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8-Days Rwanda Primates Trekking Adventure Safari - 8 Days

Rwanda primates: The most famous destination in Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park has become synonymous with mountain gorilla tracking safaris and no visit to the country would be complete without visiting these majestic primates.

Volcanoes National Park also has a historic connection with gorilla conservation. It was the base for the ground-breaking work of primatologist Dian Fossey which started in the late 1960s and is evocatively portrayed in the book and film Gorillas in the Mist.

Volcanoes National Park is the Rwandan section of the great volcanic massif called the Virunga Mountains that straddles the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC. The massif covers a huge area of over 8,000km², encompassing six active and three extinct volcanoes. Gorillas, of course, pay no heed to borders and are known to cross between the countries, although most habituated groups are to be found in Volcanoes National Park. The massif is home to around half of the world’s precious mountain gorillas – some 400 of them – making Rwanda probably the best place in Africa for a tracking safari.

Easily accessible from Rwanda’s capital Kigali, located only 80kms away, the Volcanoes National Park offers several comfortable lodges set in the foothills of the range. Gorilla trekking permits must be arranged before arrival, and potential trekkers should be aware not only of the rigours of hiking through mountainous rainforest but the strict conservation rules governing this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Overview

This remarkable 8-day adventure in Rwanda offers the opportunity to explore this land of a thousand hills with incredible wildlife encounters. You’ll track chimpanzees and also Canopy Walkway at Nyungwe Forest National Park. You will also visit the Volcanoes National Park in search of endangered mountain gorillas with expert local rangers. You’ll also have an opportunity to explore Kigali and its colorful markets.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arriva at Kigali International Airport

Arrival of flight at Kigali International Airport. Meet and greet assistance. You will be handed over to and warmly welcomed by our Pallid Safaris representative outside customs and immigration hall. Transfer to your city hotel and assisted with check in. Tour briefing will be conducted at the lobby. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2
Departure from Kigali to Nyungwe Forest National Park

After breakfast at the hotel, and check out. You will be met and briefed about your tour at the hotel lobby by your driver guide and proceed to Nyungwe Forest National Park, where the largest montane forest East and Central Africa is found. The heart of Nyungwe Forest is like a scene from a fairy tale. Tall old mahoganies, ebonies and giant tree ferns tower above you, whilst orchids and other epiphytes cling to every branch. Brightly colored birds flit around, butterflies are everywhere, including a variety of primates for which Nyungwe National Park is renowned. En route, we will briefly visit the Kings Palace then stop for lunch en route at the Ibis Restaurant. 13h30: Continue drive to Nyungwe. Arrive at around 15h30 Assisted with check in. Relax and enjoy the evening at the lodge.

Day 3
Chimps Trekking and Optional Canopy Walk

Today at 05h 00 you will get your packed breakfast and drive to the park headquarters for chimpanzee trek briefing and formalities and then to the evergreen forest for a great experience that starts at 06h 00. You may spot a wide variety of bird life. Their playfulness and human like characteristics make the long day worthwhile. Luckily you may be welcomed by chimp morning calls deep in the forest upon encountering the chimps, you will be allowed to stay in their presence for one hour as you enjoy their acrobats, feeding life and their day to day behaviors. Return to the lodge at around 12h 00 for lunch. 14h 00: Transfer to the park headquarters for Canopy walk briefing. Your guided canopy walk will start at 15h 00. Return to the lodge after the walk. Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at the resort.

Day 4
Depart from Nyungwe to ( Rubavu ) Lake Kivu

08h 00: Check out and settlement of extras and have a leisurely scenic drive to Gisenyi and Lake Kivu.
Arrive and check in at the Lake Kivu Serena Hotel, followed by lunch. The afternoon will be at leisure on the shores of the lake or enjoy a swim in the pool. You can also have an optional visit at the border crossing point to Goma in Congo.
Dinner and overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day 5
Rubavu ( Lake Kivu) to Musanze, Karisoke reserch centre, Optional cultural village visit

Leisury breakfast at the hotel and Check out 09 h00, have a scenic drive to Musanze and Volcanoes National Park. You will stop over at the Karisoke Research Center and learn more about the efforts done by the government of Rwanda to protect the endangered mountain gorillas.

The Karisoke exhibit consists of seven sections:

• Gorillas: Overview, behavior, life history of mountain gorillas
• Dian Fossey and the history of Karisoke
• Conservation and challenges
• Biodiversity: Other animals and plants in the forest
• Working with local communities
• The Virunga mountain
After the educational tour you will proceed for check in at the Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge for lunch. 15h30– You will visit the IbyiIwacu village for a cultural experience. After the experience you will head back to the lodge.

Day 6
Volcanoes National Park ( Gorillas Trekking)

06h 30 After an early breakfast at the hotel, proceed to the park headquarters in time for Gorilla Trek briefing at 07h 00.
We will then transfer you to the trail head of your guided walk that begins at 08h 00.
Volcanoes National Park is the Rwandan section of the great volcanic massif called the Virunga Mountains that straddles the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The massif covers a huge area of over 8,000 km², encompassing six active and three extinct volcanoes.
There is no other wildlife experience quite like an encounter with mountain gorillas. That precious hour spent in their company – watching the group playing, sulking, teasing each other, eating, or dozing just like we do is extraordinary.
Once through with the experience, drive back to the lodge for lunch. The afternoon will be at leisure to rest.
Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 7
Musanze to Kigali, City Tour

After breakfast at the lodge, you will check out and have a scenic road drive back to Kigali. 10h 30, Arrive and proceed on a city tour that will include the Kigali Genocide memorial.
Highlight, Perhaps the city’s best known landmark, and with good reason, is the very insightful and moving Kigali Genocide The memorial sets out the history leading up to the genocide in Rwanda and also explains other genocides around the world. It includes poignant displays of victims’ photographs and belongings, bringing the realities of the atrocities to life. While it might seem an unusual tourist attraction and can be upsetting, it does help to put into context how and why the genocide happened and to better appreciate just how far the country has moved on together in the intervening years. It also plays a vital role in educating Rwanda’s new and future generations about the genocide. Lunch will be at the Khana Khazana Restaurant. You will then be transferred to the Kigali Serena for check in.

Day 8
Departure from Kigali to the Airport

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and settlement of extras. Transfer to Kigali international airport.

Cost Excludes

  • • Meet and greet assistance on arrival
  • • Airport and inter-hotel transfers from day 1 to the last day
  • • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary.
  • • The price at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge: - Full board accommodation including 3 meals per person per night
  • booked, laundry, room service, drinks(wines, beers & soft drinks) and applicable VAT.
  • • One & Only Nyungwe House includes breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, minibar, non-alcoholic beverages, alcoholic house beverages with meals and two activities per person per day (as defined by the Resort and subject to change without notice).
  • • Exclusive use of a private safari land cruiser 4x4 with WI-FI in receptive areas
  • • 1 Gorilla permit per person (this includes briefing at RDB offices, guide, trek – US$ 1500.-)
  • • All activities and extra meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • • Services of a professional, experienced English speaking Pallid Safaris driver guide
  • • Bottled mineral water in the vehicle during the tour
  • • Emergency Medical Evacuation Services

Cost Excludes

  • • International and domestic airline tickets unless where indicated,
  • • entry visa fees,
  • • optional extras whilst in Kigali
  • • drinks throughout the trip,
  • • tips and gratuities,
  • • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, mini bar, porter-age, travel insurance, etc.
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