5-Day Gorilla and Savannah Safari: Rwanda Gorillas and Akagera National Park

5 Days

Trip Facts

  • Landcruiser, Minivans
  • 5-50
  • Moderate
  • Hotels, lodges
  • June-Sept, Dec-Feb
  • Fully Guided
  • Instant Booking
  • 15-99 yrs
  • Private & Group


Embark on a mesmerizing 5-day journey through Rwanda’s natural wonders with our Gorilla and Savannah Safari. Your adventure begins with a warm welcome in Kigali, where you’ll be immersed in the vibrant culture of Rwanda. Prepare to be captivated as you journey to Volcanoes National Park, home to the iconic mountain gorillas. Here, you’ll trek through lush forests, guided by experienced trackers, to witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

Your expedition continues to Akagera National Park, where vast savannahs and wetlands teem with diverse wildlife. Embark on thrilling game drives, encountering elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, and an array of bird species. As the sun sets over the savannah, relax in comfortable lodges, nestled amidst the natural beauty of Rwanda.

Throughout your safari, immerse yourself in the local culture, with opportunities to visit communities and markets, gaining insight into Rwanda’s rich heritage. With each day offering new adventures and unforgettable experiences, this safari promises to be a journey of discovery and wonder. Join us for a truly unforgettable Gorilla and Savannah Safari, where the beauty of Rwanda’s landscapes and wildlife will leave you in awe.

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Trip Highlights

  • Experience the thrill of gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park
  • Enjoy stunning scenery along the drive from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park
  • Encounter diverse wildlife, including elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, and antelopes
  • Enjoy picturesque drives through Rwanda's stunning countryside, offering breathtaking views of rolling hills, rural villages, and diverse landscapes.
  • Immerse yourself in Rwandan culture with optional visits to local communities, cultural sites, and markets, gaining insight into the country's rich heritage and traditions.
  • Relax and unwind in comfortable lodges situated near the national parks, providing a peaceful retreat after adventurous days of wildlife encounters.
  • Benefit from the expertise of experienced guides and trackers who will enhance your safari experience with their knowledge of the local wildlife and ecosystems.
  • Capture memorable moments of wildlife and landscapes with ample opportunities for photography throughout the safari.
  • Receive a certificate to commemorate your gorilla trekking experience


Upon your arrival at Kigali International Airport, a representative from Likana Safari Uganda will warmly welcome you and assist with your transfer to your accommodation in Kigali. Depending on your arrival time, you may have the opportunity to explore Kigali, visit local markets, or relax at your hotel. Overnight stay in Kigali, preparing for your exciting safari adventure.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Volcanoes National Park, home to the renowned mountain gorillas. Upon arrival, check-in at your lodge and enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll have the option to explore the surrounding area or participate in optional activities such as visiting nearby communities or cultural experiences. Dinner and overnight stay at your lodge near Volcanoes National Park

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early in the morning, head to the park headquarters for a briefing on gorilla trekking guidelines and safety precautions. With the guidance of experienced trackers, embark on an exhilarating gorilla trekking adventure in the dense rainforest of Volcanoes National Park. Trek through the lush vegetation, listening for the sounds of gorillas and following their trail. Upon encountering a gorilla family, spend a magical hour observing these gentle giants in their natural habitat, an experience that will leave a lasting impression. After the trek, return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. In the afternoon, you may opt to participate in additional activities or simply unwind at the lodge. Dinner and overnight stay at your lodge.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, bid farewell to Volcanoes National Park and embark on a scenic drive to Akagera National Park, located in the eastern part of Rwanda. Upon arrival, check-in at your lodge and enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, embark on your first game drive in Akagera National Park, exploring the diverse landscapes and abundant wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, and a variety of bird species as you traverse the savannah plains and woodlands. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rise early for a morning game drive in Akagera National Park, offering excellent opportunities for wildlife sightings and photography. Explore different areas of the park, including lakes, marshlands, and grassy plains, each providing unique habitats for a variety of animals and birds. After the game drive, return to the lodge for breakfast and check-out. Bid farewell to Akagera National Park as you embark on a scenic drive back to Kigali. Upon arrival in Kigali, you’ll be transferred to Kigali International Airport for your departure flight or onward travel arrangements, marking the end of your unforgettable gorilla and savannah safari in Rwanda.



  • Accommodation: Hotels, lodge or tented camp, (depending on package)
  • All Meals as per Itinerary
  • Transportation: Airport transfers, transfers between destinations
  • Professional safari driver/tour guide
  • Bottled water during activities
  • All park entrance fees and taxes


  • International airfare
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional meals and drinks not specified (available to purchase)
  • Optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary (available to purchase)


Can I see mountain gorillas in Akagera National Park?

No, mountain gorillas are only found in Volcanoes National Park. Akagera National Park is known for its savannah wildlife such as elephants, giraffes, and antelopes.

What is the best time of year to visit Rwanda for gorilla trekking?

The best time to visit Rwanda for gorilla trekking is during the dry seasons, from June to September and December to February. These months offer more stable weather conditions and easier trekking conditions.

Are there any age restrictions for gorilla trekking?

Yes, gorilla trekking in Rwanda is only open to individuals aged 15 and above. This restriction is in place to ensure the safety of both the trekkers and the gorillas and to ensure that trekkers possess the physical stamina necessary to navigate challenging terrain and cope with the often-unpredictable conditions of the rainforest.

What is the currency in Rwanda, and should I bring cash or use credit cards?

The currency in Rwanda is the Rwandan Franc (RWF). While credit cards are accepted at some hotels, restaurants, and major stores in Kigali, it’s advisable to carry some cash (in local currency) for smaller purchases and transactions in more remote areas. ATMs are also available in major cities for cash withdrawals.

Are there any cultural considerations I should be aware of during the safari?

Rwanda has a rich cultural heritage, and it’s important to respect local customs and traditions. Dress modestly, especially when visiting local communities or cultural sites, and ask for permission before taking photographs of people.

What type of accommodations are available during the safari?

Accommodation options during the safari range from luxury lodges and tented camps to mid-range and budget options. These accommodations offer varying levels of comfort and amenities, but all provide a unique and immersive experience in the heart of Rwanda’s natural beauty.

Can I extend my stay in Rwanda after the safari?

Yes, you can extend your stay in Rwanda after the safari. There are many other attractions in Rwanda, such as Nyungwe Forest National Park, Lake Kivu and the vibrant city of Kigali, that you can explore. Our customer support team can help arrange any additional trips or activities.

Can I customize the safari?

Yes, you can customize the safari according to your preferences. Whether you want to add extra activities, extend your stay, or tailor the itinerary to suit your interests, our Likana customer support team will work with you to create a personalized safari experience.

Are there any health precautions I should take before gorilla trekking?

It is recommended to consult with your healthcare provider before traveling to Rwanda. Additionally, all trekkers are required to undergo a health screening before embarking on the trek to ensure they are not carrying any contagious diseases.

What should I pack for the gorilla trek?

It is recommended to pack comfortable and lightweight clothing, sturdy hiking boots, a rain jacket, sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water. Binoculars and a camera are also essential for capturing the incredible moments during the trek.

How difficult is the gorilla trek?

The difficulty of the trek can vary depending on the location of the gorilla group you are tracking. Some treks may be more challenging than others, but the park rangers will do their best to match you with a gorilla group that suits your fitness level.

Can I wear perfume or other scented products during the gorilla trek?

No, it is recommended to avoid wearing perfume or other scented products, as they can disturb the gorillas and interfere with the natural behavior of the animals.

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5-Day Gorilla and Savannah Safari: Rwanda Gorillas and Akagera National Park
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