8 Days Best of Rwanda Primate safari
8 Days Best of Rwanda Primate safari as stated is one of the best Rwanda primate adventure that combines both Mountain gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park, Golden monkey trekking in Volcanoes national park and chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest national park. This implies that this 8 days best of Rwanda primate safari combines both a tour to Volcanoes national park as well as Nyungwe forest national park.
Highlights of 8 days best of Rwanda primate safari
- Day 1: Arrival in Kigali Rwanda
- Day 2: Transfer to Nyungwe forest national park
- Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking and canopy walk in Nyungwe forest
- Day 4: Transfer to Musanze
- Day 5: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park
- Day 6: Golden monkey trekking and visit Ibyiwacu cultural village
- Day 7: Drive back to Kigali for city tour
- Day 8: Departures
Detailed Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kigali Rwanda
Arrival: You will be welcomed by our company representative in Rwanda upon landing on day 1 of 8 days best of Rwanda primate safari then meet and greet. After meeting, your guide// driver will brief you about this 8 days Rwanda itinerary and you drive to your lodge for a relaxed evening, dinner and overnight rest. This is because most of the flights land on Kigali international airport late in the afternoon or night thus you may not do any activity but relax at your hotel.
Day 2: Transfer to Nyungwe forest national park
Drive to Nyungwe forest national park: After breakfast on day 2 of 8 days best of Rwanda primate safari, check out of the lodge and leave Kigali city for Nyungwe forest national park one of the best primate destination in Rwanda that harbors 13 primate species and the world’s best canopy walk. Well, this is a full day drive with stopovers along the way to view different unique attractions and have an enroute lunch. Amongst the stopover include a visit to National Museum and Kings Palace. Dinner and overnight will be served at the lodge where you will spend your overnight.
Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking and canopy walk in Nyungwe forest
Chimpanzee trekking and canopy walk: On day 3 of 8 days best of Rwanda primate safari, enjoy an early breakfast then pack enough snacks, drinking water and wear a suitable trekking gear including water proof hiking boots, a cap, sun glasses, garden gloves and many more then be driven to the starting point where you will attend briefing with the rest of trekkers. After briefing, hire a porter that will assist you in carrying the backpack then penetrate the forest to search for these gentle primates that thrill in this montane forest of Nyungwe. The trek lasts from a few minutes to about 5 hours depending on how far the chimpanzees have moved since they always room the forest in search of fruits. You will eventually spend only one hour with them interacting closely then return to your lodge for lunch.
Later in the afternoon, return to Uwinka for briefing about canopy walk before returning to the forest for a 150M long canopy walk that is raised at about 50M high almost at a height of tree. This walk is do fascinating and will reward you will several stunning views including a view of Nyungwe forest national park and all the wildlife that thrill with in it such as primates, mammals, birds and many more.
Day 4: Transfer to Musanze
Transfer to Musanze: On day 4 of 8 days best of Rwanda primate safari, wake up on a relaxed breakfast at your lodge then check out and be ready for a road drive from Nyungwe forest national park to Musanze where Volcanoes national park is situated. The drive is kind of long but so rewarding with lots of unique attractions including Lake Kivu in Gisenyi where you will enjoy an enroute lunch. Proceed to Musanze with a spackling view of rolling Rwanda hills and beautiful terraces that make the drive more rewarding and less tiresome. Upon arrival in Musanze, proceed to check in your lodge for dinner and have an overnight rest.
Day 5: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park
Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park: Have your breakfast in time on day 5 of 8 days best of Rwanda primate safari, then meet your driver for a transfer to the starting point where you will attend briefing about mountain Gorilla trekking before embarking on the real forest walk to search for these gorillas in their natural habitats as they always roam the forest and climb up in the mountains that why they obtained the name mountain gorillas. Well, while on briefing grounds, you will present your gorilla trekking permit and any other necessary document that is required to allow you access the gentle primates in their wilderness. Then upon completing the briefing, you will be led into the forest to start searching for these gorillas taking about 2-7 hours then spend 1 hour with them taking photographs and closely interacting with them in their habitats. After one hour has elapsed, exit the forest and return to your lodge for dinner and overnight sleep.
Day 6: Golden monkey trekking and visit Ibyiwacu cultural village
Golden monkey trekking and Visit Ibyiwacu: Enjoy an early breakfast once again on day 6 of 8 days best of Rwanda primate safari and be returned to the forest for an adventurous Golden monkey trekking safari that as well starts early in the morning with briefing. Golden monkeys are unique and most beautiful primate species though their population is endangered thus encountering these little primates on your Rwanda safari is such a rewarding experience that will last in your memories for lifetime. Unlike gorilla and chimpanzees, trekking golden monkeys is more fun as the little primates be jumping all over the forest in a large troop and cheerfully swinging their tails. Take as many photographs and possible and finally exit the forest back to lodge for lunch.
Later in the evening, meet your Rwanda safari driver once again for a transfer to the Ibyiwacu cultural village for a thrilling entertainment by the local Rwandese. This is one of the better way to sum up your primate adventure as it will wipe away all the pain faced during the trek and fill you will an everlasting excitement as you watch the breath taking cultural dance and drama. Return to your lodge in time for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Drive back to Kigali for city tour
Drive back to Kigali: On day 7 of 8 days best of Rwanda primate safari, have a relaxed breakfast at your lodge then check out of the lodge and meet your safari driver for a transfer back to Kigali the capital city of Rwanda where you will be expected to arrive later in the afternoon. Proceed to check in a hotel for lunch, freshen up and spend the remaining hours of the day on a city tour exploring different parts of the city. Retire to your hotel later on for dinner and overnight rest.
Day 8: Departures
Departures: Day 8 of 8 days best of Rwanda primate safari is set apart for departures thus depending on your flight time, you will wake up for breakfast then meet your Rwanda safari driver for d rive to kigali international airport to catch a flight back home or to the nest destination.
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