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Primate Safari in Rwanda Tour - 8 Days

Primate Safari in Rwanda Tour

Primate Safari Wildlife Tour in Rwanda

This is an 8-day Primate Safari in Rwanda Tour that will take you on a truly unique primate experience, varying from the chimpanzees and on to golden monkeys and gorillas.

It will start with a visit to the Nyungwe Forest National Park, where you will go and hang around with the chimpanzees as they go about their daily routines. You will watch them from the time that their day begins, where they go to forage for food, groom each other, play, and well… even mate.

As part of your Rwandan Primate Safari experience, you will visit the golden monkeys in the Volcanoes National Park. The golden monkeys are habituated, despite being in their natural habitat, and you can get as close as just a couple of inches from them without them fearing. Their daily routine is foraging and playing in the dense vegetation. Being in their presence is an experience on another level.

Lastly, the highlight of this primate safari will be spending time with the mountain gorillas. The gorillas are an endangered species that can only found in the Virunga Mountains shared between Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The trek will lead you up one of the several peaks to where you will spend time with a family of gorillas. You will note just how gentle the massive primates are. They might seem gentle, but do not be misled to believe that they cannot be aggressive. Watch as the giant silverback males lead and protect their families.

Rwanda Primate Safari highlights include:

  • Tracking gorilla families in the Virunga Mountains
  • Tracking chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest
  • Spending time with more than a hundred and twenty golden monkeys in their natural habitat
  • The canopy walkway experience over the Nyungwe Forest
  • Visiting the Genocide Memorial to pay tribute to the victims of the genocide against the Tutsi massacre
  • Visiting a tea plantation

If you have a little more time to spend on your holiday, maybe you’d consider a longer trip like this 14-Days Rwanda Wildlife Experience Tour.

Alternative Tour Name: 8 Days Rwanda Primates Experience
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival In Kigali

On arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be welcomed to a VIP lounge while we clear your luggage through immigration. You will thereafter meet a Palast Tours representative for a short briefing and trip introduction and then transfer on a 1min drive to the Kigali Serena Hotel for check in. dinner will be on your own arrangement, though we are happy to recommend depending on your arrival time.

Overnight: Kigali Serena Hotel (BB)

Day 2
Day 2 - Nyungwe National Park/ Canopy Walkway

Morning breakfast & checkout followed by a private road transfer to the airport (approx. 15min drive). You will take a commercial flight to Kamembe, departing at 8:00 am (50min flight). On arrival, you will be met for a private road transfer to One&Only Nyungwe House (45min drive).

Alongside ancient rainforest, within the lush green expanse of a working tea plantation, One&Only Nyungwe House offers an exclusive window to Africa’s fascinating wildlife and culture. Curating immersive tailored experiences, from gastronomic picnics to wild chimpanzee tracking and indigenous open-air spa treatments, awe-inspiring, once-in-a-lifetime moments are sure to amaze you at every turn.

After noon Canopy walk

02:00pm, after lunch you will drive through the beautiful Nyungwe Forest to Uwinka park office for the adventure of Canopy Walk which is a very exciting experience but not for the faint hearted. The canopy walk consist of three bridges and three towers, the bridge leading to the first tower is 37 meters long and 20 meters high, the main bridge has a length of 86 meters and a height of 60 meters, the final exit bridge is 25 meters long and a height of 15 meters .The total length of the canopy way is 150 meters. Nyungwe forest has about 280 bird species, 25 of which are endemic, Nyungwe is one of the most important and still undiscovered bird watching destinations in Africa.

Dinner & overnight: One & Only Nyungwe House (FB)

Day 3
Day 3 - Chimpanzee Trekking / Tea Plantation

At 5:30am you will drive to Cyamudongo Forest & there after proceed for Chimpanzee trekking.

There is a lot more in Nyungwe than just chimps. Colobus monkeys, mangabeys, various other primate species plus lots of forest dwelling birds will be encountered on the way. If you are interested in botany, the flora in Nyungwe comes as an added bonus; you will also have a chance to view the other habitants of the forest like reptiles and butterflies.

After trekking you will return to the lodge for lunch before visiting the Tea plantation. You will go on a 3:00pm tea plantation visit on the rolling hills of the western borders of Nyungwe Forest National Park is Gisakura Tea estate. One of the most famous and beautiful tea estates in Rwanda. You will discover how tea is harvested, processed, and even get to taste the results.

Dinner & overnight One & Only Nyungwe House (FB)

Day 4
Day 4 - Volcanoes National Park

After breakfast at the lodge, you will check out of the hotel and transfer to the airstrip for your 40-minute scheduled commercial flight to Kigali departing at 0910hrs. On arrival in Kigali you will be met and taken to lunch before embarking on a 3-hour drive to Musanze. You will arrive the Mountain in time for check in and dinner.

Dinner and overnight: Amakoro Songa Lodge (FB)

Day 5
Day 5 - Golden Monkey Trekking Experience

Early breakfast at the lodge. At 6:40 in the morning, you will set off on a golden monkey trekking experience, stopping by the park headquarters, a 10-minute drive away, for briefing and assigning a guide. After the golden monkey trek, you will return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon you will visit the ex-poacher’s cultural village, Gorilla Guardians.

This is a non-profit umbrella organization that aims at improving the lives of reformed poachers and communities around Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park through provision of conservation incentives, supporting community enterprise development and livelihood based projects.

Dinner & Overnight: Amakoro Songa Lodge (FB)

Day 6
Day 6 - Gorilla Trekking Experience

Once again you will have an early morning breakfast and set off afterwards for your gorilla trekking experience, stopping by the park headquarters, a 10-minute drive away, for briefing and assigning to a gorilla group. After the gorilla trekking experience, you will return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon you have an option to enjoy a relaxing massage treatment at the lodge or you may opt to community village walk a rewarding experience that gives you a real taste of village life. The massage and village walk will be paid directly to the lodge.

Volcanoes National Park protects the steep slopes of this magnificent mountain range - home of the rare mountain gorilla - and the rich mosaic of montane ecosystems, which embrace evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath. The high point of the trek will be spending an hour with the remarkably peaceful gorillas despite their size and appearance, as they go about their daily life: feeding, playing, resting, grooming and raising their young.

Dinner & Overnight: Amakoro Songa Lodge (FB)

Day 7
Day 7 - Kigali Art Experience

Morning breakfast & checkout of your lodge at 10:00am. You will enjoy a scenic drive back to Kigali being a 3hrs drive, Kigali is the capital city of Rwanda, roughly in the center of the country. It sprawls across numerous hills, ridges and valleys, and has a vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene.

Arriving on Lunch at the Java House by the Kigali Heights Building. You will thereafter have a memorable painting experience at Inema Art Center, whereby you visit a renowned Art Gallery and also get a chance to exercise your painting skills. This is an exceptional moment to refresh your mind and make yourself a painting souvenir that you take home with you.

Dinner is at Pilipili Restaurant with magnificent views of the city after which you will transfer to the Kigali Serena Hotel for overnight.

Overnight: Kigali Serena (BB)

Day 8
Day 8 - Historical Rwanda/Departure

After breakfast, you will check out and be picked up from your hotel at 9am, and drive to the Genocide Memorial, a historical component of your trip and have a chance to understand what really happened in 1994 during the Genocide against the Tutsi and the journey of Hope and reconstruction of Rwanda till today. You will then transfer to the Mille Collines Hotel/ Hotel Rwanda for lunch.

The next stop will be at local Kimironko market, one of the busiest markets in the city from where you are everything that one would need to survive in the city.

Please remember to make yourself a Kitenge cloth that you can take with you as a souvenir, they will sew a shot or a shirt for you right on site. That’s before you get transferred to Kigali International Airport for your departure flight.

This will mark the end of your trip.

Some of the wildlife expected to see on this trip are:

Gorilla’s, chimpanzees, Golden monkeys

What is included?

  • Car hire with a professional driver guide
  • All transport and transfers as per program
  • In-country flights
  • All meals as per program
  • Accommodation as per program
  • All activities mentioned as per program
  • Evacuation cover
  • All taxes

What is not included?

  • Gorilla permit @$1,500 per person
  • Chimpanzee permits @$90 per person
  • Canopy walk permits @$60 per person
  • Golden monkey permits @$100 per person
  • International flight to & from Kigali
  • Gratuities to driver-guides, souvenir shopping, things of a personal nature, etc
  • Other unspecified costs in the itinerary
Wildlife Reviews
5 stars
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  1. Amazing trip
    Zama M. Coco19 Dec 2020







    After a long time indoors due to the pandemic I decided to go on primate safari to Rwanda. and it turned out to be the best experience ever with the best memories. I had a chance to visit Gorillas for the first time in volcanoes National Park, it was an amazing experience, we hiked the mountain for almost 2 hours to reach the beautiful creatures and it was worth it. The place is very breathtaking, green and so clean. We also visited golden monkeys and these sharp animals made our day. Briefly, it was an unforgettable trip. Thank you Palast Tours& Travels for an amazing experience.

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Why book with Palast Tours & Travel in Rwanda Tour?

We offer customized tours which are crafted with you in mind. We take your needs into consideration to give you the experience of a lifetime. Our consultants have years of experience, have extreme attention to detail, and their response time to queries is very fast. We strive to answer all queries within 12 hours.

What is the weather/ climate in Rwanda like?

RWANDA is located just south of the equator and as a result the tropical climate does not change much throughout the year. There are frequent rains all year round. The average daytime temperatures in Rwanda are about 75 degrees Fahrenheit while nighttime temperatures can drop in to the low 50s. The country has two rainy seasons: March-May and September-December, and two dry seasons: June-August and January-February.

What is the currency in Rwanda and can I use a credit card?

RWANDA’S unit of currency is the RWANDA Franc denoted by the symbol RWF. Since the advent of COVID, it is better to do cashless payments, which includes the use of credit cards and mobile money.

Do I need vaccinations when travelling to Rwanda? Is Rwanda malaria free?

Yes, RWANDA falls into a YELLOW FEVER region of Africa. It is imperative that you obtain a YELLOW FEVER vaccination at least 10 days prior to arrival in a yellow fever region. Failure to produce an official YELLOW FEVER vaccination certificate upon arrival in RWANDA may result in you being denied entry. Additionally, other countries may deny entry or re-entry without proof of YELLOW FEVER vaccination after a visit to a YELLOW FEVER region. We highly recommend that you take precautions against MALARIA. Your physician will be able to assist you with a prescription for prophylaxis for MALARIA prior to your arrival in the MALARIA infested area.

What are the accommodations like?

In Rwanda we have different types of safari lodges, from extreme high end down to backpacker. One constant though, is that they are all clean, comfortable, and ideally located to enjoy your safari experience.

Do I need a converter/ adapter for the electricity?

Rwanda uses 230/240 volts at 50 Hz and a 2-pin (round) socket is required. Travelers will need a voltage converter for 110 volt devices. It is best to travel with your own adapters. Even if they do not have power, most camps or lodges, can make arrangements for recharging batteries. Consult your guide if needed.

What type of transportation is used?

You will be transferred in safari customized 4x4 land cruisers complete with cooler boxes and WiFi.

What is the typical age range for these tours?

Our Africa tours tend to attract all ages. The more adventurous trekking tours tend to attract a slightly younger group (mostly 20s-40s), but we've also had active 70 year olds do great on these treks so don't let age discourage you if you are fit and healthy. Expect a wide range of ages and ask your trip planner if you are curious about the demographics for a particular departure.

Are these trips suitable for kids?

No. Although there are many great destinations in Africa for children, the nature of Gorilla Tracking, and the government restrictions, mandate the participants be at least 15 years of age at the time of travel.

Are these trips a good choice for solo travelers?

Yes. A solo traveler is welcome to join any set departure date for the safaris. The nature of the programs creates an environment where travelers are coming and going from lodges, but there is always a group activity to participate in.

How do I get to the hotel from the airport when I arrive?

Palast VIP Greet & Assist will help you through customs as you relax in a lounge. A Palast Tours & Travel driver/guide will then transfer you to your hotel.

How far in advance should I book?

You can book your Rwanda/Uganda tour at any time and generally the earlier you book, the better. Booking early (10-12 months or more recommended) is especially important for travelers visiting during the height of the dry season, Dec-Feb or June-Sept, as many of these departures fill up months in advance. Travelers visiting outside of these busy months can often book a bit more last minute, though a 4-6 month notice is still recommended. Further, we usually recommend that you wait to book your international flights until after your tour is confirmed. The sooner that we arrange your tour, the sooner that you can take advantage of flight deals as they become available. Gorilla Tracking and Permits Only a limited number of permits are available in each gorilla park per day. It is therefore essential to book well in advance. Permits need to be paid for at the time of the initial safari booking so that they can be purchased immediately. Delay in payment can result in permits not being secured. To protect gorillas from disease, no children under 15 or people with illnesses may go tracking. Trackers must be fit and in good health as tracking in thick forest at heights up to 3,000m traversing steep-sided mountains and ravines can be tough, arduous and wet. Permits are non-refundable. Gorilla viewing can be denied at short notice because of national park or border closures, security changes or gorillas going out of range. In such circumstances refunds are at the discretion of the authority and are not within the company's control. Obtaining a gorilla permit therefore is not a guarantee of seeing a gorilla. One hour is allowed with the gorillas, at a distance of at least 7 meters. Flash photography is not allowed. Personal DVD recorders are allowed.

Are tour dates flexible?

YES. Please contact us if you are not able to travel on the set departure dates listed on-line. Most tours can be arranged on alternative departure dates for a minimum of two travelers as long as lodges/ hotels are available.

What should I pack?

You will receive a detailed packing list specific to your tour after you book. A water/windproof jacket, fleece, and sun protection are recommended for all Rwanda/Uganda tours. Fast-drying clothes that can be layered work best for these areas. On Safari, luggage should be limited to two items of baggage per person.

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Tour Facts

  • Kigali, Nyungwe Forest National Park, Lake Kivu, Volcanoes National Park
  • Custom Tour
  • On Request
  • Mammals
  • 2 to 6 pax
  • 8 days
  • Dec to March, June to Sept
  • +15 years
  • No
  • English/French/German
  • Kigali International Airport
  • Kigali International Airport