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Experience the wildlife wonderment of Rwanda's captivating primates, from chimps to rare mountain gorillas, on this week-long African adventure.

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What's Included

  • All accommodation with breakfast (some hotels may include further meals)
  • All private ground transfers
  • All tours specified in the itinerary description
  • One chimpanzee tracking permit per person
  • One canopy walk and one forest hike per person
  • One gorilla tracking permit per person
  • One golden monkey tracking permit per person
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At a glance

Come face-to-face with the fascinating and elusive primates of Rwanda in their natural habitats on two truly bucket list-worthy wildlife experiences.

Following a night in the friendly capital of Kigali with a couple of museum stops for your culture fix, kick-start your monkey adventure in Nyungwe National Park. Your three days in this biodiverse haven can be spent exploring the only forest canopy walkway in East Africa and getting up-close with the resident primates of chimps, mangabeys and Black and White Angolan colobus monkeys.

Then, delve further into this ancient land with a stay at Volcanoes National Park. Expert naturalist guides will lead you through the tropical splendour of hills and dormant volcanoes to witness the rare mountain gorilla and endangered golden monkey for discreet, mesmerising and entirely magical encounters.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-2

Kigali

Arrival at Kigali Airport Arrival at Kigali Airport

On arrival at Kigali airport clear Rwanda customs & immigration formalities and proceed to Arrivals where you will be met by your private transfer driver.

Accommodation in Kigali

Overnight in Kigali Overnight in Kigali

Enjoy a night in Kigali, you'll have our list of recommended restaurants and attractions to make sure you make the most of your time here.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private road transfer from Kigali to Nyungwe National Park via Nyanza and Butare, with lunch.

Days 2-5

Nyungwe National Park

Accommodation in Nyungwe National Park

Three days on safari at Nyungwe National Park Three days on safari at Nyungwe National Park

Spend your days here at Nyungwe National Park on exciting safari tours, discovering this lush, ancient land. Explore the famous forest canopy, East Africa's only canopy walk, getting up-close to the impressive birdlife and myriad of resident primates as you wander above the treetops for a bird's eye view of forest life. Visit a tea plantation to learn about the world class tea made here and go chimp trekking in nearby Cyamudongo Forest. Then, delve deep into Nyungwe forest on hiking trails to discover the numerous Albertine Rift endemics and the largest troop of Black and White Colobus found anywhere in Africa.

Chimp Trekking Tour in Nyungwe Chimp Trekking Tour in Nyungwe

This morning you will be collected from your lodge early for your chimp trekking tour nearby Cyamudongo Forest. After approximately an hour's journey, you will arrive at this small forest which was historically connected to Nyungwe. Here you will meet the resident habituated chimpanzee
group before visiting a tea plantation to learn about the world class tea made here.

Canopy Walk and Hiking in Nyungwe Forest Canopy Walk and Hiking in Nyungwe Forest

Spend today hiking the forest trails in Nyungwe Forest. The park is home to various Albertine Rift endemics plus thirteen different primate species. This includes the largest troops of Black and White Colobus in Africa, with up to 400 individual members gathered together at one time.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Transfer from Nyungwe to Volcanoes National Park, via Kigali

Days 5-8

Volcanoes National Park

Kigali City Tour Kigali City Tour

You will be met with your private guide and explore the city of Kigali, including the Genocide Museum.

Accommodation in Volcanoes National Park

Three days exploring Volcanoes National Park Three days exploring Volcanoes National Park

Spend your days here in the magnificent Volcanoes National Park tracking the rare and endangered Mountain Gorillas with expert guides and trackers. In Rwanda there are 10 habituated gorilla groups in Volcanoes National Park, with a maximum of 8 tracking permits per group per day. Other activities to enjoy whilst in this magical terrain are; trekking to volcano craters, tracking golden monkeys, cultural tours and the Dian Fossey Hike. Speak to your travel designer about how you wish to spend your time here.

Golden Monkey tracking in Volcanoes National Park Golden Monkey tracking in Volcanoes National Park

The endangered Golden monkey enjoys a territory of highland forests, especially bamboo, living in groups of up to thirty individuals. A handful of troops in Volcanoes National Park have been habituated and can be tracked in a similar way to the gorillas. The monkeys are playful and inquisitive and often spend their time leaping from bamboo branches or frolicking on the forest floor towards the base of the volcanoes and have overcome their initial shyness to accept their daily visit by researchers and tourists.

Full day hiking and tracking to observe Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park Full day hiking and tracking to observe Mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park

In Rwanda there are 10 habituated gorilla groups in Volcanoes National Park, with a maximum of 8 tracking permits per group per day. The groups in Volcanoes National Park include: Kwitonda, Hirwa, Agashya, Umubano, Amahoro, Sabyinyo, Susa, Karisimbi, Ugenda and Bwenge. They inhabit gentler slopes and more open bush compared to their Ugandan counterparts. However, the altitude here is much greater (2,500-3,000 metres or 8,200-9,800 feet).
For up to five years, each gorilla group has undergone an extremely delicate process which has gradually accustomed them used to the presence of humans, allowing a few privileged visitors to interact with them in the wild. However, the gorillas are by no means tame! You will be accompanied by an experienced guide on your trek who will carry out a pre-departure brief at the start of the tracking point, informing you of ‘gorilla etiquette’. In Rwanda, the meeting time at the park headquarters is at the earlier time of 7:00am.
The gorillas cover large distances overnight, and they are never constantly in one area. The guides will use their knowledge of the gorillas’ habits and information from the previous day to locate the group’s whereabouts. For this reason, one group cannot be said to be easier to track than another.
The time taken to track the gorillas varies enormously, from as little as half an hour to as much as 9 hours before returning to camp. The terrain can be extremely difficult, with steep slopes, and dense vegetation. In addition, the altitude means participants do need to be physically fit in order to enjoy the hike.
Once the gorillas are located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. This is to avoid causing the animals any undue stress or getting them overly used to human interactions. After this, you will return to the park headquarters and your camp.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private road transfer from Volcanoes National Park to Kigali Airport

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