5 days Rwanda safari, Gorillas and cultural experience

DAY 1: Arrival in Kigali and Transfer to Ruhengeri

On arrival at Kigali airport, you’ll be met by a guide from Kawira Safaris and after a short meet and greet, you’ll be briefed on your trip and later leave the airport with na enroute tour of Kigali as you transfer to Ruhengeri area the second largest town in Rwanda, with its stunning backdrop of five volcanic mountains – The Virungas  . Arrive in time for your hotel check in. Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel.

  • Driving distance: 2.5 hrs
  • Overnight: La Palme Hotel | Mountain Gorilla View Lodge | Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel
  • Activities: Road Transfer 
  • Meal plan: Fullboard – Lunch, Dinner and Bed and Breakfast

DAY 2: Gorilla tracking

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 on the gorilla trek tour. Once you spot the gorillas, you are allowed to spend an hour watching your closest long lost cousin. This is perhaps one of the most breath-taking Africa tour 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 mountain gorillas through the light forest on the slopes of the Virunga is a magical experience. These massive primates are extremely rare, with less than 700 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 tour 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 and later bid your host good bye and depart for Kigali. Engage in last minute shopping in one of the friendliest African capitals, before returning to the airport for your onward international flight back home.

  • Driving distance: 30 mins
  • Overnight: La Palme Hotel | Mountain Gorilla View Lodge | Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel
  • Activities: Gorilla tracking
  • Meal plan: Fullboard – Lunch, Dinner and Bed and Breakfast

DAY 3: Cultural tour and transfer to Lake Kivu

After breakfast, you will be picked up by the local guide who will walk with you through the village to one of the local homes. You will be taught how to weave the traditional basket, how banana beer is produced, and how local meals are prepared. After lunch with the locals, you will head back to the camp to meet up with your driver guide and transfer to Lake Kivu. Arrive in time and check in to your hotel. Rest of the day spend at leisure.

  • Driving distance: 1.5 hrs
  • Overnight: Discover Youth Hostel | Parahide Malahide | Lake Kivu Serena
  • Activities: Cultural tour and transfer to Lake Kivu
  • Meal plan: Fullboard – Lunch, Dinner and Bed and Breakfast

DAY 4: SPEND A DAY AT LAKE KIVU

After breakfast, you will be picked from the camp for a morning kayaking tour, the tour will take approximately two hours. You will get back to the camp for a relaxing afternoon.

  • Driving distance: 1.5 hrs
  • Overnight: Discover Youth Hostel | Parahide Malahide | Lake Kivu Serena
  • Activities: Spend the day at Lake Kivu
  • Meal plan: Fullboard – Lunch, Dinner and Bed and Breakfast

DAY 5: Transfer to Kigali

Depending on what time your flight departure timing, you’ll spend the morning at the shores of the Lake and later depart for 3 hrs drive to Kigali International Airport (KGL).

 Cost Includes

  • Transport in a 4WD safari vehicle exclusive to you
  • English speaking driver guide
  • Accommodation and meals as stated in the program
  • All guide fees
  • One Gorilla tracking permit per person
  • Boat ride in Lake Kivu
  • Cost Excludes
    • International flights & Visas
    • Travel Insurances
    • Driver guide or local escort tips
    • Drinks and dining rooms tips, porter age, personal travel and baggage
    • Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature
    • Activities not mentioned in the program