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RW03: 6 Days Kigali - Akagera National Park - Volcanoes National Park - Lake Kivu - Kigali

Tour Type: Private Tour, flexible and customized
Guide & Driver: Experienced English-speaking driver guide & air-conditioned car
Accommodation: Nice hand-picked hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: A mix choice of local cuisines and western-style food

Itinerary Details
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Day 1: Arrive at Kigali, Airport pick-up
When you arrive in Kigali, our driver guide will pick you up at the airport with a sign and send you to the hotel.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Des Mille Collins (4 stars)

Day 2: Kigali city tour, Afternoon drive to Akagera National Park (115km, 3h)
Today, before the Rwanda safari tours, the driver guide will first accompany you to have a city tour in Kigali. First, go to Genocide Memorial Center in Gisozi to review the history of the genocide against the Tutsi in 1994. After 2 hours, go to the Nyamirambo Women Center to learn the local language, traditional handicraft weaving and the history, culture and daily life of indigenous people.

In the afternoon, we will drive 3 hours to Rwanda's largest park: Akagera National Park. It is covered by scenic savannah, woodlands, lakes, swamps and grassy low mountains. Upon arrival, we will get to the Lodge for lunch and a short break. At sunset, you can take a walk around the scenic lodge and appreciate the picturesque Lake Ihema.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Akagera Game Lodge

Day 3: Enjoy game drive and boat ride on Akagera River
A remarkable Rwanda wildlife safari to the Akagera NP is arranged for you today. After breakfast, our driver guide will transfer you through the incredible landscape of Akagera NP and head to its northern area for a full day game drive. The park is the home of the Big Five, including the critically endangered black rhino. Driving through the prairie, you will see diverse landscapes and find early risers like lion, spotted hyena and leopard as well as other wild animals, such as buffalo, elephant, giraffe, zebra and more. The park also has nearly 500 species of birds, providing you with an interesting bird watching experience. Luckily, you may encounter Rwanda's unique red-faced barbet and shoebill stork.

After the blissful game drive, we will have packed lunch in the wilderness. In the afternoon, we will visit the Akagera River by boat, looking for aquatic animals such as hippos and crocodiles.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Akagera Game Lodge

Day 4: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park (180km, 5h)
Today's Rwanda safaris destination is the Rwanda volcanoes NP, one of the best gorilla trekking places all over the world. Today we will start from the Akagera NP and drive 5 hours to get there. On the way, we will pay a visit to the Iby'Iwacu cultural village to experience traditional cultural activities and enjoy the entertainment performances of local dancers. On arrival, check in the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel (3 stars)

Day 5: Gorilla trekking safaris
After breakfast, our driver guide will pick you up on time and send you to the Volcanoes headquarters in Kinigi. The park guide will briefly introduce the precautions for hiking and assign you and other tourists to different gorilla trekking groups up to 8 people. We will depart from the headquarters at 8 o'clock and go to the starting point of the trekking adventure. Our driver guide will not accompany you to look for mountain gorillas but wait for you at the starting point.

The hike takes about 2-6 hours depending on the movement of the gorilla. After finding the gorillas, you will be given 1 hour to contact with them, which will be an unforgettable experience of the Rwanda safaris. After that, return to the starting point to meet the driver guide, and then return to the hotel for a meal and rest. In the evening, drive 1 hour to Rubavu town for overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (4 stars)

Day 6: Kayaking on Lake Kivu, Drive back to Kigali International Airport (160KM, 3.5H)
In the morning, we will continue to do some sightseeing in Rubavu town for about 1 hour. Then, tour the Lake Kivu in a canoe. Finally, the driver guide will send you to the Kigali International Airport taking 3.5 hours and see you off.

Meals: Breakfast

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Tour Prices
Month2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
Jun - Dec$6619$5899
Jan - May$6059$5329
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • Any part of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
What's Included
  • Airport pick-up & see-off service.
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • Services of private driver guide and air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Service of English speaking guides in national parks.
  • Private 4x4 safari vehicle with WI-FI in receptive areas.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned sights visited per itinerary.
  • Boat ride fee in Akagera.
  • Guided kayaking in Lake Kivu.
  • Gorilla permit fee.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Free bottled mineral water during the tour.
What's Excluded
  • International flight into and out of Rwanda.
  • Personal expenses (insurance, telephone, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Rwanda visa fee.
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