The 7 days Rwanda Classic Wildlife Safari is a memorable adventure in your lifetime where you will visit the three national parks in Rwanda that is Volcanoes, Akagera and Nyungwe each known for its unique attractions. The gorillas, the big five, and the chimpanzees will not be missed while on this great safari.

Also, have a chance to tour some of the city-based attractions in Kigali the capital of Rwanda, the twin lakes of Ruhondo and Burera and optional tours like community walks nature walks and more. Expect to take part in these experiences; gorilla trekking, boat cruise, city tours, optional hot air ballooning, chimpanzee trekking, game drive and the mighty gorilla trekking.

Safari inclusions

English speaking guide

Meals and accommodation

Activities as mentioned in the program

Drinking water

4*4 safari vehicle

Gorilla permits

Safari exclusions

Visas and tips


Additional activities


Itinerary Details

Day1. Kigali city tour and transfer to Akagera national park from

Wake up at the hotel in Kigali and transfer to Akagera National park the renowned and the only savannah protected area in Rwanda the land of a thousand hills. Our driver guide will pick you up and take you around the Kigali city before transfer to Akagera with a chance of visiting some of the city based attractions like the genocide memorial centre, Inema art center, Kimironko market and more. After the city exploration, leave for Akagera and upon arrival, relax and time willing go for a brief evening drive. Meals and Accommodation: Akagera Game Lodge

akagera national park

Day2. Game drive, boat tour on lake Ihema and optional Hot air ballooning.

This will be a day to enjoy the savannah of Akagera National Park as you take part in a a morning game drive. You can also enjoy a hot air balloon tour with stunning aerial views of the surroundings such as hills, lakes, trees and more. The drive can take 3-4 hours and in air 2 hours. You chanced for hot lunch at the lodge. After lunch, head for a boat cruise tour on Lake Ihema one of the lakes in the park, and enjoy more of the wild life. Animals to spot are hippos, crocodiles, warthogs, and more. Animals to be spotted on this day are elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, buffalos, zebras, Masai giraffes, impalas, kudu, bush bucks, and more. Also birds like the eagles, kingfishers, vultures, ibis, and hornbills will also be spotted. Return to the lodge, refresh up and enjoy the night. Meals and Accommodation: Akagera Game Lodge

A boat cruise in Akagera National Park
hot air ballon in akagera
rhino lodge akagera

Day3. Transfer to Volcanoes national Park and Twin Lakes Visit

Leave early morning and head to Volcanoes National Park a unique tourist destination homing the endangered mountain gorillas which means that it's located in the Virunga massive. While on the way, have a chance to witness the twin lakes in Rwanda that is Lake Ruhondo and Burera. Take part in canoeing adventure to enjoy the hills, fishermen, storytelling by the local guide, birds and more. Meals and Accommodation: Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge

volcanoes bwindi lodge

Day4. Gorilla trekking and Iby'iwacu Cultural Centre Visit

Gorilla trekking in the volcanoes commences early morning. Wake up excited to meet our closest relatives on this day with a sumptuous breakfast. Then have a short drive to the park offices in Kinigi where the trekking briefing is held from. Meet fellow trekkers, park guides, as briefing will immediately commence conducted by one of the park staffs. Be told about the guidelines to follow such as feeding wild animals is not allowed, keep a distance from the gorillas and other animals, don't eat, smoke or drink in the presence of these primates and more. Begin the trek with the help of the park ranger guide who will be well armed to offer protection and while in the forest, meet more than what is expected including primates, birds, butterflies , water falls and more. Upon arrival spend an hour with them learning and observing their behaviours, movements and more. Head to the lodge and have leisure since this experience involves hiking and walking long distances. You will visit the iby'iwacu cultural centre after you have relaxed from the gorilla hikes. Meals and Accommodation: Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge

Day5. Transfer to Nyungwe national park

Leave Volcanoes National park and head to Nyungwe national park home to different primates of over 12 species and the chimpanzees being the most outstanding. The road trip is amazing as you encounter different landscapes, forests, farmlands, lake Kivu and more. Arrive and check in the lodge booked. Meals and Accommodation: Nyungwe Top Hill View Hotel

Day6. Chimp tracking, canopy walk

Wake up and enjoy breakfast and drive to the briefing point with your enough drinking water and energy-giving snack. While on the briefing, the park warden in charge will crosscheck the chimpanzee tracking permits as you be told about the materials you need to have while in the forest like the cameras and Binoculars. Also, be told about the dos and don'ts to follow while on the trail such as keep distance from wild animals, don't throw rubbish, don't use flash light camera, always keep quiet and more. The park guide will put you in the group of tourists to trek with and then begin the search while meeting other creatures like varvet monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, different bird species, plants, butterflies, and more. Spend an hour in the presence of chimpanzees taking and capturing great moments with your cameras. The overall experience takes about 6 hours but is full of memories. After the experience, head back to the lodge for lunch followed by an afternoon forest canopy walk where you get a chance to view the forest with an eagle eye or earial view. The bridge-like structures is about 70m high and 160m long. The experience takes about 2 to 3 hours as the primates will be crossing while jumping from one tree to another, the birds singing and more. Return to the lodge for your last night. Meals and Accommodation: Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel

Nyungwe Forest National Park
Experience the Nyungwe canopy walk

Day7. Transfer to Kigali International Airport

Its a 6 hour drive but filled up with stunning views of the other side of Rwanda, such as, tea gardens , plantains of After heading back to Kigali and be dropped at the airport and this marks the end of 7 Days Rwanda Classic Wildlife Safari. Meals - Half board No Accommodation

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