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Vazquez Tours & Travel

  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Rwanda
  • Uganda
Destinations

Destinations

Rwanda,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Luxury, Mid Range

Tour Overview

This safari explores some of the best national parks in Rwanda. Experience a boat trip and game drive in Akagera National Park; track mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park; in Nyungwe National Park go chimpanzee trekking and take a canopy walk high in the forest. Known as the ‘land of a thousand hills’, Rwanda’s stunning scenery and warm, friendly people offer unique experiences.

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General Information

  • Safari types:
    Big Five Safari, Chimpanzee Safari, Gorilla Safari, Guided Safari, Primate Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Volcanoes National Park, Akagera National Park, Nyungwe Forest NP, Kigali, Kigali Genocide Memorial
  • Wildlife:
    Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Giraffe, Antelope, Birds, Hippo, Zebra, Blue Monkey, Owl-Faced Monkey, Buffalo, Crocodile, Hyena, Warthog, Waterbuck, L’Hoest Monkey, Vervet Monkey, Olive Baboon, Big Five
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Game Viewing, Trekking, Nature Walk, Sightseeing Tour, Village Visit, Canopy Walk/Tower, Cultural Experience
  • Getting around:
    4x4 Safari Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Kigali International Airport
  • Minimum age:
    15 years

Highlights

  • Kigali city tour – Kigali Genocide Memorial
  • Akagera National Park – Big five game drive & boat trip
  • Volcanoes National Park – mountain gorilla trekking
  • Nyungwe National Park – chimpanzee & canopy walk experience

Note:

Gorilla permit note: Once the permit is bought, it cannot be refunded.

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 6,800 per person 1 person traveling

From USD 5,700 per person, 2 people traveling

From USD 5,600 per person, 3 people traveling

From USD 5,500 per person, 4 people traveling

From USD 5,400 per person, 5 people traveling

From USD 5,300 per person, 6 people traveling

What's Included

  • Accommodation (based on standard rooms) & meals as per itinerary
  • Full time English/French speaking driver guide
  • Ground transportation by 4×4 vehicle
  • Airport transfers
  • Akagera National Park entrance fees & boat trip
  • Gorilla trekking permit (one permit per person)
  • Chimpanzee trekking permit (one permit per person)
  • Canopy walk permit (one permit per person)
  • Gorilla Guardians Village entrance fee
  • All park & museum entrance fees
  • Mineral water in the car during the safari (3 bottles per person per day)
  • Relevant government taxes
  • Medical evacuation insurance

What's Excluded

  • International flights
  • Visas (Rwanda visa can be obtained with ease at Kigali International Airport for $50 per person. Passport should be valid at least 6 months beyond period of stay)
  • Expenses such as laundry, beverages, bar bill, telephone, hotel mini bar etc.
  • Tips

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Vazquez Tours & Travel
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Vazquez Tours & Travel‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

On arrival of your flight at Kigali International Airport you will have meet and greet assistance. You will be warmly welcomed by our representative outside the customs and immigration hall. Then proceed with a second RT-PCR covid-19 test at the airport (there is a wait of up to 24 hours for the test results). Thereafter you will be transferred to Hotel Des Mille Collines. The drive from airport to your hotel is approximately 20 minutes. On arrival at Hotel Des Mille Collines, the hotel staff will welcome you and assist you to check in. Briefing at the lobby, dinner and overnight stay.

Overnight: Hotel Des Mille Collines
Day meal plan: Dinner

Kigali International Airport
Swimming Pool Facade

Breakfast at your hotel, check-out and settle any extras. Visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial, the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the Genocide against Tutsis. Kigali Genocide Memorial has been and continues to be a place of remembrance and learning, to honor victims of Genocide against the Tutsis and unsure that never happens again.

Your driver-guide will then transfer you to the eastern part of Rwanda to Akagera National Park, the drive from Kigali to the park is approximately 2h30. Arrive in the Akagera National Park, transfer to the park headquarters for registration and then proceed to Akagera Game Lodge for check-in and lunch.

At 16h00, take an afternoon boat ride on Lake Ihema that will reward you with views of a large number of hippos, huge Nile crocodile, and a variety of bird species. Bird-lovers will be entertained by the majestic African fish eagles and a large concentration of water-birds. In the marshes, keep an eye out for the papyrus gonolek and the sought-after shoebill stork, the cormorants, and many more. Later drive back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Akagera Game Lodge
Day meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Breakfast at 06h30, check-out and settle any extras, then proceed on a game drive in Akagera National Park. Plenty of animals can be seen including elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, hippos, rhinos and crocodiles as well as other mammal species. Known as one of the most scenic savannahs in East Africa, the game drive in Akagera National Park provides you with the opportunity to view gentle hills blending beautifully with lowland swamps and water bodies. Lucky visitors might stumble across a leopard, a spotted hyena or even a lion. Giraffes and zebras haunt the savannah and more than a dozen types of antelope inhabit the park, most commonly the handsome chestnut-coated impala and the world’s largest antelope, the statuesque cape eland.

Picnic lunch will be served in the bush. Exit with more game viewing en-route to Kigali, you will have a stopover at Question Coffee in Kigali for a coffee and then proceed to Volcanoes National Park in Musanze – Kinigi in the northwest part of Rwanda. Arrive at Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel, the hotel staff will welcome you and assist you to check-in, briefing at the lobby, dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel
Day meal plan: Breakfast, dinner and overnight

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Breakfast at 06h00 am followed by your driver-guide transferring you at 06h30 am to Volcanoes National Park headquarters for registration and briefing. Your driver-guide will assist and facilitate on identifying the gorilla family to visit. Tracking can be between 90 minutes and 5 hours depending on what family group is assigned. You will spend one hour with the gorillas, sometimes moving around to stay with the gorillas or following them. The guide will ensure you are in the best spots to take the most beautiful pictures and experience this breathtaking experience properly. You will then drive back to your hotel for lunch and refreshment.

Later in the afternoon around 15h00 pm, you will visit the famous Gorilla Guardians Village, a non-profit umbrella organization that aims at improving the lives of reformed poachers and communities around Rwanda’s volcanoes national park through provision of conservation incentives, supporting community enterprise development and livelihood based projects. Gorilla Guardians Village gives you a rare chance to meet local people in their environment, with a taste of Rwandan culture and traditions. The community you visit will genuinely welcome you as a special guest while they proudly present to you aspects of their traditions and beliefs. This will truly be an experience of a lifetime. Drive back to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Overnight: Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel
Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Breakfast at the hotel around 08h00 am, check-out and settle any extras before departing for Nyungwe National Park through Kibuye with spectacular views of Lake Kivu. The drive from Volcanoes National Park to Nyungwe National Park takes between 5 and 6 hours drive. You will have a stopover, lunch and drive to Kivu Marina Bay Hotel. On arrival the hotel staff will welcome and assist you with check-in, briefing at the lobby, dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Kivu Marina Bay Hotel
Day meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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At 04h30 you will get your parked breakfast and drive to the park headquarters for chimpanzee trekking briefing and formalities. Then head to the evergreen forest for a great experience that starts at 06h00. Walk-through stunning tea plantations before entering the thick luscious forest. The excursion can last from 1 to 4 hours but you will definitely hear the chimpanzees from the moment you enter the forest. Once found, you will stay an hour with the chimpanzees, watching them play, fight and eat in the atmospheric forest. Allow experienced, expert trackers to guide you on a deep forest trail, learning about these fascinating creatures and the enchanting forest they call home. Return to your hotel around 11h00 and have an early lunch.

Later in the afternoon, your driver-guide will transfer you to the park headquarters for a canopy walk briefing that takes place at 14h00. Your guided canopy walk experience will start at 15h00 pm. Experience the rain forests from a dazzling new perspective on the famous canopy walk, the only canopy walk of its kind in East Africa. This breathtaking construction hangs 60 meters above the forest floor between giant trees and towers, revealing a stunning view of the flora and fauna, both below and above. An iconic experience, not to be missed! Return to your hotel later in the evening, dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Kivu Marina Bay Hotel
Day meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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Breakfast at your hotel around 07h00, check-out and settle any extras. Drive back to Kigali city, with a stopover in Nyanza to visit the famous King’s Palace Museum for an hour and have lunch. Your driver-guide will transfer you back to Kigali International Airport, say farewell to your driver-guide and proceed to check-in for your outbound flight.

Day meal plan: breakfast and lunch

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