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Primates of Rwanda

  • Expedition dates

    All year round

  • Starts From

    Kigali, Rwanda

    Ends At

    Kigali, Rwanda

  • Activities & Attractions

    Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, White Colobus, Golden Monkeys, Other Primates, Birdwatching, Trekking, Hiking, Tropical Rainforests Nature Trails, Waterfalls, Experiential Stays, National Parks

  • Starting From Price per person

    AED 8750

Expedition Overview

The true gems of East Africa, Rwanda stands as a successful example in the conservation of the Gorillas. With the unique opportunity to encounter them up close, we explore the rainforests to further meet the notorious Chimpanzees, White Colobus and Golden Monkeys, with chances of many other species surprising us with their visit during the journey. The gibbers of these amusing creatures are sure to excite the heart of many and create memories of a lifetime

Your day-wise itinerary

Day 1

Kigali

Arrive to Kigali International Airport. Enjoy an overnight in the city and admire its various hills

Day 2

Kigali to Musanze

We take a lovely ride towards Musanze, home to Virunga National park and our base for gorilla trekking the next day.

Day 3

Volcanoes National Park

The exciting day to meet our distant cousins! We begin early morning. Depending on trail assigned, the trek may last 4 - 6 hours.

Day 4

Volcanoes National Park

A relatively easy trek awaits to see the endemic creatures of Albertine Rift - the golden monkeys

Day 5

Musanze to Nyungwe

We transfer to Nyungwe to make it our basecamp for breathtaking nature experiences for the coming days

Day 6

Nyungwe National Park

Our day to encounter the chimpanzees. With trek lasting about 3 hours

Day 7

Gisakura Forest and Kigali

Encounter the White colobus and drive back to Kigali later for flight back home
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Trek through green wilderness

Walking under canopy of high-rise bamboo forest, amidst clouud forest, bushwhacking through thickets, stepping down steep trails amidst dense vegetation, sometimes on slippery tracks. This expedition will be unlike any other!

Immerse into nature

With stays arranged in nature based lodges, your journey will be filled with tropical sights and smells - coos of birds, faint gibbers of primates, sights of butterflies on wildflowers, sunlight streaming through canopy of giant plants, sound of pounding rain. At times, it will be just the sound of wind passing through the forest & your heartbeats!

Meet the Gorilla Family

Witnessing them in their most natural habitat is an extraordinary experience. The sight of mama gorilla lovingly caressing her baby, the silverback walking, or the juveniles playing is a sensory memory, that deeply moves the heart of many

Encounter Chimpanzees

Unlike the mountain gorillas, Chimpanzees are very vocal & mobile. They are famous for being heard from a distance, before finally catching a sight of hopping across tree tops, foraging some fruits or hunting for mammals.

See the White Colobus

The largest troop in Nyungwe other than the chimpanzees, there are about 350 – 400 individuals comprising the largest group of the Angolan Colobus Monkeys in Africa.

Admire the Golden Monkeys

A rare endangered species, they are known to have unique characters. They can be easily tracked, as they live right below Volcanoes Mountain, swinging from bamboo tree to another.

How your participation makes the difference

10% of the revenue from gorilla trekking permits are used for conservation & community development, so your Rwanda gorilla trek will directly contribute to the protection of these beautiful creatures & the surrounding communities

Hiring Porters for Your trek

We encourage to make it a conscious practice to hire porters, as part of contribution in preserving the people who depend on this activity for their living, as well as their role in conserving our endangered cousins

Tiloreza Volcanoes in Musanze

We aim to offer a comfortable, nature immersive and affordable accommodation experience, that can be afforded by one and all. Tiloreza provides you just that. Our expedition consultant can guide you on other property options available

Nyungwe Top View Hotel

Literally set on top of a hill, this is the only hotel located closest to Nyungwe forest. Offering beautiful views of Lake Kivu, the forest and tea states, the smell and sounds of nature continue to linger around you

Onomo Hotel in Kigali

Offering a comfortable stay, lovely view of the city, its a great option for budget-conscious explorers. For those that fancy a more immersive stay, upgrade to other boutique lodges is available.

Bisate Lodge

near Volcanoes National Park

Have a more experiential stay during your expeditions at one of the eco-friendly, culturally-reflective & nature-immersive options famous around the world. Bisate Lodge stands as one such example

One and Only Gorilla's Nest

in Musanze

Its not the luxury but the entire experience that makes everyone consider this accommodation. Living here will give you the actual feel of living amidst the forest, amidst nature, wildlife and the generous rain of the tropical atmosphere

One and Only Nyungwe House

The only luxe experiential stay in the area. Situated amidst tea states, living here would mean living adjacent to the beating heart of the forest. The primates regularly visit the individual cabins. The misty pathways will be a delight to walk

The Bishop's House

The colonial style architecture, furnishings & one common dining table for all sets it apart from others. With just 9 rooms available, living here is like living at a friends place you never had. The personal touch & welcoming atmosphere offers a modern Rwandan guesthouse experience

What's Included

  • All overnights at mentioned properties during the expedition
  • All meals during the journey except for first and last day
  • All the transfers during the expedition
  • All activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Professional English speaking guide through out the expedition
  • Guidance of Rangers during the treks
  • Park permits and fees
  • All trekking permits as mentioned in the itinerary (including gorilla trekking permit of $1500)
  • Transfer to and fro Kigali International Airport

Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Optional gratuities
  • Personal spendings (beverages, laundary etc)
  • Covid PCR Tests ($60 per test)

Special Notes

  • Prices indicated above are on twin sharing basis. Solo prices are available on request
  • The Gorilla Trekking permit are reserved in advanced. Once bought, these cannot be refunded, due to strict restriction of permits issued per day
  • Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is easier compared to other East African countries. Depending on fitness level, you will be assigned to a group accordingly on day of trekking
  • Any person with general fitness can join for this expedition
  • Gorilla trekking is permissible only for age 15 and above
  • If you wish to upgrade to other properties, please get in touch with expedition consultant for special prices
  • We offer flexible payment plans on request basis. Please ask your consultant for same at time of booking
  • Minimum of 4 people are needed for the tour on same date. Please check with expedition consultant before booking