5 Days Virunga Gorillas and Akagera Wildlife safari

5 Days Virunga Gorillas and Akagera Wildlife safari is one of the short combined Rwanda and Congo safari taking you on a thrilling adventure taking you on an encounter with the endangered mountain gorillas in Virunga national park in Democratic Republic of Congo and then explore Akagera national park  the only savanna park in Rwanda where you will encounter with the African big 5 game alongside other small mammals on a game drive and boot cruise and sum up your 5 days Virunga Gorillas and Akagera Wildlife safari with an excursion on Lake Kivu. This 5 days Virunga Gorillas and Akagera Wildlife safari starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda. 

Highlights of 5 days Virunga Gorillas and Akagera Wildlife safari

  • Day 1: Drive from Kigali to Akagera national park for an afternoon boat cruise
  • Day 2: Game drive and drive back to Kigali
  • Day 3: Transfer to Virunga national park 
  • Day 4: Mountain gorilla trekking and drive to Lake Kivu in Gisenyi
  • Day 5: Half day excursion on Lake Kivu and return to Kigali for departures

Detailed Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Kigali to Akagera national park for an afternoon boat cruise

Drive to national park: On day 1 of 5 days Virunga Gorillas and Akagera Wildlife safari, you will be met and picked up from your location in Kigali city by our company representative who will then drive you to Akagera national park as he briefs on your 5 days excursion in Rwanda and Congo. Expect to get to the park in time for lunch then proceed to check in your lodge for lunch and embark on afternoon boat cruise along Lake Ihema. Afternoon boat cruise rewards you with lots of attractions to see ranging from enjoy a cool breath of the water to watching plenty of fauna and stunning flora species. Return to your lodge later on for dinner and overnight sleep.

Meal plan: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Game drive and drive back to Kigali

Game drive and drive back to Kigali: Enjoy an early breakfast on day 2 of 5 days Virunga Gorillas and Akagera Wildlife safari or else you may start your day with an early morning game drive then return to your lodge for breakfast and head out for yet an afternoon game drive. Whichever, you will be able to encounter big 5 African game and other wildlife that thrill in the park. After game drive, you will return to your lodge for lunch then checkout of the lodge and be driven back to Kigali for an evening city tour and overnight.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Transfer to Virunga national park 

Transfer to Virunga national park: An early breakfast will be served to you on day 3 of 5 days Virunga Gorillas and Akagera Wildlife safari then meet your safari driver once again for a transfer to Virunga national park one of the most visited destination in Democratic Republic of Congo. You will pass via Goma where you will check in at and be cleared at Grande Barrier to obtain Congo Visa and head to virunga park management to get your gorilla permit and finally meet the convoy for a drive to your lodge for check in and lunch. You may enjoy an even visit to Senkwekwe gorilla orphanage in case you are residing at Mikeno lodge or have a guided evening walk.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner

Day 4: Mountain gorilla trekking and drive to Lake Kivu in Gisenyi

Gorilla trekking in Virunga national park: Day 4 of 5 days Virunga Gorillas and Akagera Wildlife safari is fascinating day where you will encounter with the mountain gorillas. Well, after breakfast, pack enough snacks and drinking water then be driven to Bukima police post for where you will meet other trekkers ready for a pre gorilla trekking briefing. You will get to listen to the rangers as they explain to you the dos and don’ts during gorilla trekking, the possible encounters and many other things you ought to know before penetrating the wild to trek the endangered mountain gorillas. After briefing, you will start the walk into the forest to search for the habituated gorillas via different trails until you finally land on them. Spend an hour with these gorillas in close vicinity taking photographs and later on exit the forest back to your lodge for lunch. After enjoying lunch, check out of the lodge and be driven back to Goma where you will obtain a Rwanda visa as soon as you cross over into Gisenyi. Be driven to Lake Kivu for a relaxed evening, dinner and overnight.

5 Days Virunga Gorillas and Akagera Wildlife safari
5 Days Virunga Gorillas and Akagera Wildlife safari

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Half day excursion on Lake Kivu and return to Kigali for departures

Half day excursion on Lake Kivu and return to Kigali for departures: On this last day of 5 days Virunga gorillas and Akagera wildlife safari, you will arise from your bed on a cup of coffee for breakfast then return to Lake Kivu for a half day adventure. Enjoy a walk along the lake shore while watching several bird species, mammals and many more. You may as well enjoy swimming on this stunning Lake Kivu while overlooking Mount Nyiragongo the most active volcano in Virunga national park birding and many more. Return to your lodge in time for lunch and after lunch check out of the lodge and meet your safari driver to be driven back to Kigali for an evening or night flight back home or to the next destination depending on your travel plan.

Meal plan: breakfast and lunch

END OF 5 DAYS VIRUNGA GORILLAS AND AKAGERA WILDLIFE SAFARI

Inclusive in 5 days Virunga Gorillas and Akagera Wildlife safari

  • Pick up and drop off in Kigali
  • A 4×4 safari vehicle with fuel
  • An English/ French speaking guide
  • Congo gorilla trekking permit
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Accommodation for 4 nights
  • Enough drinking water
  • All inclusive activity 

Exclusive on this 5 days Virunga Gorillas and Akagera Wildlife safari

  • International travel visa and air ticket
  • Congo visa
  • Rwanda visa
  • Tips
  • Rangers
  • Additional accommodation
  • Additional activities
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