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Ultimate primate experience: gorillas, chimps & monkeys

11 days from £8,095pp

Includes flights
What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

    Places visited:

  • Kigali
  • Butare
  • Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • Kibuye
  • Gisenyi
  • Ruhengeri
  • Volcanoes National Park
  • Track mountain gorillas in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park.

  • Hike through Nyungwe Forest in search of chimpanzees.

  • Enjoy drives through the beautiful rolling hills and countryside.

  • Relax on the shores of Lake Kivu.

Toby, an Audley Travel specialist

What our specialists say...

This itinerary incorporates a few different regions of Rwanda and enables you to get a real feel for the stunning countryside as you drive through. With a few days trekking for chimpanzees in the south of the country to begin with and some more time walking in the hills to visit the gorillas in the north you will appreciate the couple of nights in the middle to relax on the shores of Lake Kivu.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Kigali
  • Butare
  • Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • Kibuye
  • Gisenyi
  • Ruhengeri
  • Volcanoes National Park
  • Ruhengeri
  • Volcanoes National Park
  • Ruhengeri

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Kigali.

Day 2 Kigali

Kigali

On arrival in Kigali you will be met by your driver and transferred to your hotel in the city centre.

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Day 3 Nyungwe Forest National Park

Kigali , Butare , Nyungwe Forest National Park

This morning you will head off with your driver-guide and private vehicle to Nyungwe Forest. The route takes you through rolling hills and beautiful scenery. You'll stop in the town of Butare, Rwanda's second largest city and the former capital, for a break at midday to visit the national museum and university before reaching Nyungwe Forest in the afternoon, ready to settle into your lodge. This is a really incredible national park, teeming with primates, birdlife and flowers.

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Day 4 Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe Forest National Park

Today you will set off after breakfast to meet your guide and start your trek to see the chimps - you can enjoy looking for other primates, birds and animals along the way. Your guide will teach you about tracking the chimpanzees, pointing out signs they've left as you head through the forest. Upon reaching them you'll be able to see them playing and interacting in their natural habitat - an incredible sight.

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Day 5 Gisenyi

Nyungwe Forest National Park , Kibuye , Gisenyi

This morning you will drive from Nyungwe along the shore of Lake Kivu to Gisenyi - you'll start off inland then head west, enjoying beautiful views of the lake and mountain scenery on the way. You'll then have two nights to relax at the Lake Kivu Serena.

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Day 6 Gisenyi

Gisenyi

Today is free for relaxing or exploring Lake Kivu - you can go swimming in the hotel pool, or in the lake itself, have a tour of Gisenyi town, or hire a boat to visit some of the nearby islands on the lake. You can decide on the day what you'd like to do and your driver will help you with all of your arrangements.

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Day 7 Ruhengeri

Gisenyi , Ruhengeri

After breakfast you will set off for Ruhengeri at the base of the Volcanoes National Park. The drive takes around an hour and a half, and will begin with a steep incline up over the dramatic cliff-like hills which then become softer and more rolling as you continue inland. You can get settled into your room at Sabyinyo and spend the rest of the day relaxing in your room or taking a stroll around the property.

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Day 8 Ruhengeri

Volcanoes National Park , Ruhengeri

Today you will set off early after breakfast for the park headquarters for a briefing from your guide. You will then be driven to the trailhead to start your trek. Trackers leave before the tourist groups to locate the gorilla groups so your guide should know where to take you, and once you've found the group you will have one hour with them to take photos and watch them interact - a truly memorable experience!

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Day 9 Ruhengeri

Volcanoes National Park , Ruhengeri

This morning you will depart after breakfast for the park headquarters for your walk to see the golden monkeys - a completely different experience but just as rewarding. These beautiful, lively creatures are on the endangered list, and are fascinating to watch as they leap through the vegetation.

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Day 10 International return flight

Ruhengeri , International return flight

After breakfast your driver-guide will help load all your luggage back into the car ready to head back to Kigali for your onward flights.

Day 11 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Toby, an Audley Travel specialist
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