6 Day Primate Safari Rwanda 

rwanda safari tour

Overview

This 6 Day Primate Tour Rwanda leads you to Rwanda’s primates and a touch of wildlife, offering the best of the country in the shortest time possible. Rwanda is famous as the land of a thousand hills because of its hilly landscapes that are very rich in biodiversities such as the endangered mountain gorillas, an abundance of lush and vibrant flora and fauna. The 6-day primate trekking safari will lead you to the 970 kmNyugwe Forest National Park, which contains 13 primate species (25% of Africa’s total), 275 bird species, 1068 plant species, 85 mammal species, 32 amphibian, and 38 reptile species. While here, you will do chimpanzee trekking with the rewards of nature’s scenic views during the canopy nature walks within the park. You will see the chimpanzees play and make their mind-blowing moves within the trees. From Nyungwe, you will be transferred to Lake Kivu from where you’ll have boat cruises during which you’ll witness a variety of bird species and water-loving animals on the lakeshore. You’ll also visit a number of fishing villages on this gorilla, chimps trekking tour.

Finally, the  6 Day Primate Tour Rwanda will bring you to the Volcanoes National Park for gorilla trekking, the most popular tour in Rwanda. The Mountain Gorillas are unique to only three countries including Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda. Each of these three countries offers the trekking experience but Rwanda is by far the best country for gorilla trekking adventures. Volcanoes National Park is home to a population of over 400 mountain gorillas, including the 10 families that are habituated for tourism. Each of these gorilla families can be tracked every day within the forests. Only 8 people are allowed to track each gorilla group every day. The rangers will locate your assigned gorilla group by finding where the gorillas built their night nests and then following the trail of crushed vegetation left behind as the group moved away in the morning. It is a very humbling experience as you reach them and watch them eat and play. Besides the mountain gorillas, the park is also home to the endangered golden monkeys, buffalos, black-fronted duiker among others. Therefore, you should also prepare for golden monkey trekking! For bird enthusiasts, Volcanoes National park is an Important Bird Area and hosts an estimated 200 species of birds with 12 endemics.

Safari Summary

  • Day 1: Transfer to Nyungwe National Park
  • Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking and Canopy walk
  • Day 3: Nature walk in Nyungwe and transfer to Lake Kivu kibuye
  • Day 4: Boat excursion on Lake Kivu and Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
  • Day 5: Gorilla trekking
  • Day 6: Golden monkeys trekking and transfer to Kigali

Itinerary

Day 1
Transfer to Nyungwe National Park

After breakfast, your tour driver shall pick you up from the hotel at 7 am and drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park which is located in the southwest of Rwanda. Along the way, we shall visit the ethnographic museum in the Huye district. The ethnographic museum is popular for its collection of Rwanda’s rich cultural history and way of life.

Day 2
Chimpanzee tracking and Canopy walk

After early breakfast, we shall transfer to the ranger station at Gisakura to meet the park guides for briefing and thereafter drive to the starting point of your trek into the forest to find the habituated chimpanzees. About 500 chimpanzees are said to inhabit the Nyungwe Forest, and two groups have been habituated for the chimpanzee trekking experience. After a couple of hours trek in the jungle, you will find chimps and spend one hour them. We shall drive back to the lodge for lunch.
In the afternoon we shall transfer to the park’s head office at Uwinka and set out for the canopy walk hike. The canopy walk is one of the highlights of Nyungwe Forest National Park. Suspended 60 meters above the ground, the canopy walkway offers breathtaking views across the forest and chances of sighting monkeys at eye-level in the forest canopy.

Day 3
Nature walk in Nyungwe and transfer to Lake Kivu

After breakfast, we shall have a 3+ hour hike in Nyungwe Forest National Park to observe an array of nature including several species of monkeys, rare endemic birds, beautiful plant life, sparkling waterfalls, and stunning views of the forest. Upon return from the hike, we shall depart to Kibuye and check into your hotel at the edge of Lake Kivu one of the most beautiful Central Africa lakes, and relax away the rest of the day.

Day 4
Boat excursion on Lake Kivu and Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

We shall set out for an early boat ride on Lake Kivu to explore the beautiful scenery. We shall visit some of the islands where you shall observe some nature including bats and several species of birds. We shall check out and depart to Volcanoes National Park in the north of Rwanda

Day 5
Gorilla trekking

We shall wake up quite early, have breakfast, and transfer to the park office at 7 am. We shall take lunch boxes as we cannot predict how long the trek may take. At the park office, we meet the park guides to allocate you to a gorilla group you are going to track in Volcanoes National Park, and thereafter we shall drive to the starting point of the trek located just outside the park, and off you shall trek up the volcano to find the gorillas. More than 400 gorillas live in the Volcanoes National Park and ten families have been habituated for the trekking experience. A hiking stick will be provided free of charge, and a porter can be hired at only $10 to carry your backpack and provide support. After you find the gorillas you will spend one hour following these incredible apes! After the gorilla trek, you will spend the rest of the day relaxing at the lodge.

Day 6
Golden monkey trekking and transfer to Kigali

Depending on your flight schedule we may do another trek in the Volcanoes National Park to see the stunning golden monkeys. This is a light trek and the monkeys are easy to find because they in the bamboo forests in the lower zones of the mountains.
We shall depart to Kigali for flight back home