This is one of the most ecstatic tour packages in Rwanda. It entails tracking mountain gorillas in volcanoes national park and trekking chimpanzee in Nyungwe forest as well as viewing other primates. The itinerary for this kind of safari is as highlighted below;
Day 1: Arrival – Transfer to Nyungwe Forest
Upon arrival at Kigali Airport, our driver / guide will be waiting for you, lunch in Kigali and then transfer you to Nyungwe forest Nation Park which is made up of a variety of habitats including montane forests, bamboos, grasslands, and swamps. This is a home to 13 primate species such as Chimpanzees, endangered Golden monkeys, Blue Monkeys, colobus, red tailed monkeys and grey checked mangabeys. There are also about 300 bird species. Relax in the evening as we wait for dinner and Overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury), Nyungwe Hill Top view (Deluxe) or Gisakura Guest House (Budget).Meal plan here is F/B
Day 2: Chimpanzee Tracking and afternoon colobus monkeys or Canopy walk.
Wake up very early in the morning and have breakfast and then after go for chimpanzee briefing and thereafter, enter Nyungwe forest in the company of ranger guides in search for colonies of Chimpanzees and many monkey species like Golden monkeys, Blue Monkeys, red tailed monkeys and grey checked mangabeys, colobus monkeys, plus beautiful forest birds among others. Back to your lodge for lunch, relaxation as preparing for any one of the above mentioned activities of your choice, in the afternoon. Retire for dinner and overnight at your lodge. Meal plan is F/B
Day 3: Transfer to Kibuye & boat to Gisenyi.
Breakfast, transfer to Kibuye for Boat cruising to Gisenyi, Visit some beautiful islands on the Lake Kivu, enjoy the view of the beautiful lake and take photographs, return for dinner and overnight at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (Luxury) or Paradise marahide Hotel[budget] or Stipp Hotel [mid-range]on the shores of Lake Kivu.Meals here are on F/B basis.
Wake up very early in the morning and have breakfast then go for biking along Lake Kivu which is over 35 km for about 3hours and then afterwards return for lunch at your hotel. From here in the evening embark on the long drive to Musanze district in Ruhengeri. Check in for dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury), Le Bombou Gorilla Lodge (mid range) or Kinigi Guest House (Budget)
Day 5: Gorilla Tracking
Rise up very early in the morning and have breakfast and thereafter proceed to volcanoes national park in Musanze district. Head straight to the park offices for briefing about the gorillas and allocation of gorilla groups and guides. Thereafter get into the tropical rain forest and search for the mountain gorillas starting from where they were the previous day until you find them. You will find them doing their daily chores of feeding their young ones, climbing trees and others just relaxing. Take your best photographs having switched off your flash. This whole exercise takes a maximum of 1 hour and then return to the park offices for your gorilla tracking certificate. Return to the hotel for lunch and some relaxation. Afternoon, take a tour to the lake and see the exceptional caves around the lake and take remembrances photos with lots of fun poses near the caves then return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Dian Fossey tombs tour
After breakfast, you will go to tour the tombs of the great lover of Gorillas (Dian Fossey), read more about her achievements towards the preservation of Gorillas. Other optional activities include golden monkey tracking, adventurous trek to Mt. Bisoke / Bisoke or Musanze caves exploration. Return to your lodge for lunch and leave for Kigali for a city tour, visit the Gisozi genocide memorial site, local art & craft shops, do last minute shopping before heading to the airport for your departure flight and this will mark the end of the safari.
This package includes;
Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
Gorilla permits per person
Full day English guide/driver
Visit Dian Fossey Center
Mineral water on board
The package excludes
The package excludes expenses of personal nature like: Air fare, Rwanda Visa, drinks, laundry, tips to local guides, telephone, porter fee while trekking, personal insurance, personal shopping bills and cigarettes.