6 days Rwanda Primate Safari

Destinations: Kigali| Nyungwe Forest National Park| Volcanoes National Park

Rwanda is an excellent place to experience East Africa. Come meet with the friendly locals, track the mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. This amazing tour has been designed to bring you in close contact with all of the highlights of this fascinating country with a tumultuous history. Welcome to the “land of a thousand hills”.

Highlights

  • Tour of Kigali City.
  • Viewing opportunities of Chimpanzees & Gorillas.
  • Enjoying the Rainforest with over 100 difference species of Orchids & Giant Lobelias.
  • Viewing opportunities of more than 275 migratory & endemic bird species.

Day 1: Arrival in Kigali

Our representative will be at Kigali Airport to pick you up from your flight. Depending on your arrival time you may be able to visit some of Kigali’s craft markets to browse amongst the pottery, carvings, batik, weaving, sculpture, musical instruments, leather and fabrics on offer. Prepare to use your haggling skills!

Overnight: Kigali Serena Hotel / Golf Hills Residence

Meals: Bed and Breakfast

Day 2: Nyungwe Forest national park

This journey to Nyungwe national park is a scenic one with glorious green tea plantations which from a distance look like majestic rolling golf courses. The traditional palace in Nyanza and the cultural museum too often give visitors something interesting to learn about Rwanda’s culture. Enveloped by dense tropical rain forest, the park is a haven of numerous varieties of birds and primates whose melodies blend with the dense flora to create a one kind of experience for visitors.

Overnight: Nyungwe Forest lodge /Top View Hotel

Meal: Full Board

Day 3: Chimpanzee Trekking

Depending on one’s wish, chimpanzee trekking can start as early as 4:30 am which gives visitors a chance to witness how they start their day. One of the best gadgets to have on this adventure is the binoculars because chimpanzees live high up in the trees. They are naturally curios animals and therefore cannot easily be threatened by the presence of people. Apart from the chimpanzees, you will also have an encounter with monkeys like the Angola colobus (sometimes called the Rwenzori colobus). These are easily recognized by their black fur sorounded by contrasting long white locks on their faces, tips of their tails and shoulders. Other species include the blue monkey, mona monkey, olive baboons and the the extremely timid and nocturnal animals, the Strepsirrhini

In the afternoon, either enjoy the Canopy walk or the waterfall trail walk in the forest before exiting it. Nyungwe Forest offers visitors a rare opportunity to walk along the breathtaking liana and steel suspended canopy bridge through the dense forest. It is suspended about fifty metres off the ground and is not for the faint-hearted since it can prove challenging for people who are afraid of heights. Visitors are be able to see nests of chimpazees and other primates hanging in the canopies and the wide views of endless forest cover A combination of all these activities or any one of these activities is a reward and a wonderful experience. Later return to the lodge for an overnight

Overnight: Nyungwe Forest lodge / Top view Hotel

Meal: Full Board

Day 4: Nature walk- Volcanoes National park

This will be conducted in the company of a park ranger. On this nature walk search for the largest groups of colobus – enjoy viewing many monkeys in large groups and different bird species. The forest harbors more than 275 endemic and migratory bird species recorded including the blue turaco, the paradise-flycatcher and the hornbill. Other animals resident in the park are antelopes species like duiker, bushbucks, cats and mangoose.
After the walk take a break and relax with a picnic lunch in the middle of the forest. Later start your drive north to Kinigi via Gisenyi. Enjoy the rolling hills for which Rwanda is well known. This drive is about 6 hours.

Overnight: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Hotel Muhabura

 Meal: Full Board

Day 5: Gorilla Tracking

Your guide will take you to the park headquarters for a briefing explaining the most important gorilla behaviours and expected etiquette. Meet up with your Rwandan Park rangers from the Office Rwandaise du Tourisme et des Parcs Nationaux (ORTPN). We’ll trek and climb through the shady bamboo forests on the lush forested slopes that are home to eight habituated mountain gorilla groups. The sight of these outstanding creatures is the climax of this entire safari. Later retire for an overnight at the lodge.

  • Afternoon activities available near Parc Nationales include:
  • Visit the Iby’lwachu community programs. This community based tourism initiative showcases Rwandan ways of life, dance, and drumming. Visit traditional healers, a banana brewery, or a local school. These programs have been developed by the community for the community.
  • Driving trip into the local market town of Ruhengere.

Overnight: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Hotel Muhabura

 Meal: Full Board

Day 6: Departure

Today after a relaxed breakfast you shall be transferred by your guide back to Kigali. Depending on your departure flight you can visit the Genocide Memorial and Education Centre. It’s a dignified tribute to the victims, including a poignant Children’s Memorial and a detailed description of the darkest hour in Rwanda’s recent history .Depart for the airport in time to catch your flight back home.

Inclusions

  • Gorilla permit
  • Chimps permit
  • Nature walk
  • City tour
  • All accommodations and meal plan as mentioned per above itinerary transfers
  • Drinking water in the vehicle
  • English speaking driver guide
  • 4WD safari vehicle (including fuel)

Excluded

  • Visa
  • Optional Activities
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Drinks
  • Laundry services