5 Days Volcanoes & Akagera National Park

Itinerary overview

The important fact to know is that “ants” are social animals, small insects that live in groups known as “colonies.” They work together to develop a strong army that ensures their safety and security as much as possible. Similarly, Rwanda is one of the small countries in the world that prioritize safety and security, distinguishing it from other nations.

Rwanda is often referred to as the “country of a thousand hills.” This fact is a result of its diverse landscape, featuring mountain forests, tropical rainforests, and Savannah grasslands, making it unique compared to other countries in East Africa. The country is rich in biodiversity, offering the opportunity to spot many animals in a relatively small area.

In just 5 days, you can enjoy a remarkable experience, taking in the stunning views of the high mountain ranges and experiencing the breathtaking climate of Rwanda. Moreover, you will have the chance to encounter many impressive animal species in Akagera and Volcanoes National Parks.

Upon arrival, you will meet our professional driver guide at the international airport, where he will warmly welcome you and provide you with valuable information about our country. You will have the opportunity to explore the mysterious city, which has undergone significant development since the 1994 genocide against Tutsi.

You will drive from Kigali to Musanze/Kinigi, where you will have the opportunity to interact with people who were once poachers but have now become professional conservationists. They have formed a cooperative called the Gorilla Guardian’s Village dedicated to conserving the endangered mountain gorillas. They will warmly welcome you with traditional dances, and you will have the chance to experience more of Rwandan culture, including witnessing a traditional wedding ceremony.

Overnight at Sabyinyo Silver Back Lodge/ Amakoro Lodge/Virunga Lodge/ Bishops House/ Bisate Lodge/BBL

After an early breakfast at the lodge, you will be driven to the Volcanoes National Park headquarters for your gorilla trekking experience. Here, you will undergo the registration process, and the park staff will determine which gorilla group you will visit based on your fitness level. Your driver guide will then take you to the designated location for your mountain gorilla trek.

After the unforgettable experience with these impressive primates, you will be back at the lodge to enjoy lunch.

After lunch, you will visit the Ellen DeGeneres Campus, where you will be captivated by the stunning story of conserving the mountain gorillas and the history of Dian Fossey, the founder of the Karisoke Research Center.

Overnight at Sabyinyo Silver Back Lodge/ Amakoro Lodge/Virunga Lodge/ Bishops House/ Bisate Lodge/BB

In the morning, after breakfast, you will drive to the park headquarters for registration, as done previously, and then transfer to the park for another thrilling trekking experience. After experiencing those beautiful creatures, you will drive from Musanze to Akagera National Park. The journey from Musanze to Akagera takes approximately 5 hours, during which you will have the opportunity to experience various sights along the road.

Lunch in Musanze

Overnight at Ruzizi Tented Lodge/ Karenge Bush Camp /Akagera Mantis Game lodge BBL

Early in the morning, before breakfast, you will enjoy a short game drive in the mountain ridge region of Akagera, taking in the breathtaking views of the park and witnessing the beauty of the sunrise. Afterward, you will return to the lodge for breakfast. Following breakfast, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a boat ride on Lake Ihema, where you can experience the diversity of aquatic animal species found in the lake, including birds, hippos, crocodiles, and more.

After the boat ride experience, you will drive back to the lodge for lunch and some rest, preparing yourself for the night safari. During the night safari, you will have the chance to experience nocturnal animals such as lions, leopards, spotted hyenas, and other nocturnal species.

Overnight at Ruzizi Tented Lodge/Karenge Bush Camp/Akagera Mantis Game lodge BBL

After breakfast in the morning, you will check-out from the lodge and pack your lunch before starting a game drive. On the last day of your tour, you will have the opportunity to explore all areas of the park, from the south to the north, where you will spot diurnal animals (animals that are active during the day) such as the tallest mammal (giraffe) and the largest mammal (elephant) on land, zebras, buffalos, and more. After the memorable experience in Akagera, you will drive back to Kigali for shopping and to arrange your flight.

Package cost per person USD 6,435$

Permits cost 1, 620$

Package included

  • Private transport in 4×4 safari vehicle with fuel
  • Professional driver guide 
  • Accommodation 
  • All meals with soft drinks
  • Park entrance fees, and activities


Package excluded 

  • Travel documents and airline ticket
  • Personnel expenses like shopping, tips, donations, airtime etc
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Golden monkey and Gorilla trek permit