Exclusive Rwanda Panorama Safari

Perfect for the traveller who wants to experience the highlights of Rwanda in style, this safari includes stops in the country’s three incredible national parks, two game drives, three primate tracking excursions, and three scenic helicopter rides.

Itinerary Summary

Duration
8 Days
Price
£12890
When
Year-Round
Destination
Rwanda
Type
Tailor-Made
Duration Price When Destination Type
8 Days £12890 Year-Round Rwanda Tailor-Made
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About this trip

Whether viewing lakes and landscapes from the seat of a helicopter or standing mere metres away from a mountain gorilla, this safari offers a bevy of exhilarating experiences packed into eight days that will unveil Rwanda’s true wild heart. Coming face-to-face with primates one day and heading into the savannah for a game drive the next, you’ll enjoy a diverse range of wildlife encounters that will form a Rwandan panorama to mirror your circumnavigation around the country.

 

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Witness savannah, lake and wetland in Akagera National Park, taking two game drives in search of iconic wildlife like lions, elephants and giraffes.
  • Travel to Rwanda’s two other national parks: Volcanoes and Nyungwe Forest.
  • Embark on three primate tracking excursions, spending two days with mountain gorillas and one with chimpanzees.
  • Visit the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Centre and learn about the work done to save Rwanda’s injured apes.
  • Take four helicopter rides over the 'Land of a Thousand Hills'.

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An action-packed 8-day safari taking in a variety of locations and wildlife sightings 
from $16,582 per person sharing, excluding international flights and gorilla permits

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

ARRIVE KIGALI - AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by our local representative who will arrange your 30-minute helicopter transfer to Akagera National Park. Your accommodation for the next two nights will be at the sumptuous Magashi Camp, based in the only exclusive-use area in the whole of Akagera. After checking in for lunch you’ll be able to embark on the first game drive of your safari, where you’ll have a chance of spotting a variety of African wildlife such as buffalo, elephants, lions, giraffes, zebra and a number of species of antelope, including the impala.

Day 2

AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK

After a hearty breakfast at your camp, you’ll head off on your first full-day game drive with packed lunches in tow. Although established in 1934 and reduced somewhat from its former size, Akagera National Park has a rapidly increasing wildlife population and still boasts 900 square kilometres of scenic savannah and lakes. The park takes its name from the Kagera River that runs along its eastern boundary before emptying into a series of lakes, the largest of which is Lake Ihema. Over 30% of the park is made up of these lakes and interconnected papyrus swamps, which together form one of the largest protected wetlands in Africa. You’ll be able to enjoy an afternoon boat ride through this area today in search of wallowing hippos, crocodiles, and birdlife.

Day 3

AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK - VOLCANOES National Park

After breakfast, you’ll take a 50-minute helicopter transfer from Akagera to Bisate Lodge, which lies on the border of Volcanoes National Park. Upon arrival, check in for lunch and then spend the rest of your afternoon at leisure.

Overnight: Bisate Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 4

VOLCANOES National Park

After an early breakfast at your lodge, you’ll drive the short distance to Volcanoes National Park HQ for your first day of mountain gorilla tracking. Depending on the location of your assigned family group, it may take hours to reach the gorillas, but the ascent in altitude and trek through often dense vegetation will be entirely worth it when you discover the apes and spend an hour in their presence. The afternoon can be spent at your leisure or by enjoying activities at the lodge.

Overnight: Bisate Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 5

VOLCANOES National Park

You'll be setting off on your second gorilla tracking experience this morning, and if you spent most of the last one behind the lens, try to keep your camera down for this one. Gazing into the eyes of these great apes opens a window into the past, and establishes a primate-to-primate connection that is difficult to discern from a photograph. After leaving the gorillas to their foraging and grooming, you’ll then be able to visit the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project in Musanze. Also known as Gorilla Doctors, this centre cares for orphaned and injured gorillas found in the wild or those resident at the Senkwekwe Centre in the DRC’s Virunga National Park.

Overnight: Bisate Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 6

Volcanoes National Park – Nyungwe Forest National Park

Spend the morning at leisure. Following lunch, enjoy a scenic helicopter transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park, on Rwanda’s southwestern border. Look out for one of Africa’s Great Lakes, Lake Kivu, stretching out to the west. Your accommodation for the next two nights will be the Nyungwe Forest Lodge, situated on the edge of the national park and within a working tea plantation.

Overnight: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 7

Nyungwe Forest National Park

With breakfast packed, you’ll set off early in the morning for a 1-hour drive to Cyamudongo Forest, where you’ll have your third primate tracking excursion of the safari – this time, with chimpanzees. Often raucous and boisterous, your experience with the chimps will likely be markedly different than with the more docile gorillas. In the afternoon, take to the trees and enjoy an exhilarating trip across the 250 ft-high canopy walkway, gazing out at the sea of green below you.

Overnight: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 8

Nyungwe Forest National Park – Depart Kigali

The final helicopter flight of your safari beckons after breakfast, this time returning you to the Rwandan capital of Kigali. Here you'll connect with your international flight home. Your safari has come to an end, but the memories you’ve made during your time in Rwanda will last a lifetime.

About Tailor-made Safaris

A tailor-made safari is one designed according to your specific requirements, including budget, dates, personal interests, the number of people travelling, and more. This itinerary is just an example and can be refined and altered to make it perfect for you.

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