7 Days Rwanda Primates Safari

This 7 Days Rwanda Primates safari tour involves several activities. The tour package is ideal for primate lovers who are interested in doing chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe forest and after-which go for a canopy walk. This customized Rwanda primate’s tour package also involves seeing other smaller primate species within the Nyungwe forest and going to the Volcanoes national park for mountain gorilla trekking. With this package visitors should expect to get involved in some of the other activities considered to be the best while in Rwanda – Touring Lake Kivu and the Ibyiwacu cultural village, visiting one of the Kigali genocide war memorial sites and off-course golden monkey tracking.

1: Airport or hotel Pick up – Transfer to Nyungwe forest

The company guide will pick you up very early in the morning from your hotel or airport to start the journey to Nyungwe forest which is located in the south west part of Rwanda. You will be briefed about the entire Rwanda safari and what to expect. The journey takes about 5 hours and allows you to marvel at the beautiful hilly Rwanda countryside. You will understand why Rwanda is often refered to as “A land of a thousand hills”. Dinner and Overnight will be at Nyungwe Forst Lodge (Luxury), Nyungwe Top View Hotel (Mid-range) and the Gisakura Guest House (Budget).

Day 2: Chimpanzee Tracking at Nyungwe forest – Going for a Canopy walk

You will wake up early and have early breakfast at your hotel before going for briefing on your chimpanzee tracking adventure at the Nyungwe forest offices. The guides know where to find the chimpanzee and you should follow them deep into the forest along with your porter. Once you locate the chimpanzee, take enough photos and observe the behavior of the primates as much as you can. After the chimpanzee tracking adventure, you should go back for lunch at your lodge.

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

Day 3: Transfer to Lake Kivu – Go for an afternoon boat ride

You will wake, take breakfast, checkout and prepare to be transferred to Lake Kivu. Lake Kivu is the largest fresh water lake in Rwanda and goes all the way to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Lake is world famous for its boiling Methane gas that comes out from underneath. Once you arrive you will have lunch overlooking the Lake. In the afternoon, you will be taken for a boat ride along the  several Lake islands. Once you are done with the boat ride, you should relax by the shower line throughout the evening.

Dinner and accommodation will be at Lake Kivu Serena hotel (Luxury)/ Paradise marahide (Deluxe) and Palm Resort Gardens (Budget).

Day 4: Tour of Lake Kivu and fishing villages – Transfer to Volcanoes national park

You will wake up at your own time, take breakfast and prepare to be taken for a tour of the places around the Lake Kivu including the fishing villages. For bird watchers, this is a perfect time to spot several resident and migratory bird species. You will also spot several primates and mammals that live around the lakes side and off-course the smiling locals carrying out their daily activities. After this tour, you will set off for the Volcanoes national park in Musanze.

Dinner and accommodation 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: Mountain gorilla trekking – Visiting the Ibyiwacu cultural village tour.

Wake up very early to sumptuous breakfast at your hotel and head to the Kinigi park headquarters for briefing on gorilla tracking at 7:00 am. The head guide will let you know what you need to bring along during the trek and how to behave around the gorillas. Afterwards, you will be given a chance to choose a gorilla family and hire a porter. A gorilla safari in Rwanda gives you an opportunity to select a gorilla family from 10 habituated ones. Choose one taking into consideration your overall fitness.  Gorilla trekking in Rwanda can be challenging but the excitement and thrill leading to the location of the gorilla family makes it worthwhile. Once you locate the gorilla family, follow instructions from your guide. Mountain gorillas are very peaceful and calm creatures compared to other large wild animals.

They rarely attack humans unless extremely provoked. You will have one hour with the gorillas unless you are booked for a gorilla habituation experience takes three hours.

Once done watching mountain gorillas, you should head back to the starting point to meet your driver guide who will take you back to the lodge for lunch and rest. After resting, you will be taken to visit the the Ibyiwacu cultural village located near the volcanoes national park. While in the village, you will be entertained to cultural dances and learn more about the local culture of the people of Rwanda.

Dinner and accommodation 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 6: Golden    Monkey Trekking  – visiting the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo

Once again, wake up early and take your breakfast before heading to the Volcanoes national park offices for a briefing on golden monkey tekkking. After the briefing, you should hire a porter to help with your backpack or any other heavy equipment so that you can comfortably track the golden monkeys.

The park guide will lead you into the forest were you will finally spot the golden monkeys on top of the trees with some coming down to feed in the ground. Golden monkeys are a rare and endangered species. They look very cute and you should take as many photos for your collection. Once done, you will head back to the park for lunch and rest. Later in the evening, our guide will take you for an evening drive to visit the beautiful twin lakes Burera and Ruhondo.

Dinner and accommodation 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 7: Transfer back Kigali – Tour of Kigali and the genocide memorial site

Because of the previous days tiring activities, you should wake up at your own leisure and prepare for the journey back to Kigali. In case you missed the tour of Kigali on your arrival day because of time and flight schedule constraints, this is the day that you will visit the city market, the kings palace and the Gisozi genocide memorial site. This city tour will give you another chance to buy local art/crafts as gifts for family back at home. Afterwards our guide will drive you to the airport for departure or to your hotel if you are living in Kigali.

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Safari Quote Includes

  •  A 4X4 private safari car
  • An English speaking  Guide/Driver
  • Fuel for the whole tour
  • Gorilla tracking Permits
  • Drinking water every day
  • Golden monkey tracking permits
  • Pickup and departure at any location in Kigali
  • Chimpanzee tracking permits
  • Cultural and community visit
  • Tour of Kigali

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