5 Days Rwanda Wildlife & Chimpanzee Safari to Akagera and Nyungwe Forest National Parks

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Overview of the 5 Days Rwanda Wildlife & Chimpanzee Safari to Akagera and Nyungwe Forest National Parks

The 5 Days Rwanda Wildlife & Chimpanzee Safari features two main Rwanda Safari destinations of Nyungwe National Park and Akagera National Park. The extension to Akagera National Park is centered on wild game viewing with possibilities of exploring four of the Big five namely; Leopards, lions, elephants and Buffalos, Maasai Giraffe, Burchell’s Zebra among others and boat trip on Lake Ihema with possible sights of Hippos and Nile crocodiles. The extension to Nyungwe National Park is centered on Chimpanzee trekking and adventure canopy walk. The cultural tours in Butare and Nyanza along with historical tour to the Gisozi genocide combine with the rest to derive ultimate Africa safari memories.

Safari Highlight of the 5 Days Rwanda Wildlife & Chimpanzee Safari to Akagera and Nyungwe Forest National Parks

Day 1 of the 5 Days Rwanda Wildlife & Chimpanzee Safari to Akagera and Nyungwe Forest National Parks: Visit the Kigali Genocide memorial & drive to Akagera National Park

Day 2 of the 5 Days Rwanda Wildlife & Chimpanzee Safari to Akagera and Nyungwe Forest National Parks: Undertake an extensive game drive in the morning & afternoon boat cruise on Lake Ihema

Day 3 of the 5 Days Rwanda Wildlife & Chimpanzee Safari to Akagera and Nyungwe Forest National Parks: Drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park via Kigali

Day 4 of the 5 Days Rwanda Wildlife & Chimpanzee Safari to Akagera and Nyungwe Forest National Parks: Undertake Chimpanzee trekking in the morning and Nyungwe Canopy walk in the afternoon

Day 5 of the 5 Days Rwanda Wildlife & Chimpanzee Safari to Akagera and Nyungwe Forest National Parks: Transfer back to Kigali. Tour the Ethnographic Museum at Butare and Nyanza palace en route

PLACES TO VISIT IN RWANDA

  1. Kigali City
  2. Gisozi Genocide Memorial in Kigali
  3. Nyungwe Forest National Park
  4. Volcanoes National Park
  5. Akagera National Park
  6. Musaze Caves
  7. Dian Fossey Site

MAIN TOURIST ACTIVITIES

1. Amazing Wild Game Viewing in Akagera National Park
2. Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest
3. Nyungwe Forest Canopy Walk
4. Black and White Colobus Monkeys Tracking
5. Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park
6. Golden Monkey Tracking
7. Dian Fossey Site Hike
8. Visit the Nyanza Royal Palace
9. Boat Cruise on Lake Ihema And Lake Kivu

Detailed Safari Itinerary of the 5 Days Rwanda Wildlife & Chimpanzee Safari to Akagera and Nyungwe Forest National Parks

Day 1 of the 5 Days Rwanda Wildlife & Chimpanzee Safari to Akagera and Nyungwe Forest National Parks: Visit the Kigali Genocide memorial & drive to Akagera National Park

5 Days Rwanda Wildlife & Chimpanzee Safari

Following breakfast at your place of stay in Kigali (own arrangement), you team up with the driver guide to transfer to Gisozi for the genocide memorial tour. The site features collection of the section of the 1994 genocide bodies along with extensive literature about this horrific event. You are able to learn more into the causes and effects of the ethnic genocide where 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus lost their lives. From this encounter, you embark on the drive to Akagera National Park 135km about 2 ½ hours’ drive for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Upmarket / luxury: Ruzizi Tented Camp

Midrange / Standard: Akagera Game Lodge

Budget / Basic: Dereva Hotel

Wild Camping

Day 2 of the 5 Days Rwanda Wildlife & Chimpanzee Safari to Akagera and Nyungwe Forest National Parks: Undertake an extensive game drive in the morning & afternoon boat cruise on Lake Ihema

You set off for the game viewing experience in the extensive savannah landscapes of Akagera National Park to gain possibilities of exploring a myriad of wild game including the towering Maasai giraffe, the beautiful Burchell’s Zebra, African lion, African Elephant, the elusive African leopard, Buffalo, reedbuck, eland, waterbuck, roan antelope, Impala among others. The rolling landscapes of Akagera such as Mutumba hills, flat plains to the Tanzanian border and the lake system also offer beautiful sight seeing opportunities while on the game drive. Retreat from the 3 – 4 hour drive and return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. You connect to Lake Ihema in the afternoon for a recreational boat experience. The boat trip offers uninterrupted sights of Rwanda’s second largest lake along with other adjoining lakes, the fringing swamp and the dwelling species including the Hippos, Nile crocodiles and the birds like shoebill stork and papyrus gonolek. Retire for dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Ruzizi Tented Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Akagera Game Lodge

Budget / Basic: Dereva Hotel

Wild Camping

Day 3 of the 5 Days Rwanda Wildlife & Chimpanzee Safari to Akagera and Nyungwe Forest National Parks: Drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park via Kigali

You transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park after breakfast driving 135km about 2 ½ hours to Kigali and then proceed for 268km about 6 hours drive to Nyungwe National Park enjoying the beautiful scenic sights en route. Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Up market / Luxury: Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel

Budget / Basic: Gisakura Guesthouse

Wild Camping

Day 4 of the 5 Days Rwanda Wildlife & Chimpanzee Safari to Akagera and Nyungwe Forest National Parks: Undertake Chimpanzee trekking in the morning and Nyungwe Canopy walk in the afternoon

5 Days Rwanda Wildlife & Chimpanzee Safari

Connect to Kyamudongo Forest departing the lodge at 5:30am to catch up with the Chimpanzee trekking at 8am. Nyungwe Forest National Park is an extensive montane forest which is the largest in Central Africa and noted to have survived the last ice age. The forest is a home to 13 primate species, the 310 bird species, 75 species of mammals, 1068 plant species including mahogany species and beautiful orchids. The Chimpanzee trekking tend to last 2 – 5 hours with the actual viewing limited to one (1) hour as you enjoy them patrol, feed, play, make their pant hooting calls among other behavioral features that will make your stay with them memorable. Settle for lunch at the lodge and in the afternoon, you take up an adventure walk along the famous Nyungwe canopy walkway which is still the best in the region and the third on the continent of Africa. The 90m long and 50m high walkway offers panoramic view of the forest and is an adventure of its kind as you walk on the canopy of the towering trees of Nyungwe – the largest montane forest in the region. The activity takes 2 hours after which you retreat back to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel

Budget / Basic: Gisakura Guesthouse

Wild Camping

Day 5 of the 5 Days Rwanda Wildlife & Chimpanzee Safari to Akagera and Nyungwe Forest National Parks: Transfer back to Kigali. Tour the Ethnographic Museum at Butare and Nyanza palace en route

You drive back to Kigali 268km approximately 6 hours drive making a stop in Butare to visit the Ethnographic Museum with 100,000 which makes it the largest museum in Rwanda presenting the history and culture of Rwanda in-depth. You proceed on the drive to make another stop at Nyanza palace where the two traditional Rwandan kings – King Musinga and his successor King Rudahigwa lived. The impressive traditional hut named Rukaari is the exact replica of the King’s hut while the King’s equipment still exit, a selection of Inyambo cows – the traditional long horned cows of Rwanda also thrive at the site and can be viewed. The local Kinyarwanda performance would make the clients astonished. From the activity, you proceed on the drive to Kigali.

End of the 5 Days Rwanda Wildlife & Chimpanzee Safari to Akagera and Nyungwe Forest National Parks

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PLACES TO VISIT IN RWANDA

PLACES TO VISIT IN RWANDA

  1. Kigali City
  2. Gisozi Genocide Memorial in Kigali
  3. Nyungwe Forest National Park
  4. Volcanoes National Park
  5. Akagera National Park
  6. Musaze Caves
  7. Dian Fossey Site

MAIN TOURIST ACTIVITIES

1. Amazing Wild Game Viewing in Akagera National Park
2. Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest
3. Nyungwe Forest Canopy Walk
4. Black and White Colobus Monkeys Tracking
5. Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park
6. Golden Monkey Tracking
7. Dian Fossey Site Hike
8. Visit the Nyanza Royal Palace
9. Boat Cruise on Lake Ihema And Lake Kivu