12 Days Rwanda Primates Tour to Nyungwe forest national park, Gorilla Tracking in Congo Virunga national park, and Rwanda wildlife safari to Akagera…
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Detailed 12 Days Rwanda Primates Tour
Arrival in Kigali
Arrive in Kigali as we begin our 12 Days Rwanda Primates Tour meet with our smiling guide, get to introduce your selves and then you will be transferred to your respective hotels. [Approximate driving time: 30 minutes] Diner (D) is included in the package. O/N: Hotel des Mille Collines/Hotel Chez Lando or similar (D).
Drive from Kigali to Butare Nyungwe Forest NP.
After breakfast on the second day of our 12 days Pure Wildlife Safaris in Rwanda, you will depart for Butare the second largest city after Kigali in Rwanda and is regarded as the intellectual city of Rwanda. It hosts the National Museum, several academic (University) and research centers.
On your way to Butare you will visit Nyanza (currently Nyabisindu) the former Mwamis 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 visit the National Museum which is one of the well set-up, if not the finest ethnographic museum of East Africa.
Our 12 Days Rwanda Primates Tour visit to Butare marks a great discovery in Rwanda since It’s a good source of information on the cultural history of Rwanda and the region.
Lunch will be had from Butare and later we will drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Your driver-guide will stop at the Uwinka offices to have the last update on the presence of the semi-habituated groups of chimps and colobus monkeys. This will help you to prepare your activities of the next day. Overnight at the Gisakura Guest House (B-L-D)
Nyungwe Forest NP chimpanzee trekking
Either a chimp tracking experience in Nyungwe or you may choose to have another guided primate walk or have one of the hikes in the well-maintained trails. There are a large host of primates and blue monkeys are present and often observed around Uwinka, requiring less strenuous hiking.
There is also an orchid garden at Uwinka and for those who would like a challenging hike we recommend the trail the Bigugu Mountain, the highest peak in Nyungwe Forest at nearly 3000m.
Bird watchers will certainly be interested to know that Nyungwe has also some Albertine rift endemic species that can only be seen here! hence making our wildlife safaris in Rwanda interesting.
Birding is very rewarding on one of the special designed trails! (B-L-D) Overnight: Guest House of Gisakura on Full Board basis.
In Nyungwe Forest National Park we either go in for a guided nature walk or trek primates of a particular interest are the large social groups of Angolan Colobus (Colobus angolensis), which may be over 300 individuals.
These are the largest troops of this species known in the world! Nyungwe forest counts 25% of the African Primates!! hence making the entire 12 Days Rwanda Primates Tour more interesting. Overnight: Guest House of Gisakura (*) on Full Board basis.
Drive from Nyungwe Forest NP to Kibuye
After breakfast you will leave for Kibuye, passing through the green fields of tea plantations before exploring the shores of Lake Kivu. Kibuye which is one of the three resort towns on Lake Kivu is the most beautiful. Arrival at Kibuye is foreseen at lunch time. After Nyungwe, most participants will welcome that relaxing moments on the shores of Lake Kivu, which is Bilharzia free. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight Molia Hill Resort on Full Board basis.
Drive from Kibuye through Gisenyi to Kinigi
You will be picked up on a tour to Gisenyi on our pure wildlife safaris in Rwanda, lunch while there and we drive to Ruhengeri and Kinigi for an overnight at your hotel. O/N: Hotel La Palme Hotel (B-L-D)
After breakfast you will report at the ORTPN headquarters where your driver-guide will accomplish the necessary formalities for you. You will meet your ranger guide(s) for a briefing about the greatest animal experience ever. Then we will drive you to the slopes of one Virunga volcanoes for gorilla trekking hence making our 12 Days Rwanda Primates Tour Rwanda more experiential.
After the trekking, lunch at your hotel or at Ruhengeri and in the afternoon, if time allows, an excursion to explore the beautiful lakes in the region, Lake Bulera Ruhondo has an excellent view of the Virunga chain of Volcanoes and these can be seen while there depending on weather conditions, this will be one great encounter on our 12 days’ pure wildlife safaris in Rwanda. Overnight at your hotel. O/N: Hotel La Palme hotel (FB)
Second gorilla trekking or another activity Transfer to Kigali
Our 12 days wildlife safaris in Rwanda Second gorilla tracking (subject to availability and payment of gorilla permit supplement) Other activities/options:
An excursion to the top of the Bisoke volcano (3,711 m) of which the distinctive feature is a beautiful crater lake!! Fantastic views in all directions, lushly forested slopes, shady bamboo forest and an
An excursion to the grave of Dian Fossey and the former Karisoke Research Center. The excursion will provide excellent background information and this is a wonderful site to see!
A visit to the Golden Monkeys: the little-known Golden Monkey(Cercopithecus Mitis Kandti) is listed as endangered, the newly habituated groups of about 40 individuals are the only ones in Africa.
The Kabatwa troop is located not so far from the Park Headquarters and the Musanga troop lives near the Karisimbi volcano and has a much longer walking distance. Transfer to Kigali for overnight at your hotel. O/N: Chez Lando Hotel (B-L)
Drive from Kigali through Kayonza to Akagera NP
You will drive for 3 hours to Akagera National Park, via Kayonza to the Eastern part of Rwanda. We will arrive before lunch at the beautiful Akagera Game Lodge which has a swimming pool. Take a swim before lunch. After lunch you will start your exploration with a game drive by visiting the giraffe valley on our 12 Days Rwanda Primates Tour.
The giraffes of Akagera NP were translocated from Kenya in Januaray 1986. The 2 males and 4 female Masai giraffes were got near Lake Magadi (Kenya) and given to the Rwandan government under an agreement to restock the latters wildlife habitats that were depleted by many years of poaching.
The giraffes were first put in an enclosure on the Rurama peninsula. One night on Christmas 1987 they escaped because the barrier was broken down by elephants. (A ranger died of his wounds when he tried to prevent the elephants).
The giraffes crossed the Kiyonza ridges and settled on the Nyamwashama plains, since then also named as the giraffe valley. The animals have grown tremendously since then, with first baby giraffe born in 1988 and the second a year later. O/N: Akagera Game Lodge on a Full Board basis.
Akagera National Park Boat Cruise
Enjoy the Lodge and its astonishing views over Lake Ihema. After an Early breakfast your exploration starts with a boat trip on Lake Ihema which is a very rewarding experience for seeing the large number of hippos, the huge Nile crocodiles and many birds.
After the boat trip you will continue your exploration along the lakes Kivumba, Hago, Mihindi and Rwanyakizinga. They are the most interesting part of the park especially for birders. You will return for your lunch and enjoy a fresh swim at the Lodge. In the late afternoon you will return to the giraffe valley which is usually full of surprises. Overnight at the Akagera Game Lodge.
Your Drive from Akagera National Park to Kayonza Kigali
Our 12 days pure wildlife safaris in Rwanda will begin with an early morning drive after breakfast for another day of exploration. This time you will start with a visit to the height of Mutumba, the highest point of the park.
You will have a view of all the Akagera lakes and the Karangwe Mountains in Tanzania, with Lake Tanganyika visible at a distance. Descend to the Lake area where you will have a picnic lunch on edge of one of the beautiful lakes.
In the afternoon you will drive back to the lodge before returning to Kigali where we will drop you at the hotel. O/N: Hotel Milles Collines on Full Board basis.
Kigali Airport Transfers
We mark an end to our 12 Days Rwanda Primates Tour, hence set off in the morning to the airport after an early breakfast to catch up with your flight either back home or to your next destination. (B) End of service. Hence looking forward to hosting you again.
- One gorilla permit per person
- Accommodation on full board
- Transport 4×4 land cruiser
- 1Litter of Mineral water per person per day
- One Chimpanzee permit per person
- One Colobus permit per person
- One Dian Fossey permit per person
- Entry fee at Kings palace
- Entry fee at National museum
- Boat riding fee at Lake Ihema
- Service of English speaking guide
- Travel insurance
- Tips and all personal expenses.