7 DAY RWANDA BUDGET SAFARI

AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
NYUNGWE FOREST

Trek mountain gorillas & chimpanzees
Rwandan culture & history
Conservation & sustainable tourism focussed
No booking fees
Golden Monkey trekking + wildlife safari

Why is this safari better?

This is not just Rwanda at its best, it’s some of the world’s best travelling sights and experiences. You’ll trek to responsibly view endangered mountain gorillas in the Virunga Volcanoes, walk through the Nyungwe Forest to view chimpanzees and even go on game drive to see wild lions, elephants and more in Akagera National Park. Bonus activities include trekking to view the beautiful Golden Monkey’s, plus a chance to visit the gravesite of fame primatologist Dian Fossey.

Sustainability: Your booking supports local guides and communities through eco-conscious travel and supporting local enterprise through community visits and purchasing of local crafts. Park fees paid go directly to conservation efforts and employment of local guides and communities around the park.

When to travel?

Depending on your physical ability for walking, you may prefer to avoid the rainy season in spring and following summer, choosing to travel during the dry summer months for an easier footing. Trekking the gorillas may take 3-7 hours depending on the gorilla’s location on the day of your trek. So be prepared for a nice walk in the jungles of Virunga. For the more adventurous, trekking during the low/rainy season can be tricky but your specialised guides are there to ensure the safest route through the forest.

Low Season: March, April, October, November (peaks of the rains)
Mid Season: January, February, May, December (green season, young animal births)
High Season: June to September (drier season, easier trekking)

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive in Kigali. 

Following your arrival, you will be welcomes by our company representative together with the guide and transfer you to your hotel in Kigali OR, depending on your time of arrival, enjoy a brief tour of Kigali city including Kimironko market and the Genocide memorials and transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight at Step Town Motel (budget or Kigali Serena Hotel (mid-budget).

Day 2: Transfer to Akagera National Park and Ihema Boat Cruise. 

Have breakfast and transfer to Akagera national park where you will arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and later embark on the afternoon boat cruise on Lake Ihema where you will see game like hippopotamuses, Crocodiles and many bird species that live around the lake and the surrounding swamps. Dinner and overnight Ruzizi Tented Camp (budget) or Akagera Game Lodge (mid-budget).

Day 3: Early morning game drive and transfer to volcanoes national park. 

Rise up early and go for a game drive with great anticipation of seeing the different animals which rise early to graze and predators looking for their early morning kill. After the game drive, return to the lodge to freshen up and embark on your journey to Volcanoes national park with lunch en-route, arriving Ruhengeri in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay at Muhabura hotel (budget) or Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge (mid-budget).

Day 4: Gorilla Trekking Rwanda. 

Wakeup to an early morning breakfast and report to the park headquarters for briefing and allocation of Gorilla trekking groups. Later head into the cold and misty forested slopes of Virunga national park on your Gorilla trekking journey. The trek can be anywhere between 2 to 6 hours depending on the movement of the Gorillas and upon finding them, you will be allowed 1 hour to see and take photos after which you exit the forest.

Meet your driver / guide and transfer back to the lodge. If you feel strong, you may opt for a village walk. Dinner and overnight stay at Muhabura hotel (budget) or Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge (mid-budget).

Day 5: Optional Activity & Transfer to Nyungwe. 

Breakfast will be served early and you can choose to either go for Golden monkey trekking, Dian Fossey trekking or enjoy Iby’iwachu cultural tour and transfer to Nyungwe forest national park with lunch en-route. Dinner and overnight stay at Gisakura Visitor Centre (budget) or Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel (mid-budget).

Day 6: Chimpanzee tracking and Canopy Walk. 

Enjoy breakfast and go for briefing before entering the forest, searching for the active and playful fellows in Nyungwe forest. The Chimpanzees are the easy to spot, as they jump from one tree to another, chattering and laughing. Chimp tracking usually takes about 3 hours. You will then return to your accommodation for lunch. After lunch, you will go on a walking trail that will take you to the Canopy Walk, a swing bridge 50 meters in length that is suspended from large trees. You will be able to see the amazing rainforest with a bird’s eye view, spotting wildlife moving about below you. Before night fall, you will return to the hotel for dinner and overnight at Gisakura Visitor Centre (budget) or Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel (mid-budget).

Day 7: Return to Kigali & Departure 

Enjoy breakfast at leisure and transfer back to Kigali. If the city tour wasn’t possible on the day of arrival, you will have a brief city tour and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

NOTE: your itinerary is flexible and we can tailor-make the number of nights, additional destinations and extensions to your safari to include beach stays (such as Zanzibar) and city stays (such as Cape Town).

Families

Families are welcome to Rwanda. Please enquire for your tailored quotation.
Minimum age for gorilla & chimpanzee trekking is 15 years.

PRICE FOR YOUR SAFARI

Budget
from
$3,120
  • per person sharing, inclusive
Mid Budget
from
$3,435
  • per person sharing, inclusive

OUR PRICE INCLUDES

  • All accommodation with the corresponding number of nights
  • Gorilla trekking permit (x1 per person @ $1,050 per person per trek)
  • Chimpanzee permit (x1 per person @ $100 per person per trek)
  • 4X4 dust-proof safari vehicle (with popup roof) & fuel
  • Full time English speaking driver/guide
  • Park entrance fees
  • Boat cruise
  • Vehicle entrance fees
  • Bottled mineral water while on safari
  • All activities as indicated
  • Pricing in US Dollars

OUR PRICE EXCLUDES

  • International airfare
  • Visas and other entry costs
  • Travel insurance
  • PCR testing for your journey home (if applicable)
  • Personal expense such as extra drinks/food on transfers, phone calls, curio shop purchases
  • Gratuities for your tour driver/guide, waiters/staff at accommodations
  • Laundry
  • Optional activities such as Golden Monkey trekking and Dian Fossey Gravesite visit
  • Optional extensions available in Uganda, Kenya & more!

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