10 Days Classic Rwanda Safari


This classic package enables you to meet the critically endangered  mountain gorillas in their natura habitat, visit the Chimpanzees and Golden monkeys in Nyungwe  Forest National park, explore Akagera National Park (Rwanda’s only Savannah Park and home to the Big 5).  The trip offers Rwanda’s popular destinations and activities that will leave lasting memories. 

Brief Itinerary – 10 Days Classic Rwanda

  • Day 1: Kigali –  Akagera National Park
  • Day 2: Game Viewing Akagera National Park
  • Day 3: Nyungwe Forest NP
  • Day 4: Chimp tracking
  • Day 5: Kigali City
  • Day 6: Volcanoes NP
  • Day 7: Gorilla Tracking
  • Day 8: Gorilla Tracking / optional activities
  • Day 9: Lake Kivu
  • Day 10: Departure

Detailed Itinerary – 10 Days Classic Rwanda

Day 1: Kigali – Akagera National Park.

Jewel Safaris representative will pick you up from the airport or hotel if already in Kigali, have briefing on your safari and visit the Genocide Memorial Centre before starting for Akagera National Park, the only Savannah park in Rwanda. You have opportunity to spot multitudes of animals in Akagera including the Big 5. Proceed to the lodge arriving in time for lunch.

Later, go for the afternoon game drive where you will see a lot of Big game including Rhinos, waterbucks, elephants  Lions, leopards, antelopes, topi and other small animals.

Meals and overnight accommodation at Akagera Game Lodge

Day 2: Game Viewing.

After morning breakfast, embark on a thrilling game drive along Lake Ihema sector where you will spot animals drinking water  at the water edge. The park is comprised of several lakes and wetlands and over 450 bird species have been recorded. Return to the lodge for meals an d accommodation.

Accommodation at Akagera Game Lodge.

Day 3: Akagera – Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Following early morning breakfast, drive to Nyungwe Forest, lunch enroute and proceed to the lodge. Nyungwe is home to chimpanzees and other rare primates including the Black and White Colobus Monkeys. Over 300 bird species have been recorded in Nyungwe

In the afternoon, you have option to visit the local community and tea plantation or relax at the lodge. Meals and overnight accommodation at Nyungwe Tophill View Lodge

Day 4: Chimpanzees Tracking.

Takes between 2 – 3hrs.After early morning breakfast, you will head out to the park  head quarters for briefing and start searching for chimpanzees. The experience of spending time with mans closest living relatives  in their natural habitat is unique and unforgettable. Meet a happy chimpanzee family, take photos and watch them as they interact. Later, follow your footsteps back to the lodge.

In the afternoon, you have option to have a canopy walk where you can have an aerial view of the entire flora and fauna or look for the beautiful Colobus Black and White Monkeys

Meals and accommodation at Nyungwe top hill view lodge

Day 5: Nyungwe – Kigali City.

Following morning breakfast, drive to Kigali with several stops at places of interest for stretching and coffee. Lunch enroute and proceed to the hotel for relaxation.  Accommodation at Serena Hotel or similar on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 6: Kigali – Volcanoes National Park.

Meet your Jewel Safaris driver and start for Volcanoes National Park, keep your head out for evergreen plantation and trees most of the journey. Drive to the lodge arriving in time for lunch.

In the afternoon visit Ibyiwacu cultural village  – an organized community that showcases Rwanda traditions and Culture.

Meals and Accommodation at Five Volcanoes

Day 7: Gorilla Tracking – Volcanoes National Park.

Early morning entry into one of Africa’s oldest forests in search for the gentle and peaceful Gorillas. You will be led by knowledgeable  rangers who share detailed information on the volcanoes and the flora and fauna. Look out for other primates including monkey species.   Meet the Gorillas and watch them as they interact, take photos and later return to the lodge. No doubt, an hour spent with the Gorillas is an unrivalled experience.

Day 8: Second Gorilla Tracking.

You will go for another gorilla tracking experience, this will be a different family. Every Gorilla tracking experience is unique. Alternatively, have an interaction with the enchanting Golden Monkeys OR visit Dian Fossey’s  research base and grave.

Meals and accommodation at Five Volcanoes

Day 9:Volcanoes National Park> Lake Kivu.

Following mid morning breakfast, drive to Lake Kivu, relax and unwind after 8 days of adventure.  You will have a two hour boat trip and later visit the community. Take last minute shopping and bargain like a local. Return to the lodge for meals and accommodation.

Meals plus accommodation at Kivu Lodge

Day 10: Kivu – Kigali/Departure.

After breakfast drive to Kigali city with stops at places of interest. Proceed to the airport arriving in time for your on ward international flight optional drop off at your hotel in Kigali.

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Package includes:

  • Transport: vehicle, fuel, and  driver
  • Gorilla permit
  • Full board accommodation for the
  • Entrance fees.
  • All activities.
  • Bottled drinking water

Package excludes:

  • Visas
  • Air ticket
  • Personal expenses.
  • Cost for anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary.

We use 4×4 safari cars for our safaris and therefore every traveler is guaranteed a window seat, bellow are photos of the cars.

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Tony M
Tony M
Jewel Safaris has a jewel in a female driver, Rachel My trip to Lake Mburo National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park on 5th Jan 2024, could not have gone better. My great experience was all down to Jewel Safaris' professionalism and industry experience. The car arrived at my house on time (5 am) to pick me up for the trip. The tour guide driver, a lady named Rachel Aheebwa, was such a delight. Female tour guides drivers are so rare, so this was unexpected. But looking back at how much of a success my tour went, Rachel was the best part of the trip. Two hours into the drive, she suggested a breakfast place that turned out to serve the best coffee I'd ever taken. The small eatery happened to be ran by a lady with tourism experience of 17 years. We set off for Lake Mburo about an hour later and arrived at the park gate three hours later. Because we planned to sleep in Queen Elizabeth National Park and we still had hundreds of kilometers to cover, she made sure we wasted no time Mburo. She was always friendly and firm in her advice when it came to time keeping. We made it to our final destination before dark and had time to rest. Before going to bed, she told me, firmly that we must leave at 7 if we are to see all the animals we wanted to see. I would have loved to sleep in but she made it clear that this was not an option. I was later thankful for this. There were several tourist vehicles at the UWA offices when we arrived. After payments, all the cars left through a Northwards track but Rachel went Eastwards and in less than thirty minutes of Game driving, we hit a jack pot. We found lions on the road and I was able to take close up pictures for several minutes as she made calls to all her friends letting them know that she had found lions. By the time all the vehicles crowded around the lions, I had spend over half an an hour with them. One of the best moments of my life. Jewel safaris couldn't have chosen a better tour guide driver for me. Every thing was well planned to help me see all there was to be seen.
Murchison Falls Adventure This was my first safari adventure and it was a trip of a lifetime. The owner, Dona was very professional and helpful and made sure he understood what we wanted. The vehicle was wonderful and roomy and well kept. Our guide, Patrick made the trip exceptional. He knew the park, he knew the animals and he was a former ranger who spent years protecting the animals of that park. It was clear that the other guides respected him and Patrick was kind, funny and made sure we had a wonderful adventure. The first night, the owner called me to ask how everything was going and he messaged me after the trip to make sure we had a great time. That was above and beyond what I expected. Great company, great customer service and fantastic guide with years of experience. This is the company I would choose over and over.
Great safari!!!! Fantastic. The owner went out of the way to make sure we had what we wanted. I highly recommend Patrick as guide and driver. He loves what he does and you can tell.
Simon T
Simon T
Two-day trip to Lake Mburo Our two-day trip to Lake Mburo with our driver and guide Patrick was great. He delivered what we asked for, and more! Other than being a very kind person and good driver, Patrick was able to share a lot of information about the different animals and places we encountered. A big thanks to Jewel Safaris and Patrick! 100% Recommend!
Sander T
Sander T
2 days Safari to Lake Mburo We had a blast of a weekend with Patrick from Jewel Safari's. He knew so much about the animals, was so friendly and flexible to arrange it the way we wanted. I would advice to go on a Safari with him!
George H
George H
Uganda 2023 We had the great pleasure of having Patrick from jewel safaris for a week in Uganda. Hugely informative and fun, Patrick is a perfect ambassador for a fun, beautiful and dramatic country which is Uganda. A fabulous tour by a class guide. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting most of Africa and Uganda is top. Will go back
astrid H
astrid H
Incredible experience Amazing service and amazing country and people. It was an incredible trip, I can’t fault anything. We all enjoyed it so much and our guide was so attentive and catered to what we wanted to do
Utmärkt service, bra bil och kunnig guide. Jewel Safaris arrangerade vår resa till Uganda, med bland annat gorillorna i Bwindi. Vi var även i nationalparken där schimpanserna finns. Jewel Safaris har lång erfarenhet av att anordna safaris i Uganda. Goran
good service We had a great trip with Jewel Safari and would definitely recommend to book trips with Jewel Safari.
Ola Karlsson
Ola Karlsson
Great agency We ordered the trip in 2019 to go to Uganda in April 2020. Then Covid came and the trip was postponed for 2,5 yrs and in the meantime we kept contact and When we finally could go it all went super-smooth. Well organized and very friendly personnel and a fantastic guide. Nothing went wrong during the 10 days we visited and the arrangements were spotless.


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