Visit the Akagera National Park to see the Big 5 with the relaxed boat cruise at Lake Ihema and this is accompanied by the highlighted long waited Gorilla trekking and Golden Monkey trekking at Volcanoes National Park. Enquire Now Make sure that your Gorilla permit and Golden Monkey permit is booked in advance since the trekking is limited to few numbers for every given day of trekking. This is your 6 day Akagera National Park tour, Gorilla trekking and Golden monkey safari.
Day 1: Arrival at Kigali Airport and transfer to the hotel
Upon your arrival at Kigali Airport, Meet and greet assistance at arrival hall, introduction to your guide and transferred to your booked hotel in Kigali. Dinner and Overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel Meal Plan: Dinner.
Day 2: Kigali City tour – Akagera National Park (2.5 hours’ drive)
Leave your accommodation and have the morning breakfast, head for your city tour with a visit to the Genocide Memorial Museum which was started in 2004 and it is the resting place for over 25,000 Rwandese, continue with a visit to Inema Arts and Kimironko Local Market. After your city tour, you will be transferred to Akagera National Park which consists of savannah grassland and woodland. It hosts 75 species of mammals and 310 species of birds. Upon your arrival and after lunch, you will drive to the park for evening game drive which lasts between 3-4 hours. Enjoying seeing the BIG 5among which include elephants, Rhinos, buffalos, giraffe, zebras, leopards, hyenas, and lions. Overnight at Mogashi camp Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 3: Morning game drive and boat cruise at Lake Ihema
Have a relaxed breakfast early in the morning ready for the drive to the park at exactly 6:00am to catch up with the early risers. Meet the BIG 5 including elephants, Rhinos, buffalos, giraffe, zebras, leopards, hyenas, and lions. If you have missed your favorite. Please tell it to your ranger guide. Return to the lodge for lunch and later driven to Lake Ihema for boat cruise. Lake Ihema is located in the southern parts of Akagera National Park and it protects several species of birds like shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) and the papyrus gonolekand animals like hippopotamuses and crocodiles.Also Elephants, bufalloes and several antelopes might be sighted on the shores. Overnight at Mogashi camp Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 4: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park (5 hours drive)
After your morning relaxed breakfast, you will be transferred to Volcanoes National Park via Kigali city then proceed to Volcanoes with en-route visit to Dian Fossey Institute. Volcanoes has rich ecosystem and it is known for its rare Mountain Gorillas and magnificent mountain ranges. Dinner and Overnight at Bisate Lodge Meal Plan: Dinner
Day 5: Gorilla trekking at Volcanoes National Park
Wake up with a cup of coffee in the lodge then head to the park headquarters for your Gorilla trek briefing. The gorilla permit will be verified and your passport details recorded. Enter into the Forest for half or whole day to search for the rare Mountain Gorillas depending on where they slept the previous day. Volcanoes National Park has rich ecosystem ranging from evergreen, bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath. Above all it protects the steep slopes of these mountain ranges which are favorable for the stay of the rare Mountain Gorillas. Upon meeting the friendly rare Mountain Gorillas, you are assigned to 1-hour interaction with them. Watch them doing their daily life activity, feeding, playing, resting and training their young ones. Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. Overnight at Bisate Lodge Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 6: Golden Monkey trekking – Kigali Airport (2.5 hours drive)
Have morning breakfast, and then proceed to the park headquarters for briefing before embarking on your Golden Monkey trekking starting at 8:00am. It is one of the most beautiful primate species in the world with golden-orange spots on their fur coats and they stay in troops of 60-80 individuals. The Golden Monkey also known as Cercopithecus Mitis Kandti is a local subspecies of the Sykes Monkey (“Blue Monkey”) and they are found in high-altitude forests like Volcanoes National Park. You will find them playing, swinging on the bamboo branches, and also on the forest floor. They are so inquisitive but you are allowed to view them for an hour. Later you will be driven back to Kigali to catch up with your flight back home. If time allows do some shopping in Kigali city as you wait for your evening flight time. Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch. END OF SERVICE.
The above safari package includes: –
Transportation by a 4wd luxury land cruiser.
Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary.
Gorilla permit per person to be secured and paid for in advance.
Boat cruise on Lake Ihema.
Golden monkey trekking.
Services of English speaking Driver/guide.
However, the package excludes: expenses of personal nature like: flights, Visa, Golden Monkey, Pygmy village walk, drinks, laundry, tips to local guides, telephone, porter fee while trekking, personal insurance, and tobacco, Local flights, International flight.