In the aim to deliver an enriching African holiday experience, this safari by Saso Uganda Safaris will take you to the Volcanoes National Park for a gorilla tracking experience, to Nyungwe Forest National Park for chimpanzee tracking, and to Akagera National Park for a thrilling game drive. During this safari, you will also have trips to the twin lakes of Ruhondo and Burera for a cultural experience and a boat launch on the beautiful Lake Ihema.
Akagera game lodge is located in the Eastern Province, about two hours drive from Kigali and is within the boundaries of Akagera National Park's south entrance. This game lodge has an attractive setting on a ridge overlooking Lake Ihema. The surrounding area has a wealth of big game and other wildlife on the open savannah, protected wood land, deep valley, and Lakes.
Recognized as a superior venue, Akagera Game Lodge offers a superbly relaxed atmosphere, ideal for a successful conference, retreat, a tranquil gateway, or an undisturbed encounter with nature. You will be staying here on the first night of the safari.
Step Town motel is a contemporary motel perfectly located in the Kigali city center suburbs, just 15 minutes' drive from Kigali International Airport (KGL). Enjoy the tranquil and easy access to everything Kigali has to offer at Step Town. The motel is within close proximity to Kigali Genocide Memorial, Kigali bus park, restaurants row, shopping district, government offices, and banks, making it ideal for both corporate and safari travelers.
Step Town has different guest room categories to choose from with modern comforting amenities. You can also enjoy their cuisine in the restaurant with a variety of tastes or sit on the terraces with a panoramic view of Kigali while enjoying a drink from the bar. You will be staying here on the third and ninth night of the safari.
You will be staying here on the fourth and fifth night of the safari.
You will be staying here on the sixth night of the safari.
The Garden Place Hotel is a uniquely spacious hotel offering comfortable stylish accommodation to both business and holiday travelers. It is strategically located near the Rwanda volcanoes. The hotel offers distinctive blend of comfort, warmth, and personalized hospitality. The luxury rooms boast a view of volcanic mountains. The rooms of the Garden Place Hotel are extremely comfortable equipped with precious materials.
The Garden Place Hotel is a perfect option location for those wishing to do gorilla tracking or simply to come relax in the serenity and beauty that the Virunga Mountains of the northern Rwanda has to offer. You will be staying here on the seventh night of the safari.
This guest house is situated in Kinigi district, only 11 kilometers from Ruhengeri City. It is constructed at the bottom of Sabyinyo volcanic mountain with an altitude of 4,480 meters. It accommodates over 40 people, all rooms have electricity and warm water. There are four VIP suites together with an ideal hall with 400 seat capacities for conferences, seminars, weddings, and other social functions. You have the option to stay here on the eighth night of the safari.
When visiting the land of a thousand hills, a wonderful stay is advised at the Muhabura lodge in the northern province, set in the calm of the Musanze town surroundings. It has 30 rooms and apartments at very reasonable rates, and offers a cozy environment to relax in after gorilla trekking or a day visit to the Northern area of Rwanda. You have the option to stay here on the eighth night of the safari.
You will be met at Kigali International Airport (KGL) by your safari guide and driver who will transfer you to the hotel booked for you in Kigali. The guide will brief you about the safari arrangements and leave you to rest.
After breakfast, you will set off to Akagera National Park, arriving in the early afternoon. You will have lunch and later go for a boat launch on the beautiful Lake Ihema to see hippos, giant crocodiles, and a profusion of water birds like the African fish eagle, papyrus gonolek, and the shoebill stork. You will have dinner and overnight at the lodge booked for you.
You will have an early breakfast and set off for a game drive to catch up with the early risers and large predators including lions, hyenas, bushbuck, zebra, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, cape elands, impalas, oribi, and antelopes. You will return for lunch at the lodge and then in the afternoon, drive back to Kigali. Dinner and overnight will be at Step cape motel.
After breakfast, you will travel to Nyungwe Forest National Park with stopovers at a number of historical and cultural sites within Butare and Nyanza. These will include the National Museum and the Old King’s Palace for an interesting cultural exposure. You will have lunch in the town of Butare and proceed to Nyanza, arriving in the evening. Dinner and overnight at I’Hoests monkey house.
You will have an early breakfast and report at the Nyungwe park headquarters for a briefing by the park rangers on the chimp trekking rules. After the briefing, you will start the trek in search of the chimps in the verdant rain forest. During the trek, you will have the chance to see other primates such as the Rwenzori colobus, silver monkey, chimpanzees, the grey cheeked Mangabey, L’hoests monkey, and the owl faced monkey.
You will return to the lodge, where you will spend the night, and rest until dinner time.
This morning, you will travel to Kibuye town on the eastern shores of the beautiful Lake Kivu where you will have lunch. Later in the afternoon, you will have a canoe ride to discover the island of ‘Napoleon’s Hat’ and continue with the same boat to Gisenyi town to enjoy the breathtaking views of Congo’s Nyiragongo Volcano. You will have dinner and overnight at Gorillas Lake Kivu Hotel.
Today, you will travel to Ruhengeri town near the Volcanoes National Park. You will have a tour of this town and also visit the vibrant local markets before retiring to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
You will have an early breakfast and move to the park headquarters where you will receive a briefing on the rules of gorilla trekking and be allocated the gorilla group you will be trekking. After the briefing, you will be led by the ranger guides into the forest to search for the gorillas in the Volcano Virunga Hills and the verdant Valley. Once traced, you will spend one hour observing the gorillas in their natural setting.
After the gorilla tracking, you will return to your lodge for lunch and later visit the twin lakes of Ruhondo and Burera in the evening for a cultural experience, after which you will return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Today, you will visit various Rwanda communities to interact with the local people in their family settings to learn about their daily routine activities and to participate in some of them. You will learn how the people prepare their traditional food, how they rear animals, and discover their way of life. You may also visit the women cooperatives making handicrafts from banana fibers and the street kid project. Later, you will drive back to Kigali. Dinner and overnight will be at Step cape motel.
Depending on the time of your departure flight, you may have a brief Kigali city excursion to visit the genocide memorial sites and the colorful markets for souvenirs before being transferred to the airport for your departure flight
During this safari, you will have a boat launch on the beautiful Lake Ihema, a visit to the twin lakes of Ruhondo and Burera for a cultural experience, and go on a Kigali city tour.
Akagera National Park is located in the north east of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania. Although founded in 1934, much of the park was re-allocated as farms and in 1997, the park was reduced in size from more than 2,500 square kilometers (nearly 10% of the surface area of Rwanda) to its current extent of 1,122 square kilometers. Since 2010, a joint venture with African Parks has seen Akagera return to its former glories.
It is named after the Akagera River that flows along its eastern boundary and feeds into a labyrinth of lakes of which the largest is Lake Ihema. The forest fringed lakes, papyrus swamps, savannah plains, and rolling highlands combine to make Akagera amongst the most scenic of reserves anywhere in Africa. It has exceptional levels of biodiversity and forms the largest protected wetland in central Africa.
Akagera combines well with Nyungwe and the Volcanoes National Park to offer a great safari element as it is home to many large plains game species as well as species restricted to the papyrus swamps such as the sitatunga and the sought-after shoebill stork. Notable plains game include elephant, buffalo, topi, zebra, waterbuck, roan antelope, and eland.
Other antelope are duiker, oribi, bohor reedbuck, klipspringer, bushbuck and impala. Of the primates, olive baboons, vervets and the secretive blue monkey are seen during the day, with bushbabies often seen on night drives.
Of the larger predators, only leopard, hyena, and side-striped jackal are still present, and although lion once occurred throughout Akagera, the population was wiped. Plans are underway for the re-introduction of lion, as well as black rhino in 2015, which will restore Akagera’s Big five status
Due to its wide variety of habitats, Akagera is an important ornithological site with nearly 500 bird species. The rare and elusive shoebill shares the papyrus with other rarities such as the exquisite papyrus gonolek and countless other water birds that inhabit the wetlands in large numbers.
Covering over 1000 square kilometers, Nyungwe is surely one of the world’s most beautiful and pristine mountain rainforests. It’s believed to be one of Africa’s oldest forests, staying green even through the Ice Age, which explains its diversity.
Home to habituated chimpanzees and 12 other primate species (including a 400-strong troop of habituated Ruwenzori black and white colobus), it’s also a birder’s paradise with over 300 species, including 16 endemics, and is home to 75 different species of mammal.
This majestic rainforest is filled with nature and wildlife experiences for you to emerge yourself in. Hiking or even biking the beautiful terrain, tracking the famous chimpanzees, experiencing the canopy walk, witnessing beautiful birds, and relaxing by waterfalls are just a glimpse of activities that Nyungwe offers.
Sounds and views collaborate to create a one-of-a-kind wildlife experience. Exploring through the forest, travelers will witness the lush green mountains and cooling mist in a landscape that won’t be soon forgotten.
The “Parc National de Volcans”, or PNV as it’s known by the locals, lies along the Virunga Mountains, with eight ancient volcanoes which are shared by Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Just a short two-hour drive from Rwanda’s capital of Kigali, the park is a central location for exploring some distinctly Rwandan experiences.
While a visit to the mountain gorillas is often at the top of visitor’s list, the dramatic landscape also offers thrilling hiking and visits to the fascinating golden monkeys. PNV is also one of Rwanda’s conservation epicenters, where many non-profit organizations base their operations. Visitors can pay homage to the legendary scientist and gorilla advocate, Dian Fossey, with a hike to her tomb or a visit to the Dian Fosse Gorilla Fund that continues her legacy of research and advocacy to this day.
Near the park, the bustling and vibrant markets of Musanze are a place to immerse yourself into everyday Rwandan culture. Go deep into the earth with Musanze’s caves - one of the area’s newest attractions.
You will be provided with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner during this safari. Bottled drinking water on safari is also included in the price.
Please book your flight to arrive at Kigali International Airport (KGL).