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14 Days Rwanda Best Safari

Day 1, Arrival in Kigali
Our Representative from Span Safaris will meet you at the Airport and brief you about your booked Safari with us.  If you arrive early, you will include a short Kigali City tour on the tour itinerary. You will visit the magnificent capital city of Kigali and tour places like the Genocide Memorial Sites, Education Centre, Memorial Gardens and National Documentation Centre. After the city tour, you will be transferred to your assigned place of accommodation for dinner and overnight stay at Step Town Hotel for budget/Golf Hills Residence or Hotel Chezlando for mid range/Kigali Serena Hotel or Hotel Des Mill Collins for Luxury

Day 2, Transfer to Akagera National Park
After breakfast, tour, you will be transferred to Akagera National Park where you will reach in time for lunch. Upon reaching the Park, have lunch and in the afternoon go for the afternoon game drive to view some wildlife. Dinner and overnight at Akagera Game Lodge for Luxury/Umbrella Hotel for Budget and mid range

Day 3, Game drive and boat ride
After breakfast, you will go for the early morning game drive with in Akagera National Park. Before sunrise, you can be able to spot different wildlife animals such as zebras, elephants, giraffes, antelopes, buffalo, warthog, and if you are lucky, you can be able to see the astray lion, spotted Hyena and the Leopard.  Return back to your lodge for lunch and in the afternoon, depart for the boat ride on Lake Ihema. This will expose you to animals which are water loving such as the Hippos, crocodiles and the water loving birds. Return back to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay as above.

Day 4, Transfer back to Kigali
After breakfast, you will return back to Kigali. En route as you exit the Park, have a game drive and later proceed to Kigali. Have lunch and spend the afternoon exploring Kigali city by yourself without any guide. Dinner and overnight stay at Step Town Hotel for budget/Golf Hills Residence or Hotel Chezlando for mid range/Kigali Serena Hotel or Hotel Des Mill Collins for Luxury
 
Day 5, Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park via Butare
After breakfast, you will transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park via Butare which is the country’s second largest city. En route you will visit Nyanza which is presently called Nyabisindu to pay a visit to the former Mwami’s palace (King’s palace) and the base of the feudal kingdom. Butare is also known as Huye and it hosts the country’s cultural National Museum which is one of the best source of information on the country’s cultural history. Butare also hosts the National University of Rwanda, the Ruhande Arboretum, research institutions like the Rwandan National Institute of Scientific Research, and a cathedral plus botanical gardens. Have Lunch in Butare town and later transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Dinner and overnight stay at Gisakura Guest House for Budget/Nyungwe Forest Lodge for Luxury

Day 6, Primates walk in Nyungwe
After breakfast, you will assemble at Uwinka tourist information centre for briefing before you start your hike in Nyungwe forest. The park hosts 25% of the African Primates. We recommend good hiking books for this day. En route you will encounter different species of the primates like Angolan Colobus, black and white Colobus and so many others. The hiking time is unpredictable because these primates move from time to time in search for shelter and food. Although some times the ranger guides may know where to find them. Have picnic lunch and in the afternoon go for the water fall walk which all offer good scenic views near Gisakura. Dinner and overnight stay at Gisakura Guest House for Budget/Nyungwe Forest Lodge for Luxury

Day 7, Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe
After breakfast, you will go for the chimp trek activity in the forest. You are advised to start on your journey at 5:00 am so that reach the area in time where the trek starts from. There are well maintained trails which will enable you access these chimps. En route you will see other different primate species like the L’hoest monkeys and blue monkeys. Upon encountering the chimps, observe their behaviors and how they play. (Enjoy the presence of these Man’s closes friends). Return for lunch and in the afternoon, join the canopy walk where you will see different bird species in the tree canopies. Dinner and overnight stay at Gisakura Guest House for Budget/Nyungwe Forest Lodge for Luxury

Day 8, Transfer to Kibuye on the shores of Lake Kivu
After breakfast, you will transfer to Kibuye. En route you will pass through the green fields of tea plantations before exploring the shorelines of Lake Kivu. Kibuye town is the most beautiful resort of the three towns on Lake Kivu. Upon reaching the resort, have relaxation activities like swimming and so on. Dinner and Overnight stay at Home St Jean for Budget/ Eden Golf Rock Hotel or Hotel Center Bethanie for mid range / Moriah Hill Resort for Luxury

Day 9, Transfer to Gisenyi by Speed boat
After breakfast, you will take a speed boat to Gisenyi. En route you will encounter different fishing villages which will offer you with an opportunity to interact with the local people of Idjwi Island who move long distances with a canoe to visit the Rwanda Markets. This boat ride will also give you a clear view of the Nyiragongo Volcano in DRC. Reach Gisenyi town in time for Dinner and overnight stay at Kivu Sun Hotel for Budget/Malahide Paradise or Palm beach Hotel for mid range /Kivu Serena Hotel for Luxury

Day 10, Transfer to Kinigi
After breakfast, you will go for nature walk along the shore of Lake. Have lunch and in the afternoon transfer to Ruhengeri where you will prepare yourself for the next day Gorilla Trek. Dinner and overnight stay at Kinigi Guest House for Budget or Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge for Mid range or Mountain Gorilla view lodge or Virunga Lodge for Luxury.

Day 11, Rwanda Gorilla trek
You will take breakfast early morning before you report to Parc National Des Volcans head quarters in Kinigi for a gorilla trek registration and briefing. After this, you will set off and enter the Virunga forest for the gorilla trek search. The time taken to search for these rare Mountain Gorillas varies with how close they are and some times, its unpredictable of their natural habitat. You will pass through steep slopes and valleys and once you reach your allocated Gorilla group, you will only be allowed to spend with them one hour and later you will return back. However, the one hour you will spend with them, will be very interesting, take photographs and the experience you will get, will be so interesting and this will make the highlight of your Rwanda Safari. Return back to the lodge for lunch and if time allows, you will visit the little known gorgeous Twin Lakes of Bulera and Ruhondo. Return back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay at Kinigi Guest House for Budget or Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge for Mid range or Mountain Gorilla view lodge or Virunga Lodge for Luxury

Day 12, Golden Monkey Trekking
After breakfast, you will report back to ORTPN for Golden Monkey briefing and registration. This trek will offer you an exceptional primate experience. You will see them as they inter relate with each other, play and behave when they see the visitors. Return back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay at Kinigi Guest House for Budget or Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge for Mid range or Mountain Gorilla view lodge or Virunga Lodge for Luxury

Day 13, Dian Fossey walk
After breakfast, you will set out for the Dian Fossey grave Yard walk. She was the lady who is famously known for her great research on Gorillas and did a lot to see that Mountain Gorillas were protected from the Poachers. The trekking time may take 3 hours and while at the center, you will get information from the ranger guides about the history of the lady and how she was assassinated. Return back to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon, you will transfer back to Kigali city for dinner and overnight stay at Step Town Hotel for budget/Golf Hills Residence or Hotel Chezlando for mid range/Kigali Serena Hotel or Hotel Des Mill Collins for Luxury

Day 14, Departure
This will be your final day in Rwanda. Go for shopping in craft shops and after depending on your flight, you will transfer to the Airport for the flight and fly out.

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