5 Day Rwanda Classic Primate Safari

Safari Overview:

The 5 Days Rwanda Classic Primate Safari is one of the excellent safari packages 0rganised by Prime Safaris and Tours Ltd for you to encounter the delightful primate species protected in  Rwanda- the land of thousand hills. The 5 Days Primate Safari will take you through Rwanda’s primate Capital- Nyungwe forest park for memorable Chimpanzee trekking experience; thereafter, it connects you to Volcanoes national park where you will have life time experience of trekking the world endangered species of the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat of Volcanoes national park. The highly rewarding safari starts and ends in Kigali-the Capital City of Rwanda.

Safari Highlights

Day 1: Transfer from Kigali to Nyungwe Forest Park & evening Cultural encounter

Day 2: Early Morning Chimpanzee trekking & Afternoon Canopy Walk

Day 3: Transfer from Nyungwe to Volcanoes National park & Have an evening cultural encounter

Day 4: Do Gorilla Trekking & Musanze Cave tour.

Day 5: Trek to Dian Fossey Tomb & Transfer to Kigali City.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest Park with enroute stopovers at Butare National Museum, Nyanza & evening Cultural encounter.

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Following an early morning breakfast, you will embark on transfer journey of 225kms about 6 -7 hours’ drive from Kigali to Nyungwe national park. The overland long journey is very fascinating as you will traverse through amazing sceneries all over the route. The experienced driver guide will take you at slow speed to allow you capture the best photographs of the hilly landscape, local people. You will have lunch enroute and a number of stopovers at Butare National Museum, Nyanza (Rukali) as well as Malaba coffee factory, plus other exciting areas. On arrival to the park, you will drive to the lodge to check-in and relaxation. After relaxation, you will embark on an evening cultural encounter with the local people around Nyungwe Forest National Park. The cultural encounter will give you a rare opportunity to interact with the local people in their natural environment, with a taste of their unique culture and traditions. You will be entertained by the Cyamundongo Cultural troupe and after the activity; you will retire back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodations: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury /Upmarket), Nyungwe Top View Hote (Moderate /standard), Gisakura Guest House (Budget Lodge).

Day 2: Early Morning Chimpanzee trekking & Afternoon Canopy Walk

Right after taking a cup of coffee, you will report to the park headquarters for an early morning briefing about the dos and don’ts of Chimpanzee trekking in the loviest forest of Nyungwe national park. Immediately after briefing, you will be led by the ranger guide through the beautiful forest trail to trek the fascinating chimpanzee creatures. Along the trails you may enjoy the nice melodies of different bird species housed in the forest and you may also have chance to enjoy the views of other primates like grey-cheeked mangabey, white &black Monkeys, Baboons. After 2-6 hours of trekking, you may encounter the chimps and once-up-close, you will be allowed to allocated one memorable hour to study the primates. During this time, you will observe them play, feed and rest. After this worthwhile experience, you will head back to the lodge for lunch. After lunch, embark on adventurous canopy walk to see the beautiful twin lakes as well as various bird species. Participate in Nature walks in the ever green forests of Nyungwe. After these interesting activities, you will retire back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Nyungwe Forest Lodge, (Luxury) Nyungwe Top View Hotel (Mid-Range), Gisakura Guest House (Budget)

Day 3: Transfer from Nyungwe to Volcanoes National park & Have an evening cultural encounter

Depart Nyungwe national park after taking a cup of coffee to Volcanoes national park. The drive distance of 115kms about 3-4 hours without stop overs will take you through rolling winding hills and scenic landscape in Rwanda. Upon your arrival to Volcanoes, you will connect to your pre-book lodge to for lunch and relaxation. After lunch, you will embark on an evening cultural encounter with the local communities around volcanoes national park. The cultural encounter will give you a rare opportunity to interact with the local people in their natural environment, with a taste of their unique culture and traditions. You will visit community schools, local home steads, listen to interesting stories about the local people. After cultural refreshment, entrainment, you will retire back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodations: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Standard/Mid-range), Muhabura Hotel (Budget).

Day 4: Do Gorilla Trekking & Musanze Cave tour.

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On this special day, you will wake up early; take your energy giving breakfast and thereafter, report to the park headquarters for an early morning registration and briefing about gorilla trekking etiquettes in Volcanoes Park. At the park headquarters, you will meet other trekkers and be divided in groups of eight individuals who are allowed to trek one habituated mountain gorilla group. After briefing, you will be led by ranger guide to hike through the verdant jungle to search for mountain gorillas. The activity may take you between 2-8 hours to encounter the apes. When you encounter them, you will be allowed one hour to stay with them, seeing them feed, play and look for their young ones. Right after the one hour, retire back to the starting point and there after transfer to the lodge for late lunch and refreshment.  After lunch, embarks on Musanze Cave tour through the tourist walkways, trails and stairs that take you to the dark interior of the caves that illustrates a picture of a house with several rooms and corridors. The tour will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the geological, geographical as well as historical development of the globe. After exploring the cave, retreat back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodations: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Standard/Mid-range), Muhabura Hotel (Budget).

Day 5: Trek to Dian Fossey Tomb & Transfer to Kigali City.

Early in the morning, depart your lodge heading for an early morning trek to Dian Fossey Tomb. The trek will offer you unique opportunity to visit the Dian Fossey Tomb and  also visit the house where this prominent American researcher was killed from. You will have time to listen to the history of the fallen conservationist, her activities among other interesting aspects. After the exploring the Karisoke Research Centre, you will embark on transfer drive to Kigali. On arrival to the city, the driver guide will take you around to Gisozi genocide memorial center where you will have time to listen to the complete history of Rwanda during the 1994 genocide and the events of the massacres, including personal accounts. Thereafter, the driver guide will drive you to your Kigali lodge or Kanombe Airport for your scheduled flight back home.

End of Safari.