7 DAY ULTIMATE PRIMATES AND WILDLIFE SAFARIS IN RWANDA
Welcome to our 7-day ultimate primates and wildlife safari in Rwanda promises is truly unforgettable experience, providing memories that will last a lifetime.
This trip will take you through Rwanda’s pristine wilderness, where you will encounter a diverse range of primates and wildlife in their natural habitat. This tour is perfect for nature enthusiasts and animal lovers alike, as you will have the chance to see chimpanzees, golden monkeys, mountain gorillas, and a variety of other wildlife in their natural environment.
Your journey will take you to some of Rwanda’s most renowned national parks, including Nyungwe, Akagera, and Volcanoes National Park, where you will embark on thrilling game drives, boat safaris, and guided treks through lush rainforests and mountainous terrain. Along the way, you will learn about the conservation efforts being made to protect these magnificent creatures and their habitats, and gain insight into Rwanda’s rich cultural heritage.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN KIGALI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, Our tour guide will pick you and transfer to your hotel in Kigali. Depending on your arrival time, you can explore the city and its cultural sites such as the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center or relax at the hotel.
DAY 2: TRANSFER TO NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK
Nyungwe National Park is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers visiting Rwanda, with its diverse range of primates, birds, and flora, and its unique cultural experiences
It is a protected area located in southwestern Rwanda, near the border with Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The park is home to over 13 species of primates, including chimpanzees, golden monkeys, and owl-faced monkeys. It is also a haven for bird watchers, with over 300 species of birds including the great blue turaco, red-breasted sparrow hawk, and the African green broadbill.
Nyungwe National Park is known for its network of hiking trails, with treks ranging from short walks to multi-day expeditions through the forest. In addition to its natural wonders, Nyungwe National Park also has a rich cultural heritage, with several ethnic groups living around the park. Visitors can learn about traditional Rwandan culture and practices, such as beekeeping, basket weaving, and the production of banana beer.
DAY 3: CHIMPANZEE TRACKING
After morning breakfast, we shall head for Chimpanzee tracking in the forest with an experienced guide. You will also have the chance to go on a canopy walk, which offers incredible views of the forest and its inhabitants.
In addition to its natural beauty, Nyungwe National Park is also a popular destination for adventure activities, such as canopy walks and hiking. The park’s canopy walk is the only one of its kind in East Africa, and it offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore the park from above the trees. Visitors can also take part in guided tours of the park’s many hiking trails, which range from easy walks to more challenging treks.
DAY 4: TRANSFER TO AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
After morning breakfast, you will drive to Akagera National Park, in the Eastern part of Rwanda. You will have the chance to spot a variety of wildlife including lions, elephants, giraffes, and hippos. In the evening, you will relax at your lodge overlooking the park.
DAY 5: GAME DRIVE AND BOAT CRUISE
After morning breakfast, we shall head for game drive in the wild. The park is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino), as well as giraffes, zebras, antelopes, hippos, crocodiles, and over 500 bird species. The park’s savannah landscape is also dotted with lakes, wetlands, and forests, which provide a variety of habitats for the park’s flora and fauna.
Boat cruise I also popular, as they provide visitors with a unique perspective of the park’s landscape and wildlife from the water. During the boat cruise, visitors can spot hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of bird species.
Guided nature walks are a great way to explore the park’s diverse flora and fauna up close, and visitors can learn about the park’s ecology and conservation efforts from their knowledgeable guides.
Fishing is another popular activity in the park, with Tilapia and Catfish being the most commonly caught species. Visitors can choose to fish from the shore or from a boat.
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DAY 6: TRANSFER TO VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
After morning breakfast, you will drive to Volcanoes National Park in the northwest of Rwanda. You will go through the hills and beautiful rift valleys of Rwanda. In the evening, you will relax at your lodge overlooking the park.
DAY 7: GORILLA TREKKING IN VOLCANIOES NATIONAL PARK
After morning breakfast, you will go on a gorilla trekking briefing at the park headquarters and after head in the forest with an experienced guide. You will have the chance to spend an hour with a gorilla family, observing their behavior and taking photos. One of the main activities in the park is gorilla trekking, where visitors can hike through the forest to see the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. The park has several habituated gorilla families that visitors can observe, but permits are limited and must be reserved in advance.
Another popular activity in the park is hiking to the summit of one of the volcanoes, such as Mount Bisoke or Mount Karisimbi. These hikes can be challenging, but offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
Visitors can also take guided nature walks in the park to observe the various plant and animal species that inhabit the area. Bird watching is also a popular activity, with over 170 species of birds recorded in the park. After the trek, you will be transferred back to Kigali for your departure flight.
END OF THE TRIP
DAY 1. Transfer from Kampala to Bwindi National Park.
You will begin your trip, on day one from Kampala with a briefing from the driver guide, who will the make sure you got your breakfast, and then drive to western Uganda, where your end will be Bwindi national park. You will have number stopovers for meals, snacks, photos, and your lunch. You will be driving westwards, along the snake like roads, surrounded by the most beautiful and fantastic landscapes that will be attracting every camera lens and your eyes.
Curious! You will check in from the hotel, in the evening and relax as you prepare your minds for the wonderful next day.
DAY 2. Ultimate Gorilla Trekking Experience
This is a long waited and a highlight day of the trip! As you will wake up In the morning have your breakfast, and packed lunch, then head to the gorilla tracking briefing point to meet the guides who will be taking you through this experience.
You will take a short walk through the impenetrable and tropical rain forests, as you will meet these primates, as you will be allowed time with them, as you witness their interaction and behaviours.
Thereafter, you will return to the hotel, for relaxation, sit and enjoy the balcony view of the tropical rain forests, as the beautiful birds sing for you from the nature, with that sweet and sharp nature voice. You will later have your dinner and overnight stay as you wait for the next day.
DAY 3. Batwa Experience
On this day, you will be able to meet the indigenous Batwa (Pygmies) in Kisoro district at the slopes of Mount Muhavura. The Batwa Experience will also show you how they lived in huts made of grass, trees, the use of tree houses, caves. Experience the Batwa village life of old, the sharing, of living as a community, as a people, learn the things that they revered and cared for and almost lost.
During your stay with them, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful and remarkable moments, as you will enjoy their local dances, and other cultural activities, like their hunting activities and others.
You will in the evening, head back to the lodge, relax and you enjoy the balcony view of the tropical rain forests.
Dinner, overnight stay as you wait for the next day.
DAY 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park via Ishasha
After an African delicious breakfast, you will drive to Queen Elizabeth national park via Ishasha sector in southern part of Queen Elizabeth national park.
While driving to Queen Elizabeth national park, you will have a game drive through Ishasha sector and observe the tree-climbing lions as they submerge in the tree branches, relaxing or playing, as they watch their territories.
You will proceed to Queen Elizabeth’s northern sector, for checking in from the lodge, relax with dinner and overnight stay and wait for the next day.
DAY 5: The Morning Game Drive and Afternoon Boat Cruise
After early morning Breakfast drive to the Kasenyi plains for morning game drive because its believed to be a home for abundant wildlife, including the predators and the prey, which gives you the best African classic safari experience which engages all your senses with such a beautiful scenery of Rwenzori ranges and crater lakes animals expected to be sighted includes; Buffaloes, elephants, Uganda Kobs, Warthogs, Water bucks, Lions and baboons and varieties of Birds such as grey crown cranes, Southern Red bishop.
After game drive, you will go back to the lodge for warm Lunch, after lunch drive to mweya for the afternoon Boat cruise along the Kazinga channel for best of this un-forgettable and memorable experience while on the boat for two hours cruise to lake Edward where you will see local fishermen, this trip highlights are elephants which come down to the banks to drink and swim, several school of Hippopotamuses, Crocodiles basking at the banks and other animals like Buffaloes, water bucks with varieties of water birds such as, Great cormorant, pied kingfisher, African fish eagle etc.
DAY 6: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
You will wake up in the morning with your morning breakfast, and then embark on your journey to Kibale national park, via Kasese Mpondwe road, with a number of stopovers and outstanding view of the fantastic landscapes, as you drive along the zigzag road heading to fort portal.
After reaching at the lodge you will check in and then relax, a you prepare for an activity or the next day. On this day, we may visit the Bigodi community for nature walks to see a number of birds, and primates like the monkeys.
Head back to the lodge, relax, with your dinner stay as you wait for the next day.
DAY 7: Ultimate Chimpanzee Tracking Experience
You will wake up in the morning with a morning breakfast and head to Kanyanchu tourist information center with your parked lunch and drinking water, where you will meet the rangers or guides, who will give you the briefing and information about the chimpanzees, and go meet the wild residents from the primate capital of the world. On this day, you will have a moment with the Chimpanzees, our closest cousins. Spending that moment with these primates is so fascinating that, you will be thrilled by their behaviors and interactions.
You will then after drive back to the for relaxation, and then have an evening walk, you will then head back to the lodge and relax with your dinner, and overnight stay as you wait for the next day.
DAY 8: Transfer back to Kampala.
You will wake up in the morning with your morning breakfast, and embark on your journey back to Kampala/Entebbe International Airport, as this will be the last day of your adventure. You will drive with your lunch en route and through Fort portal-Kampala road as you enjoy the drive through the beautiful and scenic landscapes filled and covered by the tea plantations. You will reach in Kampala in the afternoon / evening and drive to your home, or hotel, or the airport for your return flight.
END OF THE TRIP.
Get a chance to track some of the remaining endangered mountain gorillas in bwindi impenetrable national park.