Day 1: Transfer to Akagera national park – Boat cruise

8 Days Rwanda Classic Tour

Depending on your location in Kigali, you will be met by our company representative your driver guide and be transferred to Akagera national park. Estimated distance is 2-3 hours drive via the fascinating landscapes of Rwanda. Arrive at Akagera national park, have lunch and connect for your afternoon activity-boat cruise on Lake Ihema and get an opportunity to explore the lake and its habitants like the hippos, crocodiles and different bird species. Return to your lodge to unwind in the wild, you will also have dinner and overnight.

Accommodation and Meals: Ruzizi camp/Akagera game lodge

Day 2: Morning game drive and return to Kigali

Early in the morning after breakfast, you will go for a Northern circuit game drive to search early risers and look out for animals such as Lions, Rhinos, Leopards, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras and many more like Antelopes.

After the game drive, drive out of the park connecting to back to Kigali, have lunch at Hotel Des Milles collines, brief city tour and connect to your hotel to rest, dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation and Meals: Hotel Des Milles Collines/Golf Residence hotel/Step town Motel.

Day 3: City tour and transfer to Nyungwe national park

You will have an early breakfast then embark on your journey to Nyungwe forest. En route, visit the Rwanda National Museum and also pass by the Nyanza cultural village where the African culture is witnessed. Estimated distance is 7 hours drive with lunch en route. Connect directly for a canopy walk. Before night fall, drive to your hotel to rest.

Accommodation and Meal: Nyungwe Top View Hotel/Nyungwe Forest Hotel/Gisukara Guesthouse

Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking

Enjoy breakfast and go for briefing about the endangered chimpanzees before entering the forest in search of the active and playful fellows in Nyungwe forest. The Chimpanzees are much easier to spot as they jump from one tree to another, chattering and laughing. Chimpanzee tracking usually takes about 3 hours. On finding them, spend an hour while taking pictures and videos.  You will then return to your lodge and spend the evening at leisure. Dinner will be served and overnight stay at lodge as above.

Day 5: Transfer to Lake Kivu

After breakfast, connect to Lake Kivu in Rubavu town where you will spend your afternoon enjoying the only fresh lake relaxing at the lake shores enjoying the fresh breeze. Estimated distance 6 hours with lunch en route.

Accommodation and Meals: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel / Paradise Malahide Resort

Day 6: Transfer to Musanze

After breakfast at leisure, explore more of the lake visiting the islands on a canoe ride, visit Gisenyi town where you will have your lunch then connect for 2 hours to Volcanoes national park. The park is well known for its rare mountain gorillas. Upon arrival in the afternoon, proceed to your reserved lodge to rest and prepare for the next day activity.

Accommodation and Meals: Mountain Gorilla View lodge/Da Vinci Gorilla lodge/Kinigi Guesthouse, Full board

Day 7: Gorilla trekking experience – Volcanoes national park

After early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to the park headquarters-kinigi for a briefing about the endangered mountain gorillas from the park warden. Along with your gorilla trekking gear, drinking water and packed lunch, the driver will drop you off at the starting point to trek the gorillas together with the ranger guides. This activity may take between 1-8 hours searching for the gorillas depending on their movement. However meeting them is so rewarding and you will spend maximally 1 hour with them as you take time studying them and taking pictures and videos. After spending your time with the fascinating mountain gorillas, return to the base and meet your driver to connect to your lodge for lunch and refresh.

After trekking, you can do an optional activity if you still have time and still feel strong for another activity otherwise spend the rest of the day relaxing at your chosen lodge as above.

Day 8: Transfer back to Rwanda

After breakfast, transfer back to Kigali via the scenic rolling hills of Rwanda. Be dropped off at Kigali airport to find your ongoing flight back home.

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