8 Days Akagera & volcanoes by Helicopter

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Trip highlights for the 8 Days Akagera & Volcanoes Helicopter Tour:

This 8 Days Akagera & Volcanoes Helicopter Tour itinerary will take place in Rwanda; arriving and departing via Kigali International Airport. You will enjoy aerial views of Rwanda as you take helicopter transfers from Kigali to Akagera National Park, to Volcanoes National Park and back to Kigali. You will enjoy game drives, boat ride on Lake Ihema and a community visit in Akagera National Park and trek the Mighty Great Apes the Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park.

Day 1:  ARRIVAL

After you arrive Kigali International Airport, clear with immigration and proceed to the arrivals where you will meet your driver guide who will transfer you to your hotel for overnight stay.

Accommodation: The Retreat by Heaven (High-end Accommodation) or Onomo Hotel Kigali (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:             B,-,-

Day 2:  HELICOPTER FLIGHT FROM KIGALI TO AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Kigali International Airport to take your helicopter flight to Akagera National Park, where you will meet your driver guide who will transfer you to your lodge for check in. After lunch at the lodge relax and in the evening you will go for a game drive. Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge.

Accommodation: Magashi Camp (High-end Accommodation) or Ruzizi Tented Camp (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:             B,L,D

Day 3:  FULL DAY AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK

On this day after breakfast, you will proceed for a boat ride on Lake Ihema and have a chance to visit an Island which inhabits a variety of bird species. After lunch you will enjoy a game drive in the park. Dinner and overnight stay at the Lodge.

Accommodation: Magashi Camp (High-end Accommodation) or Ruzizi Tented Camp (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:             B,L,D

Day 4: MORNING COMMUNITY VISIT AND EVENING GAME DRIVE

After a leisurely breakfast at your lodge proceed for a morning community visit. During this tour you will experience the basic lives of the community living around this park. You will learn their culture, practices and how they go about their normal activities daily. After lunch at the lodge you will have an evening game drive in the park.

Accommodation: Magashi Camp (High-end Accommodation) or Ruzizi Tented Camp (Medium Accommodation)

Meal plan:             B,L,D

Day 5:  HELICOPTER FLIGHT FROM AKAGERA TO MUSANZE / VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast at the Lodge, you will take your helicopter flight to Musanze, where you will meet your driver guide who will drive you to your lodge. Lunch and dinner at the Lodge.

Accommodation: One and Only Gorillas Nest (High-end accommodation) or Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel (Medium accommodation)

Meal plan:           B,L,D

Day 6:  GORILLA TREKKING

After a very early breakfast at the lodge, you will proceed to the park headquarters for briefing and thereafter drive to the trail heads the start point for your amazing adventure.

You will be trekking the Great Apes, the Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. This activity could take between 2-6 hours. Rwanda has 12 habituated groups of Mountain Gorillas scattered all over the Park. You will spend an hour watching the habituated group going about their normal day playing, eating… etc

Upon return from your trek, you will be driven back to the lodge where you will have lunch and spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying the lodge facilities.

Accommodation: One and Only Gorillas Nest (High-end accommodation) or Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel (Medium accommodation)

Meal plan:           B,L,D

Day 7: GOLDEN MONKEY TREKKING

After a very early breakfast at the lodge, drive to the park headquarters for briefing and thereafter drive to the trail heads for another highlight of the Volcanoes National Park, trekking the Golden Monkeys which usually takes 4 hrs. When you encounter the habituated Primates and spend an hour with them as they go about their normal day. The monkeys are playful and inquisitive by nature hence spend their day leaping from bamboo branches. After the trek, you will return to the Resort to have lunch and spend the rest of the day enjoying the lodge facilities.

Accommodation: One and Only Gorillas Nest (High-end accommodation) or Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel (Medium accommodation)

Meal plan:           B,L,D

Day 8:  HELICOPTER FLIGHT FROM MUSANZE / VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK TO KIGALI – DEPARTURE

Breakfast at the lodge and after checking out; you will proceed to catch your helicopter flight to Kigali International Airport in order to take your departure International flight.

Meal plan:            B,-,-

Includes for the 8 Days Akagera & Volcanoes Helicopter Tour:

  • Rwanda Gorilla permits $1,500 per person
  • 7 night’s accommodation with meals as indicated in the itinerary above
  • Activities shown in the itinerary
  • One way Helicopter flight from Kigali International Airport to Akagera National Park
  • One way Helicopter flight from Akagera National Park to Musanze / Volcanoes National Park
  • One way Helicopter flight from Musanze / Volcanoes National Park to Kigali International Airport
  • Park fees
  • Boat ride on Lake Ihema
  • Game drives
  • Local community visit
  • Golden Monkey trekking
  • Services of an experienced English speaking driver guide
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Government taxes

Excludes for the 8 Days Akagera & Volcanoes Helicopter Tour:

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Items of personal nature

Dear Guests,

Greetings from All Budget Gorilla Safaris!

We hope that you, your families, teams, and communities are well.

We wish to update you on the Ebola situation in Uganda currently in the affected districts of Mubende and Kasanda. These are transit districts with nothing to stop about or any tourist enroute attraction.

In the affected districts, the situation is under control by the healthy authorities. The public is advised to adhere to the set guideline in preventing the spread of the disease including not coming in to contact with the suspected Ebola victim.

The safety and health of our guests are of the highest priority and we urge them to observe the set guidelines in place as communicated by the Ministry of Health as they enjoy the various sites in the country.

Tourism is open in Uganda and no experience has been suspended. Relatedly, our government also advised tourists against cancellation of bookings to Uganda emphasizing that “the Ebola outbreak is in just two districts of Mubende and Kassanda which are being managed well-given experience from handling past epidemics and pandemics.”

All passengers entering the country through airport and land borders are screened to ensure the safety of every traveler.

If the situation gets unbearable, we will definitely update you on the same.

In the meantime, tourism is ongoing and open in Uganda and we continue providing memorable and enriching travel experiences in Uganda.

Thank you again for your collaboration as we navigate this time together.
Management.