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6 Day Rwanda Primates Safari

6 Day Rwanda Primates safaris, Welcome to Rwanda, the “land of a thousand hills”. This tour will begin and end in Kigali Rwanda’s capital and its largest city. The tour will give you a chance to meet our closest relatives the chimps in Nyungwe forest national park. The canopy walk in Nyungwe forest national park will give you a close eye-to eye encounter with the chimpanzees and later you will cross over to Volcanoes national park and trek the endangered mountain gorillas in their national setting, both activities are rewarding. In the evenings you will stay in the best lodges in the country, known for their excellent service and exceptionally beautiful locations.

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival to Kigali

Day 2: Visit Genocide Memorial & Travel to Nyungwe Forest

Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking & Canopy Walk (optional)

Day 4: Volcanoes National Park

Day 5: Gorilla Tracking

Day 6: Return to Kigali

Detailed itinerary for 6 Day Rwanda Primates safaris

Day 1: Arrival to Kigali

Upon your arrival at Kigali international airport, you will be greeted by your Mum and Dad Uganda Tours guide and driven to your hotel in a quiet verdant street in the heart of down-town Kigali. Arrive at your pre-booked hotel/lodge for a free drink by the hotel’s pool bar, you get briefed by your guide on the details of your upcoming memorable adventure. However if you arrive in Kigali in time your guide will take you and explore the city on this day. Take a city tour or visit the craft markets to browse amongst the pottery, carvings, batik, weaving, musical instruments, leather and fabrics on offer. Dinner and an overnight at

Accommodation: The Retreat by Heaven

Meal plan: lunch and dinner

Day 2: Visit Genocide Memorial & Transfer to Nyungwe Forest

On this day after breakfast, setoff for Nyungwe Forest national park, however you will first visit the Genocide Memorial in town before. The Genocide Memorial is a place of commemoration for the 250,000 victims buried in mass graves after the brutality of the 1994 genocide. The exhibit is an intensely emotional experiences but also an educational one, where you will learn about the darkest hour in Rwanda’s recent history. After this experience and lunch you will continue to western part of Rwanda passing through the town of Butare which is about 135km from Kigali Rwanda’s capital and its largest city. In Butare you can visit the national Museum displaying a range of ethnographic objects that will give you an insight into the rich traditional life and culture of Rwanda. You arrive Nyungwe forest in the evening. The park is known as the world’s oldest and arguably Africa’s beautiful rainforest. The forest houses over 13 species of primates coupled with chimpanzees the closet relative to human, other primates include the colobus monkeys, mangabeys, blue monkeys the park also over 310 bird species recorded here, 26 of which are endemic to Rwanda.  Dinner and an overnight at

Accommodation options:  Nyungwe forest Lodge, NyungweNziza EcoLodge/ Gisakura Guest House.

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking & Canopy Walk (optional)

After breakfast, you will get briefed from the park wardens about the dos and don’ts while with the chimps.  Later follow the ranger guide to venture deep into Nyungwe Forest National Park in search of the chimpanzees. During the search of Chimpanzee you have a chance to see other primates and many forest dwellers that live into the forest. Once the chimps are met are you are strictly allowed to stay with them for a period of one hour watching them interact with each other and go about their daily routine of grooming, playing and foraging is an incredible experience. Chances of meeting the chimps are high however it’s never 100% guaranteed since they are wild animals with wills and minds of their own! Retire back to the lodge for relaxation and lunch, if the evening is free you can go for an optional activity canopy walk, enjoying the luxurious comforts of the lodge or doing one of the complimentary activities on offer there, just let your guide know in advance. .  Dinner and an overnight at

Accommodation option: Nyungwe forest Lodge, NyungweNziza EcoLodge

Meal Plan: Full board

Day 4: Volcanoes National Park

After breakfast on this 6 Day Rwanda Primates safaris, your guide will transfer you to Volcanoes national park in the northern part of Rwanda.  Volcanoes national park contains parts of the Virunga mountain range and its 5 volcanoes that form the border between Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The park has the most scenic sights in Africa, and not only that but also it’s known as one of the three parks in the world which provide a gateway to face-to-face encounters with the iconic mountain gorillas. Not only gorilla trekking but the park has a lot to offer including , tracking trips to find the rare golden monkeys, spectacular volcano hikes and a visit to the Dian Fossey research center. If you are interested in one of the above activities, you can speak with your Travel Consultant if you would like to extend your stay in the park for an additional day to include one or more of these activities. Arrive at your pre-booked accommodation for lunch and if the evening is free you can go for cultural tour. Dinner and an overnight stay at

Accommodation options:     Sabinyo Silverback Lodge/Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge/ Mountain gorilla View Lodge/Bisate Lodge

Meal Plan:       full board (Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner)

Day 5: Gorilla Tracking

On this 6 Day Rwanda Primates safaris, you will first report to the park headquarters to receive short briefings about the dos and don’ts also gets you allocated to the ranger guide. In the company of an experienced park ranger you will be tracking the whereabouts of one of the habituated family groups who live in the park and can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. Gorilla trekking is challenging yet exciting is trekking involves passing through muddy and slippery slopes, tangled vines, thick vegetation and bamboo forests before you reach the territory of these gentle giants. The search for these gentle giants takes about 1-7 hours, your ranger will point out telltale signs of previous gorilla activity like dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. Once the family of gorillas have been located, settle in to the environment and enjoy the one hour allowed to stray with the gorillas, observe these charming primates whose habits and gestures remind us so much of our own. After this wonderful experience retire back to the lodge for relaxation dinner and an overnight at;

Accommodation options: Sabinyo Silverback Lodge/Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge/ Mountain gorilla View Lodge/Bisate Lodge

Meal Plan: full board (Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner)

Day 6: Return to Kigali

After an early breakfast, you will enjoy your last morning in the rainforest today with your ranger guide. Retire back to the lodge an early lunch after, the guide will drive you back to Kigali for your departure flight if time allows enjoy city tour and visit some of the interesting places you missed on the first dat. Enjoy A farewell dinner with your guide in Kigali is included in your meal plan today before you are driven to the airport to meet your departure flight back home. Should you depart on an earlier flight please let your Travel Consultant know to deduct the meal from your package.

End of 6 Day Rwanda Primates safaris

Meal Plan:      Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Included in the tour package

Airport transfers

Transportation in a 4WD all fuel for the tour

Professional English-speaking driver/guide

Accommodations

Meals

Welcome drink on arrival day

Drinking water in the vehicle

Park entrance fees

Activities as listed

1 Chimpanzee Tracking permit per person (USD 90)

1 Gorilla Tracking permit per person (USD 1.500)

Excluded

International flights

Visa

Meals that are not part of your accommodation

Activities that are mentioned as optional in the program

A porter to carry your daypack during gorilla tracking (recommended)

Government tax or increments in park fees

Personal insurance (medical/travel)

Tips and gratuities to your driver/guide, rangers, site guides, porters, hotel staff, etc.

All expenses of a personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, souvenirs etc.)