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6 Days Rwanda Wildlife and Gorilla Safari

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6 Days Rwanda Wildlife and Gorilla Safari

This 6-day Rwanda Wildlife and Gorilla Safari offers a unique opportunity to explore two of Rwanda’s most iconic national parks, each with its own distinct wildlife experiences and natural beauty. From chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe National Park to the awe-inspiring encounters with mountain gorillas and golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park, this safari promises an unforgettable journey through Rwanda’s rich biodiversity and stunning landscapes.

Day 1: Airport/Hotel Pick up – City Tour – Transfer to Nyungwe forest

You will be picked by our company driver from the airport or your hotel and brief you on your overall tour. After the briefing, the driver will take you for the popular Kigali city tour where you will visit the presidential palace museum, one of the city markets, the genocide memorial center and one souvenir shop. You should also be able to drive around to see some of the prominent buildings and suburbs. Kigali is a small but very neat city and you will love the tour. After the city tour, you will start the long journey to Nyungwe National Park. Nyungwe forest in located in the south western part of the country and is famous for chimpanzee tracking, smaller primate viewing, nature walks, birding and taking a forest canopy walk. The journey to the park takes about 5 hours but you won’t get bored as the scenery and landmarks along the way is amazing.

Location: Nyungwe National Park

Accommodation Option:

MID-RANGE     Nyungwe Top View Hotel or similar

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

 

Day 2: Chimpanzee Tracking – Canopy walk – 6 Days Rwanda Wildlife and Gorilla 

You will wake up early, take breakfast and go for the briefing on chimpanzee tracking at the Nyungwe forest headquarters. The briefing is an overview about what to expect during chimpanzee trekking and is usually led by a senior park guide. Once you are done with the briefing, you will head to the forest along with the park Guide and Rangers. The guides and Rangers know the best places to find the chimpanzees. Nyungwe forest is also home to 12 other species of primates. Expect to encounter them while tracking the chimps. Unlike gorillas, chimps are very mobile primates. They also spend more time on top of trees because of their light weight. Once you find them expect a lot of drama and noise. Each individual chimp has a distinct personality and you will notice the mothers breastfeeding, juveniles playing, adults mating and grooming. We hope you take as many photos of the primates as possible.

After observing the chimps for one hour, you will head back to the lodge for lunch. Later in the afternoon, our driver will take you for a forest canopy walk were you will have a chance to spot different species of trees and birds. The forest canopy walk allows you to get an overall view of the forest and its creatures. The canopy walk takes about 2 hours and is the second most popular activity in Nyungwe forest after chimpanzee trekking.

Location: Nyungwe National Park

Accommodation Option:

MID-RANGE     Nyungwe Top View Hotel or similar

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

Day 3: Transfer to Lake Kivu – Go for an afternoon boat ride

You will wake up and take breakfast at your leisure as you get ready to set off for Lake Kivu. Lake Kivu is the largest lake in Rwanda and goes all the way up to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Once you arrive at your hotel, check in and have lunch. In the afternoon, you will go for a boat trip along the Lake which will take you hopping between the different islands. Afterwards, relax by the Lake shores or go swimming for the remaining part of the evening.

Location: Lake Kivu

Accommodation Option:

MID-RANGE     Paradise Marahide or similar

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

 

Day 4: Tour Lake Kivu and the fishing villages – Transfer to Volcanoes national park – 6 Days Rwanda Wildlife and Gorilla 

You will wake at your own time to take breakfast and wait for the company Guide. The Guide will take you for a final tour around the lake Kivu where you will look out for the birds and primates. The final part will be visiting the fishing villages and chatting with the fishermen about their trade. Lake Kivu is a very beautiful and romantic place to be. The government of Rwanda has developed the Lake shores and islands with the intention of offering the best experiences for tourists. One of the great things about touring the lake is the opportunity to mingle with the local communities and get to know the kind of life they live. After completing all the activities in the lake, you will set off to the Volcanoes National park.

Location: Volcanoes National Park

Accommodation Option:

MID-RANGE   Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge or similar

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

 

Day 5: Gorilla Trekking in the Volcanoes national park – Tour the Iby’iwacu cultural village – 6 Days Rwanda Wildlife and Gorilla 

Briefing for gorilla trekking starts very early and you should be at the park headquarters in Musanze by 7:00 am. The briefing for gorilla tracking is compulsory and an opportunity to register, learn about what gorilla trekking is all about and how to act once you are with the gorillas. It is also during the briefing that you will be assigned a gorilla group based on your age and overall fitness. Rwanda has 10 habituated gorilla families available for tracking. If you are interested in a specific family, let your tour us know about it or inform the park officials at the time of briefing. Some gorilla families are located nearby while others live or move far into the forest. You need to be in good shape to go after those that move deeper in the forest or mountains. Once you find the gorilla family, take as many photos knowing that you will only have one hour with them. Follow instructions from your park guide and always remain calm even when a gorilla comes close to you out of curiosity.

After one hour observing the primates, you should head back to the starting point where our guide will be waiting for you. The Guide will take you back to the lodge for lunch and rest. The hotel staff should help you clean your boots and clothing. Later in the afternoon/evening, the Guide will take you to visit to the Gorilla Guardians Village. Formerly known as the Iby’iwacu Cultural Village, the Centre showcases everything interesting about the culture of the Banyarwanda. You will be entertained by cultural performers and requested to participate.

Location: Volcanoes National Park

Accommodation Option:

MID-RANGE   Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge or similar

Meals Plan: Breakfast and Lunch as well as Dinner

Drinking Water and Fruits Throughout the journey

 

Day 6: Golden Monkey trekking – Transfer back to Kigali – 6 Days Rwanda Wildlife and Gorilla 

Wake up early and wait for the driver to take you to the park for another briefing about golden monkey trekking. You will meet over one hundred tourists at the park offices. Some would have come for gorilla trekking, visiting the tomb of Dian Fossey or hiking one of the Virunga volcanoes. Golden monkeys are an endangered subspecies of the blue monkey. They have golden coats which make them very cute. The monkeys thrive on bamboo shoots found on the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes. There numbers have declined rapidly in the last two decades because of forest encroachment and other human related activities. Golden monkey trekking in Rwanda takes between 2 to 4 hours and you should be out of the forest by mid-day. You will head back to the starting point where you will find our company Guide waiting to take you back to Kigali. The journey to Kigali takes 3 hours through beautiful countryside with endless green plantations. The driver will take you to the airport for departure or to your hotel if you are still in Rwanda.

 

Cost Includes on 6 Days Rwanda Wildlife and Gorilla Safari
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle.
  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary.
  • 1 Gorilla permits ($1500), per person to be paid in advance.
  • 1 Chimpanzee permit, per person.
  • 1 Golden Monkey permit, per person.
  • En-route lunches.
  • Kigali city tour.
  • Boat ride on Lake Kivu.
  • Park entrance fee.
  • Canopy walk.
  • Services of English speaking driver/guide.
  • Bottled water per day per person during safari.

 

Cost Includes on 6 Days Rwanda Wildlife and Gorilla Safari
  • International and domestic flights
  • Country entry visa
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of personal nature/laundry/telephone charges
  • Souvenirs and gifts, Tips
  • Alcoholic and other soft drinks (sodas, special juice order at the lodge and wines)

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