Classic Rwanda Primate Safari

5 days, 4 nights
Price Range: $3,023 – $6,842
(all-inclusive price per person, depending on dates & camps selected)

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Established in 1925 to protect the mountain gorilla, Volcanoes is Africa’s oldest national park. About 450 gorillas – just over half the world’s remaining total – live in the rainforests of the Virunga Mountains, an extinct chain of volcanoes straddling the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and Congo. But they’re not the only primates at home here—large troops of golden monkeys are also a highlight. Spend two days tracking gorillas and one day with the monkeys on this primate survey of the park.

Photo of Wendy Klausner

Our Expert Says

For anyone who wants to really experience the mountain gorillas, this is a superb itinerary. Three days of trekking allows you to spend time with multiple groups of gorillas. Seeing multiple families and how the dynamics differ between them is fascinating; it reminds me of just how similar to humans they are.

– Wendy Klausner


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Day 1: Kigali

Located in the geographical heart of Rwanda, compact, low-rise Kigali is the country’s rapidly growing capital and center of commerce. The attractive city sprawls across verdant mountains and enjoys a pleasant high-altitude climate. Kigali is home to fine contemporary hotels and restaurants whose international menus incorporate local flavors and historic Belgian influence. Kigali's lively and colorful crafts market is considered one of the best in Africa.


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Days 2-4: Volcanoes Nat'l Park

Established in 1925 to protect the mountain gorilla, Volcanoes is Africa’s oldest national park. About 450 gorillas – just over half the world’s remaining total – live in the rainforests of the Virunga Mountains, an extinct chain of volcanoes straddling the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and Congo. But they’re not the only primates at home here—large troops of golden monkeys are also a highlight. Spend two days tracking gorillas and one day with the monkeys on this primate survey of the park.


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Day 5: Kigali/Home

Your safari adventure ends today in Kigali, Rwanda.


Notes

  • iSafari.com's Africa safari planner cannot precisely calculate the costs of air and land transfers to all camps and lodges as the locations and travel distances vary slightly. With this in mind, your final quote may increase or decrease by a small amount.
  • The estimated rates given for these itineraries are adult rates, but many properties offer reduced rates for children. Please contact our office for more information.
  • Holiday surcharges may apply for travel in late December and early January, and occasionally over the Easter holiday.
  • A non-refundable deposit of 25% of the trip fee per person is required upon booking to confirm your reservation.

Inclusions

  • All accommodation on a double occupancy basis
  • Meals at camps and lodges
  • Excursions and transfers unless listed as optional
  • Services of an NHA Safari Expedition Leader and lodge staff
  • Relevant park fees
  • Alcoholic and soft drink beverages are included at some camps and lodges
  • Laundry service is available at most permanent camps/lodges and hotels; in some cases this service is included in the tariff quoted
  • Air transfers within countries as specified
  • Accommodation taxes, the applicable Tourism Levies and all relevant Value Added Tax (VAT) or Government Sales Tax (GST)
  • Lunch on Day 1 in Kigali

Exclusions

  • Travel to the start and end point of the route
  • Generally lunch and dinner in city hotels (except lunch Day 1)
  • Alcoholic and soft drink beverages at some camps and lodges
  • Cancellation, baggage and medical insurance
  • Staff gratuities
  • Any newly-implemented government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control
  • Visa fees where relevant
  • International airport departure taxes applicable from manned airports only, which is to be paid in US$ cash on departure unless included in your ticket cost
  • Any items of a personal nature
  • Gorilla trekking permits ($1500 per person per trek) and golden monkey trekking permits ($100 per person per trek)