed 15 Days Rwanda Gorillas, Cultural and Wildlife Safari
Day 1: Arrival in Kigali
Upon your arrival at Kigali International Airport, our friendly team will warmly greet you and facilitate your smooth transfer to your accommodation in Kigali. Take some time to relax and recover from your journey, preparing for the exciting days ahead.
Day 2: Kigali City Tour
Begin your exploration of Rwanda with a comprehensive tour of Kigali, the vibrant capital city. Visit notable landmarks, such as the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center, where you can pay homage to the victims of the genocide and gain profound insights into Rwanda’s history. Immerse yourself in the local markets, savor the flavors of Rwandan cuisine, and experience the warm hospitality of the Rwandan people. Overnight in Kigali.
Day 3: Transfer to Akagera National Park
Embark on a scenic drive to Akagera National Park, a hidden gem in Rwanda’s eastern region. As you enter the park, you’ll be greeted by picturesque landscapes, including rolling savannahs, shimmering lakes, and winding rivers. Settle into your lodge and get ready for an afternoon game drive, where you’ll have the opportunity to spot diverse wildlife, including elephants, zebras, giraffes, antelopes, and an array of bird species. Spend the night surrounded by the sounds of the African wilderness in Akagera.
Day 4: Full-Day Game Drive in Akagera
Embark on a full-day game drive adventure in Akagera National Park. Traverse the park’s vast plains and encounter its diverse wildlife population up close. Witness herds of elephants moving gracefully, graceful giraffes browsing on tall acacia trees, and elegant antelopes grazing in the open savannah. Keep your eyes peeled for predators, such as lions and leopards, as they roam their territories. Your experienced guide will provide fascinating insights into the park’s ecosystem and conservation efforts. After an exhilarating day, return to your lodge for a well-deserved rest.
Day 5: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park –
Embark on a scenic journey to Volcanoes National Park, located in the northern part of Rwanda. Known as a haven for the endangered mountain gorillas, this park offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness these gentle giants in their natural habitat. Arrive at your lodge, nestled amidst the lush surroundings, and prepare for the incredible gorilla trekking experience that awaits you. Overnight near Volcanoes National Park.
Day 6: Gorilla Trekking
Brace yourself for an unforgettable encounter with the mountain gorillas. After a briefing by experienced guides, embark on a thrilling trek through the dense rainforest, surrounded by captivating flora and fauna. As you approach the gorilla family, feel the excitement and awe build within you. Spend a precious hour in the presence of these incredible creatures, observing their behavior, interactions, and familial bonds. This extraordinary experience will leave an indelible mark on your heart. Return to your lodge for relaxation and reflection.
Day 7: Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village
Immerse yourself in Rwandan culture as you visit the Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village. Engage with the local community, partake in traditional activities, and gain insights into the customs, traditions, and daily lives of the Rwandan people. Enjoy traditional dances, music performances, and storytelling sessions that will transport you back in time. This immersive experience fosters a deep appreciation for the rich cultural heritage of Rwanda. Overnight near Volcanoes National Park.
Day 8: Golden Monkey Tracking
Embark on an exhilarating golden monkey tracking expedition in the enchanting forests of Volcanoes National Park. These playful primates, endemic to the Virunga Mountains, will captivate you with their acrobatic displays and charming demeanor. Follow your expert guide through the misty forest as you witness their playful interactions and learn about their conservation status. The natural beauty of the park, combined with the golden monkeys’ antics, creates an enchanting experience. Overnight near Volcanoes National Park.
Day 9: Transfer to Nyungwe National Park
Bid farewell to the gorillas as you embark on a scenic journey to Nyungwe National Park, situated in the southwestern part of Rwanda. Known for its pristine rainforest and remarkable biodiversity, Nyungwe is a haven for nature enthusiasts and avid hikers. Arrive at your lodge and spend the evening immersing yourself in the tranquility of the surroundings. Prepare for the upcoming adventures that await you in Nyungwe. Overnight near Nyungwe National Park.
Day 10: Canopy Walk and Nature Walk
Begin your day with a thrilling canopy walk, suspended high above the forest floor. Traverse the suspended bridges and enjoy panoramic views of the dense canopy and the diverse ecosystem below. The walk offers a unique perspective and a chance to appreciate the untouched beauty of Nyungwe. Afterward, embark on a guided nature walk, accompanied by knowledgeable guides who will unravel the secrets of the rainforest, pointing out rare flora and fauna along the way. Overnight near Nyungwe National Park.
Day 11: Chimpanzee Trekking
Prepare for an exhilarating chimpanzee trekking expedition in the lush forests of Nyungwe. Accompanied by experienced trackers, venture deep into the forest in search of these remarkable primates. As you observe them swing through the trees, forage for food, and communicate with each other, you’ll gain a deep appreciation for their intelligence and close resemblance to humans. Nyungwe is home to one of East Africa’s largest populations of chimpanzees, making this an exceptional wildlife encounter. Overnight near Nyungwe National Park.
Day 12: Cultural Tour in Butare
Discover the vibrant city of Butare, renowned for its cultural heritage and academic excellence. Visit the National Museum of Rwanda, which showcases the country’s rich history, traditional artifacts, and archaeological finds. Explore the captivating architecture of the Nyanza Royal Palace, an important historical site. Engage with the local community and immerse yourself in Rwandan traditions, music, and dance. Overnight in Butare, embracing the cultural tapestry of Rwanda.
Day 13: Lake Kivu Relaxation
Prepare for a serene interlude as you transfer to the scenic shores of Lake Kivu. Nestled amidst lush hills, this picturesque lake offers an idyllic setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. Unwind in your lakeside accommodation, take a refreshing swim, or simply bask in the tranquility of the surroundings. Enjoy the breathtaking sunset over the lake, casting vibrant hues over the water, and indulge in the flavors of Rwandan cuisine. Overnight on the shores of Lake Kivu, a true sanctuary for the soul.
Day 14: Lake Kivu Exploration
Embark on a captivating exploration of Lake Kivu and its picturesque islands. Visit local communities, where you can interact with the friendly locals and gain insights into their way of life. Immerse yourself in the unique culture, traditions, and folklore of the lakeside communities. Engage in activities such as fishing, traditional boat rides, or leisurely strolls along the shore. This enriching experience allows you to forge connections with the local culture while appreciating the natural beauty of the lake. Overnight on the shores of Lake Kivu, savoring the enchantment of this peaceful oasis.
Day 15: Return to Kigali and Departure
After a leisurely breakfast, bid farewell to the tranquil beauty of Lake Kivu as you return to Kigali. Depending on your departure time, you may have the opportunity for last-minute shopping, exploring local markets, or visiting art galleries showcasing Rwanda’s vibrant artistic scene. Our team will ensure your smooth transfer to Kigali International Airport, marking the end of your incredible Rwanda Gorillas, Cultural, and Wildlife Safari. Depart with cherished memories and a deep appreciation for the natural and cultural wonders of Rwanda.
This 15-day itinerary is designed to provide an unforgettable and immersive experience, allowing you to connect with Rwanda’s mesmerizing landscapes, captivating wildlife, and vibrant culture