9 days Cultural Tours Rwanda & Gorilla trekking Safari

This 9 days cultural tours and Gorilla trekking Safari will take you to the Akagera National park to encounter game drive and boat ride, cultural Village visit, visit to twin Lakes, Butare then go for the amazing volcanoes gorilla tracking in their typical mist, relax at Lake Kivu and you can enjoy the fresh fried fish and then end the trip with Kigali city tour to a famous historical site and shop souvenirs’ and curios!

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Cultural tours

HIGHLIGHTS FOR CULTURAL TOURS RWANDA

  • Game viewing in Akagera National Park
  • Mountain Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park
  • Travel in a Customized 4WD safari vehicle
  • 8 nights accommodations
  • Delicious meals
  • Morning Boat ride on Lake Kivu
  • Cultural tours & Community Excursion
  • Village visit
  • Airport transfers

DETAILS ITINERARY

Day 1 : Arrival

You will be picked up by your guide / driver upon your arrival at the Airport and thereafter transfer to Hotel for dinner and overnight. You will be briefed by the tour guide about a typical cultural tours and some of the things to expect, feel free to ask questions and get clarity on some things you may need to know..

Accommodation Options

  • Up Market : Kigali Serena Hotel
  • Mid-Range : Classic Hotel
  • Budget : Flame Tree Village Kigali
  • Meal plan : Dinner

Day 2 : Kigali City Tour

You will wake up to a delicious Rwandan breakfast and the driver will pick you up to begin the city tour to historical sites in Kigali. Visit to Kigali Solaire, Stade regional, Kigali Genocide memorial site, Kandt Museum, Belgian camp. Transfer to Bugesera in the afternoon to visit the reconciliation village, Nyamata and Ntarama genocide churches. Later you will return to lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options

  • Up Market : Kigali Serena Hotel
  • Mid Range : Classic Hotel
  • Budget : Flame Tree Village Kigali
  • Meal plan : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 : Kigali – Akagera National Park

Wake up early and have your breakfast, and thereafter transfer to Kirehe; with lunch en-route, visit Imigongo and practice ancient artisan in the region, watch the waterfalls in Rusumo on the border of Tanzania and Rwanda. After with leisurely scenic drive, proceed to Akagera National Park, home to wild game species, check into your safari lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options

  • Up Market : Akagera Game Lodge
  • Mid-Range/ Budget : Golf Hills Residence
  • Meal plan : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 : Game drive, Village visit

With breakfast of just a cup of tea at dawn, you will head out for an early Game drive and birding in Akagera National Park. You are bound to see a variety of wildlife and bird species, later return and rest as you wait for your lunch. You will have lunch and then prepare to depart to the northern part of the park to visit the pastoralist heritage experience. Return to lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options

  • Up Market : Akagera Game Lodge
  • Mid-Range / Budget : Golf Hills Residence
  • Meal plan : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 : Game drive, Boat ride on Lake Ihema

After your breakfast, take a stunning boat ride on Lake Ihema to spot aquatic wildlife like crocodiles, schools of hippos and over 50 species of water birds like pelicans, sun birds among others. You will later return for your lunch and get some time of relaxation before an evening game drive. You will be on the lookout for more wildlife that you may have missed on the previous morning game drive. Later return to lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options

  • Up Market : Akagera Game Lodge
  • Mid-Range / Budget : Golf Hills Residence
  • Meal plan : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 : Akagera National Park – Twin Lakes

Wake up early in the morning, have your breakfast and check out of the hotel / lodge and thereafter transfer to Ruhengeri for ethno botany tours. Have lunch en-route and then visit the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. This will be accompanied with community project initiatives like brick making sites and bee hive locations among others. You should then embark on your journey to your hotel / lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options

  • Up Market : Mountain Gorilla view lodge
  • Mid Range : le’bambou gorilla lodge
  • Budget : Kinigi guest house/li>
  • Meal plan : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 : Mountain Gorilla tracking Rwanda

You will wake up very early in the morning, have breakfast and set out for your briefing before the Gorilla tracking activity in volcanoes forest. There are a number of things that you ought to carry for this activity like walkable shoes, rain gears, hut, sun screen and insect repellent is much required while in tropical rain forest. You will have a break to have your launch and later after Gorilla trekking, visit Buhanga forest for Kinigi Cultural Village with dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options

  • Up Market : Mountain Gorilla view lodge
  • Mid-Range : le’bambou gorilla lodge
  • Budget : Kinigi guest house
  • Meal plan : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 : Community Excursion – Lake Kivu

After your breakfast, you will check out of your hotel / lodge and transfer to the beautiful Lake Kivu. On your way, you will visit the Banana and Sorghum beer production plants and you could even have a taste if you dare. You will then proceed to the shores of Lake Kivu to relax. Dinner and overnight.

Accommodation Options

  • Up Market : Lake Kivu Serena Hotel
  • Mid-Range : Paradis Malahide
  • Budget : La Petite Colline Guest House
  • Meal plan : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 : Butare – Kigali

After breakfast, transfer to Butare, “the intellectual town of Rwanda”. Visit the Basilica of Kabagayi, the ancient King’s palace at Nyanza, National Museum and drive back to Kigali Airport for your return flight after you have had an en-route lunch and souvenir shopping (Optional). Meal plan: Breakfast and Lunch.

Package for cultural tours Rwanda includes

  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
  • Transportation by safari vehicle
  • Gorilla tracking Permits
  • Nature walk
  • Visit Lake Kivu and boat ride

Package for cultural tours Rwanda excludes

The expenses of personal nature like

  • Airfares
  • Rwanda Visa
  • Luxury drinks
  • Laundry
  • Tips to local guide
  • Telephone fees
  • Porter fees when tracking
  • Personal insurance and shopping
  • Any other item not mentioned above