This Rwanda Primate Safaris itinerary will let you explore the country from the Genocide Memorial sites in Kigali to the wilderness in Akagera, the African jungle in Nyungwe Forest and the Volcanoes in Volcanoes National Park.
Day 1: ARRIVAL
You will be welcomed by a representative of Great Lakes Safaris who will transfer you to your hotel in Kigali. Take a rest, then after lunch enjoys a city tour with stops at the genocide memorial sites and other places of interest. Overnight at Hotel des Mille Collines.
Day 2: KIGALI – VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
In the morning you can enjoy a guided city tour and visit some interesting, historical sites, including the Kigali Memorial Centre. Have lunch in the capital city before we proceed to the most beautiful national park in the country: Volcanoes National Park. It is the area with rich montane ecosystems, from bamboo forest to open grassland and swamps. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.
Day 3: VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Today you will have the opportunity to spend some time with the endangered mountain gorillas. You will make a beautiful hike through the green landscape and hills of the Virunga Volcanoes. Spend a magical hour with these amazing creatures while your guide will explain more about the family and their behavior. Return the lodge in the (early) afternoon for relaxing and enjoying the breathtaking view. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.
Day 4: VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK – AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
Drive to Akagera National Park for an afternoon or evening game drive, where you may see many night birds and animals. After this, check-in for dinner and overnight at Ruzizi Tented Lodge.
Day 5: AKAGERA- NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK
After an early breakfast, you will go for a morning game drive for a close encounter with animals such as zebras, several antelope species and giraffes. Later, drive out of the park, stopping for lunch at Kigali town and continuing on to Nyungwe Forest. This forest boasts many primate species like the wild chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, Rwanda Safari black and white colobus monkeys and many others. Therefore a night walk this evening in search of the shy forest dwellers is rewarding and worthwhile. Dinner and overnight at Nyungwe Rain-forest Lodge.
Day 6: NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, on your Rwanda Primate Safaris tours; there will be a primate walk in search of the primates mentioned above. This is a whole day activity accompanied by park rangers and trained guides. Dinner and overnight at Nyungwe Rainforest Lodge.
Day 7: DEPARTURE
Depending on your flight time, have an early morning breakfast before leaving for Kigali Airport. If your flight departs in the morning or afternoon it is advisable to spend an extra night in Kigali.