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5 Days Rwanda Gorillas & Akagera Wildlife Safari

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7 Days 6 Nights
Availability : Jan 16’ - Dec 16’
San Francisco
Cape Town
Min Age : 10+
Max People : 38

The 5 day safari will take you East of Rwanda’s capital- Kigali to Akagera national park along the border with Tanzania. The park is home to many large plain game species and species restricted to the papyrus swamps such as the Sitatunga and much sought after Shoebill. Notable plains gem include elephants, buffaloes, Zebras, roan antelope, eland among others. It will then connect you to the 160 km2 Volcanoes national park in the north for gorilla tracking and will end with a city tour in Kigali.

Day 1: Arrival & Transfer to Akagera National Park

Our driver guide will meet you at the airport upon arrival and will drive you to Akagera national park about 3 hours East of Kigali. The park is named after the Akagera river that flows along its eastern boundary and feed into a labyrinth of lakes and the largest being Lake Ihema. Check in at your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Morning game drive & Afternoon boat cruise

Wake Up early, have breakfast and embark on the morning game drive for the early risers like the leopard, hyena, striped Jackal. Join your guide and ranger for a half day game drive , it will offer you an opportunity to encounter variety of wildlife like topi, zebras, bush bucks among others. You will return to the lodge for lunch after the drive.

In the afternoon, do a boat cruise on L. Ihema which is the largest of all the lakes in the park. The cruise will bring you close the aquatic like in the park like hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birdlife (525 species recorded in the park) like African fish Eagle, African Jacana, King fishers among others.

Day 3: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park & Afternoon Community Walk

After an early breakfast, connect to Volcanoes national park (216km) from Akagera national park. Volcanoes national park is known as a haven for mountain Gorillas and is home to five of the Volcanoes that make the Virunga ranges. The park was base for Zoologist Diane Forsey.

On arrival check in at your lodge for refreshment and lunch. After lunch do a walk through nearby forests to nearby crater lakes for scenic viewing, bird watching and photography of the volcanoes.

Day 4: Gorilla Trekking and Twin Lakes Visit

Rise early and have breakfast at the lodge, then transfer to the park headquarters where you will be briefed by park ranger on how to carry out gorilla tracking. Hiking on the slippery and muddy Volcanoes slopes with nettles is quite challenging. But the encounter with mountain gorillas erase all the challenges of the hikes. You will be allowed to stay with these gentle giants for an hour for observation and photography. (No flash lights allowed during photography). In the evening visit the panoramic twin volcanic lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. Return to your lodge for dinner and folk tales at the fire place.

Day 5: Transfer to Kigali, City tour & Departure

Have an early morning breakfast at the lodge, thereafter drive for about 2hrs 30mins to Kigali. Here you will do a city tour in Kigali. Do a visit to Mt. Kigali where you will have the views of the city and the country side, visit the neighborhood market and it will end with a visit to the Genocide memorial center. After lunch the driver guide will drop you at the airport for your departure. This will mark the end of your 5 days safari.

Tour Details

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Departure & Return Location

John F.K. International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Air fares
  • 3 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Driver Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland

We’ll meet at 4 p.m. at our hotel in Luzern (Lucerne) for a “Welcome to Switzerland” meeting. Then we’ll take a meandering evening walk through Switzerland’s most charming lakeside town, and get acquainted with one another over dinner together. Sleep in Luzern (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2Zürich–Biel/Bienne–Neuchâtel–Geneva

Enjoy an orientation walk of Zurich’s OLD TOWN, Switzerland’s center of banking and commerce. Then, leave Zurich and start your Swiss adventure. You’ll quickly discover that Switzerland isn’t just home to the Alps, but also to some of the most beautiful lakes. First, stop at the foot of the Jura Mountains in the picturesque town of Biel, known as Bienne by French-speaking Swiss, famous for watch-making, and explore the historical center. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to lakeside Neuchâtel, dominated by the medieval cathedral and castle. Time to stroll along the lake promenade before continuing to stunning Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland, with its fantastic lakeside location and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps.

Day 3Enchanting Engelberg

Our morning drive takes us from Swiss lakes to Swiss Army. At the once-secret Swiss army bunker at Fortress Fürigen, we’ll see part of the massive defense system designed to keep Switzerland strong and neutral. Afterward, a short drive into the countryside brings us to the charming Alpine village of Engelberg, our picturesque home for the next two days. We’ll settle into our lodge then head out for an orientation walk. Our stroll through the village will end at the Engelberg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery with its own cheese-making operation. You’ll have free time to wander back before dinner together. Sleep in Engelberg (2 nights). Bus: 1 hr. Walking: light.

Day 4Interlaken Area. Excursion to The Jungfrau Massif

An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. Globus Local Favorite At an amazing 11,332 feet, the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and in 1912 the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the ALPINE SENSATION, THE PANORAMA 360° EXPERIENCE, and the ICE PALACE. Also receive your JUNGFRAU PASSPORT as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most of the day.

Day 5Lake Geneva and Château de Chillon

It’s market day in Lausanne! Enjoy browsing and packing a picnic lunch for our 11 a.m. boat cruise on Lake Geneva. A few miles down-shore we’ll dock at Château de Chillon, where we’ll have a guided tour of this delightfully medieval castle on the water. On our way back we’ll take time to peek into the vineyards surrounding Lutry before returning to Lausanne. Boat: 2 hrs. Bus: 1 hr. Walking: moderate.

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