8 Days Rwanda culture and Gorilla safari

On this 8 days Rwanda cultural and gorilla safari experience the authentic Rwandan culture and heritage coupled with the amazing gorilla trekking experience. The drive to the countryside of Rwanda will grant you beautiful views of the Rwandan landscape the land of a thousand hills. You will visit Akagera national park and thereafter a pastoral cultural home to engage in activities surrounding the cow.

Details Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival for a cultural experience of Rwanda

On arrival, you will be welcomed by our driver guide from the airport. If your flight is early morning, you will take a Kigali city tour before traveling to Akagera national park.  If in the late afternoon, you will overnight in Kigali.

Meal plan – Dinner

Accommodation:  Up market Kigali Radisson Blue, Mid-range – Heaven Boutique Hotel, Budget – Yambi Hostel

Day 2: Game drive in Akagera national park

We shall start with a morning game drive in the northern part of the park where we look out for some of the large mammals in this area. They include Elephants, Giraffes, Zebras, Buffaloes and the recently re-introduce lions. There was human wildlife conflict in this area which was solved by fencing one side of the park near communities.

In the afternoon, we shall do a boat ride on Lake Ihema or you can choose to relax at the lodge. We will overnight in the park eager to experience the community the next day.

Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Up market – Magashi Camp, Midrange –Ruzizi tented camp, Mid-range – Akagera game lodge

Day 3: Visit a homestead for a Rwandan cultural experience

Eastern Rwanda is relatively flatter than most of the country and preferred by the pastoralists. We will visit a homestead of cattle keepers and engage in the different activities. We start early morning with milking cows with hands as opposed to machines. The herdsman will guide you on how to soothe the cow and milk it. After the session, you set the cows for the days grazing. You also have lessons on how milk is converted traditionally into different products like ghee and yoghurt.

Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation – Local Homestead or Guesthouse in the vicinity

Day 4: Transfer to Volcanoes national park

After breakfast, we relieve the cultural experiences in the homestead and transfer to the volcanoes national park. The park is located in northern Rwanda about 2 hours from Kigali. You have several photography opportunities as you travel north to the volcanoes. We will arrive to the lodge later that evening ready for the gorilla hike the next day.

Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation:  Up market – Five Volcanoes, Mid-range – Le Bambou gorilla lodge, Budget – Garden palace Hotel

Day 5: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park

Have an early breakfast and transfer to the gorilla briefings area at the park headquarters in Kinigi. After briefing, you will be given a gorilla family and allocated a ranger guide to lead your group in the forest. Your driver guide will advise on whether you need to drive abit before you start on the trail head to the jungles of the Virunga Volcano.

This experience in the wild is like no other and  one you will remember the rest of your life when you come face to face with  a mountain gorilla family. You can only spend one hour  locating them after which you start the trek back.

Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Gorilla Guardians Village

Today we will transfer to the gorilla guardians village which was formerly known as Iby’iwacu cultural village. Part of the day will be spent here learning about how the Rwandan people lived in their community traditionally which is climaxed by experience of having a King and Queen. Enjoy a traditional dance performed by the group, and learn about how they made traditional beer and local cuisines.

The other part of the day will be spent in the community where you will visit a village home and be part of their daily life. You will prepare a meal together with them and after enjoy eating this same meal.

Day 7: Lake Kivu – Fishing Village tour

After a relaxed breakfast, we transfer to Gisenyi on the shores of Lake Kivu for relaxation and activities on the lake. Lake Kivu is a beautiful lake bordered between Rwanda and Congo in western Rwanda. On the menu today is taking a boat ride to the Napoleon Island, take a visit to the hot springs or simply relax at the beach or by your hotel.

You can also spend time exploring the Gisenyi area especially the fishing village. You learn and participate in the traditional fishing methods and fish preservation by the fishermen plying the waters of Lake Kivu.

Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Up market – Lake Kivu, Serena, Mid-range – Inzonzi lodge, Budget – Paradise Malahide

Day 8: End of the Rwanda Cultural Experience Safari

We hope it’s been worthwhile exploring Rwandan cultural heritage and community experiences with an addition of game drive and mountain gorillas in Rwanda.  After a late breakfast, we shall transfer to your hotel in Kigali or the airport for your flight back home.

Tour includes:

  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • Community experiences
  • Ground transport per 4WD
  • Bottled water
  • Full board accommodation
  • Park entrance fees
  • Boat trips
  • Game drive
  • Service of an English-speaking driver guide
  • All mentioned activities except for the optional ones

Tour Excludes

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