5 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking and Wildlife Safari

Posted by on June 4, 2016

5 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking and Wildlife Safari – Volcanoes National Park and Akagera Savanna Park

5 days of Primates and Wildlife in the Land of a thousand Hills – Randa


This 5 day Safari can be made into a Budget – Moderately or Upmarket Priced Safari

This 5 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking and Wildlife Safari takes in two of Rwanda’s great Parks – Volcanoes National Park with its Gorillas and Akagera National Park – the only Savannah Park in Rwanda with its Wildlife such as Lions, Leopards, Giraffes, Elephants, Buffaloes, Antelopes, Hippos, Crocodiles, Warthogs, Savanna and Water Birds including the most sought after bird in Africa – the elusive Shoebill Stork that looks like it came out the distant past. There are two lodges to choose for your stay – the upmarket Ruzizi Tented Lodge and the Akagera Game Lodge that is moderately priced.

Day 1 – Arrival in Rwanda:

Arrival Notifications:

You will need a Rwandan Tourist Visa – if you ar are e visiting any other East African Country – an East African Tourist Visa.

Yellow Fever Certificate:  Yellow Fever Immunization Certificates are now required in East African Countries.  One dose will do it for a lifetime.  You should have it administered 30 days before arrival.

Depending on your arrival time in Kigali, our driver guide will meet you and either you stay in Kigali for the night if you arrive late – If you arrive in the afternoon we take you to we move on toward to Volcanoes National Park  where we check into the Lodge of Choice.  We can pick a lodge for you in the budget, moderate or upmarket category, here you also have a luxury category in two lodges.

Lodging – up-market:  Lodges to Choose from near Volcanoes National Park

Meal Plan:  Lunch – Dinner  depending on arrival

 Day 2 – Gorilla Tracking – Afternoon Cultural Village Visit

Early Breakfast

This is the big day that you came for – your encounter with the Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda.  After an early breakfast we move to the park headquarters where you will receive a briefing regarding the gorilla trekking procedures from the park rangers and you are assigned to visit one of the habituated gorilla families

Then it is upward through the Bamboo forest for your mountain gorilla encounter.  One should be reasonably fit but you can the assistance of porters to carry your things and use a walking stick.  A gorilla trek is normally between two and six hours in length

Once you encounter the Mountain Gorilla, the effort, even the cost involved dissipates since for most it it s a once a lifetime experience and it will be one of the most exciting hours of your life as you observe your gorilla interact with each other as families, watching the toddlers frolicking like any other youngsters. It will certainly will prove to be a most amazing experience for you.

Clothing for Gorilla Trek should include the following, long trousers such as jeans, long-sleeved shirt, light rain-jacket, good and worn in hiking boots, daypack to carry packed lunch and also 2 liters of water

Afternoon visit to the Iby’ Iwacu Cultural Village for an interactive village walk including where you learn to shoot with bow and arrow as in days of old, cultural dancing and much more. This activity must be pre-booked by us.

Lodging – up-market:  Lodges to Choose from near Volcanoes National Park

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 3 – Transfer to Akagera National Park:


The 5 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking and Wildlife Safari continues – After breakfast we head to the eastern part of Rwanda bordering Tanzania and visit Rwanda’s only Savannah Park where you ca see elephants, crocodiles, giraffes, buffaloes, hippos, zebras, crocodiles, hyenas, and there is a diversity of birds including water birds found here.

Akagera National Park is one of Rwanda’s scenic wonders with its savannah, lakes, swamps, forest, hills – a perfect add-on to your time of Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda.

There are two lodges within the Park – the moderately priced Akagera Game Lodge and the Ruzizi Tented Cottages which is upmarket.


 In the afternoon  we take a boat ride on Lake Ihema where you can see the many species of water birds and others found in Akagera national Park including African Fish Eagles, Marabou Stork, crowned crested cranes, open billed storks, cormorants, herons, egrets and you just might see Africa’s most sought after bird – the Shoebill Stork.

The Boat Safari is one of the highlights of your visit to the Park and lasts about two hours. Besides the birds you will see wildlife coming to water, hippos in pods and large Nile Crocodiles.

The Boat Safari is best taken in the late afternoon as the sun dims and begins to set for best pictures.

You will be able to see the sun set from both lodges.  Sunsets in Rwanda since it is on Central African Time are around 5:45 pm


Lodging:  Ruzizi Tented Lodge – upmarket – Akagera Game Lodge – moderate

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 4- Akagera National Park:


After Breakfast you can choose from various game drives through Akagera National Park which can be from a half day to a full day if you venture into the northern portion of Akagera National Park.

If you choose the all-day game drive then a nice packed lunch for you would be most appropriate and allow for a nice picnic lunch during  the day in a scenic spot in the park

You will most likely see a wide variety of wildlife during your day on game drives such as different species of antelopes, buffaloes, elephants, giraffes, leopards, hyenas and more.


Lodging:  Ruzizi Tented Lodge – upmarket – Akagera Game Lodge – moderate

Meal Plan:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 5- Departure:


Morning Game drive after which we return to the lodge to freshen up and have lunch before drive back to Kigali and Kigali International Airport for your departure back home.

The 5 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking and Wildlife Safari comes to an end. You do have the memories of the Gorilla Trek, the Game Drives with you. Thank you for enjoying the Land of a Thousand Hills – Rwanda and we hope that it was a most enjoyable time for you.

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