Rwanda’s Wildlife and Cultural Delights 7 Days
Embark on an unforgettable 7-day adventure through the captivating landscapes of Rwanda with Napanda Safaris. This carefully crafted itinerary combines the best of wildlife encounters and cultural experiences, offering you a unique glimpse into the rich biodiversity and vibrant traditions of this beautiful East African nation. From tracking endangered mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park to immersing yourself in the cultural heritage of Kigali, this safari promises a truly remarkable journey that will leave you with cherished memories for a lifetime.
Upon your arrival at Kigali International Airport, our representative will warmly welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. After settling in, you'll embark on a cultural exploration of Kigali, visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial to gain insight into Rwanda's tragic history and its remarkable journey towards reconciliation. You'll also have the opportunity to visit local markets and craft centers to experience the vibrant colors and traditional arts and crafts of Rwanda. In the evening, you'll enjoy a welcome dinner featuring delicious Rwandan cuisine.
Start your day with a guided tour of Kigali, exploring its landmarks, such as the Presidential Palace Museum, the vibrant Nyamirambo neighborhood, and the Caplaki Crafts Village. Afterward, you'll depart for Volcanoes National Park, home to the endangered mountain gorillas. The scenic drive will take you through rolling hills and picturesque countryside. Upon arrival, settle into your lodge and enjoy a relaxing evening surrounded by the natural beauty of the park.
Prepare for an extraordinary day as you embark on a once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trekking experience in Volcanoes National Park. Accompanied by experienced guides and trackers, you'll venture into the misty forests in search of a gorilla family. Witnessing these majestic creatures in their natural habitat is an awe-inspiring and humbling encounter. Spend an hour observing their behavior, capturing photographs, and immersing yourself in the wonders of the rainforest. Afterward, return to your lodge and relax, reflecting on the incredible experience.
In the morning, embark on a thrilling golden monkey tracking adventure. These playful primates are endemic to the region and offer a delightful encounter amidst the lush bamboo forests of Volcanoes National Park. After the trek, visit the nearby Iby'Iwacu Cultural Village to experience traditional Rwandan dance, music, and storytelling. Engage with the local community, learn about their customs, and savor a traditional Rwandan lunch. In the evening, enjoy a peaceful sunset at your lodge.
Bid farewell to Volcanoes National Park and embark on a scenic drive to Akagera National Park, located in eastern Rwanda. Arrive at your lodge, situated on the park's edge, and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the surroundings. In the afternoon, embark on a game drive, seeking out the diverse wildlife that calls Akagera home. Keep your eyes peeled for elephants, lions, giraffes, zebras, and a variety of bird species. As the day ends, return to your lodge for a relaxing evening.
Rise early for a full-day game drive, ensuring ample time to explore the wonders of Akagera National Park. Traverse its vast savannah plains, wetlands, and lakes, encountering an array of wildlife along the way. Watch in awe as herds of antelope graze, hippos bask in the sun, and crocodiles lurk along the water's edge. Your experienced guide will provide fascinating insights into the park's ecology and conservation efforts. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the heart of the wilderness before continuing your exploration. After an exhilarating day, return to your lodge for a well-deserved rest.
On your final day, embark on a morning boat safari along Lake Ihema, a picturesque water body within Akagera National Park. Drift along the tranquil waters, observing the abundant birdlife and wildlife that frequent the lake's shores. Keep an eye out for the elusive shoebill stork, hippos, and crocodiles. After the boat safari, bid farewell to the park and return to Kigali. Enjoy a farewell lunch before being transferred to Kigali International Airport for your departure, marking the end of your incredible Rwanda safari.
- Airport transfers
- Accommodation in well-appointed lodges
- All meals as specified in the itinerary
- English-speaking driver/guide
- All park entrance fees and permits
- Gorilla trekking permit
- Golden monkey tracking permit
- Boat safari in Akagera National Park
- Bottled water during safari drives
- International and domestic flights
- Visa fees
- Travel Insurance
- Personal expenses