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Best of Rwanda Primates Experience Safari - 6 Days

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Overview

Best of Rwanda Safari - 6 Days

6 Days (all Inclusive) Rwanda mountain gorillas, Nyungwe chimpanzees, golden monkeys, primates, Lake Kivu cultural village tour in Rwanda - Parc National des Volcans and Nyungwe. The best of Rwanda!

A 6 day safari, which starts and ends in Kigali.

The tour takes visits to Nyungwe, in south-west of Rwanda, a huge afro-montane forest. With over 10,000sq.km in size, Nyungwe is the undisputed giant in Central Africa. The natural forest is renowned for its large troops of colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, butterflies and a rich variety of orchids. Over 300 bird species have been recorded.

Visit some cultural sites en route - the museum in Butare and the palace at Nyanza.

Visit Parc National des Volcans in the north of Rwanda where about 300 mountain gorillas live.  You can track gorillas, climb the Visoke volcano, track the golden monkeys or visit the Karisoke Research Centre, which Dian Fossey the famous primatologist set up, or visit local villages.

  • Day 1: Start from Kigali city , drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • Day 2: Chimpanzee Tracking in Nyungwe Forest and other primates 
  • Day 3: Lake Kivu
  • Day 4: Volcanoes National Park & Golden Monkey Tracking
  • Day 5: Gorilla Trekking in Parc National des Volcans
  • Day 6: Departure from Kigali
Itinerary

Day 1: Start from Kigali, drive Nyungwe Forest National Park

Arrive at Kanombe (Kigali) airport. Meet, greet and start for Nyungwe Forest National Park. Alternatively if arriving in the night, we pick you from your hotel in Kigali.

Along the way, make stops at places of interest including local markets, the traditional palace of Rwanda’s Former King in Nyanza. Drive past green fields of tea scattered across the hillsides and the small wooden houses unique to the areas surrounding Nyungwe Forest.

[Approximate driving time: 6 hours]

Accommodation options available

Up-market: Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Moderate: Top Hill Nyungwe Lodge

Low Budget: ORTPN Gisakura Guest House

Day 2: Chimpanzee Tracking in Nyungwe Forest  

Breakfast will be served early morning and after you will proceed to the park headquarters for briefing at 6:00am. Unlike other countries like Uganda where chimpanzee tracking activity starts at 8:00am, here in Nyungwe Forest National Park the activity starts at 6:00am.

You will enter into the forest when it’s dark but you will be able to see primate species such as colobus monkeys, forest birds and later, you will be able to see the chimpanzees when it’s already day time.

Return to your lodge after the tracking for lunch and in the afternoon, you will set out for the guided forest walk with in the forest.

Accommodation options available

Up-market: Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Moderate: Top Hill Nyungwe Lodge

Low Budget: ORTPN Gisakura Guest House

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Lake Kivu

Take breakfast and head to Lake Kivu. Enjoy a breath-taking scenery of the Virunga Mountains and the green vegetation enroute.

You will have lunch en route and proceed for either a boat cruise along Lake Kivu or relaxing on the shores.

Dinner and overnight at Paradise Malahide. Enjoy the rolling hills for which Rwanda is well known.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Serena Lake Kivu Hotel

Moderate: Paradise Malahide.

Low Budget: Paradise Malahide

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Volcanoes National Park & Golden Monkey Tracking

Have breakfast and drive to Volcanoes National park to catch up with the golden monkey tracking activity. These are the most endangered primate species at Parc des Volcans.

In the evening, you may go for cultural walk to Iby’wachu for cultural entertainment by the Banyarwanda community.

Transfer to Kinigi Park headquarters to track gorillas in Parc National des Volcans. Gorilla tracking through the forest, hills and swamps can be tough, arduous and tiring, sometimes taking up to 8 hours in the forest. But coming face to face with the great primates is well worth the effort.

Accommodation options available

Up-market: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Moderate: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge | La Palme Hotel | Volcanoes Gorilla Lodge

Low Budget: Kinigi Guest House | Muhavura Lodge.

Day 5: Gorilla Trekking in Parc National des Volcans

Have breakfast and go to ORTPN offices for briefing after that set off in the forest for gorilla trekking.

A thrilling trek through the refined foothills of the Virungas provides inspiring views in all directions. Then, suddenly, the trail enters the national park, engrossing trekkers in the strange closeness of the rainforest, alive with the calls of colorful birds and chattering of the rare golden monkey, and besieged with fresh spoor of the mountains' elusive populations of buffalo and elephant.

Through gaps in the forest canopy, the marvelous peaks are sighted, easily easy to get to and among the uppermost in Africa, indicating an ascent. Gorilla trekking is quite strenuous but a worthwhile on encounter of these gentle giants. The enthusiasm of your coming across with these apes will wipe away your intricacy of the strenuous trek.

Spend time watching gorillas, watch the adults feeding their young ones, brushing and resting as the youngsters play from vines in a pleasurably playful display.

Accommodation options available

Up-market: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Moderate: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge | La Palme Hotel | Volcanoes Gorilla Lodge

Low Budget: Kinigi Guest House | Muhavura Lodge.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Kigali

Leave for Kigali. Time permitting; go for a tour of the city including shopping. Transfer to airport for your flight. [Approximate driving time: 3 hours].

 

 

Accommodation
Inclusions
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
  • Transportation 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Services of English speaking driver guide
  • Bottled drinking water on the vehicle
  • One gorilla and chimp permit
  • Park fees
  • Golden monkey trek

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