8 days Rwanda Highlights & Primate tracking trip will take you around Rwanda and will bring you to the most important beautiful sites of Rwanda’s tourism zone with the visit to Rwanda’s three national parks and other historical and cultural sites. This includes parts of Akagera National Park a home for savannah animals with many lakes that hosts hippos, Nyungwe Forest National Park the primates’ haven of Rwanda and Volcanoes National Park the home for mountain gorillas in Northern Province which is one of the Virunga Massif. That encompasses Volcanoes national park of Rwanda, mgahinga national park of Uganda, and Virunga National Park in DR Congo of where the mountain gorillas in the world still survives.
- Kigali city tour
- Game drive in Akagera Park
- Boat cruise on Lake ihema
- Gorilla tracking in Volcanoes
- Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe
Day 1 : Kigali City Tour & Transfer to Akagera National Park
Wake up and have your breakfast then go for Kigali city tour where you will visit the Genocide Memorial at Gisozi, Kaplaki craft market and other local market , visit Hotel Rwanda, you will then be driven to Akagera national park , the largest savannah park of Rwanda that shares borders with Tanzania, famous for variety of game such as Elephants, Zebras, Roan Antelopes, Impalas, water bucks, warthogs, leopards, Elands, Hippos, giraffes among others where you will do sun set boat cruise around the island on Lake Ihema thereafter return and head to the lodge have dinner and overnight stay
Day 2 : Early Morning Game Drive & Transfer to Kigali
On this day, after morning breakfast together with your packed lunch, you will go for game drive in search of Zebras, giraffes, impalas, Elephants baboons, topi, leopards on rare occasions, Elands Roan antelopes and lions that were recently introduced, you will continue game viewing up to the northern part of the park where you will exit through the northern gate as you go to Kigali for your overnight stay.
Day 3 : Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park, Visit Historical Sites
After your breakfast in the morning, you will be driven to nyungwe forest national park with en route visit to Nyanza king’s palace, Butare national museum, Murambi genocide memorial thereafter continue and enter the forest to gisakura area where you will have your accommodation. The forest is huge one of the largest remaining of the African tropical rain forests that hosts around 13 primate species, this will include chimpanzee, Angola colobus monkey, owl faced monkey l’horst monkey red tailed monkey among others plus a lots of bird species with high concentration of Albertine rift endemic bird species. You will check in to the lodge have dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4 : Chimpanzee Tracking and Canopy Walk in afternoon
A relatively early morning start, after your breakfast drive to the ranger station ready for chimp tracking. Here you will be briefed then set and drive to the forest approximate 1 hour and 20 minutes to get to the starting point where walking will start, start you trek as you look out chimps together with the park ranger, When you return, you will have lunch and drive to Uwinka to start your canopy walk that will last 1-2 hours. This is the time you will walk on swinging bridge across the forest as you get the chance to see birds monkeys of different types as well as scenery then after return to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5: Transfer to Lake Kivu in Rubavu District, Gisenyi and Evening Relaxation
On this day, you will set off to Lake Kivu in Gisenyi town, through a scenic view of eastern province have lunch on the way, you will take an evening walk along the lakeside for sunset pictures, later have your dinner and overnight stay
Day 6: Boat Ride & Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
After your relaxed breakfast, at 9 am, you will take a boat ride on Lake kivu visit hot spring gas plant, coffee processing and farms and later you will check out and drive to Volcanoes national park where you will spend your night. All the lodges here are located outside the park in kinigi and musanze town respectively. This will be in preparation for your Exciting experience with the Gorillas the next day. Check in to your lodge for overnight stay
Day 7 : Gorilla Tracking Adventure & Cultural Visit to Iby’iwacu
Amazing day for you, after your breakfast report to the park offices for the briefing about gorilla tracking well dressed in tracking attire and drinking water the tracking here will take few hours to 8 hours, you will be split into small groups of 8 people and the walk up the mountain with a park ranger who will interpret the gorilla behaviors in the wild, later after tracking you will visit cultural village called Iby iwacu for cultural demonstrations and entertainments .then go back to your Hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 8: Golden Monkey Tracking & Transfer to Kigali / Airport
Wake up and take your breakfast, then drive to the park office ready for golden monkey tracking, this is a type of monkey that is declared endangered and on found in the virunga ranges in this specific area. The tracking will take 3-4 hours then you will be brought back. After lunch you transfer to Kigali, for shopping later proceed to the Airport for your departure flight back home.
Accommodation will be in either budget, mid- range, or luxury