Classic Rwanda in 9 days

L-Lunch, D-Dinner, B-Bed and breakfast, LDB-Lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast, Trsf-Transfer, GT-Gorilla tracking, CV-Community village visit, CT- City tour, GM – Golden Monkey, BT – Boat and canoeing, C- Chimp, P – Afternoon game drive

Tour Highlights

  • This safari brings you to one of the most interesting places in Rwanda: the rocky highlands and wet plains of Akagera national park, home to big African game.
  • Take a walk along the shores of Lake Kivu, through the famous Congo-Nile Divide watershed.
  • Then, you will track the endangered mountain gorilla on the slopes of the dramatic Volcanoes National Park.

Safari Quotation
The net and non-commissionable cost of the private safari, as described in the above itinerary will be:

Per PersonRate: Each of 2 paying clients sharing in twin including 1 Gorilla permit; US$5,579.00
Each of 4 paying clients sharing in twin including 1 Gorilla permit: US$4,983.00

Please note that gorilla permit or chimpanzee tracking permit availability can not be guaranteed until we receive a deposit of USD$1500 per gorilla permit and actually book and pay for the permits. The programme or even dates of travel may have to be altered if affected by gorilla permit or lodge availability.


  • Arrival and departure airport transfers 
  • ALL Accommodations as per itinerary with all meals
  • All park entrance fees
  • Services of a qualified English Speaking Driver Guide
  • Transport in 1 x 4×4 vehicle
  • 1 liter bottle of mineral water per person per day while on a road safari in a SAFARI CHAPTER UGANDA vehicle 
  • 1 Gorilla permits per person as specified in the itinerary. Gorilla viewing is subject to availability of permits, which are limited. Any gorilla permits required should be purchased when booking. There is a minimum age limit for gorilla tracking which is strictly 15 years.  Gorilla permit prices are subject to change without warning.


  • All International Flights + Taxes
  • Visas
  • Travel & Personal accident insurance
  • Tips & personal expenses such as telephone calls…etc.
  • Excursions not detailed in above program

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met and assisted by your Safari Chapter guide. You will transfer to your hotel for the night.

Serena Kigali is a 5-star Hotel perfectly located at the city’s business and social epicentre. The hotel is a five-minute walk from the Central Business District and ten kilometres from Kigali International Airport. Serena Kigali hotel provides a private and peaceful retreat

Overnight at Serena Kigali. (BB) “OR similar”

This morning, after breakfast, your guide will pick you from your hotel to go for the Kigali city tour.

The history of Rwanda dates back centuries, Kigali has been a part of it for a hundred years. Founded in 1907 as a German settlement, Kigali did not become the capital until Rwanda’s independence in 1962 when it replaced the colonial seat of power in Butare. Since then, the city has seen major economic development resulting in what it is today; a vibrant African city of 1 million with wide boulevards, an international airport, world-class hotels and restaurants, crafts & curio shops as well as a lively, cosmopolitan population. Visit the Kandt Museum, tour old Kigali and the Craft centers, visit the genocide memorial site where you learn about Rwanda’s history pre-colonial to 1994 genocide as well as other genocides in the world. Tour more and see the new developments; the recovery has been incredible, a true testament to humankind’s resilience.

Places of interest include;

  • Genocide Memorial Centre: regarded as one of the best museums in Africa. Visiting the Gisozi Museum lets you learn of the dark times of the 100 days of genocide in the entire country in 1994.
  • Kandt Museum and Natural History Museum: It is found at the base of Mt. Jali and Mt.
  • Kigali, and this is the same place where the German explorer, Dr. Kandt Resided.
    Presidential Palace Museum: This palace was for the former president Habyarimana who passed away in 1994 in a plane crash in the presidential compound. It is his death that launched the era of genocide.
  • Nyamata Church Genocide site: this is another site where the genocide took place. Over 5000 people died in and around this church in 1994.
    Art Museum: you will get to visit Inema Arts Centre for contemporary African Arts, paintings, jewelry, sculptures, African fabrics and leatherworks. While at the museum, visitors will be treated to some cool performances from the young children at the art museum.
  • Nyamirambo walking tour: This is filled with character and the streets are almost bustling with people – Unlike the rest of the city’s sleepy streets.

After the days tour, you will return to your hotel for the night Overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel “OR similar”

After your breakfast, you will be transferred to Mountain Gorilla View Lodge where you will spend 3 nights and have your gorilla trekking experience in Virunga National Park. 

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge is located in Kinigi in northern Rwanda and on the edge of the Volcanoes National Park, home to the endangered Mountain Gorillas.

The lodge is located on the foothills of the Mount Karisimbi, one of the volcanic mountains that make up the Virunga Massif. The lodge is about 10 to 15 minutes’ drive to the main entrance of the Volcanoes National Park where gorilla trekking starts. Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (FB) “OR similar”

Today after an energizing breakfast, you will have a once in a lifetime experience of gorilla trekking, you will report to the ranger station before 8 am registration and briefing by one of the rangers; the guides will then lead you through the undergrowth, parting thick creepers, to track the gorillas. The trek can take anywhere from half an hour to 7 hours – a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking boots. It is an extraordinary feeling sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining mountain gorillas.

Virunga National Park is a national park in the Albertine Rift Valley in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was created in 1925 and is among the first protected areas in Africa. In altitude, it ranges from 680 m (2,230 ft) in the Semliki River valley to 5,109 m (16,762 ft) in the Rwenzori Mountains. From north to south it extends about 300 km (190 mi), largely along the international borders with Uganda and Rwanda in the east. It covers an area of 8,090 km2 (3,120 sq mi) and is listed in the List of World Heritage in Danger since 1994.

Overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (FB) “OR similar”

This day after your breakfast you will go into the Virunga forest at 7:00 am in search for the golden monkeys that live in social groups of about 30 individuals and mostly feed on fruits, insects and leaves and are listed as endangered species. These species also prefer most habitants with bamboo and fruits and move to different areas depending on seasons.

In the morning you will be transferred to lake Kivu for a afternoon boat trip, where you will visit nearby islands such as Napoleon island (named because it is the shape of Napoleon’s hat), Mbabara island where coffee and macadamia nuts grows, and the majestic Peace Island where you can swim around and enjoy the peacefulness and beauty of Lake Kivu.

Lake Kivu is Part of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Lake Kivu in the west of Rwanda is surrounded by magnificent mountains and has deep emerald green waters covering a surface area of 2,700 km2. It is Rwanda’s largest lake and the sixth largest in Africa.

Overnight at Serena Kivu (FB) “OR similar”

Nyungwe forest lodge was set up in 2010 and has fast become a favorite with tourists in the area. It is situated in a tea plantation close to the Nyungwe forest. This lodge was the first ever 5 star accommodation establishment in the region. 

It has some of the best facilities in Rwanda and very good service. Nyungwe forest lodge has luxury facilities such as a gym and a swimming pool, and overlooks the forest canopy so you are guaranteed some good views of the scenery in the area.
It has comfortable luxury rooms, one of them even has a jacuzzi.

Overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge (FB) “OR similar”

After your breakfast, you will be transferred to the Cyamudongo Forest for a Chimpanzee tracking experience.

Time permitting return to the lodge for a quick lunch before returning to the forest for a canopy walk.

Overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge (FB) “OR similar”

After breakfast, you will be picked by your guide at 0800 hours and your safari continues with your transfer back to Kigali, on arrival you will be transferred to Serena Kigali 

Kigali is Rwanda’s capital city and was named by Doctor Richard Kandt in 1907, the first colonial governor of Rwanda. The city is built on several hills and valleys, there by gaining the title- “the land of a thousand hills” or Hilly city.

Overnight at Serena Kigali (FB) “OR similar”

This day you will have the opportunity to experience a game drive in Rwanda’s wild area of Akagera National Park named after Kagera River that flows along Rwanda’s eastern boundary. The river feeds into Lake Ihema and other smaller lakes in and around the park.

While at Akagera National Park you are most likely to see big games like elephants, buffalos, giraffe, zebras, leopards, hyenas, lions. It is home to several antelopes like bushbucks, Topis, Oribis, water-buck, roan antelope and duiker, bohor reedbuck, klipspringer, impala and world largest antelope – the Cape eland.

Ruzizi Tended Camp has nine tents spaced widely apart on either side of a thatched reception and dining area, set back from the lake shore and hidden among swaying palms and fruiting fig trees. With a maximum of 20 guests, the lodge is an intimate retreat. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom with hot and cold running water, a dressing area and either comfortable queen or 3/4 twin beds, with a small patio at the front and accessible by wooden boardwalks. Another boardwalk leads to a large deck with a fireplace sits under a shady fig tree overlooking Lake Ihema. The lodge was designed to blend in with the surrounding environment in order to create a feel of being connected to nature.

Where possible, trees and vegetation were left undisturbed during the construction, and even incorporated into the structure. Much of the furniture and decorations have been hand-crafted by local artisans and cooperatives. The lodge is powered by solar energy and prides itself on being environmentally conscious

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