10 Days Rwanda Safari

10 Days Rwanda Safari : The biggest tourist destinations in the country are visited during the 10-day Rwanda Safari. You can explore Volcanoes National Park, Akagera National Park, and Nyungwe Forest National Park during this Rwanda safari. On this trip, you will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, including tracking chimpanzees in Nyungwe National Park, wildlife viewing and a sunset boat tour in Akagera National Park, and going on a gorilla hike in Volcanoes National Park. This tour starts and ends in Kigali city in Rwanda.

Detailed Itinerary for the 10 Days Rwanda Safari.

 Day 1: Pickup from Kigali and City Tour.

 Arrival and pickup from Kigali: Your Lakeside Tours and Travel guide will meet you at the Kigali International Airport and welcome you to the country. Following a quick meeting and greeting, you will continue with your transfer to Kigali’s city center, where your city tour will begin.

Kigali City Tour: On your tour of Kigali, you’ll see interesting historical and cultural places such the Nyamirambo Women’s Center, Camp Kigali, Caplaki Artisan Village, Kimironko Market, and the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center. After eating lunch in Kigali, you’ll return to your accommodation for dinner and the night.

Day 2: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park.

Have your breakfast early in the morning and check out of your accommodation before your transfer to the volcanoes. After that, you will begin a 2.5-hour trip to the northeastern Rwandan province of Ruhengeri, where Volcanoes National Park is located. The park is the only refuge for Rwanda’s critically endangered mountain gorillas. Check into your lodging and eat lunch when you get to the park. The remainder of your afternoon can be spent relaxing at your resort.

Day 3: Gorilla Trekking & Iby’iwacu Community Cultural Tour.

Gorilla Trekking: Have breakfast early in the day and travel to the park’s head quarter’s center in Kinigi, where you will receive a briefing and be divided into groups of eight. Keep in mind that your Rwanda gorilla trekking safari will start at 8 am, so be punctual at all times. The average tracking time for gorilla groups is 2 to 8 hours, with an hour of direct contact with the gorillas when the group has been found. One must be physically and mentally prepared for the strenuous action because hiking through the forest may prove to be a bit difficult. In case it rains while you are in the forest, don’t forget to bring a raincoat and a decent pair of hiking boots.

Visit to the Iby’iwacu Community: Following your gorilla trekking, you will have your packed lunch and then go to the Iby’iwacu Cultural Village, where you will learn about the fascinating cultural past of the Rwandan people. While there, you will get a brief glimpse into the inhabitants’ daily lives, have the chance to look at their traditional handcrafts, and see dance performances by the community’s dance and drum group.

Return to your lodge later for dinner and to spend the night.

Day 4: Dian Fossey Hike.

On the 4th day of your 10 Days Rwanda Safari, Take a guided trip to the Dian Fossey Gravesite after eating breakfast at your lodge and packing a lunch. A well-known American primatologist and proponent of gorilla conservation, Dian Fossey. She gained notoriety for her scientific studies of mountain gorilla populations in both Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Dian actively participated in conservation initiatives while she was in Rwanda and vehemently opposed hunting of gorillas and other wild species. Fossey was discovered dead in her hut at a secluded Rwandan campsite in December 1985.

 Her favorite gorilla, “Digit,” and eleven other mountain gorillas that passed away in Volcanoes National Park were buried close to her. At precisely 7 am, the hike to Dian’s tomb begins at the park’s headquarters center in Kinigi. The hike takes anywhere between 1 and 3 hours, depending on your hiking speed and physical fitness level, and starts with a short trip to the park’s border. After spending one to two hours descending the steep mountain, you will eventually reach Dian Fossey’s Camping. At a height of around 3,000 meters above sea level, the Camping can be found.

You will also go to the Karisoke Research Center, where Dian spent the most of her time conducting research with the assistance of her employees. You can read more about her contributions to the research and preservation of mountain gorillas here.

After dinner, return to your lodge to spend the night.

Day 5: Transfer to Akagera National Park.

Travel to Akagera: Have breakfast at your lodge in the morning after waking up. Leaving the lodge, meet your guide outside, and then go. After that, you’ll make the move to the Kayonza region’s Akagera national park. Volcanoes to Akagera National Park can be reached by car in between 4 12 and 5 hours.

Check into your lodging and eat lunch when you get to the park. You can go on an evening game drive in the park later in the day. Many wild creatures will be available for viewing as they make their way back to their caves at the end of the day.

Return to your lodge for dinner and lodging by driving there.

Day 6: Morning Game Drive and Evening Boat Cruise in Akagera National Park.

 Breakfast should be consumed early in the morning before departing on a morning wildlife drive. Discover the stunning savanna and surroundings of the park. Throughout the park, you will also have the chance to witness wildlife creatures like elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards, rhinoceroses, and waterbucks, to name a few. After lunch, you’ll go back to your lodge and take a brief nap.

Later, set off on a boat trip around Lake Ihema in the evening. You will observe the magnificent wildlife in the park, including Nile crocodiles, hippos, and some water birds like the marabou stork, herons, and the African fish eagle, while on a boat tour. You have the option to embark on a guided nature walk after your boat tour to discover the amazing plant and animal species that Akagera National Park has to offer.

After dinner, head back to your lodge for a restful night’s sleep.

10 Days Rwanda Safari

Boat Cruise on Lake Ihema

Day 7: Transfer to Nyungwe National Park.

On the 7th day of your 10 Days Rwanda Safari , after a leisurely breakfast in the early morning, travel via Butare to Nyungwe Forest National Park. The Rusizi area, in the southwest of Rwanda, is where the national park is situated. From Akagera, it takes roughly eight and a half hours to drive reach the park. You will make a brief pit break at the Royal King’s Palace in Nyanza, have lunch there, and then continue driving to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Check into your lodge or motel for meals and lodging when you arrive in the park.

Day 8: Chimpanzee Trekking & Visit Gisakura Tea Estate.

Chimpanzee Trekking: On day 8 of your 10 Days Rwanda Safari, you’ll have the chance to follow some of the chimpanzees who have been habituated in Nyungwe Forest National Park. By 7 am, you will be required to be in the park’s headquarter. The actual chimpanzee trekking begins at 8 am, and you will be divided into groups of no more than six for this activity. In Nyungwe, chimpanzee treks can last between four and six hours, including the hour that trekkers are given after a group of chimpanzees is found. For lunch, return to your lodging.

Visit the Gisakura Tea Estate: You can go to the Gisakura Tea Estate later in the evening. You will be guided through the cultivation, harvesting, processing, and packaging of tea at this point. Even the finished product’s wonderful flavor will be available for you to sample.

Come back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 9: Canopy Walk.

 Nyungwe Canopy Walk: Get up early, eat breakfast, and then return to the park’s administrative building at Uwinka Centre. You will start your trekking journey from this point and follow it to the Canopy Walkway. The most thrilling and daring activity in Nyungwe National Park is the Nyungwe Forest Canopy Walk. Walking up the canopy walkway, which is 160 meters long and rises 70 meters above the forest floor, is a strenuous sport that is not recommended for those who are easily frightened. Visitors to Nyungwe National Park have the opportunity to explore the park from above thanks to the canopy walkway, which offers a panoramic view of the forest’s canopy. In addition to this, tourists also have an opportunity to witness wildlife in the park such as; monkeys, chimps, butterflies and numerous bird species.

After dinner, return to your lodge to spend the night.

Day 10: Transfer Back to Kigali and Departure.

 After a leisurely breakfast at your lodge, check out and travel back to Kigali. Meet your guide outside of your hotel or lodge to begin your transfer back to Kigali. After you arrive in Kigali, your guide will drop you off at your chosen hotel or at the airport so you have time to check in and catch your flight home.

End of 10 Days Rwanda Safari

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