This 10 Day Grand Rwanda holiday safari takes you to Akagera Wildlife National Park in the Eastern part of Rwanda bordering to Tanzania here you has much of wildlife reward. You will visit the Rwanda Genocide memorial sites in Butare, Murambi best known for the big massacres. On this safari you will still visit the Nyungwe Primates Park where you will watch the Chimps and other Primates.
What to Expect:
Akagera comes as an exciting surprise on our Grand Rwanda holiday safari after the steep cultivated hills and breezy climate that characterizes the rest of the country. Set at a relatively low altitude along the Tanzanian border, this beautiful game reserve protects an archetypal African savannah landscape of tangled acacia and brachystegia bush, interspersed with patches of open grassland and a dozen swamp-fringed lakes that follow the meandering course of the Akagera River.
Set at a relatively low altitude on the border with Tanzania, Akagera National Park could scarcely be more different in mood to the breezy cultivated hills that characterise much of Rwanda.
Dominated scenically by the labyrinth of swamps and lakes that follow the meandering course of the Akagera River, the most remote source of the Nile, this is archetypal African savannah landscape of tangled acacia woodland interspersed with open grassland.
Akagera is, above all, big game country. Herds of elephant and buffalo emerge from the woodland to drink at the lakes, while lucky visitors might stumble across a leopard, a spotted hyena or even a stray lion. Giraffe and zebra haunt the Savannah, and more than a dozen types of antelope inhabit the park, most commonly the handsome chestnut-coated impala, but also the diminutive oribi and secretive bushbuck, as well as the ungainly tsessebe and the world’s largest antelope, the statuesque Cape eland.
Camping alongside the picturesque lakes of Akagera is a truly mystical introduction to the wonders of the African bush. Pods of 50 hippopotami grunt and splutter throughout the day, while outsized crocodiles soak up the sun with their vast jaws menacingly agape.
On arrival at Kanombe International Airport, you will be met by the company tour manager who will greet you with an extra ordinary welcome package demonstrating unique service provision in Africa then transferred to your Lodge, check in then dinner and at overnight Akagera Game Lodge, Rzizi Tented Camp and Akagera Safari Camp.
Have an early morning game drive in this park famous for being Rwanda's Savanna reserve and its herds of game animals like buffaloes, elephants, zebras, lion, leopard and black rhinos giraffes and various antelope which are all reasonably visible than in other game drives in Africa. This activity will expose you to discover all great animals in wildlife and draw you close to them than never before. Return to the lodge for lunch and later visit the highest concentrations of hippos not find anywhere in Africa, with numerous large crocodiles and the bird species in Akagera which are surprising in number over 550 species which include all sorts of rarities and some big concentration of water birds. Dinner and overnight at Akagera Game Lodge, Rzizi Tented Camp and Akagera Safari Camp.
This day you will take a look at Rwanda’s cultural theatres which makes you fall in love with African cultural way of life. After a morning breakfast leave for Rwanda’s traditional King’s palace in Nyanza. This place has a complex of houses like the modern and ruins of the ancient palace. You will still get a chance to receive the traditional formal education by the African narrative professor from the palace then Proceed to Butare National Museum a place well known as a theatre of local art relax in gardens for lunch and later leave for Murambi genocide memorial in Gikongoro best known as massacre center during the genocide a place to see remains from the genocide. Dinner and overnight at Nyungwe House, Emeraude Kivu Resort and Nyungwe Hill Top View Lodge.
Leave for Nyungwe forest top known as the great chimp classic destination for Africa and a place where tourists are the first priority of the park. Chose the primate trail to search for the chimps before the first great activity of chimp tracking of over 500 primates. Have a picnic lunch and proceed to Dinner and overnight at Nyungwe House, Emeraude Kivu Resort and Nyungwe Hill Top View Lodge. for dinner and overnight.
After your breakfast you will visit the greater bird kingdom at the Albertine rift which is the best bird watching destination in the country with over 280 bird species recorded and the majorities are forest specialists and 26 are regional endemics whose range is restricted to a few forests along the Albertine Rift. Most people double when they first spot a great paradise flycatcher, along tailed blue, orange and sometimes white bird often seen around the rest house. Other birds strike with their strange look the huge habitually therefore receive fun from the natural paradise park with Rwanda amazing bird species. Have lunch at the lodge and spend the rest of the day at leisure dinner and overnight stay at Dinner and overnight at Nyungwe House, Emeraude Kivu Resort and Nyungwe Hill Top View Lodge.
After breakfast, your driver guide will transfer you to kibuye to check in for lunch, after lunch you will be able to enjoy lodge facilities or take a tour with a boat on lake kivu where you will have a chance to visit some beautiful islands, birds and sun set. Dinner and overnight stay at Kivu Safari Lodge, Moriah Hill Resort or Cormoran lodge.
In the morning after your breakfast drive to Gisenyi and Spend the all-day relaxing at the beaches with a number of optional activities like boat rides to the Islands or a drive tour to Goma can be organized with enjoy full cool winds of the beach environment, Visit coffee farms, Orphanage and Batwa portery Experience.Dinner and overnight stay at Paradise Marhide or Serena Hotel.
Early morning set off to Ruhengeri for gorilla tracking. Spot the pyrethrum plantations that covers the land with green and white color and that will make your journey enjoyable after being followed by natural winds throughout the travel. On arrival at Ruhengeri go for a hike up in the bamboo forest and spend perfect time having fun with gorillas in the forest then by following them, going closer and taking right positioned photos return to your lodge for lunch later have leisure evening with Ibyiwacu Cultural Village. Dinner and overnight stay at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Sabyinyo Silver back Lodge and Bisate Lodge.
This day you will have a second chance to trek another group of Primates since Rwanda is a blessed with a number of different primates. The activity is too easy and exiting. The Golden monkey trek takes you only 3hrs only and its the easiest of all activities in the park and affordable to the children under 15 years un like the rare Mountain Gorillas. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon drive to Kigali arriving in time for dinner and overnight stay at Kigali Marriott Hotel, Radison Blue Hotel, Kigali in Serena Kigali hotel and Flame tree village.
After breakfast have a city tour with lunch at in town in consideration with the flight check in time back home.