The 5 Days Rwanda Primates Safari is an awesome tour that will take you to two of Rwanda’s magical destinations – Volcanoes National Park and Nyungwe Forest National Park. It all starts with a pick up from Kigali International Airport or hotel in Kigali followed by a transfer to Volcanoes National Park, gorilla trekking experience, Ibyi’wachu community tour, golden monkey tracking, plus chimpanzee trekking and canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest National park. Lastly and not least, you will drive back to Kigali for a city tour on the fifth day.

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival, transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport or in case you spent a night at any hotel around the city, you will meet our driver guide who will brief you about the trip.

You will then drive northwest wards to Ruhengeri park headquarters. The journey involves passing through busy trading centers, rolling hills and green vegetation. Check into the lodge of your choice upon arrival. Have lunch and spend the rest of the day enjoying the views and the breeze of the park.

Have dinner and spend a night.

Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park and Ibyiwachu Community tour in the evening

After a morning breakfast at around 6:30am, carry your lunchbox and head to the park headquarters for gorilla trekking. It is here that you will be briefed about the dos and don’ts of the activity. You will be grouped into groups of not more than eight members, assigned a specific gorilla family and then a guide or ranger to lead you into the forest.

Volcanoes national park hosts 11 gorilla habituated families that are available for trekking all day, every year. The activity can take as many as eight hours but there are many chances of encountering them within only 2 hours or even less. After meeting the gorillas, you will be given another 1 hour to spend in their presence as you watch them play, dine and mate. You are allowed to take as many photos as you wish as long as you are not using a flash light camera.

Alongside the mountain gorillas, you may see quite a number of other animal, bird and plant species that will brighten and beautify your whole experience.

In the evening, visit the Iby’iwachu Village and get to learn about the uniqueness of the natives here. They will bless you with local foods, traditional dance and other cultural performances. They are one of the most hospitable communities in East Africa.

Return to your lodge for dinner, relaxation and overnight.

Day 3: Golden Monkey tracking and transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park.

After an early morning breakfast, head to the park headquarters for briefing about golden monkey trekking and start the activity with the help of the assigned guide / ranger. This adventure introduces you to the pretty golden monkeys while there is a chance to also see other primate species. It takes about three to four hours.

Return to your lodge for lunch and some relaxation.

In the afternoon, check out of the lodge and drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park, check in to your booked lodge, have dinner and rest.

Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking and canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Have a lip-smirking breakfast at your lodge and meet a guide / ranger who will lead you into the forests of Nyungwe for chimpanzee trekking. The human-like creatures are spotted in the forest searching for fruits, playing around on branches and socializing. This is also a great opportunity for you to see quite several bird species.

Return to the lodge for lunch before embarking on the canopy walk in the afternoon.

Canopy walk is an adventure that involves walking on a suspended walkway above a ravine in the lush montane forest of Nyungwe National Park. It comes along with a mesmerizing experience of scenic viewing and watching birds as you walk over the forest. You must enjoy the pictorial moments along the 160 meter long and the 70 meter high suspension bridge. You can choose to use either Igishingishi trail or the Umuyove trail but both provide similar experiences.

Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Transfer to Kigali, city tour and departure.

After a morning breakfast, connect with your driver and head back to Kigali city where you will have a short city tour and visit the Genocide Memorial Center plus other areas such as the local markets and craft shops.

Have a lunch stopover at any hotel of your choice and then continue to Kigali International Airport for departure.

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