9 Days Wildlife, Primates and Lake Kivu Safari Rwanda:

Embark on an extraordinary adventure through the diverse landscapes and remarkable wildlife of Rwanda. This 9-day safari itinerary combines thrilling wildlife encounters, unforgettable primate experiences, and serene relaxation by the picturesque Lake Kivu. Get ready for an immersive journey that showcases the best of Rwanda's natural wonders.

This 9-day itinerary includes visits to Akagera National Park, Nyungwe Forest National Park, and Lake Kivu. You will have the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife, including lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and primates such as gorillas, golden monkeys and chimpanzees. You will also enjoy stunning sceneries, including volcanoes, lakes, and forests.

Rwanda's wildlife and primates safari offers a remarkable adventure for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. From the awe-inspiring encounters with mountain gorillas and chimpanzees to the diverse landscapes and abundant wildlife in national parks, this 9-day itinerary ensures an unforgettable experience. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Rwanda, engage with its vibrant culture, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Safari Highlights: 9 Days wildlife and primates safari

  • Day#1: Arrival in Rwanda via Kigali International Airport 
  • Day#2: Transfer drive to Akagera National Park & an Afternoon Game drive
  • Day#3: Morning Game drive in Akagera National Park and Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
  • Day#4: Gorilla Trekking Experience & Cultural Interaction
  • Day#5: Golden Monkey Trekking Experience & Cultural Interaction
  • Day#6: Twin Lakes Exploration
  • Day#7: Transfer drive to Lake Kivu 
  • Day#8: Lake Kivu Exploration 
  • Day#9: Farewell and Departure

Detailed Safari Itinerary: 9 days wildlife, Primates and Lake Kivu Safari

Day#1: Arrival in Rwanda via Kigali International Airport

  • Welcome to Rwanda

Upon your arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our guide who will accompany you throughout your safari. After a brief introduction, you will be transferred to your hotel in Kigali to rest and prepare for the exciting days ahead.

  • Optional Kigali City Tour

If time allows, you can opt for a city tour of Kigali to explore its vibrant culture and history. Visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial, local markets, and museums that offer insights into the country's past and present.

Day#2: Transfer drive to Akagera National Park and Afternoon Game Drive

  • Transfer to Akagera National Park

After breakfast, depart from Kigali and journey east to Akagera National Park. Arrive at the park, known for its breathtaking landscapes and diverse wildlife.

  • Afternoon Game Drive

Embark on an afternoon game drive, where you will have the opportunity to spot various wildlife species such as elephants, buffalos, giraffes, antelopes, zebras, and numerous bird species. Capture mesmerizing photographs of these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

Day#3: Morning Game drive in Akagera National Park and Transfer to Volcanoes National Park Rwanda

  • Morning Game Drive and Boat Safari

Set out on an early morning game drive to witness the wildlife activity during the golden hours. Observe the predators and herbivores as they start their day in the park. Later, enjoy a boat safari on Lake Ihema, where you can photograph hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of water birds.

  • Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

After the boat safari, depart from Akagera National Park and head northwest to Volcanoes National Park. Enjoy the scenic drive as you approach the stunning Virunga Mountains.

Day#4: Gorilla Trekking Experience in Volcanoes National Park

  • Gorilla Trekking Adventure

Today marks the highlight of your safari as you embark on a once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trekking experience in Volcanoes National Park. Accompanied by experienced guides, hike through the dense forest in search of the magnificent mountain gorillas. Spend a precious hour observing these gentle giants, capturing incredible photographs, and immersing yourself in their natural habitat.

Day#5: Golden Monkey Trekking Experience and Cultural Interaction

  • Golden Monkey Trekking

Embark on an exhilarating golden monkey trekking adventure in Volcanoes National Park. Marvel at the playful antics of these unique primates and capture their joyful interactions in the wild. The lush forest and picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for your photographs.

  • Cultural Village Visit

In the afternoon, visit a local cultural village to experience the vibrant Rwandan culture. Immerse yourself in traditional activities, witness cultural performances, and interact with the local community. This authentic experience offers a deeper understanding of Rwanda's rich heritage.

Day#6: Twin Lakes Exploration

  • Twin Lakes Visit

Embark on a scenic drive to the beautiful Twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. Capture the stunning views of these interconnected lakes nestled between the rolling hills. Enjoy a peaceful boat ride, photograph the picturesque landscapes, and immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature.

Day#7: transfer drive to Lake Kivu

  • Transfer to Lake Kivu

After breakfast, travel to the serene shores of Lake Kivu, one of Africa's Great Lakes. Arrive at your lakeside accommodation and unwind while taking in the breathtaking views.

  • Relaxation and Water Activities

Spend the afternoon at leisure, enjoying the serene ambiance of Lake Kivu. Relax on the sandy beaches, take a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters, or engage in water sports such as kayaking or paddleboarding. Capture the beauty of the lake and the surrounding landscapes with your camera.

Day#8: Lake Kivu Exploration

  • Island Visit and Hot Springs

Embark on a boat trip to explore the islands of Lake Kivu. Visit Napoleon Island, known for its scenic beauty and birdlife. Explore the island, take nature walks, and photograph the unique flora and fauna. Later, visit the nearby hot springs and witness the fascinating geothermal activity.

Day#9: Farewell and Departure

  • Farewell to Rwanda

After breakfast, bid farewell to the stunning landscapes and incredible wildlife of Rwanda. Our guide will transfer you back to Kigali International Airport for your onward journey. Depart with unforgettable memories of your wildlife, primates, and Lake Kivu safari in Rwanda.