4 Days Nyungwe Gorillas and Akagera Nat Park

  • Wildlife Safari
  • Sight seeing Tour
  • Gorilla Trekking
  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • City tour of KIGALI

ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

DAY

REGION

ACTIVITIES

1

KIGALI TO NYUNGWE NAT PARK

·         TRANSFER TO NYUNGWE NAT PARK

2

NYUNGWE TO RUHENGERI

·         CHIMPANZEE TRACKING

·         TRANSFER TO VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

3

VOLCANOES NAT PARK TO KIGALI

·         GORILLA TRACKING

·         TRANSFER TO KIGALI

4

AKAGERA NAT PARK

·         AKAGERA NAT PARK

 

 

 

Day 1: Depart Nyungwe National Park

After breakfast your guide will be waiting to pick you up and you will depart for Nyungwe National park which takes about 6 ½ hrs drive via Butare visiting enroute, the famous National Museum at Butare and the ancient King´s Palace at Nyanza. The museum was donated in 1989 by the Belgium government with some ethnic collection, the design and concept all realized in co-operation with the Royal Museum for Central Africa of Tervuren; Belgium. Ethnographic objects are grouped together according to the theme giving premium information on the daily life. Traditional ceramics and basketry are still manufactured and belong to the finest handicrafts of the region. The National Museum remained surprisingly untouched during the civil war in 1994.Have Lunch in Butare and thereafter continue to Nyungwe national park arriving for dinner and overnight at your hotel.

  • Driving distance: 6 ½ hours
  • Activity: At Leisure
  • Overnight: Gisakura guesthouse 
  • Meal Plan: Fullboard: Dinner, Lunch, Bed & breakfast

Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking and Depart for Ruhengeri

Take an early morning breakfast then with your packed lunch drive to this park for the starting point of your chimpanzee trek. Two species of chimpanzee occur in Africa. There is the Bonobo and the Common Chimpanzee Pan troglodytes (often shortened to Chimpanzee, and sometimes referred to as the Robust Chimpanzee). The largest remaining populations occur in central Africa (Gabon, DR Congo and Cameroon). About only 400 individuals, the population in Rwanda is an endangered one. However; it should be mentioned that it is not guaranteed to see the chimps as they are unpredictable and can move long distances in one day. Nyungwe National Park is the largest block of montane forest in East and Central Africa and it is an incredibly rich area of biodiversity. Later depart for Ruhengeri. The unpaved road gently curves back and forth as it weaves through hills and mountains beside the lake from Gisenyi to Cyangugu. Eucalyptus trees line the road, while every corner of the hills is terraced with bananas. Villagers smile and wave; you’ll end up with hands tired from waving, and feel like royalty at the end of the trip! Arrive at your hotel, nestled on the foots of the deeply incised creeks, towering mountain ranges offering a magnificent panorama.  Dinner and Overnight at your hotel.

  • Driving distance: 5 hours
  • Activities: Chimpanzee and transfer to Ruhengeri
  • Overnight: Garden Place Hotel
  • Meal Plan: Full board – Lunch, Dinner, bed & breakfast

Day 3: Gorilla trekking

After an early breakfast, you will proceed to the National Park headquarters – Kinigi to meet your guides for the day. After completing our park formalities, we are embark on a once in a life time experience of tracking mountain gorillas. Once you spot them you are allowed to spend an hour watching your closest long lost cousin. This is perhaps one of the most breath-taking wildlife experiences on earth!!! You get so close to these awesome giant primates. You stare at each other blankly not knowing who to break the long silence first. Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga is a magical experience. These massive primates are extremely rare, with less than 1000 living today. You will get within meters of the family, and be privileged to spend an hour amongst them. The trekking may be fairly strenuous; up to six hours or longer at a relatively high altitude. We encourage for your own enjoyment to make sure that you are perfectly fit and healthy. (We’ve had people as old as 70 years old do gorilla tracking so this should not be a problem; all you need is to ask your driver guide to request a shorter group for you if you cannot trek far)It is important to bring good hiking boots, long trousers, gloves for protection against stinging nettles, some snacks & sweets (for you, not the gorillas) as well as sufficient water as the rain forest gets hot and humid during the day. You will spend one hour with the gorillas, but it is an hour you will never forget. Return to your hotel for lunch, freshen up and bid your host goodbye and depart for Kigali. Arriving late in the evening.

  • Driving distance: 5 hours
  • Activities: Gorilla tracking and transfer to Kigali
  • Overnight: Garden Place Hotel
  • Meal Plan: Full board – Lunch, Dinner, bed & breakfast

 Day 4: Akagera transfer and back

0530hrs, You will be picked up by your driver |guide from your hotel in Kigali and depart for Akagera National Park located along the eastern border of Rwanda, where the typically hilly countryside gives way to the savannas of the Great Rift Valley. Dominated by lakes, swamps and marshland, the area boasts a huge compliment of nature and wildlife that cannot be found elsewhere in the country. We will arrive for a morning game drive, searching for the big five, rhinos, lions, buffalos, leopard and elephant in the expansive Park. Arrive at the picnic site for your lunch then later go on your afternoon exploration with a game drive by visiting the giraffe valley. Depart the park in the late afternoon through the northern gate and travel back to Kigali arriving early evening.

 

  • Driving distance:  3 hours
  • Activities: AM and PM Game drive
  • Meal Plan:  Lunch
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