On this 8 day Rwanda wildlife safari, you will visit and experience all the 3 Rwandan national parks. You start with the scenic Akagera national park, proceed to Nyungwe forest national park and end with the home of mountain gorillas, Volcanoes national park. Enjoy the different backdrops of Rwanda as you turn along the winding roads. The parks are a mixture of Savannah, forest, and mountainous giving you varied sights of Rwanda.

Safari Highlights

  • Game drive
  • Boat ride
  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Canopy Walk
  • Gorilla tracking

Group Size

Minimum 2, solo travelers pay surcharge


Departs year round.


From $3459 per person based on double occupancy*

Trip Terms

*Prices are quoted in USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on twin share occupancy. Seasonal Surcharges apply.  Single supplements apply.  Black-out dates may apply. All pricing is strictly subject to availability. Pricing does not include Gorilla viewing permits which are currently US$1,500 per person each or Golden Monkey trekking permits which are currently 100usd per person each. All prices, itineraries and routing are subject to change without notice. Please call for our current prices.  Prices are current at time of posting (10/23/2023) and may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. CA CST: 2076233-40 | WA ID: 601 684 531 | PC-1282498.

START TIME Please arrive by 7:45 AM.
END TIME Approximately 6:30 PM.
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.


Additional information

locationSanta Barbara
duration10 hours
  • You’ll be collected from the airport.
  • Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.

Arrival to Kigali international airport

Today you start the amazing experience touring Rwanda on this wildlife and gorilla safari. Kagera Safaris driver guide will pick you up from your hotel or at the Kigali international airport on your arrival.

Drive time – 20 minutes


Transfer to Akagera National Park + Boat Cruise

This morning after breakfast, have a short city tour with a visit to the Kigali genocide memorial to learn some history of this beautiful country.  After this experience, leave for Akagera national park with short stopovers along the way – for photos and use of washrooms.

Arrive in the park and after a brief time at the park reception, leave for your lodge for check in and lunch. Have lunch and later leave for a boat safari on Lake Ihema. Return to lodge for lunch and take a boat trip on Lake Ihema for Hippos and Crocodiles OR you can alternatively spend the afternoon at the lodge enjoying nature as you read a good book.

Optional: Night game drive in search of some nocturnal animals.

Drive time – 2 hours 30 minutes  or Helicopter ( Augusta) – 30 minutes
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Explore Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park is a Savannah park located in north eastern Rwanda on the boarder with Tanzania. It is home to several big mammals not found anywhere else in Rwanda. On a morning game drive right after an early breakfast, we will look out for Elephants, Zebras, Giraffes, Buffaloes, Water bucks, Bush bucks and recently introduced Lions. The game drives in Akagera national park usually take place in the the northern sector of the park. The game drives can last for almost an entire day depending on the animal sightings and your interests.

Return to the lodge after this game drive and have a restful time reading a book or simply hanging out taking in the air.

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Transfer to Nyungwe forest

This morning we depart for Nyungwe forest in southern Rwanda with a stopover for lunch in Huye formerly known as Butare. Huye hosts the ethnographic museum of Rwanda that was formerly known as the national museum of Rwanda, here we will learn about the culture and history of the Rwandan people. We arrive in Nyungwe forest later in the evening.

Drive time –  5 hours Or Helicopter (Robinson/ Augusta) – 45 minutes/ 35 minutes
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Rwanda Chimpanzee Tracking and Canopy Walk

Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest takes you deep in the forest to experience and appreciate nature. Chimpanzee trekking is done early morning with packed breakfast or snack, unless you are the kind that can have an early breakfast. You are expected to be at the briefing point as early at 5.30 am from where you will receive information on how to behave and possible length of your trek. Nyungwe forest is rich in botanical diversity and home to 13 species of primates like L’Hoest’s monkeys, Rwenzori Colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, vervet monkeys, grey cheeked mangabeys etc.  Your guide will lead you to either the Uwinka trail head or the Cyamudongo sector for chimp trekking.

In the afternoon you will be transferred to the Uwinka centre to start your canopy walk as you explore the park even more.

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Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Today morning after a beautiful and engaging day in the forest yesterday, you prepare to start journey to the Volcanoes national park in northern Rwanda. We leave for Volcanoes national park after breakfast, enjoy the sights of Lake Kivu and winding roads in the land of a thousand hills.

Drive time –  6 hours Or Helicopter (Robinson) –  35 minutes
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Gorilla in the Mist

Meet the mountain gorillas in the dense jungles of the Virunga ranges. The trek to the gorillas starts with a briefing at the park headquarters in Kinigi where you are assigned a ranger and gorilla family to trek. The Rwanda gorilla trek through volcanoes national park is an unforgettable experience that many people look to undertake. The gorilla trek can last from an hour or less to several hours later depending on where the gorillas nested the previous night – you need to be relatively fit to enjoy this experience and remember to pace yourself as you trek the gorillas.

Depending on the time the gorilla tracking lasts, you have opportunities for a cultural group performance by visiting a cultural village or take a community walk.

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End of the Rwanda wildlife Safari

Today is your last day on this Kagera Safaris – Rwanda wildlife safari. Start your day with breakfast and transfer to the airport for your exit flight, in case you have some time before your flight you can have a short Kigali city tour.

Drive time –  2 hours 30 minutes Or Helicopter (Robinson) –  35 minutes
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End of the tour

Important to Know

  • Rates are per person and exclude the international flight from/to your home country.
  • This tour accepts children who are 15 years and older.
  • Rates include a local payment. This means that part of the rate must be paid upfront and part on location during the tour. Move your mouse pointer over a rate to see the local payment.

    Based on departures in Low Season

Price per person from First Class Deluxe Luxury
Solo Traveler $5629 $10459 $12599
Each of 2 $3459 $6839 $8699
Each of 4 $2799 $6179 $8059
Each of 6 $2569 $5959 $7849
Single Room supplement $649 $2129 $2399

Standard at Gorilla Mountain Lodge,  Four Points by Sheraton and Nyungwe Top View Hotel
Deluxe at Bishops House, Serena Hotel and One & Only Nyungwe
Luxury at Wilderness Sabyinyo, Serena Hotel and One & Only Nyungwe

Included in the Price

Meet and greet upon arrival                                                                                                                                      Ground transport per 4WD
Park entrance fees
Boat safari and Game drive in Akagera National park
Chimpanzee trekking permit
Canopy walk
Gorilla trekking permit
Bottled water in safari vehicle
Full board accommodation as mentioned in itinerary
Service of an English-speaking driver guide
All mentioned activities except for the optional one


Extras at the accommodation i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
Tips to porters and driver/ guide

Availability of accommodation, permits, and activities not guaranteed until confirmation.

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