Gorilla and Big Game Tour Rwanda – 6 Days
Day 1: Arrival for Gorilla and Big Game Safari Rwanda
On arrival at the airport, you will be received by your guide then transfer to the hotel for check in.
Day 2: Transfer to Akagera National Park on Your Rwanda Wildlife Safari
After breakfast, w transfer to Akagera National Park. The park lies largely in the Mubari–Migongo subregion which is located in the north-east of Rwanda, on the Tanzanian and Ugandan borders. The topography of the park is characterized by rolling sandstone hills in the west, cut in places by deep, narrow valleys. In the east, flood-plains and swamps are predominant. To the south of the Buganza, the Gisaka subregion is wetter. And to the north of Akagera is the Mutara subregion where the vegetation is dominated by open grasslands in which Themeda, Hyparrhenia and Cymbopogon predominate, grasses characteristic of traditional pastoralism and repeated bush fires.
Over 50 species of mammals are known to occur at the site among which include the African Elephant which was introduced to the in 1975.
Day 3: Game Viewing and Launch Cruise on Your Rwanda Tour
Early in the morning, we set out for the early raisers. We look out for the African Lions, a number of antelope species, African Elephant, Giraffe, Birds and much more.
We return to the Lodge for lunch and in the afternoon, we go for a Launch Cruise on Lake Ihema for game viewing at close quarters. The cruise usually breeds numbers of the Nile crocodile, Hippopotamus, grassland game as they come to drink by the shores, Waterfowl and much more.
Day 4: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park for Mountain Gorilla Trekking
After breakfast, we transfer to the home of the endangered Mountain Gorillas.
Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans) is located in the north-west Rwanda, on the joint border with Uganda and DR Congo, where it is contiguous with Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (Uganda) and Virunga National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo).
The park is best known for Mountain Gorilla Gorilla gorilla beringei and popular for being the base for the American naturalist Dian Fossey to carry out her research into the Mountain Gorillas. She arrived in 1967 and set up the Karisoke Research Centre between Karisimbi and Visoke. From then on she spent most of her time in the park, and is widely credited with saving the Mountain Gorillas from extinction by bringing their plight to the attention of the international community. She was murdered by unknown assailants at her home in 1985, a crime often attributed to the poachers she had spent her life fighting against. Fossey’s life later was portrayed on the big screen in the famous film “Gorillas in the Mist”, named after her autobiography. She is buried in the park in a grave close to the research center, and amongst the gorillas which became her life.
Day 5: Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Tracking Tour
The main activity today will be Mountain Gorilla Tracking. Mountain gorillas are the largest living primates and the world’s most endangered apes with an estimated population of less than 880 left in the wild of the whole world and none in zoos. The Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei), was not yet known to scientist until 1902. They are the next closest living relatives to human beings after the two chimpanzee species, sharing 98.7% DNA with us.
After Gorilla Tracking we transfer to Kigali for the last night.
Day 6: End of Tour – Transfer to the Airport for Departure
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