PRIMATE SAFARI ITINERARY

06 Days / 05 Nights

Day 1: Kigali – Nyungwe National Park.

Arrival Kigali International Airport, met and briefed on your upcoming safari.
Drive to Nyungwe National park via Butare, the second largest city of Rwanda and is regarded as the intellectual city of Rwanda. Butare hosts the National Museum, several academic (University) and research institutions, visit Nyanza (currently Nyabisindu) the former Mwami's Palace (King's palace) and the seat of the feudal monarchy. The palace has been reconstructed to its 19th century state and shows a traditional dome that can be compared with the Kabaka's palace of Buganda. You will also visit the Butare National Museum in Huye which is one the well set-up if not the finest ethnographic museum of East Africa. A good source of information on the cultural history of Rwanda and the region.

Lunch at a local restaurant in Butare.
Afternoon drive to the wonderful rainforest reserve of Nyungwe at an altitude range of between 1600 M-2950 M above sea level with temperatures varying between 0°C and 30° C; average day temperatures 15°C. Nyungwe receives rainfall ranging 1800-2500 mm per year. Rainy season is September to May. Dry season June to August with some dry weeks in December and January. The main features and attractions in Nyungwe forest include Largest montane rain forest remaining in Africa, Mt. Bigugu (2925M), Kamiranzovu marsh (13 Km²) . Nyungwe forest has 260 species of trees and shrubs and Over 100 species of orchids and giant lobelias. For those interested in botany, the flora in Nyungwe comes as an added bonus
Overnight: Nyungwe Forest Lodge or Nyungwe Top View Lodge. (Full Board)


Day 2: Nyungwe National Park – Chimp Trek

Early breakfast at your lodge.
Hike into Nyungwe Forest - Cymudongo, the natural habitats for a huge  population of Chimpanzees. Chimpanzees are great apes that are closely related to humans. Nyungwe Forest hosts these intelligent primates who are an endangered species. The forest harbours more than 275 endemic and migratory bird species recorded Including the Ruwenzori turaco, Ross’s turaco, Grey –cheeked hornbill, Red-throated alethe, Red-breasted sparrow hawk, White-headed wood-hoopoe, Kungwe apalis, Ruwenzori batis, Blue-headed and Regal sunbirds.

Lunch at your Lodge
Afternoon, relax at the lodge or visit the nearby areas.
Overnight: Nyungwe Forest Lodge or Nyungwe Top View Lodge. (Full Board)


DAY3: Nyungwe National Park – Lake Kivu / Gisenyi

Breakfast at your Lodge.
Drive to Gisenyi a city that lies on the eastern shore of Lake Kivu on the northwest part of Rwanda by the lake shore of the Lake Kivu. Lake Kivu is one of the greatest Lakes in Rwanda, and is in the Albertine (western) Rift, a part of the Great Rift Valleys. The lake is a 2650 Square kilometer freshwater expanse.  Lake Kivu has an inland beach, the most serene environment within the central African Region.

Extraordinarily beautiful inland sea enclosed by steep, green terraced hills along eastern Rwanda. Lake Kivu has a beautiful sandy beach lined with swaying palms and colonial-era hotels that exude an atmosphere of tropical languor.
Overnight: Kivu Serena Hotel (Full Board)

Day 4: Lake Kivu – Parc National de Volcans – Gorilla Trekking

Early breakfast at your lodge
0515 hrs Depart from your hotel.
0645 hrs: (approx) arrival at the Volcanoes National Park HQs
0700 hrs: Registration, where the park staff determines which group of gorillas you will visit. The park staff discusses your fitness level and advises you of the trekking times and conditions to the various groups based upon their location in the park the previous evening. There are a total of 64 gorilla permits available each day with a maximum of eight trekkers visiting any one group.

Once the trekkers are put into groups, each group’s Lead Guide briefs the trekkers of the trekking procedures as well as the “do’s and don’ts” while in the presence of gorillas. After the briefing, trekkers return to their respective vehicles for the drive up the mountain to the starting point. Porters may be hired for the trek to carry your backpack and gear. The cost, US$10 per person/per day. We advise that you utilize this service.
Trekking can take from two to six or more hours if the gorillas move before the park rangers locate them the next morning. The guides stop frequently to allow trekkers a chance to rest and take photos along the way. 

After the trek, rejoin your driver Guide for a transfer to your Lodge for lunch.
Overnight: Gorilla Mountain View Lodge. (Full Board)


Day 5: Parc National de Volcans – Kigali

Early breakfast at your lodge
(Optional) Transfer again to the Volcanoes National Park’s Office to undergo the now familiar gorilla trekking formalities. Then re-enter the forest for the second and final gorilla trek visiting a different family from yesterdays.  

Lunch at your Lodge.
Depart from foothills of the Virunga volcanoes and drive south past coffee, tea and banana plantations on a scenic drive to Kigali. Everything and everywhere, sheer green and hanging on the hills; Rwanda truly - land of a thousand fertile green hills.
Transfer to your Kigali Hotel
 Overnight: Kigali Serena Hotel. (Bed and Breakfast)


Day 6 Departure.

A city Tour of Kigali including the Genocide Memorial site a grim reminder of a senseless massacre of innocent’s lives in 1994. Learn about Rwanda’s history from pre-colonial times to the 1994 genocide; learn about other genocides in the world and how this country has dealt with that past. Tour more and see the new developments in Rwanda; the recovery has been incredible, a testament to humankind’s resilience.

Transfer to Kigali International Airport for your departure flight.