9 days Primate and Wildlife Tour Rwanda
Lets take you on a 9 days Primate and Wildlife Tour Rwanda adventure and you’ll experience some rare innermost feeling of hanging with some of the rare earthly creatures and the beautiful peoples of the historical Rwanda.
This incredible 9 Day Rwanda gorillas, chimps & wildlife safari offers the opportunity for once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters. You’ll drive through Akagera National park tracking the famous African BIG 5 game, track chimpanzees and spot monkeys, baboons and other wildlife in Nyungwe National Park. Trekking deep into the forests of Volcanoes National Park, you’ll search for endangered mountain gorillas with expert local gorilla rangers. You’ll also have an opportunity to explore Kigali and its colorful markets, cross Nyungwe Canopy Walkway and kayak on Lake Kivu..
Safari Highlights of the 9 days Primate and Wildlife Tour Rwanda
- Kigali City Tour, colorful markets, reconciliation village
- Rwanda Wildlife Day Game Drives,
- Boat ride on Lake Ihema
- Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park
- Twin Lakes – Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo
- History and Culture in Akagera National Park,
- Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest National,
- Water fall hike or Canopy Walk in Nyungwe Forest
Safari Itinerary of the 9 days Primate and Wildlife Tour Rwanda
DAY 1: Arrival in Kigali – Reconciliation Village
This Rwanda Gorillas, Chimps & Wildlife Tour starts here after you arrive at Kigali International Airport. Upon arrival, you are met with a safari driver guide and transferred to the Serena Kigali Hotel. This afternoon you will visit the Reconciliation Village in Bugesera a government initiative where survivors of the genocide live side by side with the repentant former perpetrators of the genocide. Listen to their story about forgiveness and moving forward as a community.
Accommodation and Meals at Serena Kigali Hotel
DAY 2: Transfer to Akagera National Park
Morning drive to Akagera National Park in the east of Rwanda, a dramatic landscape of rolling hills, savannah, and woodland interspersed with a series of lakes. You may see giraffes, hippos, buffaloes, Zebra, Crocodiles, and other wildlife. Dinner and
Accommodation and Meals at Ruzizi Tented Camp
DAY 3: Game drive and Lake Ihema Boat cruise
On this day, you will head out for a morning game drive that starts with a spectacular sunrise. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and landscape through the northern part of the park, where most of the animals prefer to inhabit. After lunch, head out for a boat cruise on Lake Ihema, look out for hippos, and crocodiles, as well as a variety of bird species.
Accommodation and Meals at Ruzizi Tented Camp
DAY 4: Transfer back to Kigali – Volcanoes National Park
Early morning, you will exit the park and proceed back to Kigali arriving in time for lunch and thereafter heading to Volcanoes National Park arriving in the evening for relaxation. Accommodation and Meals at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.
DAY 5: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park.
Arise early today and prepare for the highlight of your safari, an unforgettable encounter with the Gentle Giants! Following breakfast, transfer to the national park offices where you will be allocated a gorilla family in group 8 as well as a gorilla tracking guide. After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide touching on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions, you drive to the trailhead for the start of a thrilling adventure. Expect to walk between 2 and 8 hours in steep and slippery conditions at times with rain overhead, which can be quite a challenge so you require to be reasonably fit. Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; feeding, moving around, playing, and grooming– it is a totally unique and unforgettable experience! Thereafter head back to the lodge for relaxation. Accommodation and Meals at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.
DAY 6: Twin Lakes Burera and Ruhondo later transfer to Lake Kivu
After breakfast, visit Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo located at the base of Mt Muhabura and close to the border with Uganda. They are surrounded by steep hills and large waterfalls with a backdrop of the Virunga volcanic mountains. Later proceed to Lake Kivu arriving in time for lunch and evening for relaxation at the Lake Shores. Accommodation and Meals at Kivu Lodge.
DAY 7: Lake Kivu – Nyungwe Forest – Water Fall Hike or Canopy Walk
Set off for Nyungwe Forest arriving in time for lunch and in the evening, you will embark on the 3- 5 hour Waterfall trail/ Isumo trail. You will have the option to choose between a guided waterfall nature hike through the tea estates taking in views of Lake Kivu and Congo before descending into the rainforest OR take a Canopy walk a 3- hour round trip canopy walk along a 160m-long and 70m-high canopy walkway. Take in the scenery rewarding you with an entire forest covered with a few primate species. Get to view butterflies, birds, and blue monkeys that dwell in the upper levels of the forest. The forest has 13 rare primate species, the world’s largest-ever recorded arboreal troop of black/white colobus monkeys, and nearly 300 species of birds and 154 types of orchids. Later you will head back to the trailhead and thereafter head back to the hotel. Accommodation and Meals at Nyungwe Top View Hotel.
DAY 8: Nyungwe Forest – Chimpanzee tracking – Kigali
Breakfast and then have an early start to go Chimpanzee tracking through Nyungwe. The forest is rich in botanical diversity and home to 13 species of primates including Chimpanzees, L’Hoest monkeys, and Columbus monkeys with 300 bird species. You will take a picnic lunch. Return is likely late this afternoon thereby having lunch and proceeding back to Kigali
Accommodation and Meals at Kigali Serena Hotel.
DAY 9: Departure
Relaxed breakfast and then transfer to Kigali International Airport for your onward flight back home.
General Price Per Person
From USD 5485
Included in the 9 days Primate and Wildlife Tour
Ground transportation in a safari customized 4WD Toyota Land cruiser with gasoline/fuel, Mineral water in the vehicle, services of an English speaking Driver/guide, Accommodation, Meals, all Park Entrance Fees, *Gorilla Tracking USD 1500 pp, Chimpanzee Permits, Golden Monkey Hike, Canopy Walk, Birdwatching excursion, All historical and cultural activities, Boat rides where applicable, Statutory Taxes.
Excluded in the 9 days Primate and Wildlife Tour
International Airfares; Excess baggage charges; Rwanda Entry Visa Fees USD 50 per person; fees for International travel Vaccinations and Inoculations; Items of personal nature such as Room service, Beverages, Communications charges (telephone, fax, internet), Laundry, etc.; Postage fees, Porterage fees, Tips and Gratuities for your Driver/guide and Hotels staff, Shopping charges for Curios and Crafts, International Airport Departure Taxes, Optional activities unless specified as included, Any other services not expressly shown in the itinerary or indicated as included.
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