This is a Luxury Rwanda flying safari that will see clients fly from Kigali to the hotel helicopter strips near volcanoes national park using a helicopter as there are no airstrips for the regular air crafts like caravans near the park’s Musanze leaving travelers with only one option of using the chartered helicopters and this can give you one of the most extraordinary aerial views of the country’s rolling hills and the farmland situated at the hills of the vast landscape and the volcanoes can be seen extremely well on a good day in the helicopter. It will again take you to Akagera for the big five safari.
Rwanda gorilla safaris take place in the country’s northwest in the famous volcanoes national park which was the research station for the late primatologist Dian Fossey who was killed by unknown poachers in the quest to protect by that the endangered mountain gorillas in the volcano based rain forest, the park sits in the 5 volcanoes of Muhavura, Gahinga, Sabyinyo, Karisimbi, and Bisoke respectively, volcanoes national park is also home to over 12 habituated mountain gorilla families living in the 160 km/ square rain forest located at the edge of the Albertine rift valley.
from the hotel to the park headquarters in Kinigi at 7 am, registering will take place and allocation of gorilla families as you will be having a cup of coffee and then after you will drive to the trailhead to start your gorilla trekking adventure in the rain forest, this can take from 2 hours to 6 hours depending on how long you take to find the mountain gorillas and after you will spend one hour with the gorillas upon return you will be transferred to the lodge for relaxation.
If all is done fly to Akagera for the wildlife experience. Akagera National Park lies in eastern Rwanda, hugging the border with Tanzania. It’s characterized by woodland, swamps, low mountains and Savannah. The varied terrain shelters wildlife including zebras, giraffes, elephants, lions and hundreds of bird species, such as the rare shoe bill stork.
In the southern part of the park, vast Lake Ihema is home to hippos and crocodiles. While there, you will wake up early and head to the park before sunrise to look out for the early risers. Look out for lions, elephants, buffalo, hyenas and the different antelopes that graze freely in the park.
Later in the afternoon after your lunch, you will go for a boat safari on Lake Ihema which will reward you with hippos, crocodiles and the countless water, swamp and Savannah birds that come here. Some of the birds are the fish eagle, cormorants, and kingfishers among others.
Lake Ihema is the biggest lake in Akagera. Tourists seeking a variation on the typical African safari should consider a boat trip on Lake Ihema, where you can drift along the forest-fringed body of water in the midst of hippos and crocodiles. For serious birders, this is a birding paradise and a boat trip is a must.