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6 Days Rwanda wildlife and gorilla safari 

This 6 days Rwanda wildlife and gorilla safari will give you the two ultimate safari experiences i.e. game drives in Akagera national park and gorilla trekking in volcanoes national park. The Akagera national park is the only Savannah park in Rwanda hosting a number of big mammals with the most sought after being Lions, Buffaloes, Giraffes, Zebras and Hippos which will provide for great photographic moments. After this experience proceed to the volcanoes national park for an unforgettable encounter with the Rwanda mountain gorillas.

Safari Highlights

  • Kigali city tour
  • Game drive
  • Boat trip on Lake Ihema
  • Gorilla trekking
  • Gorilla Guardians Village

Detailed Itinerary for Rwanda Wildlife and Gorilla Safari

DAY 1: Arrival for the 6 days Rwanda Safari

On this day we start the  Rwanda wildlife and gorilla safari adventure. A Professional driver guide from Intare Safaris will pick you up from your hotel or at the Kigali international airport on your arrival.

Our move will all depend on your arrival time, ideally we hope to have a short Kigali city tour visiting key areas like Genocide Memorial, craft centers, Kandt National Museum etc.

DAY 2 : Transfer to Akagera National park for Boat Safari

Leave for Akagera National Park is located in eastern Rwanda after a relaxed breakfast. The journey takes about 2 hours 30 minutes with stopovers en route to Akagera park for photo moments of the beautiful landscape washrooms. Later arrive at the park and check in to your lodge.

Have lunch and later leave for a one-hour boat safari on Lake Ihema.

DAY 3 : Whole Day Game drive

We arise early and leave right after breakfast to explore Akagera national park in search of the big mammals like Elephants, Giraffes, Buffaloes, several Antelope species and recently the re-introduced Lions. Most of the game drives happen in the northern part of the park where we will spend the better part of the day and return to the lodge later that afternoon. Akagera national park is is the biggest in Rwanda with beautiful scenery and landscape. It has varied habitats for wildlife and a birders haven with over 500 species in the park.

DAY 4 : Transfer to Volcanoes national park

After breakfast, we start the journey to volcanoes national park where the massive gentle giants inhabit. It is a natural habitat for the mountain gorillas providing the perfect environment and food for the gorillas. Volcanoes national park is located in northern Rwanda about 2 hours 30 minutes from Kigali in Kinigi, Musanze. The drive from Akagera national park to Musanze will be through Kigali city, enjoy several villages with great landscape views. You can ask the driver to stop for picture moments at different view points as you see the endless hills and understand why indeed Rwanda is referred to as ‘the land of a thousand hills’. We will arrive to the lodge later that evening ready for the gorilla hike the next day.

DAY 5 : Transfer to volcanoes national park for Gorilla safaris

After a restful night, your agenda today is meeting the mountain gorillas in the lush and dense jungles of the Virunga ranges – the volcanoes national park. Your driver guide will transfer you to the briefing place right after your early breakfast to listen from the ranger guide on how to behave while in the park and divide you into the different gorilla groups. In the meantime as you wait for the briefing enjoy the Rwandan cultural dances and the freshly brewed Rwandan coffee. After a briefing from the visitors Centre –  embark on the trek that will eventually bring you to the gorillas in their natural habitat. The trek can last anything from an hour to several hours depending on where the gorillas nested the previous night – you need to be relatively fit to enjoy this experience.

DAY 6 :  6 day Rwanda Wildlife and Gorilla Safari End

Aftre the fantastic time exploring the wildlife of Rwanda, we hope you look back at these memories with smile in the near future. This is the last day of your safari, after a lazy morning we start journey to Kigali for your return flight or hotel. If your flight in later in the night you can add an optional activity like golden monkey trekking, hike one of the virungas, visit Dian Fossey’s tomb and learn more about her conservation work.

Before we explore the details of what you should pack for a 6 days Rwanda safari, let’s quickly browse through the packing list.

  1. Two facemasks hand sanitizer
  2. A decent light waterproof jacket
  3. A pair of trousers, a long-sleeved shirt (t-shirt), and longer socks
  4. A pair of hiking gloves
  5. A lightweight pair of waterproof hiking boots
  6. A tin of insect repellent
  7. Energy giving snacks
  8. Biodegradable tissue or toilet paper
  9. Waterproof backpack
  10. Trekking poles or hiking staff
  11. Refillable drinking water bottle
  • Akagera National Park entry fees
  • All activities on the itinerary
  • A professional english speaking driver/guide
  • Transportation to and within Akagera National game park
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Drinking water(On all days)
  • Akagera National Park entry fees
  • All activities on the itinerary
  • A professional english speaking driver/guide
  • Transportation to and within Akagera National game park
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Drinking water(On all days)

Tour Inclusives

  • Gorilla Permits
  • Chimpanzee Permits
  • Rhino Tracking
  • Bottled Water
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Boat Rides
  • Cultural Tours

Tour Excludes

  • Tourist Entry Visa
  •  International Flight Tickets
  •  Travel Insurance
  •  Items of Personal Nature
  •  Tips and Gratuities

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