8-Day Rwanda Expedition: Gorillas and Wildlife Safari

8 Days

Trip Facts

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


Embark on an unforgettable 8-day expedition through Rwanda, where stunning landscapes and incredible wildlife encounters await. Begin your journey in Kigali, a city brimming with culture and history. Explore its vibrant markets, museums, and landmarks, gaining insight into Rwanda’s rich heritage.

Next, venture into the wild heart of Rwanda with a visit to Akagera National Park. Here, embark on thrilling game drives, seeking out elephants, giraffes, and other iconic African wildlife amidst the park’s diverse habitats.

Continue your adventure to Volcanoes National Park, a haven for endangered mountain gorillas. Trek through lush forests, guided by experienced trackers, to encounter these majestic creatures up close, a truly humbling experience that will stay with you forever.

Delve deeper into the park’s biodiversity with a trek to observe the playful golden monkeys, adding another dimension to your wildlife encounters.

Immerse yourself in Rwandan culture with visits to local communities, where you’ll learn about traditional customs and crafts, and enjoy captivating performances of music and dance.

As your journey nears its end, unwind on the shores of Lake Kivu, Rwanda’s largest lake. Relax on sandy beaches, take in the stunning views, and partake in water activities like kayaking or boat cruises.

Throughout your expedition, savor delicious Rwandan cuisine, from hearty stews to fresh fruits, complemented by warm hospitality and friendly smiles.

Your 8-day Rwanda expedition promises to be a breathtaking blend of wildlife adventures, cultural immersion, and natural beauty, creating memories to last a lifetime.

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Trip Highlights

  • Witness the vibrant culture and history of Kigali, Rwanda's capital city.
  • Explore the diverse landscapes and wildlife of Akagera National Park on thrilling game drives.
  • Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Volcanoes National Park and embark on a life-changing gorilla trekking adventure.
  • Encounter the playful golden monkeys in their natural habitat.
  • Immerse yourself in Rwandan culture with visits to local communities and cultural centers.
  • Relax and unwind on the shores of Lake Kivu, enjoying the stunning views and optional water activities.
  • Enjoy delicious Rwandan cuisine and traditional performances throughout your journey.
  • Receive a certificate to commemorate your gorilla trekking experience


Upon your arrival at Kigali International Airport, you’ll be warmly welcomed by a representative from Likana Safari Uganda and transferred 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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Akagera National Park, located in the eastern part of Rwanda. As you journey through the countryside, enjoy the picturesque landscapes and rural villages. 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 habitats and searching for wildlife such as elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, and a variety of bird species. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rise early for a full day of wildlife exploration in Akagera National Park. After breakfast, embark on morning and afternoon game drives, maximizing your chances of encountering a wide array of animals and birds. Explore different areas of the park, including savannah plains, woodlands, lakes, and marshlands, each offering unique wildlife sightings and breathtaking scenery. Enjoy picnic lunches amidst the wilderness, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the safari experience. After an exciting day of wildlife encounters, return to the lodge for dinner and another peaceful night’s rest.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, bid farewell to Akagera National Park and embark on a scenic drive to Volcanoes National Park, home to the endangered mountain gorillas. Upon arrival, check-in at your lodge and enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, you may choose to relax at the lodge or explore the surrounding area. Overnight stay near Volcanoes National Park.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today marks the highlight of your expedition as you embark on an unforgettable gorilla trekking adventure in Volcanoes National Park. After an early breakfast, head to the park headquarters for a briefing before venturing into the forest with experienced guides. Trek through the lush vegetation in search of mountain gorillas, encountering other wildlife and bird species along the way. Spend a magical hour observing and photographing a gorilla family in their natural habitat. After the trek, return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. In the afternoon, you may choose to participate in optional activities or simply unwind at the lodge. Overnight stay near Volcanoes National Park.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, embark on a golden monkey trek in Volcanoes National Park, offering another unique wildlife encounter. Marvel at the playful antics of these endangered primates as you observe them in their natural environment. After the trek, enjoy lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, immerse yourself in Rwandan culture with visits to local communities, art galleries, or cultural centers. Enjoy a traditional Rwandan dinner accompanied by cultural performances. Overnight stay near Volcanoes National Park.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, depart for Lake Kivu, one of Africa’s Great Lakes and Rwanda’s largest lake. Enjoy a scenic drive to the lakeside town of Gisenyi, where you can relax on the sandy beaches, take a boat cruise on the lake, or explore the vibrant local markets. Optional activities include kayaking, swimming, or visiting nearby hot springs. Enjoy a delicious lunch overlooking the lake before returning to your accommodation. Overnight stay near Lake Kivu.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, check out of your accommodation and transfer back to Kigali. Depending on your departure time, you may have the opportunity to do some last-minute shopping or sightseeing in Kigali. You’ll be transferred to Kigali International Airport for your departure flight or onward travel arrangements, marking the end of your unforgettable Rwanda expedition.



  • 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)


What should I pack for this expedition?

It is recommended to pack lightweight, breathable clothing, sturdy hiking boots, a rain jacket,  sunscreen, a hat, and binoculars for wildlife viewing. Additionally, a good camera is essential for capturing the stunning landscapes and wildlife.

Is travel insurance necessary for this trip?

Yes, travel insurance is highly recommended for this expedition. It should include coverage for medical expenses, lost luggage, and evacuation in case of emergencies.

How physically demanding are the gorilla trekking and golden monkey trekking activities?

Both activities require a good physical level of fitness. The treks involve hiking through uneven terrain and dense forests, and the altitude can also be a factor. However, porters are available to assist with carrying equipment, and the pace is set by the group.

What is the best time of year to visit Rwanda for this expedition?

The best time to visit Rwanda for this expedition is during the dry seasons, which are from June to September and from December to February. These months offer optimal weather conditions for wildlife viewing and trekking.

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.

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 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.

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, Volcanoes National Park, and the vibrant city of Kigali, that you can explore. Our customer support team can help arrange any additional trips or activities.

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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8-Day Rwanda Expedition: Gorillas and Wildlife Safari
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