3 Days Rwanda Safari Vacation
3 Days Rwanda Safari Vacation to Akagera National Park (Big Five)
A 3-day Rwanda safari vacation takes you to Akagera National Park, home to wild mammals, the Big Five, and a variety of birds. We go on a day game drive through the park and see some amazing animals along the way. After the savanna experience, we drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park, the only mountain rainforest in Africa, home to many chimpanzees and colobus monkeys. The entrance to the canopy is a high suspension bridge overlooking the forest around the valley.
3 Days Rwanda Safari Vacation Inclusions and Exclusions
- Transportation in a tour van/Landcruiser
- Service of an English -speaking tour guide/driver
- All activities mentioned in the itinerary
- Park admissions
- Accommodation on full board
- Entrance fees to all destinations as per the program
- Transfer to and from the airport
- All activities not mentioned in the program
- Phone calls bills
- International transfers
- Gratitude to tour guides
- Personal Insurance
- Personal effects of any nature
- Hotel fees before and after the safari
Detailed 3 Days Rwanda Safari Vacation
Day 1: Transfer to Akagera National Park
After breakfast at your hotel, our guide driver will be waiting outside to start the tour. Before we start the whole experience through Akagera National Park, he will give you a brief overview of the whole 3 days Rwanda wildlife safari holiday and what you should do on the day. After the briefing, you drive to the park. We take a day trip from south to north through the whole park to see the animals around.
The park is characterized by forests, swamps, low mountains, and savannas. The diverse terrain provides a haven for wildlife including zebras, giraffes, elephants, lions, and hundreds of bird species such as the rare stork. In the southern part of the park is the vast Ihema Lake, home to hippos and crocodiles. Lunch to take away from the hotel. This game drive takes all day. Brake to rest and continue. In the evening we return to the hotel for dinner and overnight
- Akagera game lodge
- Yamba guesthouse
- The retreat
- Volcano view
- Ruzizi tented lodge
- Karenge bush camp
- Meal plan: lunch and dinner
Day 2 of 3 Days Rwanda Safari Vacation: Boat ride and drive to Nyungwe National Park
This is a park located in Rwanda’s southern Butare province. Wake up in the morning for breakfast and drive to Ihema Lake. We go on a boat trip and drive to Kigali-Nyungwe. On the way, we will pass Nyanza Castle to experience traditional old Rwanda.
We will have lunch in the historic town of Butare en route and in the afternoon head to Nyungwe Forest. Before we start our community walk, check in and recharge at your hotel. This community walks through a park that includes the Gisakura Cultural Village. You return to the hotel for dinner and overnight
- Nyungwe forest lodge
- Only Nyungwe house
- Nyungwe Nziza ecolodge
- Kitabi eco-center
- Meal plan: entire board
Day 3 of 3 Days Rwanda Safari Vacation: Trekking with chimpanzees
After breakfast, you will be met by your driver’s guide. It’s another big day on your trip. Meet your guide and receive a chimpanzee tracking briefing, then drive to this small fragmented forest home to a chimpanzee colony. We will go on a hike with chimpanzees for up to three hours and then drive back to the hotel. You will freshen up while waiting for lunch and then check out. You will drive across Lake Kivu, take photos, and take a short boat ride before heading to Kigali at your hotel and airport if you leave home for the day.
- Meal plan: breakfast and lunch
Activities on this route
- Game driver
- Walking in nature
- Chimpanzee walks
- Joint walks
Basics of a 3 Days Rwanda Safari Vacation
Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park is located in eastern Rwanda and overlooks the Tanzanian savannah. The park is the only protected savanna area in the country and contains several lakes, including Ihema, Rwanda’s second largest lake, as well as Lakes Rwanyakizinga, Shakani, Mihindi, and Gishanju, which together form the largest wetland system in the Central Region. Africa.
After the end of the genocide in Rwanda, national parks were depleted, returning refugees used the trees for wood, and wildlife hunted to extinction for food, such as rhinos. Biodiversity is almost destroyed, and tourism and local businesses disappear.
The park has recovered so significantly that black rhinos returned for the first time in 2017, and are now on the rise following the reintroduction of lions. Elephants, buffalo, and leopards have also been seen again as tough anti-poaching measures come into force and monkey populations increase.
The park offers traditional prairie hunting, including game drives and lake adventures, boat tours, bird watching, and nature walks. Swimming in the water is strictly prohibited, as some East African countries have the highest concentrations of hippos.
This historic site was built in 1932 in the Nyanza ya Butare area now known as Huye lovers. According to www.visitrwanda.com, it is a conversion of a traditional royal residence, while the royal palace is a beautifully designed thatched cottage shaped like a beehive.
This ethnographic museum presents a comprehensive history of the Rwandan monarchy, which was abolished after Rwanda gained independence from its colonial masters. Cattle that used to belong to the monarchy are cared for in its yard, and their pedigrees are preserved even after the kingdom’s dissolution, rewarding them as an important source of prestige. These cattle share a striking resemblance, which, combined with some genes from Uganda’s famous Ankola Longhorn, is an interesting feature.
From the age of calves, they were trained to listen to the voices of shepherds who sang soothing songs to them and cared for them like precious jewels. So in the palace, you can enjoy all of the above plus some royal things like symbols of power, cushions, and chairs, all made in a unique way.
Located in the southern part of Akagera National Park, Lake Ihema has much more to offer. It is not the second largest lake in Rwanda, but it is very protected because it is located in the national park mentioned above. According to www.globalnature.org, the biggest threat to this venerable Rwandan lake is the abundant water hyacinth. Water hyacinth is an aquatic plant that reproduces at a high rate and is known to be unable to thrive in areas outside of its native range. Therefore, the presence of water hyacinth in this lake not only seriously threatens the biodiversity of the region, but also makes water transportation difficult.
Its harmful effects include, among other things, a reduction in water quality when it covers the water, and a reduction in dissolved oxygen, phosphates, and temperature, leading to a direct decline and loss of biodiversity in the affected water bodies. In addition, the lake is connected to the Akagera River by the Akagera Swamp, which means that this water hyacinth can easily spread to nearby waterways such as Lake Victoria and the Nile.
A boat ride on this lake will give you a chance to see a variety of aquatic life like birds, elephants, hippos, and crocodiles. However, with the variety of fish in Lake Ihema, you can only hope for a few of these reptiles here and there. In any case, fishing in this lake is severely restricted. However, your sightseeing expedition by boat on this lake will be a worthwhile venture.
Nyungwe Rainforest National Park
This park is located in the western part of the Great Rift Valley. Also known as Albertine Rift Stream West Valley. The park stretches from Lake Albert to Lake Tanganyika, and the Rift Valley has many mountains and lakes that flow west into the Congo River system. Apart from its stunning scenery, the Albertine Rift Valley is also known for its endemic flora and fauna.
About 1,068 plant species and 248 orchids and other new species are discovered in Nyungwe Forest every year. In addition, Nyungwe is home to approximately 85 species of mammals, including 13 primates. Nyungwe is home to over 300 species of birds, 29 of which are endemic to the Albertine Rift, making Nyungwe the best place for ornithologists as it is a bird’s paradise. Other landscapes further enrich the park’s biodiversity, including swamps, marshes, bamboo thickets, moors, open forests, and numerous microhabitats.
Famous for its 13 species of primates, including the famous chimpanzees, Nyungwe is the best place for chimpanzee trekking and the largest colony of black and white colobus monkeys. After all the activities, the park has a few scattered forests, including cyamudongo home to tame chimpanzees, and Gisakura has other scattered forests that are home to another small army of tame colobus monkeys. With over 130 kilometers of man-made trails, Nyungwe Forest allows all travelers of all fitness levels to enjoy its beauty.
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