8-Day Rwanda Wildlife and Birding Adventure

8 Days

Trip Facts

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


Embark on an unforgettable 8-day adventure into the heart of Rwanda’s wilderness, where every moment promises to be as enchanting as the next. From the bustling city of Kigali to the untamed landscapes of Akagera National Park and the ancient rainforests of Nyungwe, this journey is a tapestry of natural beauty and wildlife wonders.

Your expedition begins with a warm welcome in Kigali, where you’ll be immersed in the rich culture and history of Rwanda. As you venture into Akagera National Park, the savannah plains come alive with the sights and sounds of Africa’s iconic wildlife. Elephants, giraffes, and antelopes roam freely, creating a mesmerizing spectacle against the backdrop of the park’s scenic landscapes.

Nyungwe Forest National Park beckons with its ancient canopy, home to over 300 bird species and primates like chimpanzees and colobus monkeys. Here, you’ll trek through lush rainforest trails, discovering a world teeming with life and natural wonder. The Nyungwe Canopy Walk offers a bird’s-eye view of this pristine ecosystem, revealing a tapestry of greenery that stretches as far as the eye can see.

Throughout your journey, you’ll be treated to luxurious accommodations that blend seamlessly with the surrounding environment, providing a comfortable retreat after each day’s adventure. As you bid farewell to Rwanda, you’ll carry with you memories of breathtaking landscapes, thrilling wildlife encounters, and the warm hospitality of the Rwandan people. This 8-day expedition is more than a journey—it’s a soul-stirring experience that will stay with you long after you’ve left the land of a thousand hills.

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Trip Highlights

  • Experience thrilling game drives in Akagera National Park, home to diverse wildlife including elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, and predators like lions and leopards.
  • Explore Nyungwe Forest National Park, one of Africa's oldest rainforests, and discover its rich birdlife with over 300 bird species, including Albertine Rift endemics.
  • Embark on a chimpanzee tracking adventure in Nyungwe Forest and observe these fascinating primates in their natural habitat.
  • Enjoy a canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest, offering breathtaking views of the forest canopy and excellent birdwatching opportunities.
  • Immerse yourself in Rwandan culture with visits to local communities, art galleries, or cultural centers.
  • Experience the warmth and hospitality of the Rwandan people throughout your journey.


Upon your arrival at Kigali International Airport, a representative from Likana Safari Uganda will greet you and facilitate your transfer to your accommodation in Kigali. You’ll have the remainder of the day to relax after your journey, or you can explore some of Kigali’s attractions, such as the Genocide Memorial Center or local markets. Overnight stay in Kigali.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, you’ll embark on a scenic drive to Akagera National Park, located in the eastern part of Rwanda. En route, enjoy the beautiful landscapes and rural scenery. Upon arrival, check-in at your lodge and have lunch. In the afternoon, set out for a game drive in the park, where you’ll have the opportunity to spot various wildlife species including elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, antelopes, and numerous bird species. Dinner and overnight stay at your lodge in Akagera.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is dedicated to exploring the diverse habitats of Akagera National Park. After breakfast, embark on a full-day game drive, traversing the savannah plains, woodlands, lakes, and marshlands of the park. Keep your binoculars ready as you search for wildlife, including predators like lions and leopards, as well as an abundance of birdlife. Enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the wilderness before continuing your wildlife expedition. Return to the lodge in the evening for dinner and relaxation.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Start your day with an early morning birdwatching session in Akagera National Park. Join experienced guides as you explore the park’s diverse habitats, including lakeshores, wetlands, and woodlands, which are home to a rich variety of bird species. Akagera is known for its impressive birdlife, with over 500 species recorded, including waterbirds, raptors, and migratory birds. After birdwatching, return to the lodge for breakfast and spend the rest of the morning at leisure. In the afternoon, you can opt for another game drive or relax at the lodge. Dinner and overnight stay at your lodge.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, bid farewell to Akagera National Park and embark on a scenic drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park in southwestern Rwanda. Enjoy the picturesque landscapes along the way as you journey to one of Africa’s oldest rainforests. Upon arrival, check-in at your lodge and have lunch. In the afternoon, you can explore the nearby surroundings or relax at the lodge. Dinner and overnight stay near Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, immerse yourself in the birdwatching paradise of Nyungwe Forest National Park. After breakfast, embark on a birding excursion with expert guides, exploring the forest trails in search of Nyungwe’s numerous bird species. Nyungwe is home to over 300 bird species, including Albertine Rift endemics and colorful forest birds. Enjoy a packed lunch in the forest before continuing your birding adventure. In the afternoon, experience the thrill of walking above the forest canopy on the Nyungwe Canopy Walk, offering breathtaking views and excellent birdwatching opportunities. Return to the lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight stay.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early in the morning, head to the park headquarters for a briefing before embarking on a chimpanzee tracking expedition in Nyungwe Forest. Accompanied by experienced guides, trek through the dense rainforest in search of chimpanzee troops. Along the way, you may also encounter other primates such as colobus monkeys and mangabeys. Spend an hour observing and photographing the chimpanzees in their natural habitat before returning to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, you can relax at the lodge or explore the surrounding area. Dinner and overnight stay at your lodge.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, check out of your lodge and embark on the journey back to Kigali. Depending on your departure time, you may have the opportunity to visit some of Kigali’s attractions or do some last-minute souvenir shopping. You’ll be transferred to Kigali International Airport for your departure flight or onward travel arrangements, marking the end of your unforgettable Rwanda wildlife and birding adventure.



  • 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 safari?

It’s recommended to pack lightweight and breathable clothing in neutral colors for wildlife viewing. Comfortable hiking shoes, a hat, sunscreen,  and a reusable water bottle are also essential. Don’t forget your camera and binoculars for wildlife sightings.

Do I need a visa to visit Rwanda?

Yes, most visitors to Rwanda require a visa. You can obtain a visa upon arrival at Kigali International Airport or apply for an e-visa before your trip. Make sure to check the latest visa requirements and regulations before you travel.

What is the best time to visit Rwanda for this safari?

The best time to visit Rwanda for this safari is during the dry seasons, which are from June to September and December to February. During these times, the weather is more favorable for wildlife viewing and outdoor activities.

What is the altitude like in Rwanda, and will it affect me?

Rwanda’s altitude varies, but most of the safari destinations are at moderate altitudes that should not cause significant issues for most travelers. However, if you have any concerns or medical conditions, it’s best to consult with your healthcare provider before your trip.

Are there any cultural or etiquette guidelines I should be aware of in Rwanda?

Yes, it’s important to respect the local customs and traditions. Dress modestly, especially when visiting cultural or religious sites. Always ask for permission before taking photos of people, and greet locals with a friendly “Mwaramutse” (good morning) or “Mwiriwe” (good afternoon).

What is the food like in Rwanda, and are there vegetarian/vegan options available?

Rwandan cuisine is largely based on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Vegetarian and vegan options are available, especially in tourist areas and larger cities. However, you can inform our customer support team of any dietary adjustments you may need during your trip.

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

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.

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

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8-Day Rwanda Wildlife and Birding Adventure
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