5 Days Rwanda Cultural Safari

5 Days Rwanda Cultural Safari

Safari Overview 

The 5 days cultural safari in Rwanda offers you the opportunity to explore the rich cultural heritage of the country, interact with local communities, and learn about their traditions, history, and way of life. It is an opportunity for you to learn and appreciate the lifestyle of African indigenous cultures. The 5 days Rwanda Cultural safari is an extraordinary safari tour that can be undertaken by both luxury and budget travelers. Talk to an expert now to tailor this itinerary to best fit your travel budget. The safari will  start and end in Kigali city. It will allow you explore the rolling hills of Rwanda as you visit the Ibyi'wacu Cultural Village and Musanze areas. 

Safari highlights for the 5 days cultural safari in Rwanda

Day 1: Arrival, transfer to a Hotel in Kigali and Kigali city tour

Day 2: Cultural Village Experience

Day 3: Visit to Musanze (Ruhengeri) and Ibyi'wacu cultural village tour

Day 4: Lake Kivu Experience

Day 5: Return to Kigali for Departure

Now that you have an idea of how your 5 days Rwanda Cultural safari will look like, let us dive into the details of the itinerary.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival, transfer to a Hotel in Kigali and Kigali city tour

Upon your arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide who will accompany you throughout the safari. You will be transferred to your hotel in Kigali where you can relax and acclimate to your new surroundings. In the afternoon, you will embark on a city tour of Kigali, visiting significant sites such as the Genocide Memorial Center, which provides a moving tribute to the Rwandan genocide. You will also have the opportunity to explore local markets and craft centers, where you can purchase handmade crafts and souvenirs.

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Cultural Village Experience

After breakfast, you will depart from Kigali and drive to a traditional Rwandan village. Here, you will spend the day immersing yourself in the local culture and engaging in various activities. You will have the chance to learn about traditional farming practices, participate in cooking demonstrations, try your hand at traditional crafts such as basket weaving and pottery, and interact with community members. In the evening, you will be treated to performances of traditional Rwandan music and dance, providing a vibrant and entertaining cultural experience.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Visit to Musanze (Ruhengeri) and Ibyi'wacu cultural village tour

You will set off from your accommodation and drive to Musanze, a town situated near Volcanoes National Park. In Musanze, you will visit the Ibyi'wacu Cultural Village, where you can gain deeper insights into Rwandan traditions and customs. You will have the opportunity to witness demonstrations of traditional medicine, learn about basket weaving techniques, and observe pottery-making processes. One of the highlights of this visit is interacting with former poachers who have transformed into conservation ambassadors, sharing their stories and efforts to protect Rwanda's wildlife. 

Note: If you are interested, you can also embark on a gorilla trekking or hiking adventure in Volcanoes National Park (A gorilla trekking permit comes at an extra cost).

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Lake Kivu Experience

On this day, you will drive to Gisenyi, a charming town located on the shores of Lake Kivu. Lake Kivu is one of Africa's Great Lakes and offers stunning views and a tranquil atmosphere. You will take a boat ride on the lake, visiting nearby islands and enjoying the picturesque scenery. During the boat ride, you will have the opportunity to witness the daily lives of local fishing communities and learn about their fishing techniques. If you are seeking relaxation, you can unwind on the beach or engage in water sports activities such as kayaking or paddle boarding.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Return to Kigali for Departure

After breakfast, you will drive back to Kigali. Before departing, you will visit the Caplaki Craft Village, a vibrant market where you can browse and purchase traditional Rwandan crafts, artwork, and souvenirs. Here, skilled artisans showcase their creations, including woven baskets, wooden carvings, and colorful textiles. You can take some time to explore the market and find unique items to bring back home. Finally, you will enjoy a farewell lunch at a local restaurant, savoring the flavors of authentic Rwandan cuisine. After the meal, you will be transferred to Kigali International Airport for your departure.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Note: Throughout the safari, your guide will provide valuable insights into Rwandan culture, traditions, and history. They will ensure your comfort, safety, and smooth coordination of all activities. This cultural safari will offer you a deep appreciation for Rwanda's rich heritage and allow you to forge connections with the local communities you encounter along the way.

Tour inclusions

Full time driver-guide

A stable 4x4 safari vehicle with a pop-up roof for scenic viewing

Meals as per the itinerary

Drinking water on the safari vehicle

Activities as per the itinerary

Airport pickup and drop off 

Tour Exclusions

International flight tickets


Personal travel insurance

Any activities not mentioned in the itinerary

Any other services of personal nature e.g. laundry

Tips and gratuities for rangers, guides, hotels attendants, etc.

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