The 9 days Rwanda grand tour allows you explore all that Rwanda has to offer to tourists. You will first of all have a city tour in Kigali, proceed for primate tracking and birding in Nyungwe National park, connect to Parc National des Virunga for Mountain Gorilla tracking and end with a big game viewing drive in Akagera National Park. The tour starts and ends in Kigali.


  • Trip Summary

    Day 1: Arrival at Kigali Airport. Take a Kigali City Tour through the different Genocide Memorial Sites, Curio shops and Kimironko fruits market.

    Day 2: Hiking and Trekking along the colobus Trails in Nyungwe Forest.

    Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking in Nyungwe Forest. Connect to Kibuye in the afternoon.

    Day 4: Leave Kibuye for Kinigi via Gisenyi and Ruhengeri.

    Day 5: Gorilla Tracking in PNV. Visit the twin lakes of Bulera and Rubondo.

    Day 6: Day Hike to the Volcanic Mount Bisoke

    Day 7: Drive to Akagera National Park. Take a boat ride along Lake Iheema.

    Day 8: Big Game Drive in Akagera National Park.

    Day 9: Connect to Kigali, do some shopping & later transfer to the airport.


  • Trip Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrival – Kigali City Tour
    Upon arrival at Kigali international airport, our tour guide will welcome and take you for a briefing in the Hotel. Proceed for Kigali city tour, where you will visit the Genocide Memorial Museum, curio markets and the Kimironko fruits markets where you have a chance to meet the local people and choose your fruit basket.

    The city tour will also include the old town of Nyamirambo, the new handicraft village and other shops, the Batwa pottery and dance centre and the Gisozi Genocide Memorial. Lunch encountered enroute. The City tour takes a couple of hours and so interesting. Thereafter, proceed to Nyungwe National park, check-in at Nyungwe forest lodge.

    Day 2: Hiking and trekking Colobus trails: Nyungwe forest N.P
    Enter Nyungwe forest after breakfast to track the Nyungwe Colobus monkeys. A walk in the forest is a whole learning experience conducted by knowledgeable tour-guides well versed in botany, ornithology and interspecies relationship in this forest. There after, return to your lodge for lunch. Dinner and overnight Nyungwe forest lodge.

    Day 3: Chimp trekking in Nyungwe forest & Kibuye City
    After a cup of coffee, enter Nyungwe forest (0600hrs) to track the chimpanzees; return to the lodge for lunch, thereafter, connect to Kibuye for dinner and overnight in Kibuye Guest house or Hotel Centre Bethanie.

    Day 4: Kibuye-Gisenyi-Ruhengeri & Kinigi (PNV)
    After early break fast, proceed to Kinigi (Volcanoes National Park Head quarters) from Kibuye via Gisenyi and Ruhengeri. This is a 6hrs drive (213Km). The Kibuye-Gisenyi drive traverses the most beautiful sceneries, providing spectacular views of the tea growing countryside of Gisovu and Kayove. Brief stops are provided for photography and refreshment. A 4hrs drive takes us to Gisenyi for lunch and a brief city tour. There after drive for 2hrs to Ruhengeri and finally Kinigi; the base of gorilla tracking. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla’s Nest / Kinigi Guest House.

    Day 5: Rwanda Gorillas in the Mist: Parc National des Volcans
    An early morning breakfast is followed by a drive to Kinigi station – park headquarters for guide allocation and briefing on the Dos’ and Don’ts while tracking mountain Gorillas. This is followed by a drive to the trailheads where hiking and trekking up the hills to the bamboo zone begins. Hiking to the gorillas may take 2-5 hours, depending on their movements. At least an hour with the mountain Gorillas can suffice. Return to your lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the twin volcanic lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. Dinner and overnight stay at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

    Day 6: Day Hike to Volcanic Mountain Bisoke
    Enjoy an early morning breakfast and go for hiking Mt Bisoke, with a beautiful spectacular crater lake. The trail traverses the rainforest inhabited by the endangered mountain gorillas that were the subject of the movie – Gorillas in the Mist with Dian Fossey. The hike to the Crater lake takes about 3 hours up and 2 hours down.

    Put on long pants to avoid the stinging nettle plants along the trail. The Mt Bisoke hike is suitable for those who are reasonably fit! Return to the lodge for lunch and relax in the evening while discussing the day’s sightings! Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

    Day 7: PNV & Akagera National Park: Boat trip
    Start a picnic drive to Kigali after breakfast, enroute, enjoy the rolling hills for which Rwanda is well known. Drive to Akagera National park, through the beautiful undulating plains, composed of dense, broad-leafed woodland, lighter acacia woodland and rolling grassland, also with an extensive series of lakes linked by papyrus swamps forming a sprawling wetland.

    After lunch, proceed for a boat trip on Lake Ihema, where you will have a closer look at marine animals like Crocodiles and Hippos, coupled with large concentration of birdlife, with over 525 species identified. Unique species such as Shoe billed stocks and papyrus gonolek are part of the list. Endemics include the jacanas, ibis, sand pipers and herons. Return to Akagera safari Lodge for dinner and overnight!

    Day 8: Big game drive
    An early start this morning as you join your ranger in an open vehicle for your safari into the Akagera National Park. A half day game drive here will allow you the opportunity to spot a variety of wild animals such as elephants, buffalos, lions, Maasai giraffe, gazelles, impala, baboons, oribi, Butchel’s zebra, topi, bush baby, leopard and bushbuck. Have lunch and relax while having a discussion about the safari experience, and prepare for a flight back home.

    Day 9: Final day in Rwanda
    This is the day to say farewell to your fellow travelers, guide and to a country that has been your home for a short while. Following breakfast, you will connect to Kigali, do some shopping and latter transfer to the airport and catch your flight back home.


  • There are no departure dates currently available for the rest of this season. <a href=”../contact/bookings.html”><strong>Enquire for this year Departure Dates or for a private safari option</strong></a><strong>. </strong>
    <h2>PRICES for our tours</h2>
    In order to process your booking request, please fill out the <a href=”../contact/bookings.html”><strong>ENQUIRY/BOOKING FORM </strong></a>.
    <strong>Please take into account:</strong>

    * In some of our programs and add-ons, the rates vary according to the number of persons and travel date.

    * This is no definitive reservation of our tours. This is due to that most of our reservations are based on availability of gorilla permits. A sales representative will contact you afterwards to confirm your booking, the total price and sort out any questions or special requests you may have.

    * If you experience any problems using this booking form, you may also use our <a href=”../contact.html”><strong>STANDARD CONTACT FORM </strong></a> to get in touch with us.


  • <h2>Safaris in Uganda, Rwanda, Congo</h2>
    Browse our selection of exciting safari packages in Uganda and Rwanda. These trips can be possible addonn to your trip or be booked independently! They include gorilla trekking trips, wildlife safaris to uganda’s most popular parks as well as trips.

    <h3><a href=”../gorilla-trekking/2-days-rwanda-gorilla-tour.html”>2 Days Gorilla Trek Rwanda</a></h3>
    <img src=”../images/silverback-bwindi.jpg” alt=”2 Days Gorilla Trek in Rwanda” width=”290″ height=”100″ />A discounted 2 Day gorilla safari to Volcanoes National Park for gorilla trekking. <a href=”../gorilla-trekking/2-days-rwanda-gorilla-tour.html”>Read More </a>
    <h3><a href=”../rwanda-tours/3-days-rwanda-gorilla-tour.html”>3 Days Rwanda Gorillas</a></h3>
    <img src=”../images/silverback-uganda.jpg” alt=”Silverback Gorilla in Rwanda” width=”290″ height=”100″ />Enjoy a 3 Days Gorilla Adventure in Rwanda, golden monkey tracking and nature walks. <a href=”../rwanda-tours/3-days-rwanda-gorilla-tour.html”>Read More </a>
    <h3><a href=”../gorilla-safaris/3-days-uganda-gorilla-safari.html”>3 Days Bwindi Gorilla Safari</a></h3>
    <img src=”../images/gorilla-bwindi-forest.jpg” alt=”Mountain Gorilla in bwindi Forest, Uganda” width=”290″ height=”100″ />Meet the rare mountain gorillas in the jungles of Bwindi Forest, Uganda. <a href=”../gorilla-safaris/3-days-uganda-gorilla-safari.html”>Read More</a>

    <h3><a href=”../uganda-safaris/3-days-queen-elizabeth-safari.html”>3 Days Queen Elizabeth Wildlife </a></h3>
    <img src=”../images/elephants-queen-elizabeth.jpg” alt=”Elephants in Queen Elizabeth National Park” width=”290″ height=”100″ />Game Viewing, boat rides and sight seeing tour in Queen Elizabeth Park. <a href=”../uganda-safaris/3-days-queen-elizabeth-safari.html”>Read More</a>

    <h3><a href=”../uganda-wildlife/3day-safari-to-murchison-falls.html”>3 Days Murchison Falls Safari</a></h3>
    <img src=”../images/murchison-falls-uganda.jpg” alt=”Murchison Falls, Uganda” width=”290″ height=”100″ />Cruise along the Nile and enjoy wildlife viewing in Murchison Falls Park. <a href=”../uganda-wildlife/3day-safari-to-murchison-falls.html”>Read More</a>

    <h3><a href=”../chimpanzee-tours/chimp-safari-tour.html”>3 Days Kibale Chimps Tour </a></h3>
    <img src=”../images/kibale-chimp.jpg” alt=”Chimp in Kibale Forest” width=”290″ height=”100″ />Track chimpanzees in Kibale Forest, see other primates on this trip! <a href=”../chimpanzee-tours/chimp-safari-tour.html”>Read More</a>

    <h3><a href=”../gorilla-trekking/5-days-gorilla-chimps-tracking.html”>5 Days Gorillas &amp; Chimps Safari</a></h3>
    <img src=”../images/kibale-chimpanzee.jpg” alt=”Chimpanzee Safari in Kibale” width=”290″ height=”100″ />Meet chimpanzees in Kibale Forest and gorillas in Bwindi Forest… <a href=”../gorilla-trekking/5-days-gorilla-chimps-tracking.html”>Read More</a>

    <h3><strong><a href=”../uganda-safaris/5-days-uganda-safari.html”>5 Days Gorillas &amp; Ishasha Lions </a></strong></h3>
    <img src=”../images/ishasha-tree-lions.jpg” alt=”Ishasha Tree Lions” width=”290″ height=”100″ />Meet the gorillas in Bwindi and enjoy game viewing in Queen Elizabeth Park! <a href=”../uganda-safaris/5-days-uganda-safari.html”>Read More</a>