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5 Days Rwanda Safari – Gorillas & Akagera

Judith Safaris

Day 1: Arrival at Kigali International Airport

You will be met by your tour guide on arrival at the airport and drive to the East, through the beautiful undulating plains, composed of dense, broad-leafed woodland, lighter acacia woodland, and rolling grassland, also with an extensive series of lakes linked by papyrus swamps forming a sprawling wetland, check-in Akagera Safari lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Akagera National Park Game drive

An early start this morning as you join your ranger in an open vehicle for your safari into the Akagera National Park. A half-day game drive offers you the opportunity to spot a variety of wild animals such as elephants, buffalos, lions, Masai giraffe, gazelles, impala, baboons, oribi, Butchel’s zebra, topi, bush baby, leopard, and bushbuck. Return to the lodge for lunch.

Proceed for a boat trip after along Lake Ihema, where you will have a closer look at water animals like Crocodiles and Hippos, coupled with a large concentration of birdlife; over 525 species identified. Unique species such as Shoe billed stocks and papyrus gonolek can be encountered. Endemics include the jacanas, ibis, sandpipers and herons. Return to your lodge for dinner and a chance to discuss today’s sightings!

Day 3: Akagera – Volcanoes National Park

Start an early drive this morning after breakfast; return to Kigali and connect to Park National des Volcans (PNV) in the north for an absolutely unparalleled experience of Mountain gorilla tracking. Check-in at mountain Gorilla’s Nest or Kinigi Guest House near Kinigi station – Park Headquarters for lunch. Take a walk through nearby forests to nearby crater lakes for scenic viewing, bird watching, and photography. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla’s Nest/Kinigi guest house.

Day 4: Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda

At 7:00 am local time, breakfast at the lodge will be ready. 30 minutes will be enough for your breakfast and then transfer to the nearby park headquarters where you will be briefed by a park ranger on how to carry out gorilla tracking. Hiking on the slippery and muddy Volcanoes slopes with nettles is quite challenging. But the encounter with mountain gorillas erases all the bad memories! You will be allowed to stay with these close relatives of man (mountain Gorillas) for at least an hour for observation and photography. In the evening visit the panoramic twin volcanic lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. Return to your lodge for dinner and folk tales at the fireplace.

Day 5: Final Day of the Safari

After early morning breakfast drive to Kigali International Airport for your flight back home.

End of the tour

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