5 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour and Akagera Wildlife Safari

This 5 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour and Akagera Wildlife Safari is a short gorilla trek and Big Five safari experience in beautiful Rwanda.

These 5 days Rwanda gorilla trekking tour offers tourists a golden lifetime opportunity to take part in the tracking of the endangered mountain gorillas and spend time with golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park and take part in the beautiful fruitful Akagera National Park game drives.

Akagera National Park is known for the big 5 game viewing drives. In Akagera you will see a wide variety of animals such as big herds of elephants, buffalos, lions. Masai giraffe, many antelope species.

Detailed itinerary of the 5 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour and Akagera Wildlife Safari

Day 1: Transfer to Akagera National Park and have an evening game drive.

Your tour guide will pick you up either from Kigali International Airport or from your hotel after your breakfast and transfer to Akagera National Park by car via Akagera Road and the journey lasts for about 2hours and 30 minutes.

On your way to Akagera National Park, you may need any supplies for your own use. Feel free to talk to your guide and he will help you purchase everything you may need. Checking in to the lodge/ hotel for refreshments and later lunch will be served at the hotel/ lodge.

Enjoy the evening Akagera National Park game drive, enjoying the ascending winds and beautiful scenery, savannah vegetation, lakes and the wide blue skies of the Akagera National Park. Animals such as elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras, several antelopes as Akagera happens to be a home of several antelopes.

Dinner will be served and overnight stay at the lodge/ hotel.

Day 2 of the 5 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour and Akagera Wildlife Safari: Akagera Morning Game Drive and transfer to Volcanoes National Park.

Breakfast and morning Akagera National Park game drive. The fact that it is not yet hot, you will have a big chance of spotting a number of animals from your vehicle. Predators such as lions, hyenas, cheetahs and leopards are most likely to be spotted on a hunt to catch the prey for the day.

Animals such as African elephants, buffalos, many species of antelopes, will be seen grazing in cool morning hours as well as very many other animals. You will also spot different bird species as Akagera National Park records more than 480 bird species on the checklist.

Have Lunch at hotel, refresh and transfer to volcanoes National Park. This journey to Volcanoes National Park to see the endangered mountain gorillas will last for not more than 3 hours as you enjoy the ascending winding roads and the beautiful mountain scenery

Check in to the lodge and evening village walk. After checking in to the lodge, your safari guide will help you on a village walk, if you are interested. You may choose to remain in the hotel sleeping planning for the tracking the next day.

You will take not more than 2 hours in the hospitable, colorful, rustic local villages around the national park. Interaction with the locals will be memorable as you will see for yourself the simplicity and richness of the local lifestyle. Local heartily humble people will dance and entertain you as you are also allowed to take part in the traditional dances.

After an evening village/ community walk, you will return to the lodge for refreshment and later dinner will be served.

Dinner, camp fire and overnight stay at the hotel/ lodge.

Day 3 of the 5 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour and Akagera Wildlife Safari: Gorilla Trekking and Ibyiwacu Cultural Center.

Breakfast will be served very early in the morning at the lodge/ hotel. After breakfast, your Rwanda safari guide will transfer you to the park headquarters for briefing by park rangers.

During the briefing, you and 7 other individuals are assigned a gorilla family to trek, the ranger will help you in allocating the assigned gorilla family movements.

The gorilla trek will take in between 1-8 hours depending on the animal’s movements. After finding the mountain gorillas, you will be allowed to spend 1 hour watching them.

Good photography moments with the gorillas are allowed and your ranger guide will answer any of your questions about mountain gorillas.

After watching the gorillas for 1 hour you then return to the park headquarters for a transfer to hotel for lunch and refreshment.

After lunch and refreshments, your guide will drive you to the historical Ibyiwacu cultural center in Kiningi. When you’re at this mighty center, you will be able to enjoy performances of the native dance and music by drummers and dancers.

These experiences will give you soft memorial smiles and unforgettable memories as you will also be allowed to take part. Before night fall, you will return to your hotel/ lodge where dinner will be served. And a night stay.

Day 4 of the 5 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour and Akagera Wildlife Safari: Golden monkey tracking and visiting Musanze Caves.

Early breakfast will be served at your lodge/ hotel. Your guide then will drive you to the park headquarters for the briefing and after tracking of golden monkeys will start from the tracking start point.

Tracking Golden monkeys is easy unlike the mountain Gorillas. You will be able to spot Golden monkeys feeding in the beautiful bamboo forests.

You will be allowed to spend 1 hour, photographing and observing Golden monkeys then after the park ranger will lead you out of the forest to the park headquarters. Your safari guide will drive you back to the hotel for lunch and refreshments.

After lunch, your guide will escort you to the breathtaking Musanze caves. You will follow the trails into the caves and you will discover the long-lost homes of the local people.

Before nightfall, you will return again to your lodge/ hotel for dinner and a night stay.

Day 5: Return to Kigali for drop off or departure

Early morning breakfast will be served at the lodge. After you will prepare yourselves and your guide will drive you back to Kigali International Airport or to hotel/ place of residence in Kigali capital. This will mark the end of your 5 days Rwanda tour.

Itinerary Gallery

Itinerary Highlights

Day 1: Transfer to Akagera National Park and have an evening game drive.

Day 2: Akagera morning game drive and transfer to Volcanoes National Park.

Day 3: Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park and a visit to Ibyiwacu Cultural center.

Day 4: Golden Monkey tracking and a visit to Musanze Caves.

Day 5: Transfer to Kigali International Airport for departure

Safari Inclusions and Exclusions

Safari cost includes:

  • Transportation in a tour van/Land cruiser
  • Service of an English -speaking tour guide/driver
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Park admissions
  • Accommodation on full board
  • Entrance fees to all destinations as per the program
  • Transfer to and from the airport

Safari exclusions

  • All activities not mentioned in the program
  • Phone calls bills
  • Tips
  • International transfers
  • Gratitude to tour guides
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal effects of any nature
  • Hotel fees before and after the safari

End of the 5 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour and Akagera Wildlife Safari

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