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Home : Endangered species tours : Rawanda - The Great Primates Expedition
Rawanda - The Great Primates Expedition
08 NIGHTS / 09 DAYS
Destination Covered : Kigali - Akagera National Park - Nyungwe (Rwanda Cultural Tour) - Colobus Trails Of Nyungwe - Kibuye ( Driving Time 4 Hours )- Gisenyi (Lake Kivu) - Gorillas In The Mist - Golden Monkey Tracking And Or Mountain Hiking
Species Spotted : Mountain Gorillas - Chimpanzees - Ruwenzori Colobus - Ruwenzori Turaco - Handome Francolin - Black Headed Gonolek - Storks - Crane
KigaliDAY 01: ARRIVE KIGALI

On your arrival at Kigali international Airport meet and greet with your guide after a briefing about your tour, drive to your hotel for check in, there after and depending on your arrival time your Guide/driver will take you for city tour which includes among others; Gisozi genocide memorial site, visit takes you 4hrs, here you learn and comprehend the history of genocide in Rwanda and other countries of the world. 
Thereafter proceed to Kimilonko Market one of the busiest and biggest market in the city here you will enjoy and buy most of Rwanda traditional delicious food staffs and interact with local people, continue to visit Nyarutarma Golf club then proceed to Belgium memorial site and Richard kandt historical museum here you will be at the exact point where Kigali city started by a Germany colonialist and administrator 1907. Lunch at one of smart city restaurants
After Lunch, your guide/ driver will take you to Ntarama and Nyamata Genocide memorial sites out side Kigali. This will give you evolution of1994 genocide tragedy happened in Rwanda. Though here there is no charge for entrance, but you may generously fill to give something to assist for preservation of these genocide sites, your offer will be highly appreciated. Back to Kigali overnight at your hotel, Dinner and over night stay at your hotel.

(Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 02 : AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK

Drive to Akagera National park, via Rusumo Water Falls on the Rwanda / Tanzania border Check in at Akagera Game Lodge for lunch and in the Afternoon, you will do your first classic savannah wildlife game drives / game viewing Dinner & overnight Akagera Game lodge

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 03 : AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast you will have your 2nd game drive in the southern sector of Akagera national park Lunch at the hotel in the Afternoon take a Motor Boat excursion trip on Lake Ihema to see the giant Crocodiles and Hippos. After Drive back to Kigali Dinner & overnight Kigali Serena hotel or chezlando

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 04: KIGALI - NYUNGWE (RWANDA CULTURAL TOUR)

An early morning breakfast is followed by a drive to Nyungwe forest. On the way visit Nyanza King’s Palace, the National Museum of Butare.  Nyanza was the headquarters of the ancient Rwanda Kingdom before the arrival of the Europeans. The compound has the ancient palace constructed by King Mutara in 1934.  Next to it is the reconstructed King’s hut as it was on the arrival of the Europeans.  It is tastefully decorated with the traditional mats and utensils.  
The Butare Museum is reputed to be the best ethnographical Museum in East Africa.  It is the home of the national ballet-intoro dancers.  Have lunch at Butare and proceed to Nyungwe National Park Overnight at Gisakura Guest House

(Breakfast, Lunch)

NyungweDAY 05 : COLOBUS TRAILS OF NYUNGWE 

After breakfast enter Nyungwe forest to track the Nyungwe Colobus monkey at Uwinka.  The Uwinka troop is reputed to be 400 strong is reputed to be the largest troop of arboreal primates in Africa.   A walk in the forest is a whole learning experience conducted by knowledgeable guides well versed in botany, ornithology and interspecies relationship in this forest.  Thereafter, return to your lodge for lunch.  Dinner and overnight Gisakura Guest House
Nyungwe forest is a nature lover’s paradise.  The only remaining mountain rain forest in East and Central Africa, Nyungwe boasts of 260 species of trees and shrubs, over 200 species of orchids and giant lobelias, 275 Species of birds of which 25 are endemic, colorful butterflies and 13 recorded species of primates (25% of Africa’s total) including the Chimpanzees. The forest is ideal for walks with beautiful waterfalls cascading in this serene environment.

( Breakfast, lunch, Dinner)

DAY 06: NYUNGWE – KIBUYE ( DRIVING TIME 4 HOURS )

After breakfast, enter Nyungwe for chimpanzee tracking, thereafter drive to Kibuye arriving in time for lunch.  In the afternoon, have a small walk of the Kibuye town. Overnight at Bethanie Guest House

(Breakfast, Lunch).

DAY 07: KIBUYE – GISENYI (LAKE KIVU)

After breakfast, drive/ or take a boat ride to Gisenyi.  The Kibuye - Gisenyi route is via the most beautiful panorama with tea plantations and glimpses of Lake Kivu.  Arrive at Gisenyi in time for lunch at the Lake Kivu Sun Serena hotel.  Spend the rest of the day at Gisenyi with optional tours including excursions to Gisenyi out skirts, including hot springs Overnight stay at your hotel (BB)
(private arrangement) Boat ride: We can organize for a boat ride from Kibuye to Gisenyi; however your luggage will be driven to Gisenyi.

(Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 08: GORILLAS IN THE MIST 

An early morning breakfast is followed by a drive to Kinigi park headquarters for group and or guide allocation with briefing, after drive to the trailheads where hiking and trekking up the hills to the bamboo zone begins.  Hiking, trekking and tracking gorillas may take 1-8 hours depending on the location of the gorillas.  Sight and stay with the Gorillas for one hour. Descend to your hotel for lunch, Afternoon at leisure or on a tour of the area including Ibyiwacu community village or visit the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo, Dinner and Overnight stay at your hotel

(Breakfast, lunch, dinner).

GisenylDAY 09 : GOLDEN MONKEY TRACKING AND OR MOUNTAIN HIKING 

After breakfast, you hove option to hike Mt Bisoke and see the Crater Lake on the top with the full view of panorama of massive virunga National park descending from mt Muhabura to Mt Karisimbi or track the Golden monkey or  have Natural walk with a visit to karisokye Gorilla cemetery and pay tribute to great primatelogist Dian fossey, who spend most of her life time habituating these great apes and later was murdered and buried amidst Gorillas after you will driver back to Kigali for your home flight . 

(Breakfast)

QUICK INFORMATION :

The Republic of Rwanda, is a sovereign state in central and eastern Africa. Located a few degrees south of the Equator, Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. All of Rwanda is at high elevation, with a geography dominated by mountains in the west, savanna in the east, and numerous lakes throughout the country. The climate is temperate to subtropical, with two rainy seasons and two dry seasons every year.

 Akagera contains typical savanna animals such as giraffes and elephants, while Volcanoes is home to an estimated one third of the worldwide mountain gorillas population. 

WILDLIFE HIGHLIGHTS :
  • Rawanda is one of only two countries in which mountain gorillas can be visited safely.

  • Nyungwe Forest boasts 13 primate species including chimpanzees and 400 Ruwenzori colobus arboreal monkeys.

  • 670 species with variation between the east and the west. Nyungwe Forest, in the west, has 280 recorded species, of which 26 are endemic to the Albertine Rift,  endemic species include the Ruwenzori Turaco and Handome Francolin Eastern Rwanda, by contrast, features savanna birds such as the Black headed Gonolek and those associated with swamps and lakes, including storks and crane

BEST TIME TO VISIT :

Because of its high altitude, Rwanda has a pleasant tropical highland climate, with a daily temperature range as great as 14°C

There are four seasons; long rains from mid March to mid May, short rains from mid-October to November; long dry period from mid-May to mid-October and short dry season from December to mid-March. The north-east has more rainfall than other parts of the country. It is still perfectly possible to travel during the rains, indeed the scenery can be stunning and the flora lush and it can be ideal for photography of both the gorillas and the scenery.

There is no “best time to visit Rwanda”, as each season has its merits.


The best time for sighting animals is during the dry season between mid December to March and mid May to mid October although it is easy to track and see them year round.

Rwanda is a fantastic destination for bird watchers with an incredible 670 species recorded in an area smaller than Belgium. Lush flora will attract many species but sightings may be easier during dry periods - mid December to March and mid May to mid October.