Rwanda Primates Safari – 8 Days with Chimps & Gorillas

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8 Days / 7 Nights

This Rwanda primates safari takes you on a journey to see Rwanda’s gorillas and chimpanzees in their natural jungle habitats.

The safari starts and ends in Rwanda’s capital- Kigali. We’ll start with a trip to Nyungwe Forest National Park where you will explore the rainforest’s inhabitants, especially the chimps.

You will then drive north towards Volcanoes National Park which is well known as a home for endangered mountain gorillas. After your hike through the thick rainforest and steep slopes, you will spend 1 hour with the mountain gorillas.

After your gorilla trekking experience, you will do the Dian Fossey hike the next day, and learn more about her work and contribution to the conservation of gorillas. We’ll leave Volcanoes and head for Kigali for a city tour that includes a visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial.

This safari package is ideal for both individuals and groups intending to experience Rwanda’s natural beauty. Take a look at the detailed day-by-day breakdown to get a clearer picture of how this trip would flow for you.

As with all our safari packages, we can customize this Rwanda primates safari program to fit your personal preferences. Just reach out to us and we’ll be eager to help you.

Safari Highlights

  • Kigali International Airport
  • Butare national museum
  • Murambi genocide memorial
  • Nyungwe forest park
  • Volcanoes National Park (Parc De Volcanoes)
  • Karisoke Research center
  • Dian Fossey tomb
  • Kigali genocide memorial center

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Rwanda at Kigali Airport

Your guide/tourist driver will be waiting for you at the airport to welcome you to Rwanda. Later transfer you to Kigali city and check in to your accommodation for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Mille Collines Hotel

Meal plan: Dinner

 

Day 2: Drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park

Breakfast at leisure before heading to the Nyungwe Forest on an easy 260-kilometer drive.

Attractions along the way include the National Museum of Butare and the Genocide Memorial of Murambi. After lunch in Butare, then check into your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Gisakura Guest House

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 3: Hiking in Nyungwe Forest

An early start in this equatorial forest teeming with wildlife yields colonies of the Black and White Colobus and the habituated groups of chimpanzees

After the morning forest safari, we return to the lodge for lunch and have the evening at leisure before dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Gisakura Guest House.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 4: Chimpanzee Tracking in Nyungwe National Park

A very early morning start for the Rwanda Chimps tour. Your guide will lead you into the forest for an informative primate walk in search of chimpanzees.

You will come across a troop of habituated chimpanzees and other primate species that live in the forest as well. We return for lunch and then take a leisurely four-hour drive through some magnificent scenery on the way to your hotel.

Accommodation: Bethaine Guest House

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 5: Drive to Volcanoes National Park

Today you start the journey by driving up the Volcanoes headed for Kinigi on winding roads. Have lunch in Gisenyi before driving through some beautiful scenic points before heading up into the Volcanoes national park.

Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla’s Nest Lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 6: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Early morning, have breakfast before driving to the park headquarters for registration.

The gorilla trekking starts here after a briefing by the Ranger Guides. Later, strenuous trekking takes another couple of hours before a gorilla group is finally encountered.

The Gorillas will be viewed for approximately one hour before heading back to the Hotel for lunch. In the evening, you will be free to explore the nearby villages on foot or by safari vehicle.

Accommodation: Mountain Gorillas Nest Lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 7: Dian Fossey Grave Hike

This morning, the guides will be ready to start early for the full-day visit to the Karisoke Research Centre established by the famous Dr. Dian Fossey.

The Movie “Gorillas in the Mist” was shot here on Location and Graves of Dian Fossey together with her once-beloved Mountain Gorillas like Digit can be visited here. Hiking to the gravesite starts at 7:00 am, and porters are available to help you carry some of your luggage is heavy.

It takes 3 to 4 hours to get to the site and it involves moving through forests and hiking up the slopes, therefore requires some level of fitness & patience.

Accommodation: Mountain gorilla’s Nest Lodge.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 8: Drive to Kigali, Departure

Your guide will pick you up from your lodge, depending on your departure time, and head to Kigali city.

You will have a Kigali city tour including the Genocide Memorial center. The history of the genocide is explained in clear detail, and the visit is such an emotional experience. Later transfer to the Airport for your flight.

This will mark the end of your Rwanda primates safari holiday program.

Accommodation: None (Last day)

Meal plan: Breakfast & Lunch

 

Inclusions;

  • Transport in a 4WD vehicle with a pop-up roof.
  • All fuel for the tour
  • English-speaking driver/guide.
  • Accommodation and Meals on Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • Park-entrance fees for all National parks
  • All activities described in the itinerary
  • 1 Gorilla tracking permit per person.
  • 1 Chimpanzee tracking permit per person
  • Drinking water throughout the safari.

Exclusions;

  • International airfares
  • Entry visa for Rwanda
  • Meals that are not part of your accommodation.
  • A porter. Helps to carry your backpack & push/pull you on the slippery slopes.
  • Personal (medical/travel) insurance
  • Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, etc.
  • Expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities.)

 

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