This 5 Days Gorilla Tracking and Wildlife Safari Rwanda leads you to Akagera National Park which is Central Africa’s largest protected wetland, as well as the only remaining home for savannah-adapted species in Rwanda. Akagera is the only savannah National Park and the only place in Rwanda to sight large mammals. Found in eastern Rwanda, the 2500 sq km national park has all the famous big five (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, and elephant) and is mainly composed of Savannah land that’s dotted with acacia, bush, swampy lakes, and open grassland. The park is named after the Kagera River that flows along the country’s eastern boundary, feeding into Lake Ihema and other smaller lakes. While within this park, you will do game drives and have boat cruises on Lake Ihema, which is home to over 500 bird species, a large number of hippos as well as a significant number of Nile crocodiles. You will have scenic views of a plethora of wildlife and nature. Such wildlife includes animals like giraffes, oribis, gazelles, warthogs, topis, impalas, spotted hyenas among others.
From Kagera, you will have a popular mountain gorilla trek in Volcanoes National Park. The park, also known as Parc National des Volcans offers Gorilla Trekking, which is the most popular tour in Rwanda. There are only three countries that offer the gorilla trekking experience but Rwanda is by far the best country for gorilla trekking adventures, all of which take place in Volcanoes National Park. The park is home to a population of over 400 mountain gorillas that includes the 10 families that are habituated for tourism. Each of these gorilla families can be tracked every day within the forests. For bird enthusiasts, Volcanoes National park is an Important Bird Area and hosts an estimated 200 species of birds with 12 endemics.
This 5-day Gorilla tracking and Akagera wildlife safari Rwanda is ideal for those who wish to spend more days in Rwanda to get the best out of nature. The park combines all the most interesting activities of a Rwanda safari and sets them perfectly for you.
- Day 1: Transfer to Akagera National Park, short game drive
- Day 2: Game drive and boat safari
- Day 3: Game drive through Akagera National Park and transfer to Volcanoes National Park
- Day 4: Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park
- Day 5: Optional activity and transfer to Kigali