5 Days Rwanda Primates Safari

Safari Overview:

The 5 days Rwanda Primate Safari is one of the highly rewarding safaris that will take you through Rwanda’s primate Capital- Nyungwe forest park for memorable Chimpanzee trek; thereafter, it links you to Volcanoes national park where you will have the highlight of your safari to encounter the world’s endangered species of the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat of Volcanoes national park in Rwanda. The wonderful safari starts and ends in Kigali-the Capital City of Rwanda.

Safari Highlights:

Day 1: Transfer from Kigali to Nyungwe Forest Park & evening Cultural encounter.

Day 2: Early Morning Chimpanzee trekking and Afternoon Canopy Walk

Day 3: Transfer from Nyungwe to Volcanoes National park & Have an evening cultural encounter

Day 4: Do Gorilla Trekking & Musanze Cave tour.

Day 5: Trek to Dian Fossey Tomb & Transfer to Kigali City.

Description:

Day 1: Transfer from Kigali to Nyungwe Forest Park & evening Cultural encounter.

Early in the morning, you will meet and greet our driver guide in your lodge or place of meeting in Kigali. Thereafter, embark on transfer journey of 225kms about 6 -7 hours’ drive from Kigali to Nyungwe national park. This journey is very fascinating as you will traverse through amazing sceneries all around the area. The driver guide will slowly drive to allow you capture the best photographs. You will have lunch enroute and a number of stopovers at Butare National Museum, Nyanza (Rukali) as well as Malaba coffee factory, plus other exciting areas. On arrival to the park, you will drive to the lodge to check-in and relax. After relaxation, you will embark on an evening cultural encounter with the local people around Nyungwe Forest National Park. The cultural encounter will give you a rare opportunity to interact with the local people in their natural environment, with a taste of their unique culture and traditions. You will be entertained by the Cyamundongo Cultural troupe and after the activity; you will retire back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodations: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury /Upmarket), Nyungwe Top View (Moderate /standard), Gisakura Guest House (Budget Lodge).

Day 2: Early Morning Chimpanzee trekking &Afternoon Canopy Walk

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Following your early morning breakfast, you will drive to the park headquarters for an early morning briefing about the dos and don’ts of Chimpanzee trekking in the loviest forest of Nyungwe national park. At the park, you will be divided in groups of 8 trekkers who only authorized to trek one habituated Chimpanzee group. After briefing, you will be led by the ranger guide through the beautiful forest trail to trek the fascinating chimpanzee creatures. Along the trails you may enjoy the nice melodies of different bird species housed in the forest and you may also have chance to enjoy the views of other primates like grey-cheeked mangabey, monkeys among others. The activity takes between 2-6 hours but experienced guides will also make sure that they take you where you will have to encounter the primates as fast as possible. Face to face encounter with the chimpanzees is very amazing because you will observe them play, feed and rest. After this worthwhile experience, you will head back to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. After lunch, embark on adventurous canopy walk to see the beautiful twin lakes as well as various bird species. Participate in Nature walks in the ever green forests of Nyungwe. After these interesting activities, you will retire back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Nyungwe Forest Lodge, (Luxury) Nyungwe Top View Hotel (Mid-Range), Gisakura Guest House (Budget)

Day 3: Transfer from Nyungwe to Volcanoes National park & Have an evening cultural encounter

After an early morning breakfast, you will embark on drive transfer from Nyungwe to Volcanoes National Park 115kms about 3-4 hours without stop overs. The drive to volcanoes is very interesting as it will take you through the beautiful countryside with great views of Lake Kivu. Upon your arrival to Volcanoes, you will connect to your book lodge to have lunch and relaxation. After lunch, you will embark on an evening cultural encounter with the local communities around volcanoes national park. The cultural encounter will give you a rare opportunity to interact with the local people in their natural environment, with a taste of their unique culture and traditions. On arrival to the village, you will be genuinely welcomed by the community as special Visitors. After cultural refreshment, entrainment, you will retire back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodations: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Standard/Mid-range), Muhabura Hotel (Budget).

Day 4: Do Gorilla Trekking & Musanze Cave tour.

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After an early morning hearty breakfast, you will report to the park headquarters for an early morning briefing  regarding gorilla trekking etiquettes in Volcanoes Park. While at the park headquarters, you will meet other trekkers and you will be divided in groups of eight individuals who are allowed to trek one habituated mountain gorilla group. After briefing, you will be led by ranger guide to hike through the verdant jungle searching for mountain gorillas. The activity which will take 2-8 hours needs someone to be physical fit since it involves a lot of hiking the hills and slopping the Valleys. Gorilla trekking process is tedious but impressive when you finally set your small eyes direct to bit big round eyes of the mountain gorillas. When you eventually meet the gorillas, you will  be allowed one hour with them, seeing them feed, play and look for their young ones. While staying with the gorillas, you will be required to maintain a distance of 7 meters away, also turn off the flash of your camera as you take pictures. Right after one hour, you will retire back to the starting point and transfer to your lodge for late lunch and relaxation. After lunch, embark on Musanze Cave tour through the tourist walkways, trails and stairs that take you to the dark interior of the caves that illustrates a picture of a house with several rooms and corridors. The tour will offer you an in-depth understanding of the geological, geographical as well as historical development of the globe. After exploring the cave, retreat back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodations: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Standard/Mid-range), Muhabura Hotel (Budget).

Day 5: Trek to Dian Fossey Tomb & Transfer to Kigali City.

After an early morning breakfast, embark on trek to Dian Fossey Tomb. The trek will offer you golden opportunity to visit the Dian Fossey Tomb and visit the house where this famous American researcher was killed from and also listen to the experienced guide explain to you the history of the fallen conservationist. After exploring the Karisoke Research Centre, you will embark on transfer drive to Kigali. On arrival to the city, the driver guide will take you around to Gisozi genocide memorial center where you will have time to listen to the comprehensive history of Rwanda during the 1994 genocide and the events of the massacres, including personal accounts. Thereafter, the driver guide will drive you to your Kigali lodge or Kanombe Airport for your scheduled flight back home.

End of Safari.

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