Exploring Rwanda (Nyungwe & Volcanoes): 9 Days Itinerary

9 days Rwanda safari: This 9 day Rwanda safari Itinerary visits Nyungwe Forest National Park, and Volcanes National Park, to experience Chimpanzee tracking & Canopy walk, Golden monkey tracking, Lake Kivu leisure  boat ride, colobus monkey tracking, Mountain Gorilla trekking, and Mount Bisoke hike.

A gorilla's hand -9 days Rwanda safariDuring this  exclusive 9 days in Rwanda , you will spend the first night in Kigali city. Then proceed to  Nyungwe Forest National Park for 2 nights.  You will then continue to Gisenyi for 1 night, followed by 1 night in Lake Kivu.  Lastly stay 3 last nights in Volcanoes National Park before heading to Kigali International Airport or your accommodation of residence.

9 Days Rwanda Safari #1 Itinerary Highlight:

Day 1: Welcome to Rwanda,

Day 2: Nyungwe National Park,

Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking & Canopy Walk,

Day 4: Colobus Monkey tracking drive to Gisenyi,

Day 5: Lake Kivu boat ride,

Day 6: Volcanoes National Park,

Day 7: Gorilla trekking,

Day 8: Mount Bisoke Hike,

Day 9: Golden monkey tracking & Departure

9 Days in Rwanda | Best Rwanda 8 Nights Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Rwanda

On day 1 of the 9 days Rwanda safari, you will be met by our safari driver guide, from Aloyo Safaris who will pick you up from the airport thereafter, he will brief you about your 8 nights Rwanda trip around the 2 famous Rwanda National parks of Nyungwe forest national park,and Volcanoes national Park. With him you will proceed to the hotel in Kigali for an overnigt

Day 2: Transfer To Nyungwe National Park

With the safari guide after morning breakfast, you will visit the Genocide memorial at Gisozi, Kaplaki craft market and other local market , visit Hotel Rwanda and have lunch in the city.

After hear, you will proceed to Nyungwe forest national Park with an enroute visit to the presidential palace, the ethnographic museum at huye and later proceed to Nyungwe forest national Park.

Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking & Canopy Walk

Following your breakfast, you will head to the park headquarters for Chimpanzee trekking regulations at the park headquarters.

Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe National Park on a 9 days Rwanda safari
Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park

In a group of 8 with the park guide, you will  head to the forest to track chimpanzees for about 2-6 hours, including 1 full hour of close connection with the chimpanzees, Return to the lodge for lunch, then after proceed for your 2-3 hour canopy walk on a suspended ridge over Nyungwe Forest.

Retire at the lodge for your dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 4: Colobus Monkey tracking drive to Gisenyi

After your delicious breakfast, head for the Angolan colobus monkey tracking , where the park guide will lead you into the forest for colobus monkey trekking. Each of the colobus monkey groups consists of about 200 individual monkeys, which creates room for more playful experience with them, feed, groom among others.

colobus monkeys in Nyungwe forestLike chimpanzees, you also maintain distance of 7m, during the 1 hour interaction with the   monkey trekking experience before setting back to the lodge for lunch, and check out.

This morning again we leave for the briefing point at the Nyungwe forest National Park. After briefing, the ranger guide will lead you into the forest for the colobus monkey trekking. One of the habituated troops has more than 200 individuals so you can look forward to experiencing playful interactions of the monkeys as they groom, feed and play with each other. You are allowed 1 hour in their presence before you set back to the lodge for  your lunch break, then head to  Gisenyi for dinner and an overnight

Day 5: Lake Kivu boat ride

In the morning, enjoy your delicious breakfast and transfer to Lake Kivu, where you will have lunch and head for an afternoon boat ride at the Lake, where you will enjoy  impressive views of the wildlife,  bird species among others, afterwards you will visit the Fishing Village.  Dinner and overnight at the lodge

Day 6:  Volcanoes National Park

We leave for Volcanoes national park after breakfast., as you enjoy the scenic views, numerous sights and winding roads in the land of a thousand hills. You will have chances to have various stopovers for pictures and stretching depending on your needs, until you arrive in Volcanoes National Park

Day 7: Gorilla trekking & Iby’Iwachu

Up close with Mountain Gorillas during the 1 hour encounter

Following your early morning breakfast, you will head to the park headquarters for briefing about the regulations of gorilla trekking while trekking and when with the gorillas, thereafter you will proceed to the light forest to trek the mountain gorillas in a group of 8 with a park guide.

It will take you 2-5 hours to trek the gorillas, and when you find them, you will spend at most 60 minutes in their presence, then head for lunch, and later on visit the Iby’Iwachu cultural village for an exclusive cultural experience

Return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight.

Day 8: Mount Bisoke Hike

Early breakfast at your hotel, thereafter head for briefing at the park head quarters. Since it is a tough and strenuous hike, it may take a full day, which therefore requires packing enough food, water and a porter to help carry your luggage.

You will then be transferred to the trail head to start your hiking excursion. Later on return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight

Day 9: Golden monkey tracking and Departure

Wake up early for breakfast, after then head for briefing, where you be guided about the dos and don’ts of golden monkey tracking. The tracking will take 3-4 hours after which you will head to the Kigali Airport.