10 Days Adventure Safari in Rwanda

  • Akagera National Park - Nyanza, Nyungwe Forest National Park - Gisenyi - Ruhengeri, Volcanoes National Park - Kigali

Canoe and Wildlife Safari Rwanda

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.

Highlights

  • Game drives in Akagera National Park
  • Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park
  • Visit to the twin lakes of Ruhondo and Burera and Kigali city tour
  • Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • Transportation in a 4 x 4 safari vehicle
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Park entrance fees
  • 9 activity days
  • English
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Akagera game lodge

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

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.

L’Hoests monkey house

You will be staying here on the fourth and fifth night of the safari.

Gorillas Lake Kivu Hotel

You will be staying here on the sixth night of the safari.

Garden Place Hotel

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.

Kinigi guest house

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.

Muhavura lodge

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.

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

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.

Day 6

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.

Day 7

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.

Day 8

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.

Day 9

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.

Day 10

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

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.

Nyungwe National Park

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.

Volcanoes National Park

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.

  • Capture photos of the wildlife
  • Enjoy the game drives
  • Explore the camp grounds
  • Meet and interact with the locals
  • Relax at the camp
  • See the stunning views
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Boat launch on Lake Ihema
  • Bottled drinking water on safari
  • Chimpanzee permit
  • Chimpanzee tracking trip
  • City tour of Kigali
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Gorilla permit
  • Gorilla tracking trip
  • Guide ranger fees
  • Park entrance fees
  • Transportation in a safari vehicle
  • Visit the twin lakes of Ruhondo and Burera
  • Airfare
  • Departure taxes
  • Excess luggage charges
  • Laundry
  • Optional excursions
  • Personal items
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Travel documents (visa)

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kigali International Airport (KGL).

Testimonials

  • Review by Emily from Manchester, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "We went on a 3 day tour to Murchison Falls with Wilson, and he was a fantastic guide from start to finish. We were short of time to do everything we wanted to, but he made sure that the trip was arranged in the best possible way for us to visit everywhere we wished to. "

    "We had an incredible time tracking chimps, and rhinos and Wilson took us on some amazing game drives - working tirelessly to help us spot some rare creatures, and hugely knowledgeable about everything that we saw. Wilson was wonderful company, and he really made the trip special for us - by the end of the trip he felt like a friend as well as a guide. I'd hugely recommend taking a trip with this company."

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  • Review by Joly Dee
    10 out of 10

    "My wife and I did a three day safari for our honeymoon "chimps and gorillas" with Michael as our guide. Michael was the perfect guide giving us as much information as we wanted, he was extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. He is by far the best guide we have had all across Africa. The places we stayed were first rate and the vehicle was reliable. Definitely recommend."

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  • Review by A traveler from New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "My wife and I did a 3-day safari of Murchison Falls NP with these folks. Nothing but the best memories of the entire trip. We could not be more satisfied."

    "Some of the highlights:"

    "- The owner, Wilson, is friendly and directly reachable on the phone. We have been swindled before, so I wanted to be extra-sure before committing to these folks. I went and met Wilson at his home in Kampala and he immediately put me at ease. They own and rent out several modern, clean vehicles in very good condition, and run safaris all the time."

    "- Our driver, Kassim - young, very helpful, observant, drives very well, great conversationalist with lots of interesting tidbits, sharp-eyed spotter in the park"

    "- The trip itself: we were very happy because Saso does not do the usual nickel-and-diming that is very prevalent in other economy safari companies, for example in Kenya. Also, in Murchison Falls NP itself, Kassim was very proactive in working the phones and as a result we got to hang out with 12 lionesses and lion cubs for almost an hour, watching them as they ate and played. This was only one of many sightings during the day."

    "- Itinerary: even though we made a few last-minute changes to the overall plan, Wilson and Kassim handled everything admirably and made sure we got where we wanted to go"

    "- Arrangements for food: I don't know if this is standard across all their safaris, but the food arrangements were all uniformly excellent. Further, Kassim took note of our dietary preferences and only took us to places where we would get good options All in all, a great safari. If you're looking for a good safari company in Uganda, look no further!"

    "Side note: something that caused me a bit of anxiety before the safari began was the fact that they have very few TA reviews, and all the reviewers have just 1 review! Unfounded anxiety, as it turned out. These guys are the real deal."

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  • Review by A traveler
    10 out of 10

    "I highly recommend these guys, they've got good quality reliable safari vehicles. Kizza Ahmed who was our driver was very experienced, friendly and informative. Been on two safaris to Murchison Falls NP with Saso and look forward to many more."

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  • Review by Danielle B
    10 out of 10

    "I really enjoyed my trip with Saso. I was travelling alone but that was not problem due to my friendly guide Kassim. He showed me a lot of animals in Queen Elisabeth NP (even the lions!), he has a lot of knowledge about Uganda, the animals and the culture and he was nice company during dinner! "

    "Saso made a good program for a travel of 5 days, it was never bored and the accomandations were very clean and luxury with good food. "

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  • Review by Fulda from Germany
    9 out of 10

    "We had a great four day trip to Queen Elizabeth national park and Kibale. Thanks to Wilson and his team from Saso Uganda Safaris. The communication with Wilson during the organisation of the trip was great. The prices are good. The trip was well organised, we got to enjoy the wilderness of the national park and the nature in Kibale plus the Chimp. trekking was a great experience. well, when you book with Saso Uganda Safaris, you can never go wrong."

    "thanks Wilson and your team."

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  • Review by Anna B
    10 out of 10

    "We were a couple of friends who went on a 5 day safari trip with Wilson. Everything was perfect. He knows a lot about the wildlife and the animals. He arranged everything after our needs and made sure we saw everything in our interest. The gorilla trip and queen Elizabeth nationalpark were fantastic experiences. We also visited the chimpanzees in Kibale nationalpark. The accommodation was very nice. We couldn't have had a better guide. Thank you Wilson!"

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  • Review by Eli

    "What a fantastic trip with Saso Uganda Safaris! We went on a five-day tour visiting the gorillas in Bwindi, game drives in queen Queen Elizabeth National Park and chimpanzee and primate safaris in Kibale. Wilson had arranged everything to perfection. He had arranged excellent hotels, the best guides in the parks, and good lunch places. When the guide on the chimpanzee tour was about to give up on seeing chimpanzees on the ground, Wilson encouraged him to continue and make an effort so that we could see them (which we did). He was so flexible and easy going. He drove very safely in the chaotic Ugandan traffic. We felt safe all the time. If I’m ever going back to Uganda, I would absolutely go on another trip with Saso and I will definitely recommend it to my friends. Maybe it sounds like I’m exaggerating, but I have been traveling to about 60 countries, but this experience was definitely one of the best!"

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  • Review by Hannes

    "We went on a tour with Saso Uganda Safaris and I could not be more satisfied. We went on a gorilla safari, a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and a chimpanzee safari in Kibale. Our guide, Wilson, arranged everything to perfection. With his experience and knowledge, he made sure we got to see the gorilla family that is most used to humans. Because of that, we got really close to the gorillas, which was a truly amazing experience. Furthermore, the trip was affordable and all accommodations were of good standard. If you would like to go to Uganda on a vacation or a safari, I would recommend you to contact Saso Uganda Safaris. You will not be disappointed!"

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  • Review by FreyaWalnut from Brighton, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "We were picked up from the airport and greeted by Ahmed who was our driver and your guide for the first 4"

    "5 days of our trip. We did safari in the amazing Murchison falls national park and explored the city of Kampala with Ahmed. Our guide become part of the family and we all felt comfortable with him. He was knowledgable about the animals throughout the safari and wanted to give us the best experience possible by seeing as many different animals as we could. We had a jam packed adventure whilst on safari, including an amazing boat trip (organised and arranged by Ahmed), and our days were all planned out including where to eat and stop for water etc. Ahmed was also flexible if we wanted to change any plans. After showing us the safari he gave us a tour of the city so that we could see my mums school and the university that my granddad worked in. We felt safe with Ahmed as he advised us on how to keep our possessions safe and what not to do in the city. He said that he was happy to help booking any further accommodation or trips for us even once our tour ended so that he could barter for us and get a more reasonable price. He also offered to give me and my dad a lift to the airport a week or so after the tour had ended which was really helpful. Overall Saso Uganda safaris were very friendly and welcoming and we had an amazing family adventure organised by them!"

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  • Review by Sempijja

    "This is the best trip we ever had! I would like to first and foremost thank Saso Uganda Safaris for the great time they gave me and my family. At the beginning of this year, my wife and I decided to take a trip to western Uganda to see the amazing animals in the game parks. Since we both work and live abroad, we decided that when we go back to Uganda for a vacation in June, we should get a safari company that will enable us make our dream come true. A friend of ours who has already went with Saso Uganda Safaris referred us to the company and assured us of having no regrets with them. We got to them and they treated us with a lot of care and comfort. We talked about the places we wanted to visit and how everything would go on. They introduced us to a gentleman by the name of Charles, who was to be our driver and guide. Charles knew his job very well, which helped us in enjoying the trip fully. He first taught us about the safety measures, which showed us that we were in the hands of the right person. We spent three days on the trip and he helped us so much with the animal names since he was so fond of them. He drove us so well and he took us to Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kidepo National Park. We really had fun and look forward to going with Saso for more educational and fun trips. Thank you so much once again."

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  • Review by Terry Johan

    "The three-day tour to Bwindi Bwindi Impenetrable National Park was quite fantastic. I and my family will always prefer to travel with Saso Uganda Safaris as we had the best tour guide. We were able to see the gorillas."

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  • Review by Namaalwa Gladys
    10 out of 10

    "The best travel agency that everyone would wish to travel with. Just love the way your people handled my safari."

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  • Review by Cherry Mill

    "Amazing personalized three-day trip! Saso Uganda Safaris gave me the tour of a lifetime! I was in Kampala on my own for work for the first time and had three free days to see the country. Saso Uganda Safaris created a personal tour which included gorilla tracking in the Bwindi National Park, chimpanzee tracking in Kisoro, and a safari wildlife tour across the Queen Elizabeth National Park, where we saw tree-climbing lions, elephants, hippos, baboons, buffalos, antelopes, monkeys, and some amazing birds close up, more than I could have dreamed of. It was also fascinating to drive across the country and see rural Uganda, the beautiful green countryside, including tea plantations and banana groves and African village life close up. Wilson, my tour guide, could spot and identify any animal at a great distance. We did not miss anything en route. He could answer any question about the animals and locations and knew all the rangers and staff in the parks and lodges, which meant he could adapt our itinerary on the fly and fit in as much as possible to make my trip the best he could. I felt totally safe at every moment of the trip. He was a first class driver and navigated the ‘African massage’ roads with amazing skill. I did not know much about Uganda before this trip. In three days, I saw and learnt so much. I have been on three other safaris in Africa and my Uganda trip was by far the best, thanks to Saso Uganda Safaris. It was very good value for money too. Highly recommended."

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  • Review by a traveler from Kampala, Uganda
    10 out of 10

    "It's highly recommended. Saso Uganda Safaris provides a superb experience."

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  • Review by Burt

    "I decided to visit Uganda after I read about it online and what really grabbed my attention was the term “Pearl of Africa”. I grabbed my bags and came over to Uganda to find out myself. I have to tell you, Wilson and his team at Saso Uganda Safaris did not disappoint at helping me to define that. Thank you, Wilson. God bless!"

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I was so amazed at how our guide told his stories about the wild nature while driving our 4x4 safari vehicle with so many skills. We enjoyed our safari and everyone still talks about it. Thank you guys! "

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