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Rwanda Primate & Wildlife Adventure

Kigali | Akagera National Park | Nyungwe Forest National Park | Volcanoes National Park

Tour Length: 9 days

From:  $5895 per person

Daily departure and available as a Private Safari

Rwanda Primate & Wildlife Adventure colobus monkeys


Rwanda Primate & Wildlife Adventure offers gorilla trekking in Rwanda, the ultimate wildlife adventure in the heart of Africa and considered THE destination for viewing endangered mountain gorillas.

Combining this Rwanda Primate & Wildlife Adventure with chimpanzee trekking, with an optional golden monkey excursion, is highly recommended, for a true primate journey. Wildlife safari is equally impressive, and this tour offers land and boat safaris in Akagera National Park that is in process of becoming a world-class safari destination. Encounter lions, rhino, buffalo, elephant, antelope, zebra, giraffe with an incredible 490 bird species, plus much more.

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This overland Rwanda Primate & Wildlife Adventure is the perfect tour for those seeking something different with a deep appreciation for nature and wildlife.

Explore one of the most visited parks in Africa, Akagera National Park,  central Africa’s largest protected wetland and the last remaining refuge for savannah-adapted species in Rwanda. Situated in eastern Rwanda, hugging the border with Tanzania, Akagera National Park covers 1,200 square kilometers and was founded in 1934. The park is named for the Kagera River which flows along its eastern boundary feeding into several lakes the largest of which is Lake Ihema. The complex system of lakes and linking papyrus swamps makes up over one-third of the park and is the largest protected wetland in central Africa.

Rwanda Primate & Wildlife Adventure Itinerary

Day 1  Arrive Kigali (1 night)

On arrival at Kigali International Airport you will be met and assisted by a Great Safaris representative and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2  Kigali / Akagera National Park (2 nights)

After breakfast, you will be taken a city tour of Kigali including the visit of the genocide memorial. Your journey will now continue with a 2.5 hours’ drive to Akagera National Park dominated by the labyrinth of swamps and lakes that follow the meandering Akagera River, the most remote source of River Nile.

Spend the afternoon at leisure whilst appreciating magnificent views over Lake Ihema. Ruzizi is a luxury eco-lodge located on the banks of Lake Ihema with its nine tents set back from Ihema’s serene shores and hidden among swaying palms and fruiting fig trees. With a 20-guest maximum, Ruzizi is an intimate retreat.

Day 3 Akagera National Park

LionEarly morning your safari begins with a game drive in the park led by a trained and specialized guide. The perfect way to learn more about the bush, wildlife and how Akagera National Park has been transformed over the past 20-years.

After lunch you will take a boat trip on Lake Ihema, the biggest lake in the Park, and a highlight of the day!  The lake’s rich biodiversity includes the endangered shoe bill stork, papyrus gonolek and many more beautiful species of bird. In the papyrus swamps surrounding the lakes be on the lookout for buffalo and hippopotamus.

Conclude the day with an early evening game drive where you may encounter lions, rhino, buffalo, elephant, antelope, zebra, giraffe, and many incredible bird species.

Day 4 Akagera National Park / Kigali (1 night)

After breakfast, you will enjoy your last game drive safari in the park before heading onwards to Kigali for a relaxing afternoon reflecting on you experiences in the wild and preparing for the next leg of your journey filled with primates and forests.

Day 5  Kigali / Nyungwe Forest National Park (2 nights)

Rwanda Primate & Wildlife AdventureAfter breakfast you will be transferred to Nyungwe Forest National park and visit Nyanza and Butare, the kings historical Palace, the traditional seat of Rwanda’s kingdom. The ancient palace has been reconstructed to be explored by you. Learn about the evolution of farming and building through the centuries, and then venture into the grounds to meet the long-horned cows, known as Inyambo. They’re beautiful to look at, with a stately elegance you don’t generally expect from cows, until you learn they’re part of the royal heritage, used in many important ceremonies.

After this most interesting stop-over, carry on to Nyungwe Forest National Park with 970 km² of rainforest, bamboo, grassland, swamps and bogs in the majestic hills; it is the largest remaining ‘island’ of montagne forest in East and Central Africa. It is also home to a rich variety of flora and fauna; 200 types of trees, hundreds of flowering plants, over 100 species of orchids and sensational lobelias and 13 recorded species of primates, 25% of the African primate checklist, including the acrobatic Angola colobus that move in troops of several hundred and an estimated 500 chimpanzee.

In the afternoon, you will be taken for a canopy walk in the forest, a most memorable experience. Descend the 40º slant via a zig-zag foot path to the first tower deep in the forest valley for the 1½ hour walk on the Canopy Walk’s suspension bridge. A must do activity!

Rwanda Primate & Wildlife Adventure Nyungwe canopy walk

Day 6 Nyungwe Forest National Park

Arise at dawn to start your chimpanzee trekking experience. These amazing primates are semi-habituated that gives you the opportunity to see them go by their natural activities in the heart of the Nyungwe rainforest; with hilly terrain, high ridges and deep valleys it is a true adventure and requires a good level of fitness. Be on the lookout for other primates including the L’Hoest’s monkey, olive baboon, grey-cheeked mangabey and red-tailed monkey.

In the afternoon, you will be taken for birding. Travel deep into the forest in search of the more than 300 species recorded, including 24 Albertine Rift endemics like the Ruwenzori Turaco among many.

Day 7  Nyungwe forest / Volcanoes National Park (2 nights)

After breakfast, you will be collected by your driver guide and transferred to your lodge that will be your base for Gorilla tracking for the next 2 nights. You will have the rest of the afternoon at leisure, overlooking the great forest that is home to the gorillas.

Day 8 Volcanoes National Park

Rwanda Primate & Wildlife Adventure young gorilla Volcanoes National ParkEarly morning you will be transferred to the park headquarters for a briefing of your gorilla trekking experience and allocation of your trekking porters. Start your gorilla trekking adventure at the foothills of the Virungas with stirring views in all directions. Upon sighting the gorillas, you will stay with them for an hour as they go about their daily life, feeding, playing and resting. Coming face to face with a giant silverback must truly be one of the greatest wildlife adventures!

Late afternoon, you will be taken for a community walk to see the lifestyle of the Rwanda people

Day 9  Volcanoes National Park / Kigali / Departure

Rwanda Primate & Wildlife Adventure golden monkeyTo wrap up this amazing Rwanda Primate & Wildlife Adventure, an activity that is highly recommended is the Golden Monkey trekking adventure. An endangered species living in the Bamboo vegetation towards the base of the Virunga mountains. Return to the lodge for a quick freshening up and then depart for Kigali and on arrival, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.


Cape & Safari

Cape Town and Kruger National Park

From the ‘fairest Cape in the World’ to South Africa’s finest wildlife refuge, our Cape & Safari itinerary takes you to Cape Town and Kruger National Park on an unforgettable journey through South Africa.

Tour Length: 10 days

Land  from $6,095 per person

Cape Town | Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park

Cape Town and Kruger National Park, Cape Town aerial viewWelcome to the ‘fairest Cape in the World’. Colonial monuments co-exist with delightful modernity in the glorious city of Cape Town. Basking in a Mediterranean climate for most of the year, veteran travelers insist Cape Town’s setting tops even the trendiest resort in the south of France; certainly the wines are just as delicious!

Relax and enjoy guided sightseeing: a cable car to the top of Table Mountain, a tour of the delightful city and an excursion along the full length of the Cape Peninsula on our Cape & Safari itinerary.

Cape Town and Kruger National Park Cape & Safari mapOur Cape & Safari Cape Town and Kruger National Park itinerary then continues on to South Africa’s finest wildlife refuge, Kruger National Park. Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve is your safari paradise for 5 exciting days.

Nothing compares to the thrill of seeing your first lion on the hunt. Be prepared for non-stop action as you search for the Big Five on morning and afternoon game drives. Open safari vehicles, expertly maneuvered by professional game rangers, allow for close-up encounters and superb photographic opportunities. During the quiet midday, a guided walking safari places you ‘nose to nose’ with the smaller denizens of the bush.

Cape & Safari – Cape Town and Kruger National Park Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA
Relax on an overnight flight to South Africa as your journey to Cape Town and Kruger National Park begins.

Day 2-4 Cape Town (3 nights)
Two glorious days exploring the Cape Town and environs. Ride a cable car up to Table Mountain and tour the colorful Malay Quarter. Pose on the very edge of the continent on a Cape Point tour and meet penguins, seals and playful baboons.

Day 5-8 Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve (4 nights)

Cape & Safari Cape Town and Kruger National Park Chitwa ChitwaWing to Kruger Park… wildlife heaven! Daily game drives allow for close-up encounters with elephant, lions, giraffe, buffalo, zebra, hippo, hyena… to name a few. Open safari vehicles plunge into the bush in pursuit of leopard on the hunt. Don’t miss the midday walking safari!.

Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge is an exquisite balance between unbridled luxury and environmental harmony. Each of the six individually decorated suites open onto its own private deck with private plunge pool, overlooking the nearby lake.

Day 9 Depart Johannesburg
“Farewell” to Africa. Wing back to Johannesburg and depart.

Day 10 Arrive USA
Welcome home with memories and photos of Cape Town and Kruger National Park to last a lifetime!

Tempted to see a bit more? Think about adding Victoria Falls, Chobe Botswana or even an exciting extension to Kenya or Tanzania.

A Taste of South Africa

Cape Town and Greater Kruger Park

Come along on A Taste of South Africa through Cape Town and Greater Kruger Park! Spend four nights in cosmopolitan Cape Town, voted one of the top destinations in the world, with the opportunity for self-exploration or optional full and half day tours. Continue on an exciting three day wildlife adventure at a private luxury Big 5 game reserve with the style and elegance you’d expect of a first rate safari destination.

Tour Length: 9 days

Land from $2,395 per person sharing.

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Cape Town and Greater Kruger Park Cape Town waterfrontSituated in the shadow of Table Mountain and  surrounded by pristine white beaches is Cape Town; home to a rich cultural and historical heritage, vibrant restaurants and nightlife.

Cape Town affords the visitor a multitude of activities, from extreme sports to leisurely scenic cruises and world-class shopping.

Choose from a variety of optional activities, at additional cost,  during your stay in the Cape.

How far do you have to travel to find peace and quiet and connect with the simple life? When it’s time to get back to the things that really matter – such as the tranquility of nature, exciting culture and fascinating history, come along on A Taste of South Africa to Cape Town and Greater Kruger Park.

Tempted to see a bit more with our A Taste of South Africa?  Think about adding Victoria Falls, Botswana or even an exciting Great White Shark Cage Diving adventure!

A Taste of South Africa Itinerary – Cape Town and Greater Kruger Park

Day 1 Depart USA
Embark on your overnight journey to South Africa; Cape Town and Greater Kruger Park await you.

Day 2-5 Cape Town (4 nights)
Enjoy four nights in this wonderful world class mecca for food, history and adventure enthusiasts.  Relax and take advantage of the local amenities at your centrally located, vibrant, chic hotel. Add to your Cape Town experience by selecting from our optional full and half day tours (at additional cost).

Day 6 & 7 Greater Kruger Park Private Reserve (2 nights)
Cape Town and Greater Kruger Park wild dogsWing to Kruger Park airport and transfer to your private reserve. Daily game drives allow for close-up encounters with elephants, leopards, rhinos, cheetahs and hippos.

Look for a pack of wild dogs, the second rarest African carnivore species, with only an estimated 2000 remaining specimens. Birdwatchers can also look forward to ample sightings of the several hundred bird species typical to the low veld.

Day 8 Depart Johannesburg
After a final morning game drive, wing back to Johannesburg in time to connect with your home-bound international flight.

Day 9 Arrive USA
Welcome Home with memories of your visit to Cape Town and Greater Kruger Park!

A Taste of South Africa offers the following optional Cape Town tours:
Half Day Cape Town City & Table Mountain Tour
Full Day Cape Point Tour
Full Day Cape Winelands Tour
Note: All optional tours are at additional cost.