9 Days Rwanda Primate and Wildlife Safari

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Overview of the 9 Days Rwanda Primate and Wildlife Safari

The 9 Days Rwanda Primate and Wildlife Safari is one of the comprehensive safaris in Rwanda that allows you to encounter the country in detail. The safari takes you to the Akagera National Park for amazing wild game viewing and boat cruise, Nyanza for culture encounters, Nyungwe Forest National Park for chimpanzees and canopy walk, Gisenyi for beach relaxation on Lake Kivu and Volcanoes National Park for gorilla, Golden Monkeys and Dian Fossey site. The historical genocide site tour and the drive through the amazing scenery of the hilly landscapes combine to generate ultimate Africa safari memories.

Safari Highlight of the 9 Days Rwanda Primate and Wildlife Safari

Day 1 of the 9 Days Rwanda Primate and Wildlife Safari: Explore the Gisozi genocide memorial in Kigali & drive to Akagera National Park

Day 2 of the 9 Days Rwanda Primate and Wildlife Safari: Undertake morning game drive & boat cruise on Lake Ihema in the afternoon

Day 3 of the 9 Days Rwanda Primate and Wildlife Safari: Drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park in the south west. Make a stop in Butare to visit the Nyanza Royal Palace.

Day 4 of the 9 Days Rwanda Primate and Wildlife Safari: Undertake morning chimpanzee trekking and Nyungwe Forest Canopy walk in the afternoon

Day 5 of the 9 Days Rwanda Primate and Wildlife Safari: Drive to Gisenyi (Lake Kivu). Drive along the Congo Nile divide trail

Day 6 of the 9 Days Rwanda Primate and Wildlife Safari: Relax on the lake and drive in the evening to Volcanoes National Park

Day 7 of the 9 Days Rwanda Primate and Wildlife Safari: Undertake mountain gorilla trekking & evening relaxation at the lodge

Day 8 of the 9 Days Rwanda Primate and Wildlife Safari: Undertake golden monkey tracking and visit the Musaze Caves in the afternoon

Day 9 of the 9 Days Rwanda Primate and Wildlife Safari: Undertake the hike to the Dian Fossey site and transfer back to Kigali

Details of the 9 Days Rwanda Primate and Wildlife Safari

Day 1 of the 9 Days Rwanda Primate and Wildlife Safari: Explore the Gisozi genocide memorial in Kigali & drive to Akagera National Park


After breakfast, embark on the visit to Gisozi genocide memorial to pay tribute to the counts of Rwandese that lost their lives in the 1994 bloody genocide. The site has a detailed interpretation of what transpired during that time. Retreat from the activity for lunch after which you embark on the transfer to Akagera National Park 135km about 3 hours’ drive arringvn nthe evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Ruzizi Tented Camp (Upmarket / Luxury), Akagera Game Lodge (Midrange / Standard) or Dereva Hotel (Budget / Basic)

Day 2 of the 9 Days Rwanda Primate and Wildlife Safari: Undertake morning game drive & boat cruise on Lake Ihema in the afternoon
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Embark on a thrilling game drive along the rolling savannah plains of Akagera National Park along with its papyrus swamps that fringe the series of lakes and the rolling hills that are filled by counts of wildlife. The game drive offers you possibilities of viewing elephants, Buffaloes, Masaai Giraffe, Topis, Roan Antelopes, Lions, leopards, waterbucks among other wildlife. You retreat from the 3 – 4 hour activity and return to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. In the afternoon, you embark on the boat cruise on Lake Ihema which is the second largest lake in Rwanda. The cruise is a thrilling on the calm waters of this lake with possible views of Nile Crocodiles and Hippos and papyrus dwelling birds. Retreat from the activity in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Ruzizi Tented Camp (Upmarket / Luxury), Akagera Game Lodge (Midrange / Standard) or Dereva Hotel (Budget / Basic)

Day 3 of the 9 Days Rwanda Primate and Wildlife Safari: Drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park in the south west. Make a stop in Butare to visit the Nyanza Royal Palace.


After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park to the south west of Rwanda. You make a stop in Nyanza to visit the Nyanza palace which is a home to the past traditional leaders of Rwanda. The King Musinga and is successor King Rudahigwa stayed in this palace. It has an impressive architectural hut and inyambo cows. Retreat from the activity and continue on the drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park arriving it the evening for relaxation dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Upmarket / Luxury), Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel (Midrange / Standard) or Gisakura Guesthouse (Budget / Basic)

Day 4 of the 9 Days Rwanda Primate and Wildlife Safari: Undertake morning chimpanzee trekking and Nyungwe Forest Canopy walk in the afternoon

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Gather at the Nyugwe forest headquarters for the chimpanzee trekking experience. You attend to briefing by the park rangers at 8am after which you head to the forest in search the man’s closest relative – the chimpanzees. The trek exposes you to impressive scenic landscapes of the largest mountain forest in East Africa marked with verdant flora including the beautiful orchids. The park is also supports other 12 primate species apart from Chimpanzees which might be encountered too during the hike including the Black and White Colobus Monkeys. The eventual encounter with the chimps as they munch fruit, the young chimps rolling themselves on tree branches and playing with their mothers, the male chimpanzees doing the patrolling along with scary pant hooting calls and viewing them eye to eye lures you to the world of the unknown that you have never dreamt of. You come to accept the reality that indeed man and chimps share the common ancestor. The chimpanzee trekking activity tends to last 2 – 5 hours inclusive of one hour direct encounter with the chimps. Retreat from the activity and transfer to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. In the afternoon, you embark on the adventurous Nyungwe canopy walk which is noted as the first of its kind in East Africa and the third on the African continent. The 90m long and 40m high walkway with the views of the deep forested saddles, the lush canopy filled with primates, birds and butterflies make the activity worth undertaking while on Rwanda safari. Retreat for the two hour adventure and return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Upmarket / Luxury), Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel (Midrange / Standard) or Gisakura Guesthouse (Budget / Basic)

Day 5 of the 9 Days Rwanda Primate and Wildlife Safari: Drive to Gisenyi (Lake Kivu). Drive along the Congo Nile divide trail

Settle for a relaxed breakfast amidst the fresh humid forests of Nyungwe after which you embark on the drive to Lake Kivu (Gisenyi) 294km about 7 hours’ drive passing along the Congo Nile divide which acts as the separation of the water catchment area for two great African Rivers namely; River Congo and River Nile which is also the longest in the world. The magical sceneries of Lake Kivu are impressive to encounter en route. Arrive on Lake Kivu in the afternoon for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (Upmarket / Luxury), Hotel Gorillas Lake Kivu (Midrange / Standard) or Paladise Malahide (Budget / Basic)
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Day 6 of the 9 Days Rwanda Primate and Wildlife Safari: Relax on the lake and drive in the evening to Volcanoes National Park

You take your thrilling breakfast in the fresh water breeze of Lake Kivu after which you have a range of optional activities that you can participate in including; the boat cruise, swimming in this Bilharzia free lake, wind surfing experience, sun bathing, cycling among others. Retreat for lunch and relaxation at the lodge after which you embark in the transfer to Volcanoes National Park 110km about 2 hours’ drive arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Mount Gorilla View Lodge (Upmarket / Luxury), Hotel La Palme (Midrange / Standard) or Muhabura Hotel (Budget / Basic)

Day 7 of the 9 Days Rwanda Primate and Wildlife Safari: Undertake mountain gorilla trekking & evening relaxation at the lodge

You wake up early in the morning at your lodge for breakfast and embark on the transfer to Volcanoes National Park Park headquarters Kinigi. At the headquarters as you wait for the briefing time, you are treated for a warm cup of coffee served courtesy of Rwanda Development Board while being entertained by the Kinyarwanda dance troupes before the park rangers set to allocate the respective gorilla families and then briefing in your respective gorilla groups at 8am. After briefing you drive to the respective gorilla family trail heads to head to the jungle in search of the critically endangered apes. The hike through the volcanic slopes marked with steep slopes and dense vegetation beautiful in nature present amazing scenic views. The eventual encounter with the mountain gorillas as they forage to feed their huge tummies, attending to the frightening welcome of the silverback, watching the baby gorillas as they roll themselves on tree branches, play with other and respective mothers among other aspects will lure you into an unforgettable amazement. The one hour is availed to you to experience what you have heard, read and thought of for long and the remarkable pictures will form a lasting memorabilia for this lifetime experience that is so far the best in Africa. The gorilla trekking activity tends to last 2 – 8 hours depending on how long the gorillas have moved. Retreat from the activity and get back to the lodge for relaxation and dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Mount Gorilla View Lodge (Upmarket / Luxury), Hotel La Palme (Midrange / Standard) or Muhabura Hotel (Budget / Basic)

Day 8 of the 9 Days Rwanda Primate and Wildlife Safari: Undertake golden monkey tracking and visit the Musaze Caves in the afternoon

 9 Days Rwanda Primate and Wildlife Safari

After breakfast at your lodge, you gather at Kinigi Park headquarters at 7am for briefing about the golden monkey tracking experience. After the briefing, you drive to the trail head where you embark on the hike through impressive forested landscapes of Volcanoes National Park with its chain of Volcanic Mountains. The golden monkeys are given as endangered and are only found in the Virunga massif. They would definitely impress you as they leap among the Bamboo tree branches on the foot hills of Sabyinyo Mountains. You have one complete hour to maximize your experience with them the camera will have to be set in the speed shutter speed to match their fast movements in the tree branches. Retreat from the activity that tends to last for 4 hours and get back to the lodge for relaxation and lunch. In the afternoon, you head to the Musaze caves to encounter the ancient caves of Musaze whose formation dates back to 65 million years ago accruing from the lava flow for the eruption of Sabyinyo and Bisoke Mountains. The caves stretch for 2km inside and have got 31 entrances with a large bat colony inside. The inside of the caves is actually frightening to walk along. However, you are always accompanied by the armed guide. The activity tends to last 2 hours after which you return to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Mount Gorilla View Lodge (Upmarket/Luxury), Hotel Lapalme (Midrange / Standard) or Muhabura Hotel (Budget / Basic)
 9 Days Rwanda Primate and Wildlife Safari

Day 9 of the 9 Days Rwanda Primate and Wildlife Safari: Undertake the hike to the Dian Fossey site and transfer back to Kigali

After breakfast, embark on the hike to the Dian Fossey site. The encounter gives you an opportunity to pay tribute to Dian Fossey. Dian Fossey is a famed American Primatologist who dedicated her life to the conservation of Mountain gorillas. She carried out substantive research about and advocated for their plight. Visiting her research site at Karisoke where she lays in rest alongside her most loved silverback Digit is rewarding to encounter. Retreat from this 4 hour activity and embark on the transfer to Kigali 116km about 3 hours to mark the end of safari.

End of the 9 Days Rwanda Primate and Wildlife Safari

PLACES TO VISIT IN RWANDA

  1. Kigali City
  2. Gisozi Genocide Memorial in Kigali
  3. Nyungwe Forest National Park
  4. Volcanoes National Park
  5. Akagera National Park
  6. Musaze Caves
  7. Dian Fossey Site

MAIN TOURIST ACTIVITIES

1. Amazing Wild Game Viewing in Akagera National Park
2. Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest
3. Nyungwe Forest Canopy Walk
4. Black and White Colobus Monkeys Tracking
5. Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park
6. Golden Monkey Tracking
7. Dian Fossey Site Hike
8. Visit the Nyanza Royal Palace
9. Boat Cruise on Lake Ihema And Lake Kivu

Map Showing the 9 Days Rwanda Primate and Wildlife Safari Itinerary