This tour is perfect for people who love primates. You will visit Nyungwe forest to see the Chimpanzees and Volcanoes N.P. to track the Mountain Gorillas. You will also relax on the shores of Lake Kivu. You will sleep in luxury lodges!

Highlights:

  • Chimpanzee Tracking in Nyungwe forest
  • Gorilla Tracking in Volcanoes N.P. Included!
  • Learn the history of the Genocide

Day 1: Welcome to Rwanda

A representative will be at Kigali Airport to pick you up from your flight.

Depending on your arrival time you may be able to visit some of Kigali’s craft markets to browse amongst the pottery, carvings, batik, weaving, sculpture, musical instruments, leather and fabrics on offer. Prepare to use your haggling skills! All activities and purchases today are at your own cost.

 

Day 2: Kigali City tour, transfer to Volcanoes Park

Today morning, you will have an early city tour in Kigali during which you will visit the national museum and the genocide memorial among several other fascinating tourist sites. You will have lunch and after begin on a drive through the beautiful terraced hills as you head to Volcanoes national park which is home to the highly-endangered mountain gorillas. After checking into your accommodation, you will visit one of the nearby Banyarwanda communities who will entertain you with enjoyable cultural songs and dances.

Day 3:Gorilla Tracking

Today you will start early! From the lodge, you drive into the park about 30 minutes to the RDB office. The head ranger of the RDB will divide you into groups based on interest and fitness. From here your driver/guide will take you as close as possible to the starting point of your tracking.

Today you will track one of the habituated Gorilla groups who can tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day. The time taken to track the gorillas can take as little as half an hour to as much as 8 hours

Your track will be an exciting journey along forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes and bamboo before you eventually reach the gorillas’ current location. Your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests and chewed bamboo shoots. Once the gorillas have been located, you will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a humbling and emotional experience. This is a fantastic and privileged opportunity to get up close and personal with Rwanda’s own ‘Gorillas in the Mist’.

Note: Wild African Safaris purchases the permits in advance but is unable to reserve a specific gorilla group as it is for the head-ranger to decide this

Day 4: Journey to Kibuye on Lake Kivu

In the morning you can enjoy the nice views from your lodge. After lunch you will travel to Kibuye on the eastern shores of Lake Kivu. Time allowing, you can visit the Ndaba Falls or take a walk around Kibuye town. In the afternoon you can you can rent a boat and visit a few islands. All activities today are at your own cost.

Day 5: Transfer to Nyungwe National Park

After breakfast, you will checkout of your hotel and begin on the drive to Nyungwe National Park. You will stop over for lunch along the way the way and also take photographs of the beautiful scenery.

Day 6:Chimpanzee Tracking

After a very early morning start, you will proceed to the chimpanzee tracking trail in either the Cyamudongo or Uwinka sections. The total population between the two groups is a healthy 80 individuals. This exciting up-close encounter with human’s closest relative you will not soon forget.

After the chimp tracking you can relax at the hotel or choose an optional activity that you can discuss with your guide.

Optional activity Canopy walk:

In the afternoon you can go for East Africa’s only canopy walk. This walk takes place above a deep gorge cutting across the massive forest. Lasting about 1½ hours, the walk takes you through some beautiful foliage and animal habitats. En route you will have the chance to spot blue monkeys and unique birds that dwell in the upper levels of the forest canopy.

Day 7: Departure

Today after a relaxed breakfast you shall be transferred by your driver/guide back to Kigali. Depending on your departure flight you can visit the Genocide Memorial and Education Centre, which opened in 2004. It’s a dignified tribute to the victims, including a poignant Children’s Memorial, and a detailed description of the darkest hour in Rwanda’s recent history in time to catch your flight back home.

Your driver/guide will take you to the airport in time for your flight home. Sadly, this is where you say goodbye to Rwanda.

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