Most people travel to Rwanda for their primates that are in abundance. This Safari gives you an opportunity to experience two of the premium wildlife experiences in Rwanda i.e. Chimpanzee trekking and Gorilla trekking. Both hikes can be challenging depending on where the chimpanzee or gorillas nested the previous night. The trek through the forest often leads you to these primates what you get to watch for only one hour. The Chimp trekking differs from gorilla trekking the sightings are a bit more sporadic and rushed, but worthwhile nonetheless as opposed to gorillas that stay for a while in one location.
- Kigali City Tour
- Chimpanzee trekking
- Canopy Walk
- Gorilla trekking
- Iby’Iwacu cultural village
- Optional – Dian Fossey grave Or Visit to the Caves or Batwa trail
Day 1: Arrival for Rwanda Primates Safari
On your arrival to the beautiful land of “a thousand hill” Kagera Safaris guide will be at the airport to pick you. You will have a quick Kigali city tour before retiring to your hotel for the Kigali genocide memorial, Kandt Museum, and craft market.
Day 2: Transfer to the home of Chimps – Nyungwe national park
Nyungwe forest is located in southern Rwanda enroute to Burundi and DR Congo. This morning we depart for Nyungwe forest with a stopover in Nyanza to visit the Kings palace – place for learning more about the Rwandan culture and history. We will have lunch in Huye formerly known as Butare. We arrive in Nyungwe forest later in that evening and proceed to our lodge for overnight.
Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest
Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest happens early morning – in fact briefing is at 5am at the Uwinka park headquarters. After the briefing, you are allocated the site for your chimp trekking, which can be either Uwinka or Cyamudongo. The forest is rich with botanical diversity and home to 13 species of primates including Chimpanzees, L’Hoest monkeys, and Columbus monkeys, about 300 bird species and several butterfly species.
In the afternoon – we take a canopy walk or stay at the lodge to recuperate from the chimp trekking depending on your preference.
Day 4: Transfer from Chimpanzees to Gorillas – Volcanoes national park
Today after breakfast, we start journey to the home of gorillas in Rwanda – Volcanoes national park in the Virunga region. Enjoy the winding roads and scenery of “a thousand hills” along the way. We arrive at your hotel later that evening – rest enough ready for the gorilla experience tomorrow.
Day 5: Gorillas in the Mist – Gorilla trekking Volcanoes national park
Today after the morning briefing from the ranger guides at the park headquarters, you start journey to meet the mountain gorillas in the dense jungles of the Virunga ranges. Your ranger guide in communication to earlier trackers will lead you to where the gorillas are. The trek can last from an hour to seven hours depending on where the gorillas nested the previous night – you need to be relatively fit to enjoy this experience.
Depending on the time the gorilla tracking lasts, you have opportunities for a cultural group performance at Iby’Iwacu cultural village Or Batwa visit – alternatively you can choose to rest.
Day 6: End of your Rwanda primates safari
Wake up with memories of the previous day in the jungle with mountain gorillas. After a lazy morning, start your journey to Kigali for your return flight or engage in an activity you missed yesterday.