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6 Days Rwanda primate Safari

In this itinerary, we will take you for the best primates experience in Rwanda. You will visit Nyungwe forest for chimpanzee tracking experience, there after proceed to Volcanoes National Park for an encounter with the rare mountain Gorillas.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices and Dates: $2004 - $3384
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 6 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited Rwanda Rwanda
Parks visited Volcanoes, Nyungwe Forest
Activity level Very Active - Trekking, mountain biking, kayaking
Safari type:
  • Cultural
  • Birding
  • Self-drive
Rwanda, commonly referred to as a “land of a thousand hills” is a country blessed with natural beauty. The country has got a very rich and interesting historical background, cultures and is also a home to the endangered mountain Gorillas. In this itinerary, we will take you through the best of Rwanda.

6 Days Rwanda Primates Safari

Day 01: Transfer from Kigali to Nyungwe Forest National Park
Meet and greet our tour representative at the airport and depart for Butare which is the second largest
city of Rwanda. Enroute to Butare, we shall visit Nyanza the former Mwami's (King’s)palace and the seat
of the federal monarchy as well as the National Museum at Butare, which is one the finest ethnographic
museum of East Africa. After lunch, we shall continue south to Nyungwe Forest National Park; Dinner and
overnight at Nyungwe forest lodge (Up market), Nyungwe top hill lodge (Midrange) or Gisakura Guest
House (Budget). Have enough rest as you prepare for the adventurous activities the next day.

Day 2: Chimpanzee Tracking in Nyungwe Forest National Park
This morning enjoy your breakfast and thereafter proceed for the orientation by the guides and
hereafter start your chimpanzee tracking experience. This is an adventurous activity that will get you
closer to man’s closest relatives, the chimpanzees. In the evening, return to Nyungwe forest lodge/
Nyungwe top hill lodge/ Gisakura Guest House for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 3: Depart from Nyungwe Forest NP to Gisenyi on Lake Kivu
After breakfast we shall leave for Gisenyi, passing through the green fields of tea plantations before
exploring the shores of Lake Kivu. Gisenyi is contiguous with Goma, the city across the border in the
Democratic Republic of the Congo. The afternoon is about relaxation and marvelous moments on the
shores of Lake Kivu. The more energetic can also take a walk around this magnificent area; enjoy your
dinner and overnight stay at Serena Gisenyi (Up market)/ Paradise Malahide Hotel (Midrange/ Budget)

Day 4: Gisenyi to Parc National des Volcans
Today we have a leisurely breakfast as you choose from having a speed boat to stroll the shores of Lake
Kivu or just relax and enjoy the sunrise while at the lake shores before having lunch at the hotel. After
lunch, we shall drive for about 1 and a half hour to Ruhengeri the gorilla tracking capital of Rwanda.
Dinner and overnight will be at Jack Hana guest House (Up market)/ Kinigi Guest House (Budget)

Day 5: Gorilla Tracking in Parc National des Volcans
After breakfast you will report to the park headquarters in Kinigi where your guide will accomplish the
necessary formalities for you of allocating you a gorilla family to track. You will meet your ranger guide(s)                                                              for a briefing about the gorilla tracking formality and how everything will be conducted from the start to
the finish point; also you will be briefed on how you are to conduct yourself in the forest before and after
encountering the gorillas. Return afterwards for lunch at your hotel or at Ruhengeri. Time permitting, we
shall have an excursion to explore the beautiful twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo in the region or just
conduct a village walk in Ruhengeri or visit the Iby'Iwacu traditional village, where the local community
displays the traditional ways of living. Later in the evening, you will return to Jack Hana Guest House/
Kinigi Guest House for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Optional activities and transfer to Kigali
In case you wish to take another day tracking the Gorillas in Parc National des Volcanoes, today is the
days and we recommend you visit one of the groups with a longer hiking time; the Susa group which is
located on the slopes of the Karisimbi volcano and has more than 35 members will give you a great sense
of achievement.
Alternatively, you may opt for other hikes in the park to include: A walk to visit the Golden Monkeys.
Listed as “endangered”, the habituated groups of about 40 individuals are the only ones to be found in
Africa, an excursion to Dian Fossey’s grave of and the former Karisoke Research Center or a hike to the
top of the Bisoke volcano (3.711 m) and its beautiful crater lake. Afterwards, drive back to Kigali,
enjoying the beautiful scenery along the way.

The quote for this Safari Package is based on 2 pax sharing in a double and Includes;

Accommodation full board
All ground transport
English speaking guide
Kigali city tour
Airport picks up and transfers
Meals en route

The Quote Excludes;

International flight fares
Gorilla tracking permit ($750)
Chimpanzee tracking permit ($100)
Tips and beverages
Items of personal use
Travel insurance

Also note;
Clients on budget safaris will use 4WD safari minivan, and will sleep in confortable budget
accommodation facilities
Clients on midrange safaris will use a 5 sitter 4WD Safari Land Cruiser and will sleep at mid-
range accommodation facilities
Clients on Up-market safari will use an extended luxury 7 sitter 4WD safari Land Cruiser and will
sleep in luxury accommodation facilities
This trip can be customized to suite your travel needs, time and budget

 

 

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Nyungwe Top hill Lodge
  • Gisenyi Serena Hotel
  • Jack Hanna House

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