In the land of rolling hills and unmatched greenery; every traveler returns with a story to tell and so will you have after this rewarding 6 days Akagera and Volcanoes National Park safari experience. Akagera National Park is the only savanna park in Rwanda; boasting Big 5 cats of Africa, notably the lions, leopards, African elephants, Rhinos and Cape Buffaloes.
Volcanoes national park is situated in the northern part of the country and shelters the sought-after endangered mountain gorillas only found in the African continent. Activities to do in these 6 days of the tour include gorilla trekking, bird watching, boat cruise and village community walks. Other activities are optional. This safari starts and ends in Kigali city, but flexible.
Day 1: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park.
On this day, our company driver guide will pick you up at the agreed point, and usher you to the 6 days Akagera and volcanoes national park safari. There will be a briefing session, before embarking on the 2-4-hour smooth drive, through a tarmac and road in the country side. Volcanoes national park is home to the endangered Mountain Gorillas, golden monkeys and several other primate species. You will enjoy the views of the rolling hills in the countryside.
Upon reaching the park, proceed to check-in at the lodge for some refreshment and lunch. There are several optional activities you can do in and around the lodge, while awaiting the Gorillas. These include; Musanze cave exploration, cultural adventure, photography, birding, Guided nature walk and more. Retire at sunset, with dinner and night stay.
Day 2: Gorilla trekking.
Wakeup to a lip-smacking breakfast meal at the lodge, and thereafter with packed lunch and other documents, go to the park headquarters for pre-trek briefing by the expert ranger guides who will explain to you the gorilla trekking rules, verify the permits and more.
Gorilla trekking is done on foot and a bit tiresome, yet worthwhile. You track as a group, following the gorillas in the forests, and depending on how far they have moved, the exercise lasts for about 1-7 hours. Trackers are rewarded with one hour in the presence of their cousins; taking photos, and closely watching their unique characteristics.
Thereafter, lunch will be in the forest and then return to the lodge to refresh and relax around the beautiful gardens near the lodge. After ticking off the day’s activities, call it a day with dinner and night stay.
Day 3: Transfer to Akagera National Park.
After a relaxed breakfast at the lodge, checkout for a transfer to Akagera National Park; the only savanna park in Rwanda. The drive is a smooth road with lots of flora, captivating landscape, dotted homesteads, stories by the driver guide and busy towns.
The drive lasts for approximately 2-3 hours, with an enroute lunch. The driver guide might also find it worth having a stopover at the different attractions along the route, to showcase the uniqueness of Rwanda. At the lodge, you will receive your first meal, and then a free evening with the locals who live near the park. This day ends with a hefty dinner and a sweet slumber in a comfortable cottage.
Day 4: Game drive and Boat cruise.
After a peaceful nap, wakeup very early in the morning for a rewarding sunrise game drive which can last for about 3-5 hours. The game ranger will be explaining about the park; its history, vegetation cover and residents, which include among others the leopards, lions, Rhinos, elephants, warthogs, several Antelope species, African buffaloes and more. the stunning Akagera landscape is perfect for photography and nature walks. You will enjoy bush breakfast, and thereafter return to the lodge for lunch.
In the afternoon; time will be spent at Lake Ihema; home to hippos, crocodiles, and several aquatic birds. You will spend about two hours there, and then return to the lodge for dinner, optional camp fire, and calm night.
Day 5: Birdwatching and cultural encounter.
Get your day started with a yummy cup of coffee at the lodge. Thereafter, a sunrise birdwatching experience at the park, where you have notably; the African Jacana, white-browed coucal, bare-faced go-away-bird, African fish eagle, bateleur, harrier hawk, Red-faced barbet, papyrus Gonolek, squacco heron and more, in the mixture of papyrus swamps and the acacia. The park has over 480 bird species, with some being seasonal migrants.
After spending about 4 hours at the trail; you will return to the lodge for Lunch and some refreshment. Thereafter, the evening hours is set apart for cultural encounter and time with the locals who live around the park. They do entertain guests through dance, stories, village walks and more.
This day ends with dinner and a peaceful sleep.
Day 6: Departure
Start your day with a guided nature walk experience at the designated trail routes, a glance at the green vegetation, undulating hills, dotted homesteads at the countryside and more. You will then depert after breakfast for Kigali city; Rwanda’s capital. In Kigali, have a tour around the place, visiting the Museum, cultural center, souvenir shops and more. From here, the driver guide will bid you fare well to mark the end of your safari.
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