9 Days Classic Safari

This 9 days Rwanda safari package is a perfect way to introduce yourself to this tiny irresistible country. You will get to explore most of the great destinations and carry out insanely awesome safari activities in each of them.

9 Days Classic Safari

9 Days Rwanda Tour Overview

This package takes you to Akagera National Park, Nyungwe Forest National Park and Volcanoes National Park. Choice of accommodation may be super luxury, luxury, comfortable or budget depending on your preference.

Safari Day by Day

We have tried so hard to minimize driving time but rather maximize on the time for carrying out activities. This is partly because we want to keep you engaged from the start of your safari till the very end.

Day 1: Arrival in Kigali City

Our guide will pick you up when you arrive and transfer you to your hotel. In the afternoon, you will visit the Gisozi Genocide Memorial Monuments and get to learn about Rwanda’s dark days of 1994. You will get to know why so many Rwandese lost their lives in a span of 100 days.

Overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel for luxury stay or Hotel Chez Lando for comfortable stay.

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Transfer to Akagera National Park

Early morning, you will transfer to Akagera National Park. The drive is just two hours away from Kigali. When you arrive, you will check in to your lodge and head for an afternoon boat ride on Lake Ihema. The boat ride is a perfect opportunity to see animals like Crocodiles, Hippopotamuses, birds and several mammals that roam around the shores to hydrate.

Overnight at Akagera Game Lodge for luxury stay or Ruzizi Tented Lodge for comfortable stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Driving Time: 2 Hours

Day 3: Full day Game drive at Akagera

This day you carry out a full day game drive around the park. Your tour guide will try his best to ensure you see all the big five game animals though this is not a guarantee. You will explore the northern section of the park, an area with a very high concentration of wildlife.

Overnight at Akagera Game Lodge for luxury stay or Ruzizi Tented Lodge for comfortable stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park

Exit Akagera National Park with a morning game drive and head towards Nyungwe Forest National Park in the southern province of Rwanda. You will make brief stop overs at the former presidential palace and Butare museum before your climax your drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge for luxury, Nyungwe Top Hill View Lodge for moderate stay or Gisakura Guest House for budget stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Driving time: 6 – 7 Hours

Day 5: Chimpanzee trekking and Canopy Walk

Rise and head to the forests to locate the Chimpanzees before they wake up, spend time with them and return to your lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, you will head for a canopy walk – the only one of a kind in the entire East African region.

Overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge for luxury, Nyungwe Top Hill View Lodge for moderate stay or Gisakura Guest House for budget stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

This day we switch provinces. You drive all the way from the Southern Province to the Northern Province. Early in the morning, your tour guide will transfer you to Volcanoes National Park in Musanze, north of Rwanda. When you arrive, you will check in to your lodge for an overnight and prepare for an experience with mountain gorillas the following day.

Overnight at Bisate Eco Lodge for luxury, Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge for comfortable stay or Kinigi Guest House for budget stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Driving time: Approx. 6 Hours

Day 7: Mountain Gorilla Trekking

Transfer to the park headquarters in Kinigi very early the morning for briefing and after start off with your gorilla trekking escapade. You will spend between 2 to 8 hours in the jungles depending on how long you take to locate the gorillas. This time includes a full hour encounter with these primates.

In the afternoon, you will hit Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village for a cultural experience and after retire at your lodge for an overnight.

Overnight at Bisate Eco Lodge for luxury, Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge for mid-range or Kinigi Guest House for budget stay.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8: Golden Monkey Tracking and Dian Fossey Visit

Just like the previous day, you will transfer to the park headquarters for briefing and after head for golden monkey tracking in Volcanoes National Park. Golden Monkey tracking usually lasts for 2 to 4 hours.

In the afternoon, you will visit Dian Fossey’s grave at Karisoke Research Center. Dian Fossey was one of the great pioneers of mountain gorilla conservation. She dies fighting for the safety of these gorillas and deserves to be honored.

Overnight at Bisate Eco Lodge for luxury, Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge for mid-range or Kinigi Guest House for budget stay.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9: Transfer to Kigali and Departure

This day you transfer back to Kigali, carry out a brief city tour and get dropped off at the airport to catch up with your flight home.

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

Driving Time: 2 Hours

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