East Africa Safaris Tours Packages 2022/23

5 Days Rwanda Primates Safari to Volcanoes National Park and Nyungwe Forest National Park

In an adventure of 5 Days Rwanda Primates Safari, you will have a chance to experience Rwanda’s primes that is Gorilla trekking on Volcanoes and chimpanzee trekking in the south of Rwanda Nyungwe National Park

Detailed 5 Days Rwanda Primates Safari

Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Depending with the time your flight touches the ground in Kigali National airport; our guide might pick you from the airport and have a direct transfer to Volcanoes National Park.

Picking you from the airport or your hotel in Rwanda, after your morning breakfast, our guide will be there to pick you.

After briefing of the 5 Days Rwanda Primates Safari, you will begin the trip, through the terrace hills of Rwanda to Volcanoes National Park, home to the endangered mountain Gorilla. On arrival you head straight to your lodge to check in. later have dinner and rest

Recommended Accommodation:

  • Sabyinyo silverback lodge
  • Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge
  • Hotel Muhabura
  • Meal Plan: lunch and dinner
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking Experience

This is the first day of 5 Days Rwanda Primates Safari to experience the wild since you came. After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the park headquarters- Kinigi for a briefing about the endangered mountain gorilla trekking by the park warden.

Along with your trekking gear enough drinking water, and packed lunch, the driver will drop you off at the starting point to trek the gorillas together with the ranger guide.

This activity may take between 1-8 hours searching for the gorilla depending on their movement. However, by meeting them, is so rewarding and you will spend a maximum of an hour with the up close in their natural habitat, take your time observing them as you study them go on with their daily life. Take as many pictures and videos as your camera film can hold

After spending your time with these fascinating mountain gorillas, return to the base or starting point and meet up with your driver to take you back to your lodge for either lunch or refreshment.

After lunch depending on the time, you got done with trekking; you may opt for a cultural walk To by iwachu Cultural village a Non-profit Umbrella Organization that aims at improving the lives of reformed poachers and communities around Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park through provision of conservation incentives, supporting community enterprise development and livelihoods-based projects.

It’s a rewarding place where you will be guided around the place as you enjoy the Kinyarwanda traditions including the Intore dance, traditional ceremonies and guided community walk. Return to your lodge and refresh. Later have dinner and overnight

Recommended Accommodation:

  • Sabyinyo silverback lodge
  • Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge
  • Hotel Muhabura
  • Meal Plan: full board
Day 3 of 5 Days Rwanda Primates Safari: Stopover at Lake Kivu and Transfer to Nyungwe National Park

After an early breakfast at the lodge, you will check out and transfer to Nyungwe National Park with stopover at Lake Kivu.

Enjoy the morning breeze at the shores of the lake; this is like an hour drive to Rubavu. Spend approximately an hour there and then return on the road to proceed with your 4-5 hours drive to Nyungwe National Park with lunch en route.

Nyungwe forest is the oldest and largest forest rain forest in East Africa. Arrive in the park in the late afternoon and straight head to your lodge to check in. You will have time to relax as you reminiscence for the tomorrow’s events. Later have your dinner and rest

Recommended Accommodation:

  • Nyungwe forest lodge
  • Nyungwe top view hill hotel
  • Gisakura guest house
  • Meal plan: full board
Day 4: Chimpanzee Trekking and Afternoon Canopy Walk

After an early breakfast, brace yourself for another tiresome yet exciting experience. Go for briefing about the endangered chimpanzee before entering the forest in search of the active playful fellows in Nyungwe forest.

The chimpanzees are much easier to spot as they jump from one tree to another, chattering and laughing. Chimpanzee trekking usually takes 3 hours. On finding them, spend an hour while taking pictures and videos.

You will then return to the starting line and meet up with your guide to drive you back to your lodge for lunch and refreshing. After lunch, you will go on a walk-a swing bridge 50 meters in length that Is suspended from large trees.

You will be able to see the amazing rain forest with a bird’s eye view, spotting wildlife moving about below you. Before night fall, you will return to your lodge for dinner and overnight

Recommended Accommodation:

  • Nyungwe forest lodge
  • Nyungwe top view hill hotel
  • Gisakura guest house
  • Meal plan: full board
Day 5: Transfer Back to Kigali Or Airport Drop Off

Wake up on your favorable morning time and have breakfast, this time a little relaxed. Check out of the lodge and embark on 4 hours drive back to Kigali with an en route visit to Nyanza King’s Palace and Rwanda National Museum in Huye and Murambi genocide museum.

Arrive in Kigali and also visit the craft shops and the Kigali genocide memorial. Have lunch and go to your hotel or transfer to the airport for your flight if you’re returning home that very day

Meal Plan: breakfast and lunch

Background Information of 5 Days Rwanda Primates Safari

Volcanoes National Park

primatologist Dian Fossey “are great, old volcanoes towering almost 15,000 feet, and nearly covered with rich, green rainforest – the Virungas”.

Situated in the far northwest of Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park protects the steep slopes of this magnificent mountain range home of the endangered mountain range- home of the endangered mountain gorillas and rich mosaic of montane ecosystems.

Which embrace evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath? Volcanoes National Park is named after the chain of dormant volcanoes making up the Virunga Massif: karisimbi– the highest at 4,507m, Bisoke with its verdant Crater Lake, Sabinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura

Nyungwe Rain Forest National Park

This park is located in western Great Rift Valley. Also referred to as Albertine Rift flows West Valley. The park stretches from Lake Albert to the Lake Tanganyika and the rift has many mountains and lakes that flow west into Congo River system.

The Albertine rift besides having an amazing landscape is also known to its endemic species of fauna and flora. In the Nyungwe forest there are about 1,068 plant species and 248 species of orchids and other new species are being found each year.

Also, about 85 mammal species are found in Nyungwe, including 13 primates’ species. Nyungwe accommodates over 300 bird species, 29 species of them are endemics to Albertine rift this makes Nyungwe the best Ornithologist’s best site, as many are it a birders paradise.

The biodiversity of the park is even further enriched by other landscapes including swamps, marshes, bamboo thicket, heath, open woodland and many microhabitats.

Nyungwe is known to its 13 primate species including the famous chimpanzees, this is the best site for chimps trekking and also the largest troop of the black and white colobus monkeys.

After all activities in the park there is also fragmented forests including cyamudongo home of the well-habituated chimpanzees and also Gisakura has other fragmented forests where the second habituated small troops of the colobus monkeys live.

Nyungwe forest has over 130km of constructed trails, which allows all travelers of the different fitness levels to enjoy its beauty

King’s Palace Museum

Situated in Nyanza ya Butare district, presently known as Huye, this history laden site was constructed in 1932.

It is a traditional stead with an unmistakable tinge of modernism to it, and a blend of these makes this place a must visit place for all tour enthusiast

According to www.visitrwanda.com it is a reconstruction of the traditional royal residence, and the King’s palace is a beautifully-crafted thatched dwelling shaped like a beehive

This ethnographic museum encapsulates a great deal of Rwandan monarchial history, which sort of rule was abolished after Rwanda’s independence from their colonial masters.

In its backyard, the cattle that formerly belonged to the monarchy are tended to, and their lineage has been maintained even after the abolishment of the kingdom that rewarded them as a great source of prestige

These cattle, which have a striking resemblance plus some genes of the famous Ankole long-horned cattle of Uganda, have one intriguing attribute.

From the time they are mere calves, they are nurtured to listen to their voice of their herdsmen, and these sing them soothing songs and take care of them like the precious jewels they are.

While at the palace, therefore, one gets to experience all the aforementioned plus some royal regalia like the symbol of power, mats and chairs, all made in a peculiar way

Presidential Museum

This palace, now known to be a museum, is located in the outskirts of Kigali city; in the eastern side. It was known to be the residence of the Rwandan president before the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. Prior to this tragedy, the palace had housed two Rwandan presidents plus their families

A visit to this historically noteworthy palace you an insight into the tragedy happened on April 6th 1994, when President Juvenal Habyarimana’s plane was gunned down. Unfortunately, he was in the company of the Burundian president, who did not survive either

It contains debris from this catastrophic occurrence which gave impetus to the already mentioned 1994 stain In Rwanda’s history, whereby the embittered Tutsi and Hutus wielded pangas plus other deadly tools at each other, massacring everyone who crossed their path; young or old, male or female, innocent or guilty

Besides the alluring history behind this palace, there are some features about it that are worth seeing. These include the various fruit trees in the compound, the art piece that was gifted to the then president, plus the lavish nature of this democide which has become a much sought-after museum for most history lover.

A tour guide on site is position to give visitors all details denoting to all the rooms of this building, plus any other mementos one may be curious about


Arrival and transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Gorilla trekking

Stopover at Lake Kivu and transfer to Nyungwe National Park

Chimpanzee trekking and afternoon canopy walk

Transfer back to Kigali

Activities on this trip

  1. Gorilla trekking
  2. Chimpanzee trekking
  3. Nature walks
  4. Community walks
  5. Kigali city tour
  6. Visiting lake Kivu

This you need before heading for Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking

  1. Good hiking boats with good traction but comfortable
  2. Thick cotton gloves to protect your hands from scratches
  3. A light raincoat in case the weather is not good
  4. Packed snack and water for drinking
  5. Porters to help with heavy backpack

Safari Inclusions and Exclusions

Safari includes:

  • Transportation in a tour van/Land cruiser
  • Service of an English -speaking tour guide/driver
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Park admissions
  • Accommodation on full board
  • Entrance fees to all destinations as per the program
  • Transfer to and from the airport

Safari exclusions

  • All activities not mentioned in the program
  • Phone calls bills
  • Tips
  • International transfers
  • Gratitude to tour guides
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal effects of any nature
  • Hotel fees before and after the safari


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