Spend A Week in Rwanda With This 8-Day Safari Tour

Author: Srikanth Krishna on Jan 11,2023

Rwanda is a country of rolling hills where one of our closest primates - the mountain gorillas - live with pride. Tourists can witness a host of butterflies and reptiles, along with more than 300 species of birds, in the Nyungwe forest. They can pamper their eyes with the serene blue waters of Africa's largest lake - Lake Kivu. They can also spot the Big 5, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, baboons, and countless birds in Akagera National Park. If you are planning to visit this part of Africa on your next vacation, let this 8-day safari tour of Rwanda help you with the top places and things you should not miss.

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Detailed Itinerary

Welcome to Rwanda

Meet your private guide at Kigali International airport, who will transfer you to your hotel in Nyanza. Set off with your guide on an introductory tour of the city. Nyanza was known as Rwanda's historical capital and is packed with historical palaces in which kings used to live. In total, there are three palaces that you can visit. The first one is the traditional grass-thatched palace, followed by a blockhouse where the King lived. The third was constructed after the King visited Belgium. Visiting the palaces would be great for the first day of your trip as the sightseeing would be light and relaxing.

Day 2: Beautiful Nyungwe Forest

Visit the beautiful tropical forest of Nyungwe. Inside the forest lives a host of butterflies, reptiles, and more than 300 species of birds. This is where you will spot around 13 primate species during the hiking. The massive tea plantation emerging next to the forest gives it an all-green look which is just incredible to be captured. Also, one cannot miss exploring the famous canopy walk in the forest, which gives you another way to soak in the scenic beauty of the forest. The walk also brings you closer to the golden monkeys who swing one branch to branch in the canopy.

Day 3: Sparkling Lake Kivu

While Rwanda is mainly famous for the primates who live in the lush green forests of Volcanoes National Park, you can always pay a visit to the beautiful lakes to pamper your eyes with serene blue waters. Lake Kivu is Africa's largest lake, and you can visit it on your Rwanda Safari tour. Soak up your eyes with the lake's serene beauty while enjoying swimming and chilling on the beach. Lake Kivu will be perfect if you want a peaceful spot in Rwanda. You can visit the lake in the mid of the morning to enjoy the warm sunlight around the beach. And this time would also be ideal for boat rides that will take you to the many islands in the lake.

Day 4: Natural Akagera National Park

Visit the Akagera National Park, one of Rwanda's top national parks, where you can experience the real safari game. Moreover, if you are looking for the Big 5 in Rwanda, you can still find some in the national park of Akagera. In Rwanda, this is the only place you can spot them, along with giraffes, zebras, antelopes, baboons, and countless birds.

Day 5: Mystical Musanze Caves

Find four caves standing tall with pride close to the town of Musanze. It is near the spot which is used for doing gorilla treks. Discover these magnificent caves created from lava flows millions of years ago. Peek at the countless bats who rule the roost here. When exploring the caves, find them flying high in the sky. Your guide will help you properly walk through the caves while examining all the unique things.

Day 6: Heading to Volcanoes National Park

One of the top attractions of Rwanda is the Volcanoes National Park which is the home to the famous and endangered mountain gorillas. These mountain gorillas reside in the lush green forests of the park and hence can be spotted during the trek. Apart from the gorillas, you can spot some of the endangered species of golden monkeys in the park. Volcanoes National Park is not a small park, meaning there are many things to do. You can enjoy gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking, bird watching, hiking, and exploring the local community during your two-day stay in the park. Several safari camps and lodges are available for visitors interested in staying overnight on the park premises. One can opt for any of them to spend a night amidst gorillas.

Day 7: Enjoying Volcanoes National Park

With the help of a local bushman, who will be your guide in the park, follow the trails leading to the mountain gorillas. Learn the tricks to spot the giants in the park. Sometimes, the footprints and hooting of the gorillas will help you find them in the lush green forest of Volcanoes National Park.

Day 8: Departure

Today, your private guide will transfer you to the airport for your international departure.

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