9 Days Rwanda Gorillas, Chimpanzee and wildlife safari

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Expedition Overview

  • Safari starts in Kigali and ends in Kigali.
  • Clients will visit Akagera, volcanoes, Nyungwe Forest national parks and Lake Kivu.
  • The tour leader for this trip will be English-speaking but clients can make requests for a different Language guide like German, Spanish, French or Italian.
  • Mountain gorilla trekking is the main highlight of this expedition and clients will also have a chance to visit the Dian Fossey project in Kinigi.
  • We recommend booking post-safari accommodation at the end of this expedition 
  • Part of this trip will be visiting the king’s palace, Museums and genocide memorials.
  • Depending on your country’s entry requirements to Rwanda you may need to apply for a visa before travelling to Rwanda.



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Detailed itinerary

1Day 1: Arrival in Kigali Rwanda

After immigration our guide will receive you from the airport and you will drive through welcoming Kigali city one of the most effective and clean cities in Africa, you then head to your lodge for relaxation and overnight.

Overnight: 5 Swiss hotel Kigali.
2Day 2: Pick up from Kigali for a city tour and transfer to Akagera national park

After morning breakfast, you will enjoy a short city tour of Kigali where you will visit the Kigali genocide memorial, kimironko market and ihema art center after you will have lunch and after lunch, you will start your drive to Akagera national park depending on the time of arrival you may do a short a game drive in the park.

Overnight: Akagera game lodge
3Day 3: Morning game drive in the park and boat cruise in the Afternoon

After early morning breakfast with packed lunch, you will depart the lodge for a game drive, during the game drive you will look out for wildlife like lions, Rhinos, Elephants, Buffalos, Leopards, giraffes, impalas, and abundant birdlife in the park after you will take a boat cruise on Lake Ihema where you will expect to see a lot of wildlife that come to drink water and the water birds and later you will return to the lodge for relaxation and overnight.

Overnight: Akagera game lodge
4Day 4: Drive to volcanoes national park

Today will be slightly longer drive as you will drive from Akagera national park to Volcanoes national park via Kigali, Volcanoes National Park located North West of the capital Kigali is named after the chain of dormant volcanoes making up the Virunga Massif: Karisimbi – the highest at 4,507m, Bisoke with its verdant Crater Lake, Sabinyo, Gahinga, and Muhavura which supports some of Africa’s top rainforests which is home to the Endangered Mountain gorillas.

Tracking endangered African Mountain gorillas through the tucked jungle is a highlight of your safari to volcanoes national park, the park is home to over 200 species of colorful forest birds and exclusively rare golden monkeys that occupy the bamboo zones of the forest, on arrival you will check in to your lodge for relaxation and overnight.

Overnight: Tiloreza eco Lodge
5Day 5: Mountain Gorilla trekking experience in Volcanoes national park.

After morning breakfast, you will drive to Volcanoes national park, the park protects the steep slopes of this magnificent mountain range – home of the endangered mountain gorilla and a rich mosaic of montane ecosystems, which embrace evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp, and heath. This is one of the few areas in Africa where you can come face to face with the mountain gorillas, the trek is ranging from 2-6 hours depending on the location of the gorilla family, usually clients will spend 1 hour with the mountain gorillas after locating them and later you will return to the lodge for relaxation or optional activities can be arranged with the guide.

Overnight: Tiloreza eco Lodge.
6Day 6: Golden monkey trekking experience

After morning breakfast, you head in to the forest to discover the playful and inquisitive nature of the golden monkey, a beautiful little creature found only in the high-altitude forests of the Volcanoes National Park. Spend the morning searching the lush vegetation at the foot of Mount Sabyinyo for one of two habituated groups of golden monkeys, one of them a troop of more than 80 members. Spend an enchanted hour watching their frolics as they leap among the slender shoots of bamboo or tumble among the dense foliage on the forest floor.

Active, sprightly little creatures, the golden monkeys are incredibly entertaining as they amuse themselves swinging through the bamboo or racing after one other in circles around and above you. Blending in perfectly with the golden bamboo, they are very pretty, with shiny reddish-gold backs.

Overnight: Tiloreza eco Lodge.
7Day 7: Transfer to Nyungwe forest national park

One of the oldest rainforests in Africa, Nyungwe is rich in biodiversity and spectacularly beautiful. Primate tracking tops most visitors’ lists, but it’s worth lingering a little longer for those with time to relax and take in the primal atmosphere.

Botanists will marvel at the 1,068 plant species and 140 orchids. The birding trips are among the best in Africa with 322 bird species including Red-collared Babbler and 29 other Albertine Rift Endemic species. Butterflies are also a common sight, with at least 120 species.

The mountainous region is teaming with wildlife, including a small population of Chimpanzees as well as 12 other species of primate, including the L’Hoest monkey endemic to the Albertine Rift. on arrival you will check in to your lodge for relaxation and overnight.

Overnight: Nyungwe hill top view lodge or similar
8Day 8: Chimpanzee trekking experience in Cyamudongo

After morning breakfast, you will drive to Nyungwe forest national park which has the highest population of chimpanzees in Rwanda roughly 400 individuals, Chimpanzee trekking is a major activity done in Nyungwe forest national park. On the actual day of trekking, travelers transfer to Gisekura park headquarters where they attend a simple bring about the trekking rules before embarking on a drive to Cyamudongo park station which is a 2-hour drive from Gisekura park headquarters through the incredible tea farms that give you one of the best views of the forest and you will meet the trackers for a briefing and then head out in to the forest to trek the chimpanzees and on locating the chimpanzees you will send 1 hour with them and later return to the lodge.

Overnight: Nyungwe hill top view lodge or similar
9Day 9: Transfer to Kigali for on word journey

After morning breakfast, you will depart for Kigali, enroute to Kigali you will visit the king’s place a reconstruction of the traditional royal residence, the King’s Palace is a beautifully-crafted thatched dwelling shaped like a beehive.

In olden times, Nyanza was the heart of Rwanda. According to oral tradition, it was the site of battles and power struggles.

And ethnographic museum Butare is the National Museum, which houses the finest ethnographic collection in East Africa. Seven galleries display historical, ethnographic, artistic, and archaeological artifacts accompanied by visual aids, giving visitors a rich insight into the Rwandan culture.


  • Vehicle, guide, and Fuel
  • All park entrance fees
  • Gorilla, chimpanzee, and golden monkey trekking permits
  • Accommodation
  • Boat cruise in Akagera national park
  • All game drives in Akagera national park
  • Enroute meals and drinking water
  • Airport transfers
  • Pre safari accommodation


  • post-safari accommodation
  • Rwanda tourist Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • International flights
  • Tips for guides and hotels
  • Personal expenses like alcoholic drinks
  • Kigali city tour, ethnographic museum, and Kings Palace fees


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