7 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking and Masai Mara National Park Safari

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This 7 days Rwanda gorillas and Masai Mara N/Park Safari take you to Rwanda Volcanoes National Park where you will be able to see the endangered mountain gorillas together with golden monkeys. After you will head to Kenya and visit the renowned national park which is well known for its big five animals and this is Masai Mara National Reserve.

On this safari, you will take a short city tour in Kigali where you will encounter different attractions like Kigali genocide memorial grounds, local markets, the former presidential museum, art galleries and many others. the safari also takes you to the cultural community of Iby’iwacu and this will reward you with the best Kinyarwanda cultural experience through the traditional music and dances, story tales, traditional meal tasting and much more.

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kigali, Rwanda

Arrive at Kigali international airport and be welcomed by the assigned driver guide who will be able to take you through a briefing about this great tour. He will take you to the booked hotel in Kigali and prepare for the next day adventure.

Day 2: Kigali city tour, Transfer to Volcanoes National Park and visit Ibyiwachu cultural village

Have a tour around the city of Kigali where you will visit areas of concern like the local market such as Kigali city market, Kimironko market and these will offer you different art pieces, fresh food crops, clothes like kitenge among others. Head to Kigali genocide memorial grounds where you will have a chance to know more about the genocide and liberation wars. This place displays a lot of history about the Rwanda genocide, how innocent souls perished. Also, have a visit to the former presidential palace where Late president Habyarimana was killed from.

Transfer to Volcanoes national park afterwards and you will straight away head to visit Iby’iwacu cultural village where you will be able to learn about the best Kinyarwanda cultural experience through the traditional music and dances, story tales, traditional meal tasting and much more. This experience will last for about 2 to 3 hours.

Day 3: Golden monkey trekking and visit the twin lakes of Ruhondo and Burera

Head to the park offices for a briefing which will be led by the park ranger and here, you will be told different aspects like the dos and don’ts such as the use of flashlight cameras, do not feed animals, always keeping a distance, don’t make noise among others. You will start the trek which will take about 3 to 4 hours including an hour in the presence of these unique primates.

Enjoy them and after head back to the lodge for hot lunch. Head to visit the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo which offers the best scenery and take a boat cruise where you will be able to visit different islands. Return to the lodge and have a great time while enjoying dinner

Day 4: Gorilla trekking. Return to Kigali and fly to Nairobi

Head back to the park offices after your breakfast and enjoy the briefing where the dos and don’ts will be offered to you. This time, you will be warned against using the flashlight camera since the light offends the gorillas and they end up attacking you.

Trekking will begin and on locating the gorilla family trekked, have an hour in their presence and this will create everlasting memories through taking photos and recording videos. After a great experience, you will head to Kigali and fly to Nairobi where you will spend a night at a hotel

Day 5: Transfer to Masai Mara National Park

Transfer to Masai Mara national reserve after breakfast a savannah area known for its big five animals and hosting the annual migration of wildebeests. The road trip to this reserve is so amazing as you traverse the countryside covered by the great rift valley. Spot some of the Masai people while on your journey and these are strong African nomads that will be grazing their cattle.

Arrive and be served with lunch which will be followed by an afternoon game drive where you will be able to spot different animals like zebras, rhinos, buffalos, elephants, leopards and many more.

Day 6: Full day in the Mara plains

Take a full day discovering the plains of Mara where you will be able to spot different animals like lions, leopards, rhinos, zebras, buffalos, elands, giraffes, and many more others. This will be spotted while on the game drives and they will include a lunch break which can be either picnic lunch or hot lunch at the lodge depending on your choice.

The game drives will take you to watch the best moments like the sunset and sunrise hence good for photography, the wildebeest migration from Serengeti national park of Tanzania if it’s their season of migration.

Day 7: Transfer back to Nairobi and departure flight

Head back to Nairobi after breakfast and you will board flight and depart home which will mark the end of this 7 days Rwanda gorillas and Masai Mara N/Park safari.