Major destinations: Volcanoes National Park and Nyungwe National Park

7 Days Rwanda Primate Safari : This somewhat short trip is the ultimate safari package for those looking for a typical primate tour in Rwanda. The 7 days safari will take you to two national parks with visits to other tourist destinations to spice up the exploration experience. Get ready to meet the endangered mountain gorillas and golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park and the playful chimpanzees in Nyungwe National Park. Under the guidance of your private safari guide from Dolphin Tours and Travel, you will meet and interact with local people for a deeper understanding of their culture and lifestyle. This 7 Days Rwanda Safari will start and end in Kigali.

Safari highlights

  • Gorilla trekking
  • Golden monkey tracking
  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Musanze caves tour
  • Iby’Iwachu cultural tour
  • Kigali city tour

Trip schedule

  • Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Volcanoes national park
  • Day 2: Gorilla trekking and Iby’Iwachu cultural tour
  • Day 3: Golden Monkey tracking and Musanze cave tour
  • Day 4: Transfer to Nyungwe National Park
  • Day 5: Chimp tracking and canopy walk
  • Day 6: Drive back to Kigali, city tour
  • Day 7: Airport drop off

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by your private safari guide who will lead you to the car to transfer to Volcanoes National park in the northwestern corner. Depending on the time of arrival, you could first have a meal while the guide takes you through a briefing on your 7 Days Safari.

You will enjoy your evening, dinner and overnight at your lodge near Volcanoes National Park.

Meal plan: Dinner

Day 2: Gorilla trekking and Iby’Iwachu Cultural tour

The highlight for this day is gorilla trekking. It will start early morning with breakfast at the lodge before heading to the park offices where the adventure commences with a briefing. Meet your trekking guides and set off for the adventure. No one is certain about the duration of the trek, as this is determined by the location of the gorillas. However, in case it takes long, you can enjoy your lunch in the forest. And once the gorillas are spotted, you will be allowed to stay with them for a maximum of one hour before exiting the forest. The trek also gives a pleasure to see several bird species of Volcanoes National Park.

Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing at the lodge. In the evening, you will head out to the Iby’Iwachu cultural centre where you will meet with the local people for a unique Rwandan experience. It will be a cultural entertainment including music, dance and a demonstration on how the traditional ceremony of marriage is carried out. Drive back to the lodge for diner and the overnight.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Golden Monkey tracking and Musanze cave tour

Get yourself ready for another day out in the forest to search for golden monkeys. These primates are quite easier to spot compared to gorillas because they can have their night in the same location for about 3 days. However, when you spot them, you have got to be flexible and fast because they are playful and fond of making quick shifts from one location to another.

Enjoy a relaxed afternoon at the lodge before going for the evening adventure at Musanze caves. Located at the foothills of Volcanoes National Park, the caves were formed as a result of volcanic eruption. The tour gives a deeper understanding of the geographical and geological history of the world and physical features in this region. Later, you will be driven back to the lodge.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Transfer to Nyungwe National Park

Rise up to a leisurely breakfast after which you will leave for Nyungwe National Park in the south of Rwanda. The driving time to the destination is about 4.5 hours. Along the way, delight in the stunning views of Lake Kivu and the rest of the landscape. In the late afternoon, you will arrive and check in to the lodge, having the evening at your disposal.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Chimp tracking and canopy walk

Wake to a morning breakfast and transfer to Uwinka where the briefing on chimpanzee tracking takes place. Meet your trekking guides and set off to search for the primates in Nyungwe forest. The somewhat strenuous landscape of the park offers a great adventure to the trekkers. This all year round activity also gives a chance to see other attractions like the L’Hoest’s monkey, red-tailed monkeys, and mona monkeys. When you locate the chimps, you will have an hour to observe, learn about and take photos with them.

You will have lunch at the lodge and later go for the canopy walk. It starts with a short hike that connects to the 160m long canopy walkway. This is one of the most thrilling adventures you ought to do while in Rwanda. It offers great panoramic views of Nyungwe Forest.

Meal plan: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Drive back to Kigali

On this 6th day of the 7 Days Rwanda Safari, you will drive back to Kigali for a city tour. Visit Kigali Genocide Memorial for an insight of the 1993 Rwanda genocide and later go and spend some time at Caplaki Craft market to have a look at the various locally made crafts, artistic items and apparel. They are attractive and we advise that you plan to get something for a souvenir.

Optional places to visit for the city tour include Kandt House Museum, Rwanda Art Museum, Niyo Arts Gallery, Inema Arts Centre and Belgian Peacekeepers Memorial.

Before dusk, you will drive to your hotel for dinner and the overnight.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Airport drop off

This last day of the 7 Days Rwanda primate safari will exclusively be for an airport drop off for you to catch your flight back home.

What will be included in the cost price

  • Transport in a standard safari vehicle
  • Experienced professional safari guide
  • Gorilla and chimpanzee permits
  • Accommodation and meals
  • Activities as per the itinerary
  • Drinking water during travel

What will be excluded in the cost price

  • Visa and air ticket
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuity
  • Extra meals and drinks
  • Optional activities
  • All other items of personal nature

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