This fantastic itinerary takes in some of the most unique experiences in Rwanda, why? because it involved tracking some of the threatened golden monkeys & Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest National Park.
Day 1: Transfer to Volcanoes National ParkUpon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by our safari guide and transferred north on a scenic drive through Rwandan countryside to Ruhengeri township in the foothills of the Virunga volcanoes. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Le Bambou Lodge/Kinigi Guest House.
Day 2: Golden Monkey TrackingThis morning after an early breakfast, drive to the park headquarters and take part in an adventure, tracking the “Little Primates” of the Virungas, the Golden Monkey (Cercopithecus Kandti), now listed as endangered because of their small numbers. You will be part of a select group of a maximum of 6 people, and the track will take most of the day. After the trek, return to Kigali and check in at Chez Lando Hotel/Kigali Serena Hotel/Mille Collines Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Nyungwe Forest National ParkAfter breakfast, proceed to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Along the way, make stops at places of interest including local markets, the traditional palace of Rwanda’s Former King in Nyanza. In Butare, visit the Botanical Gardens and a cultural museum. Drive past green fields of tea scattered across the hillsides. Dinner and overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge/Peace Guest House/Gisakura Guest House.
Day 4: Chimpanzee TrackingEarly start tracking for the chimpanzees, this can take anything from a few hours to a full day depending on where the chimpanzees are. It should be mentioned that it is not guaranteed to see the chimps as they are unpredictable and can move long distances in one day. There are several other primates in Nyungwe such as the Rwenzori colobus, L’Hoest’s monkey, Silver monkey, Owl faced monkey and the Grey cheeked Mangabey. After the trek, return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. Dinner and overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge/Peace Guest House/Gisakura Guest House.
Day 5: Kigali / DepartHave breakfast at the lodge and later drive back to Kigali to be dropped off at your preferred hotel or Airport for your onward flight.