The 3 day Rwanda primates safari starts and ends in Kigali. The heart of Nyungwe Forest is like a scene from a fairy tale. Tall old mahoganies, ebonies and giant tree ferns tower above you, whilst orchids and other epiphytes cling to every branch. Brightly colored birds flit around; butterflies are everywhere, including a variety of primates for which Nyungwe National Park is renowned. We recommend a morning flight into Kigali to have enough for the 5 hours’ drive to Nyungwe.
Day 1: Arrival in Kigali – Transfer to Nyungwe
You will meet your safari guide and transfer to Nyungwe forest lodge by road for your accommodation.
Overnight at Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel
Day 2: Primates Tracking in Nyungwe Forest – Rwanda
After an early breakfast, you will meet you park ranger at the Gisakura RDB park offices and set off to discover the primates and scenic splendor of Nyungwe. Nyungwe is an ideal destination for lovers of primates, with 13 different species living here, and most visitors will go for at least one tracking experience, the most popular of which is chimpanzee trekking. Starting very early in the morning, chimps are tracked in groups of eight, you will have just one hour in their company once they’ve been located. Sightings aren’t as reliable or as clear as gorillas however, since they often remain in dense forest, but their engaging playfulness and human-like characteristics make the long day worthwhile.
Among the primates you are to track in Nyungwe forest include; chimpanzees, L’Hoest’s monkey, golden monkeys, large troops of the Angola Colobus, vervet monkeys, Silver Monkey, Hamlyn’s Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, Dent’s Mona Monkey, Olive Baboon, Grey-cheeked Mangabeys among other primates.
Return to the lodge for lunch, relax and wait for dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 3: Tea tour – Return to Kigali – Departure
Tea is Rwanda’s largest export. The fertile volcanic soil and temperate climate are perfect for growing the plants that create this popular drink. Tea leaves can be seen covering the mountains – creating a stunning contrast to the blue skies, dirt roads and sunshine. Visitors can discover how tea is harvested, processed, and even get to taste the results. Tea plantation tours take place in a variety of locations across Rwanda, with the major ones being around Nyungwe National park Gisakura and Gisovu. This is a great family trip and travelers of all ages are welcome.