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15 Days Rwanda Safari Tour: Primate Trekking, Wildlife, Hiking & Culture

15 Days Rwanda Safari Tour: Overview

Embark on a thrilling 15 days Rwanda safari adventure designed to provide an in-depth exploration of this beautiful country. Starting and ending in Kigali, this comprehensive 15 days in Rwanda tour offers relaxation and the opportunity to discover gorillas, chimpanzees, diverse wildlife, birds, and the rich Rwandan history and culture, all set against stunning landscapes.

15 Days Rwanda Safari Tour - Akagera National Park

Experience gorilla trekking in Rwanda, golden monkey tracking, and hiking Mount Bisoke in Volcanoes National Park. In Nyungwe National Park, enjoy chimpanzee and colobus monkey tracking, along with an exhilarating canopy walk. Explore Kigali city, visit the Genocide Memorial, King’s Palace, tea estates, Lake Kivu, Musanze Caves, and Ibyiwacu Cultural Village.

The 15 days Rwanda safari tour also includes a visit to Akagera National Park, home to Africa’s Big Five, where you can enjoy amazing Rwanda wildlife safaris and witness one of Africa’s highest hippo densities, large crocodiles, and a variety of birds, with over 500 species recorded.

For a rewarding and unforgettable Rwanda holiday, book or customize this 15-day Rwanda safari trip to match your interests and preferences.

15 Days Rwanda Safari Tour: Prime Activities

  • Trekking gorillas in Volcanoes National Park
  • Golden Monkey Tracking in Volcanoes NP
  • Hiking Mount Bisoke (3,711 meters)
  • Trekking chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest NP
  • Colobus Monkey Tracking in Nyungwe Forest
  • Canopy Walk in Nyungwe Forest
  • Scenic Drives through Rwanda’s picturesque landscapes
  • Game Drives in Akagera National Park
  • Boat Cruise on Lake Ihema in Akagera National Park
  • Relaxation at the scenic shores of Lake Kivu
  • Boat Cruise on Lake Kivu
  • Visit the Ethnographic Museum & King’s Palace
  • Cultural Experience at Ibyiwacu Cultural Village/Gorilla Guardians Village
  • Tour Musanze Caves
  • Visit Kigali Genocide Memorial & tour Kigali city

15 Days Rwanda Safari: Featured Destinations

  • Day 1: Kigali
  • Day 2: Kigali City—Kigali Genocide Memorial Center
  • Days 3, 4, & 5: Nyungwe National Park, Ethnographic Museum & King’s Palace
  • Days 6 & 7: Lake Kivu (Gisenyi)
  • Days 8, 9, & 10: Volcanoes National Park & Ibyiwacu Cultural Village
  • Days 11 & 12: Akagera National Park
  • Day 13: Akagera National Park
  • Day 14: Kigali
  • Day 15: Departure

15 Days Rwanda Safari: Highlights

Day 1: Arrive at Kigali International Airport & transfer to your hotel

Day 2: Visit Kigali Genocide Memorial Center & tour Kigali city

Day 3: Drive to Nyungwe Forest; visit the Ethnographic Museum and King’s Palace

Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking & canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest National Park

Day 5: Colobus monkey tracking and an afternoon tea estate tour

Day 6: Drive to Lake Kivu (Kibuye) for relaxation

Day 7: Boat cruise on Lake Kivu & relaxation; optional full-day kayaking

Day 8: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park & tour Musanze Caves

Day 9: Hike Mount Bisoke; optional Dian Fossey Tomb hike

Day 10: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park & relaxing

Day 11: Golden monkey tracking in Volcanoes NP; visit Ibyiwacu Cultural Village

Day 12: Travel to Akagera National Park; enjoy an evening game drive

Day 13: Full game drive in Akagera National Park & relaxation

Day 14: Boat cruise on Lake Ihema; return to Kigali

Day 15: Drop-off at the airport for flight departure

15 Days Rwanda Safari Tour: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kigali For Your 15 Days Rwanda Safari

Upon your arrival at Kigali International Airport, a representative from Prime Safaris & Tours Ltd will greet you and transfer you to your comfortable hotel in Kigali.

Kigali, renowned for its lush hillsides, flowering trees, winding roads, and bustling streets, stands out as one of Africa’s most captivating capitals. The city is celebrated for its cleanliness and safety, qualities often lacking in many major cities around the globe.

Residents participate in ‘Umuganda Day’ monthly, a day dedicated to communal cleaning. Spend the evening relaxing and enjoying dinner as you prepare for your city tour tomorrow.

Accommodation Options:

  • Luxury: Serena Hotel Kigali, Hotel Mille Collines, Radisson Blu
  • Midrange: Heaven Boutique Hotel, Hotel Chezlando

Meals: Dinner

Activities & Services:

  • Airport pick-up
  • Hotel transfer and relaxation

Day 2: Kigali Genocide Memorial and City Tour

Begin your day with a leisurely breakfast before visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial. Built on the burial site of 250,000 victims, the memorial offers a profound and educational experience, explaining the events of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi tribe.

Afterward, enjoy a drive through Kigali, exploring markets, art galleries, and craft centers. You might stop for coffee at the historic Hotel Mille Collines. Conclude the evening with dinner, gearing up for the upcoming adventure.

Highlight: Learning about Rwanda’s tragic history at the Kigali Genocide Memorial

Accommodation Options:

  • Luxury: Serena Hotel Kigali, Radisson Blu, Hotel Mille Collines
  • Midrange: Hotel Chezlando

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services:

  • Visit Kigali Genocide Memorial
  • Tour Kigali city

Day 3: Journey to Nyungwe National Park with Museum and Palace Visits

Enjoy an early breakfast before embarking on a scenic 5 to 6 hour drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park. En route, visit the Ethnographic Museum in Butare to learn about Rwanda’s cultural history and the King’s Palace in Nyanza, where you can meet royal cows and listen to traditional Amahamba songs.

After lunch, continue to Nyungwe Forest, a biodiverse rainforest. Spend the evening at your lodge, preparing for tomorrow’s chimpanzee trek.

Highlight: Exploring Rwanda’s rich cultural heritage

Accommodation Options:

  • Luxury: One & Only Nyungwe House, Nyungwe Forest Lodge
  • Midrange: Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel
  • Budget: Gisakura Guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Activities & Services:

  • Transfer to Nyungwe
  • Visit Ethnographic Museum and King’s Palace

Day 4: Chimpanzee Trekking and Canopy Walk

After an early breakfast, meet your local ranger guide at the park’s visitor center for a 2-hour trek to see chimpanzees in their natural habitat. Return to the lodge for lunch and later enjoy a canopy walk, offering unique views of wildlife in the forest canopy.

Highlight: Tracking wild chimpanzees on foot

Accommodation Options:

  • Luxury: One & Only Nyungwe House, Nyungwe Forest Lodge
  • Midrange: Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel
  • Budget: Gisakura Guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services:

  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Canopy walk

Day 5: Colobus Monkey Tracking and Tea Estate Tour

Start your day with an early breakfast and head to the visitor center for a gentle trek to see Colobus monkeys. These primates form large super-groups unique to Nyungwe. In the afternoon, visit a tea estate to learn about tea cultivation and processing.

Highlight: Observing Colobus Monkeys

Accommodation Options:

  • Luxury: Nyungwe Forest Lodge, One & Only Nyungwe House
  • Midrange: Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel
  • Budget: Gisakura Guesthouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services:

  • Colobus monkey tracking
  • Tea estate tour

Day 6: Transfer to Lake Kivu

After a leisurely breakfast, drive 3 to 4 hours to Lake Kivu, passing through scenic hills and villages. Arrive in Kibuye, a serene town on the lake’s shore. Spend the afternoon relaxing by the lake, taking a sunset boat cruise, or joining a night fishing adventure.

Highlight: Relaxing by Lake Kivu

Accommodation:

  • Midrange: Cormoran Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services:

  • Transfer to Lake Kivu
  • Relaxation by the lake

Optional Activities:

  • Boat trip on Lake Kivu
  • Night fishing

Day 7: Lake Kivu Boat Cruise and Relaxation

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast before a boat excursion on Lake Kivu. Explore islands like Napoleon Island, known for its fruit bats, and Amahoro Island, popular for its seasonal sundowner bar. Optional activities include swimming, kayaking, or waterskiing.

Highlight: Boat cruise on Lake Kivu

Accommodation: Midrange: Cormoran Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services: Boat excursion on Lake Kivu

Day 8: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park and Musanze Caves

After breakfast, drive 4 hours to Volcanoes National Park, stopping for lunch in Gisenyi. Upon arrival, explore the Musanze Caves, created by ancient volcanic activity. Learn about the geological history of the region.

Highlight: Exploring Musanze Caves

Accommodation Options:

  • Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Bisate Lodge, Virunga Lodge
  • Midrange: Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge
  • Budget: Muhabura Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Activities & Services:

  • Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
  • Visit Musanze Caves

Day 9: Hike Mount Bisoke in Volcanoes National Park

Spend your ninth day hiking the majestic Mount Bisoke, standing at 3,711 meters. This popular day hike in Volcanoes National Park features a stunning crater lake at the summit and offers breathtaking views of the Virunga Mountains. Encounter rare plant life, birds, gorillas, golden monkeys, and other wildlife. The hike takes 6–8 hours round trip and requires reasonable fitness.

Highlight of the Day: Hiking a volcano

Accommodation Options:

  • Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Bisate Lodge, Virunga Lodge
  • Midrange: Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge
  • Budget: Muhabura Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services: Volcano hiking

Optional Activity: 4-hour Dian Fossey Tomb hike

Day 10: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Begin your day with an early breakfast before transferring to the park headquarters for a briefing by local park ranger guides. The Rwanda gorilla trekking experience can take from 30 minutes to 7 hours, leading you through beautiful forests. Encounter golden monkeys, birds, and other forest creatures. Spend an hour observing the gorillas in their natural habitat, learning about their behavior, and taking photos. Return to your lodge for relaxation and dinner.

Highlight of the Day: Encountering mountain gorillas

Accommodation Options:

  • Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Bisate Lodge, Virunga Lodge
  • Midrange: Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge
  • Budget: Muhabura Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services: Gorilla trekking

Day 11: Golden Monkey Tracking and Ibyiwacu Cultural Village Visit

After breakfast, head to the park headquarters for a golden monkey tracking experience. These lively and endangered creatures are a delight to watch. The trek takes up to 3 hours, after which you can spend an hour observing the monkeys. In the afternoon, visit Ibyiwacu Cultural Village for an immersive experience in traditional Rwandan life, including hunting skills, traditional dance, music, architecture, food preparation, weaving, and more. Return to your lodge for dinner and relaxation.

Highlight of the Day: Tracking endangered golden monkeys

Accommodation Options:

  • Luxury: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Bisate Lodge, Virunga Lodge
  • Midrange: Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge
  • Budget: Muhabura Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services: Golden monkey tracking, cultural village visit

Day 12: Travel to Akagera National Park and Enjoy a Game Drive

Start your day with a relaxed breakfast and a visit to the colorful shops of Musanze before embarking on a 4.5-hour drive to Akagera National Park. This park, Rwanda’s largest, features the Big Five and almost 500 bird species. After checking in at your lodge and having lunch, enjoy a 3-hour game drive in the evening.

Highlight of the Day: Game drive in Akagera

Accommodation Options:

  • Luxury: Ruzizi Tented Lodge, Magashi Camp
  • Midrange: Akagera Game Lodge
  • Budget: Dereva Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive Distance & Time: Approx. 251 km / 4-5 hours

Activities & Services: Transfer to Akagera, game drive

Optional Activities: Night game drive, sunset boat cruise

Day 13: Full Game Drive in Akagera National Park

After an early breakfast, embark on a full 6-hour game drive to spot the Big Five: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino. Watch for hippos, crocodiles, zebras, giraffes, and numerous bird species. Return to your lodge for leisure time in the afternoon.

Highlight of the Day: Morning game drive

Accommodation Options:

  • Luxury: Ruzizi Tented Lodge, Magashi Camp
  • Midrange: Akagera Game Lodge
  • Budget: Dereva Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities & Services: Full game drive in Akagera

Day 14: Boat Cruise on Lake Ihema and Return to Kigali

On day fourteen, enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Ihema for a final game viewing experience. Spot crocodiles, hippos, water birds, and potentially elephants and buffalo near the shoreline. In the late afternoon, travel back to Kigali for your final night.

Highlight of the Day: Boat cruise on Lake Ihema

Accommodation Options:

  • Luxury: Hotel Mille Collines
  • Midrange: Hotel Chezlando

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive Distance & Time: Approx. 131 km / 2.5 hours

Activities & Services: Boat cruise, transfer to Kigali

Day 15: Departure

After a relaxed breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight, concluding your unforgettable 15-day Rwanda safari tour.

Meals: Breakfast

Activities & Services: Airport transfer

End of the 15 Days Rwanda Safari

 

 

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