6 Days Rwanda Primates Tour

Day 1, Arrival and transfer to Volcanoes National Park
On arrival at the Airport, you will be welcomed by our company representative who will brief you shortly about your Rwanda Safari. After the briefing, you will be transferred to Volcanoes national park in Ruhengeri. This is a 3 hours drive from the city center. Upon arrival, you will check in into your lodge and then take a short community tour around Ruhengeri for a good cultural experience of a true Rwandese culture. Dinner and overnight stay at Kinigi Guest House (Budget)/Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge (Mid range)/ Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury)

Day 2, Mountain Gorilla tracking
After breakfast, you will transfer to the Park headquarters at 7:00am for a briefing from the ORTPN Ranger guides. After this, you will be accompanied by your ranger guide and start your trek into the forest to search for the habituated Mountain Gorilla family allocated to your group. You are reminded to bring with you packed lunch and bottled Mineral water. In terms of clothes, trekking boots, long sleeved shirts and blouses, rain coats, and Cameras are highly recommended for the trek. The time you will spend in the forest searching for the Gorillas is not predictable as it depends on where they spend the last night. Once you come across the Gorillas, all the troubles you have gone through to reach them will be easily forgotten and instead utilize the1 hour you have with them to get a great experience. You can observe them in terms of behaviors as well as taking photographs. Return to the lodge for refreshments, dinner and overnight stay at Kinigi Guest House (Budget)/Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge (Mid range)/ Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury)

Day 3, Transfer to Gisenyi town
After breakfast, you will leave Ruhengeri and proceed to Gisenyi town which is located on the shores of Lake Kivu. Lake Kivu is the main fresh water body in Rwanda. Upon arrival, have lunch and after you can take an optional boat ride on the lake to the closest islands to discover unspoiled places and sceneries. The ride will also offer you beautiful views of the Nyiragongo Volcano in Congo which is the only still active volcano in East Africa and last erupted in 2002. Alternatively, you can relax on the beach as you wait for your dinner and overnight stay at Serena Kivu Hotel (Luxury) /Malahide Hotel (Mid range) Stipp Hotel (Budget)

Day 4, Transfer to Nyungwe Forest
After breakfast, you will leave Gisenyi and transfer to the South Western Rwanda along the road on the shores of Lake Kivu to Nyungwe Forest National Park. En route to the Park, visit the Kibuye town also found on the shores of Lake Kivu for stunning sceneries and Lunch. After lunch, you will proceed in the afternoon to Cyangugu town which is on the Southern shore of Lake Kivu and also a gateway to Nyungwe Forest National Park. You will reach Nyungwe in the evening in time for dinner and overnight stay at Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury) or Gisakura Guest House (Budget)

Day 5, Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe
After an early breakfast, you will leave the lodge or guest house around 5:00am and enter the forest to search for the Chimpanzees and also other primates like the Angolan colobus. The park hosts 13 species of primates and these include: chimpanzees, Rwenzori colobus, Hoest Monkey, silver monkey, owl faced monkey, red tailed monkey, vervet monkey and olive baboon and so many others. You are also advised to carry with you a packed lunch and bottled mineral water. Return in the evening for dinner and overnight stay at Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury) or Gisakura Guest House (Budget)

Day 6, Transfer to Kigali
After breakfast, you will drive back to Kigali with en route stopovers at Gikongoro for a tour of the Genocide Memorial of Murambi. Have lunch in Butare town which is the 2nd town in Rwanda and also considered the cultural capital. The city hosts the university and the National Museum with very rewarding handicraft shops where typical products made by Rwandan artisans are sold. After this, you will proceed with your journey and visit the Royal Palace in Nyanza. The site displays original items and pieces of history of the Old Mwami who was the King. Proceed to Kigali for dinner and overnight stay at Hotel Chezlando/Step Town Motel (budget), Kigali Serena or Hotel Des Mill Collins for Luxury or Golf Hills Residence for Mid range

End of Safari

 

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