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On this 8 days Rwanda cultural tour expect to experience the authentic Rwandan culture and heritage coupled with the amazing gorilla trekking experience. The drive to the countryside of Rwanda will give you beautiful views of the Rwandan landscape hence the reference – Rwanda, a land of a thousand hills. The 8 days Rwanda cultural tour takes you to Akagera national park where you will participate in activities of surrounding the cow in a pastoral cultural home.
On this 8 day Rwanda wildlife safari, you will experience all the 3 prime Rwandan national parks. You will start with the scenic Akagera national park, proceed to Nyungwe forest national park and end with the home of mountain gorillas, Volcanoes national park. Enjoy the different backdrops of Rwanda as you turn along the winding roads. The parks are a mixture of Savannah, forest, and mountainous giving you varied sights of Rwanda. From Elephants, Zebras to Chimpanzees and Gorillas including boat rides on Lake Kivu are some of the highlights on this safari and cultural encounter.
- Game drive in Akagera national park
- Boat ride on Lake Ihema
- Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest
- Canopy Walk in Nyungwe Forest
- Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes
- Lake Kivu
- Photography moments
Highlights of the 8 days Rwanda Cultural and gorilla safari.
- Game drives in Akagera national park and
- Community experiences & Walks
- Boat Ride on Lake Ihema & Lake Kivu
- Gorilla Tracking in Volcanoes national park
- Photography moments
Arrival for a cultural safari in RwandaToday is your arrival day for the 8 days Rwanda cultural and gorilla safari. You will be welcomed by our driver guide from the airport and transferred to your hotel in Kigali depending on time of arrival. If your flight is early morning, you will take a Kigali city tour before traveling to Akagera national park. If in the late afternoon, you will over night in Kigali. Meal plan – Dinner
Game Drives in Akagera National ParkGiraffe in Akagera national park. We shall start with a morning game drive in the northern part of the park where we look out for some of the large mammals in this area. They include Elephants, Giraffes, Zebras, Buffaloes and the recently re-introduce lions. A huge human wildlife in this area conflict was solved by fencing the part of the park near communities. In the afternoon, we shall do a boat ride on Lake Ihema or you can choose to relax at the lodge. We will overnight in the park eager to experience. Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Rwanda Cultural Experience & VisitsEastern Rwanda is relatively flatter than most of the country and preferred by the pastoralists. We visit a homestead of cattle keepers and engage in the different activities. We start early morning with the milking cows with hands as opposed to machines. The herdsman will guide you on how to soothe the cow and milk it. After the session, you set the cows for the days grazing. You also have lessons on how milk is converted traditionally into different products like ghee and yoghurt. Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
A community visit to the Medicine ManMost rural communities have a resident medicine who knows how to mix different herbs to cure illness. We will have an opportunity to pick the herbs from the fields and learn the way in which they are prepared and the different mixtures to make medicine for particular ailments. We shall also participate in cooking traditional food and thereafter enjoy the meal. Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Transfer to Volcanoes National ParkAfter breakfast, we relieve the cultural experiences in the homestead and transfer to the volcanoes national park where the massive gentles giants inhabit. Volcanoes national park is located in northern Rwanda about 2 hours from Kigali in Kinigi, Musanze. You have several photography opportunities as you travel north to the volcanoes. We will arrive to the lodge later that evening ready for the gorilla hike the next day.
Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National ParkHave breakfast, transfer to the park headquarters where you will meet the ranger guides. When you are done with the briefing you will begin the trekking. The trek can be quite tough that it takes a lot of time approximately 2-8 hours. After the trekking in the afternoon, we visit to Iby’Iwacu cultural village for a glimpse into the culture and history of Rwanda. Meal plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Lake Kivu – Fishing Village TourAfter a relaxed breakfast, we transfer to Gisenyi on Lake Kivu for relaxation and activities on the lake. Lake Kivu is a beautiful lake bordered between Rwanda and Congo in western Rwanda. On the menu today is taking a boat ride to the Napolean Island, take a visit to the hot springs or simply relax at the beach or by your hotel. Today we spend the day exploring the Gisenyi area especially the fishing village. You learn and participate in the traditional fishing methods and fish preservation by the fishermen plying the waters of Lake Kivu. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
End of the Rwanda Cultural Experience SafariIts been a worthwhile exploring Rwandan cultural heritage and community experiences. You will be transferred to your hotel or the airport for your flight back home.
-Gorilla trekking permit
-Ground transport per 4WD
-Full board accommodation
-Park entrance fees
-Service of an English-speaking driver guide
-All mentioned activities except for the optional ones
- Tourist Entry Visa
- International Flight Tickets
- Travel Insurance
- Items of Personal Nature
- Tips and Gratuities