8 days Rwanda Primate Safari
8 Days Rwanda Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Wildlife
Rwanda Primate Safari takes you to trek through Parc des Volcans to see mountain gorillas, Nyungwe forest to track the chimpanzee families. But first, you will have an introduction to the aftermath of the 90 days genocide that happened in 1994, be prepared to view some wildlife and bird watching.
Rwanda Primate Safari itinerary
Day 1: Kanombe Airport - Kigali Rwanda
You will be met at Kanombe Airport by your guide after you clear with immigration. When you walk through the door lookout for your placard bearing your names. The guide shall greet you, assist you with your luggage trolley to the car park. Your luggage will be load into the vehicle as you will board, from here be driven to the Hotel Gorilla. For your dinner and overnight.
Brief on Hotel Gorillas
Hotel Gorillas brings you a welcoming common space and a restful place.
You will discover areas to work and play, with cozy rooms offer you the ideal place to rest.
This contemporary hotel is at the heart of the most desirable part of Kigali, tucked away at the center of things. Hotel Gorillas, always ideal for leisure and business guests.
Day 2: Tour of Kigali City
Good morning as you wake up to a good breakfast meal before you are taken to the tour of Kigali city.
You visit the memorial genocide grounds, here you will watch videos of the history, photographic impressions, literature of the happening at the time and testimonies in writing of the account that took place. Art craft and exhibitions are right before your eyes depicting events similar to the holocausts in Bosnia, Cambodia, Armenia, and some Africa regions, this section is referred to as the wasted lives.
Thereafter you will go have lunch and then embark on a 3hrs road trip to Par des Volcanoes.
Your Dinner and overnight will be in either of the lodges;
Kinigi Guest House
Mountain gorilla view lodge
Sabinyo Silverback Lodge
Day 3: Rwanda Gorilla Trekking
When you lock eyes with a mountain gorilla then do you realize that you have experienced the highlight of your Rwanda primate safari? There are several volcanoes in parc des volcanoes with Karisimbi towering at 4500 meters. Here the mountain gorillas roam freely as they are protected from any form of illegal poachers by the government of Rwanda.
An early German Explore Captain Robert von Beringia while on the expedition in the rainforest of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda. I went home with stories of an elusive creature that most people did not believe. Later to prove his stories, he carried back the skin of one of the mountain gorillas.
It is in this very pack the world-famous primatologist Dr. George Schaller first studied the mountain gorilla. Later the late Dian Fossey carried forward for 13years with her own study of the Gorilla beringei beringei. She was later murdered while at her camp in Bisoke one rainy night. Her death has never been solved it remains a mystery however her work lives on today. Mountain gorillas are one of the most protected animals in Rwanda thanks to the government of Rwanda. Dian Fossey left here book Gorillas in the Mist a good read for any naturalist.
Rwanda, Uganda, and DRC have a share in the conservation success of these mountain gorillas, and basically, while you are deciding where to travel to and which location to support, best be worth going to more than one location for experiencing the gorilla trekking from multiple sides.
Parc des Volcanoes has four habituated gorilla families with the Susa Group having 35 families’ members, Sabinyo having 13 gorillas, Amahura having 16 gorillas, and Group 13 having 6 gorillas.
The gorilla trekking is much straighter forward, you will be grouped in a total of 8 to track a particular gorilla family. This means only 32 gorilla permits will be available each day. You, therefore, need to consider gorilla trekking booking earlier since the gorilla permits are highly sought after.
We will then depart and return for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Golden Monkey tracking
Your morning starts with a good breakfast, you then check out and drive to Gisenyi to track the golden monkeys. The tracking takes about two hours then we go back for lunch. There is a community walk available to contact with the local residents who are readily willing to give a cultural dance performance.
Have you been to a brewery? Here you can also watch locals brew local beer from small yellow bananas.
Dinner and rest at Paradise Malahide Hotel or Serena Hotel
Day 5: Drive to Lake Kivu
After breakfast, you are driven to Lake Kivu to take a boat ride around the Virgin Islands such as Napoleon’s Hat Island. When you ascend to the peak of the hat to view Angola as they fly through the clear blue. Thereafter go for your lunch and after we drive to Butare where you will visit the Rwanda national university and the Institute of Scientific Research and the national museum. Diner and sleep at Hotel Faucon
Day 6: Nyungwe Forest- Night at Gisakura Lodge
Nyungwe Forest covers an area of 970 sq km offering breathtaking sceneries looking over the forest and the Lake Kivu, looking north on the horizon are the volcanoes of Parc National des Virunga.
Nyungwe forest is best known for chimpanzee tracking however, there are Angolan Colobus Monkeys totaling to 400 members in a single troop. The tree species total up to 270, also about 70 species of mammals live in this forest, there are 275 birds species which are characteristic to the central African rainforest. You will also see butterflies and orchids.
Dinner and overnight sleep at the famous Gisakura Lodge
Day 7: Nyungwe Chimpanzee Tracking Safari Rwanda
With breakfast done you will be taken on an excursion of chimpanzee tracking deep inside the Nyungwe forest. This forest boasts a large troop of wild chimpanzees’ closely comparable to the chimpanzees of Uganda that live in Kibale Forest national park.
You will discover the L’Hoest’s monkeys, the white Angolan Colobus monkeys, red-tailed colobus also occur.
You will head back to the lodge for lunch and thereafter you will be driven to the Nyanza area famously known for early historical kings of Rwanda.
There are seasoned storytellers done by elderly men and women who have a rich traditional knowledge of Rwanda. You will learn about the dynamic Intore Dance troop legends who came to the world stage in Brussels, Belgium in 1958 gaining a reputation of bringing the cultural dance of Rwanda to the world.
They would perform among the various dances the warrior dance, long-horned cattle dance, peacock dance. These dances can be performed on special arrangements. The rhythms and ringing bells bring out a beautiful sound.
Dinner and overnight Sleep Hotel Ibis
Day 8: Back to Kigali 218kms after breakfast start on a 5hour journey back to Kigali. You will have lunch and later transfer you at the Kanombe Airport for departure flight back home.
END OF THE 8 DAY RWANDA PRIMATE SAFARI.