5 Days Best Rwanda Primates Safari

This primate safari in Rwanda introduces you to meet golden Monkeys and Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park and Chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest National Park

This 5 days Rwanda primates safari takes you to the best national parks of Volcanoes National Park and Nyungwe Forest National Park in Rwanda to track the main primates of the world coupled with a cultural visit in Iby’Iwacu village. This Rwanda primates safari package encompasses also minor activities in between distances hence, a perfect tour to book for visitors looking for gorilla trekking in Rwanda, Chimpanzee tracking and Golden Monkey tracking experiences in Rwanda.
This primate safari in Rwanda introduces you to meet golden Monkeys and Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park and Chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest National Park hence making travelers to best experience and encounter primates in the wilderness. Therefore, if your prime reason for visiting Rwanda is primate tracking, don’t not look further; this package is perfect for your travel needs.

5 Days Best Rwanda Primates Safari Highlight

Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park
Day 2: Chimpanzee Trekking And Canopy Walk
Day 3: Transfer To Volcanoes National Park, Twin Lakes Visit
Day 4: Gorilla Tracking & Iby’Iwacu Cultural Visit
Day 5: Golden Monkey Tracking And Transfer To Kigali

Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park

Upon your arrival, meet and greet our company representative and guide for a short briefing and transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park in the southern province of Rwanda. The journey is approximant six hours drive from the city center hence, requires an early transfer. We will drive through the lush countryside of Rwanda with a brief stopover at the National Museum in Butare arriving late in the evening for dinner and overnight at your booked lodge.
Accommodation options: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury), Nyungwe Top Hill Lodge (Moderate) and Gisakura Guest House (Low Budget)
Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Chimpanzee Trekking And Canopy Walk

You will wake up by 5:00 am to have a heavy breakfast and transfer to the park headquarters for briefing on dos and don’ts of the activity. Then you will be led by the park ranger into the deep forest to look for chimps before they wake up. The advantage of finding Chimpanzees before they wake up is, you will have more time with them since it is hard to locate them when they start moving due to the rough terrain of the forest and the speed at which these primates move.
You will have a full hour of a close encounter with the chimps before returning to the lodge for lunch. Later head for a Canopy walk experience on top of Nyungwe Forest. Drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Accommodation options: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury), Nyungwe Top Hill Lodge (Moderate) and Gisakura Guest House (Low Budget)
Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Transfer To Volcanoes National Park, Twin Lakes Visit

Have breakfast and start a long drive to the northern province, a journey that could take approximately 6 – 7 hours. We will have a stopover in town for hot lunch before we reach Volcanoes National Park in time for a short visit to the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. After this visit, we will drive to the lodge for dinner and overnight as you prepare for a magical mountain gorilla trekking experience the next day.

Accommodation options: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury), Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge (Moderate) and Kinigi Guest House (Low Budget).
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 4: Gorilla Tracking & Iby’Iwacu Cultural Visit

This day is a highlight of your 5 days Rwanda primates safari package where you will rub shoulders with your long-time cousins from the jungles of Volcanoes National Park. After a heavy breakfast, head to the park headquarters in Kinigi for briefing and then start your trail into the jungles in search for Mountain gorillas. After meeting these primates, you will spend an hour with them and later descend to the starting point to pick your gorilla trekking certificate and later drive straight to the lodge for lunch. Relax and in the evening, go for a cultural tour at Iby’Iwacu cultural village where you will watch people dancing, enjoy storytelling moments along with other cultural activities. After this exciting community tour, return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation options: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury), Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge (Moderate) and Kinigi Guest House (Low Budget).
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 5: Golden Monkey Tracking And Transfer To Kigali

Wake up, have a morning breakfast and head to the park for another exciting primates activity-golden monkey tracking. This activity takes two to five hours depending on how long you take to locate these habituated monkeys. After tracking Golden Monkeys, return to your lodge for lunch and later on transfer back to Kigali international airport to catch up with your flight back home with everlasting memories of 5 days Rwanda primates safari and tour
Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

Gorilla Trekking Permits In Rwanda

Gorilla trekking is among the most celebrated tourism activity that travelers enjoy and participate in. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda always takes in places like the volcanoes national park and on this place you will hike 5 mountains such as Mount Karisimbi, Mount Gahinga, Mount Sabyinyo, Mount Bisoke, and Mount Muhabura. After climbing the mountains, you will have a chance to visit the habituated gorilla families and have a close understanding about their ways of leaving.

On your hike to the various habituated families, you will have a chance to watch a lot of bird attractions like Dian Fossey’s grave which is sighted when taking dian fossey hike. On the same occasion you will be able to see other various bird species like African Rwenzori, long-crested eagle handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Batis Dusky turtle love, Ruwenzori night jar, paradise flycatcher, archer’s ground robin, double collared sunbird, marsh harrier, Ruwenzori turaco, common moorhen grey throated tit, the dusky crimson wing, red-faced woodland warbler.

You will also get a chance to watch primate species such as black and white colobus monkey, grey cheeked mangabey, Hamlyn’s monkey, vervet monkey, dents monkey, golden monkeys. When you are in touch with these primate species, you will know more about these gorilla species in terms of their feeding, and you will see them chewing wild celery, bamboo trees, small insects like caterpillars, termites and among others. You will also love the way they have co-existed with others in a way of building their nests and how they communicate to each other in the same environment. It is such a rewarding experience to make gorilla Rwanda safari.

Where to obtain the permits

If you a tourist and you want to travel to Rwanda for gorilla trekking safari, you will be required to have a permit with you.  The permit can be obtained from trusted tour operators like Africa Adventure Vacations or Rwanda development board at a cost of 1500USD. You know the gorilla permit is valid only for one day and it will work on the day you want to take part in the activity and if you want to do other activities in the park, you can pay some extra fee.

PERMIT INCLUSIONS

A knowledgeable guide

After purchasing your gorilla trekking permit in Rwanda, you will be given an opportunity to get knowledge about the park from a knowledgeable guide and will take you throughout your gorilla trekking experience. He or she will give you free information about the primates and if you have questions you will pose them to him and you will be answered immediately.  You should also know that the guide knows the safest trails to use so as to avoid accidents.

An armed ranger

The permit allows you to have an armed ranger that will accompany you throughout your activity in the park. An armed ranger will accompany you so as you can hike through the dense vegetation and if any vicious animal attacks, the ranger will be there to scare it away since he is allowed to fire in the air and the animal will run away thus protecting you from any harm during the gorilla trekking experience in Volcanoes national Park.

One hour with the gorillas

Rwanda’s gorilla permit is valid for one hour but it will give you a chance to explore and understand mountain gorillas than you expected. Remember that mountain gorillas are one of the endangered animals which are limited in few parks thus any time spent with them is precious and wonderful.

First aid

Once you have purchased a gorilla trekking permit to trek in the volcanoes national park, just know all you safety is assured of and especially physical safety. In case of an accident as you’re doing the activity, a guide is available and always around you to give you a first aid treatment. The guide is always with a well-equipped first aid kit which is purposely to be used on anyone who gets an accident.

PERMIT EXCLUSIONS

Lunch                               

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda at the volcanoes national park, will take you only 8hours and the activity involves long hiking travels with one hour that you have to spend with gorillas and therefore it is wise and recommendable if you pack your own food  for lunch since it is excluded from the permit you purchased.

Tips

If you wish to give a tip to the tour ranger or guide for his wonderful work, you can give it to him or her by paying using your own cash since tipping money is also excluded in the permit fee you purchased and a ranger or guide is paid for his services by the organization.

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