10 Days Classic Rwanda

This classic package enables you to meet the critically endangered  mountain gorillas in their natura habitat, visit the Chimpanzees and Golden monkeys in Nyungwe  Forest National park, explore Akagera National Park (Rwanda’s only Savannah Park and home to the Big 5).  The trip offers Rwanda’s popular destinations and activities that will leave lasting memories. 

Rwanda gorilla safaris

Rwanda Gorilla trekking

Brief Itinerary – 10 Days Classic Rwanda

  • Day 1: Kigali –  Akagera National Park
  • Day 2: Game Viewing Akagera National Park
  • Day 3: Nyungwe Forest NP
  • Day 4: Chimp tracking
  • Day 5: Kigali City
  • Day 6: Volcanoes NP
  • Day 7: Gorilla Tracking
  • Day 8: Gorilla Tracking / optional activities
  • Day 9: Lake Kivu
  • Day 10: Departure

Detailed Itinerary – 10 Days Classic Rwanda

Day 1: Kigali – Akagera National Park. Jewel Safaris representative will pick you up from the airport or hotel if already in Kigali, have briefing on your safari and visit the Genocide Memorial Centre before starting for Akagera National Park, the only Savannah park in Rwanda. You have opportunity to spot multitudes of animals in Akagera including the Big 5. Proceed to the lodge arriving in time for lunch.

Later, go for the afternoon game drive where you will see a lot of Big game including Rhinos, waterbucks, elephants  Lions, leopards, antelopes, topi and other small animals.

Meals and overnight accommodation at Akagera Game Lodge

Day 2: Game Viewing. After morning breakfast, embark on a thrilling game drive along Lake Ihema sector where you will spot animals drinking water  at the water edge. The park is comprised of several lakes and wetlands and over 450 bird species have been recorded. Return to the lodge for meals an d accommodation.

Accommodation at Akagera Game Lodge.

Day 3: Akagera – Nyungwe Forest National Park. Following early morning breakfast, drive to Nyungwe Forest, lunch enroute and proceed to the lodge. Nyungwe is home to chimpanzees and other rare primates including the Black and White Colobus Monkeys. Over 300 bird species have been recorded in Nyungwe

In the afternoon, you have option to visit the local community and tea plantation or relax at the lodge. Meals and overnight accommodation at Nyungwe Tophill View Lodge

Day 4: Chimpanzees Tracking. Takes between 2 – 3hrs.After early morning breakfast, you will head out to the park  head quarters for briefing and start searching for chimpanzees. The experience of spending time with mans closest living relatives  in their natural habitat is unique and unforgettable. Meet a happy chimpanzee family, take photos and watch them as they interact. Later, follow your footsteps back to the lodge.

In the afternoon, you have option to have a canopy walk where you can have an aerial view of the entire flora and fauna or look for the beautiful Colobus Black and White Monkeys

Meals and accommodation at Nyungwe top hill view lodge

Day 5: Nyungwe – Kigali City. Following morning breakfast, drive to Kigali with several stops at places of interest for stretching and coffee. Lunch enroute and proceed to the hotel for relaxation.  Accommodation at Serena Hotel or similar on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 6: Kigali – Volcanoes National Park. Meet your Jewel Safaris driver and start for Volcanoes National Park, keep your head out for evergreen plantation and trees most of the journey. Drive to the lodge arriving in time for lunch.

In the afternoon visit Ibyiwacu cultural village  – an organized community that showcases Rwanda traditions and Culture.

Meals and Accommodation at Five Volcanoes

Day 7: Gorilla Tracking – Volcanoes National Park. Early morning entry into one of Africa’s oldest forests in search for the gentle and peaceful Gorillas. You will be led by knowledgeable  rangers who share detailed information on the volcanoes and the flora and fauna. Look out for other primates including monkey species.   Meet the Gorillas and watch them as they interact, take photos and later return to the lodge. No doubt, an hour spent with the Gorillas is an unrivalled experience.

Day 8: Second Gorilla Tracking. You will go for another gorilla tracking experience, this will be a different family. Every Gorilla tracking experience is unique. Alternatively, have an interaction with the enchanting Golden Monkeys OR visit Dian Fossey’s  research base and grave.

Meals and accommodation at Five Volcanoes

Day 9:Volcanoes National Park> Lake Kivu. Following mid morning breakfast, drive to Lake Kivu, relax and unwind after 8 days of adventure.  You will have a two hour boat trip and later visit the community. Take last minute shopping and bargain like a local. Return to the lodge for meals and accommodation.

Meals plus accommodation at Kivu Lodge

Day 10: Kivu – Kigali/Departure. After breakfast drive to Kigali city with stops at places of interest. Proceed to the airport arriving in time for your on ward international flight optional drop off at your hotel in Kigali.

Package includes:

  • Transport- tour vehicle, fuel, and driver
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Meals up to incl breakfast day 10
  • Entrance fees.
  • 1 Chimp permit per person
  • 1 Gorilla permit per person
  • All activities.
  • Bottled drinking water

Package excludes: 

  • Visa
  • Personal expenses.
  • Cost for anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary.