5 Days Rwanda primates and wildlife tour

This Rwanda safari gives you an opportunity to go for chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe forest and a canopy walk. The highlight of the tour is going for Gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes national park.

 Nyungwe forest and the Volcanoes national park are among the best wildlife destinations in Rwanda.  Clients who choose this primates safari package should also expect to have a city tour of Kigali and a cultural visit to the Iby’iwacu cultural village.

Mum Chimpanzee with her babie

Day 1: Pick up – Transfer to Nyungwe forest

Our Driver guide will pick you up at the the airport or your hotel to start the tour beginning with Nyungwe forest. Nyungwe forest is located in the southwestern part of Rwanda and the drive from Kigali takes about 5 hours.

Dinner and Overnight will be at Nyungwe Forst Lodge (Luxury), Nyungwe Top View Hotel (Mid-range) and Gisakura Guest House (Budget).

Day 2: Chimpanzee Tracking – Canopy walk at Nyungwe forest

You will wake up and have breakfast before being driven to the Nyungwe forest offices for briefing on chimpanzee tracking. The guides know the locations of the chimpanzee and will move with you throughout the activity. After tracking the chimpanzees, you will be taken back to your lodge for lunch and rest. In the afternoon, you will go for a canopy walk in the Nyungwe Forest and see the great variety of tree species, butterflies, birds and other primates.

Dinner and Overnight will be at Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury), Nyungwe Top View Hotel (Mid-range) and Gisakura Guest House (Budget).

Day 3: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Wake up at your own time but ready for departure for the volcanoes national park after late breakfast, your guide will drive you off to Volcanoes National Park. This will be a long journey but very interesting and memorable with stopovers in between to give you time to admire interesting landmarks. You will drive by Lake Kivu and have time to take great photos of the Lake and other beautiful features along the way. Rwanda has a beautiful countryside with rolling hills, green plantations and welcoming locals. Lunch will be en-route. You will arrive late to your hotel near the Volcanoes national park.

Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge / The 5 Volcanoes Lodge (Luxury), Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge / Da Vinci Lodge (Mid-range) and The Garden Place Hotel (Budget).

Day 4: Gorilla trekking at the Volcanoes national park – Tour the Iby’iwacu cultural village

Briefing for gorilla tracking at the volcanoes national park starts at 7:00 am. Wake up early and take your breakfast then head to the park headquarters in Musanze. Ask your hotel to pack for you lunch and enough drinking water. The head park guide will share with you information related to gorilla trekking in Rwanda and how to act while with the gorillas.  Rwanda has 10 habituated gorilla families that are available for tourism. The other families are wild or set aside for research purposes. The time taken tracking mountain gorillas is unpredictable – select a gorilla family for tracking based on your general fitness. 

Gorilla tracking comes with several challenges but the experience of watching a gorilla group in the wild is very special indeed. The safety and security of visitors while tracking mountain gorillas is guaranteed as mountain gorillas are generally calm and peaceful compared to most large wild animals. Take as many photos of the gorilla family as you will be with them for only one hour.  After the activity you will go back to the lodge for lunch and rest. Later in the evening, you will go to the Iby’iwacu cultural village in Musanze which is very near the Volcanoes national park. Enjoy the local dances and storytelling as you learn about the local culture of the people of Rwandan.

Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge / The 5 Volcanoes Lodge (Luxury), Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge / Da Vinci Lodge (Mid-range) and The Garden Place Hotel (Budget).

Day 5: Transfer back to Kigali – City Tour and genocide memorial site visit – Departure

After yesterday’s demanding activity, you can wake up late but ready to checkout as you depart for Kigali. The journey back to Kigali is 2-3 hours bypassing amazing mountainous countryside. Once you reach Kigali, the driver will take you for a city tour that includes visiting the Kings palace, local markets and the Gisozi genocide war memorial site. You should buy some family gifts from the local art/crafts shop. After the city tour, the guide will take you to the airport for departure or to your hotel in Kigali if you are still around.

End of Tour

Safari Quote Includes

  • 4×4 safari vehicle
  • A company Driver/Guide
  • Fuel for your entire travel
  • Gorilla tracking permits
  • Drinking water daily
  • Chimpanzee tracking permit
  • Pickup and drop-off at your desired location with in Kigali
  • Park fees
  • Cultural and community visit
  • Kigali city Tour

Excludes:
Flights, visas, personal expenses and personal Insurance.