Rwanda Primate Signature Safari

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  • Search for mountain gorillas in The Park des Volcanoes.
  • Pay respects at The Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre.
  • Led by expert guide, track chimpanzees in the Nyungwe Forest.
  • Internal flights included.
  • Expert selection of hotels.
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Have a face-to-face encounter with real gorillas in the mist on this private guided tour of Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park, Nyungwe and Kigali. Track chimpanzees, meet elephants and golden monkeys, and stay at luxurious jungle lodges.

Travel deep into the heart of Central Africa in search of mankind’s closest relatives – the endangered and rare mountain gorilla. Led by private guide and driver you’ll safari through Parc National des Volcans – where primatologist Dian Fossey under took her pioneering studies of mountain gorilla behavior, Kigali – Rwanda’s resilient capital and Nyungwe Forest National Park – home to chimpanzees, other primates and over 100 kinds of different orchids. Spend time hiking and share precious time with these rare animals. Enjoy the breathtaking sights, smells, and sounds of this rarely seen mountain region. Encounter elephants, buffalo, an assortment of different monkey species, exotic birds and much more. Featuring bustling markets, traditional cuisine, stylish accommodations, private transfers, expert guide and 24/7 support this active exhibition is sure to please even the most intrepid explorer. ... Show More »

NOTE: Gorilla permits are secured with you trip's deposit. Once secured they are non-refundable. It will take 24-48 hours to secure the purchase from the authorities as they are sold on a first come first served basis. The park authority/management reserves the right to cancel any permit without any refund or further reference. « Show Less

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Nairobi to Kigali to Parc National des Volcans
    Nairobi to Kigali to Parc National des Volcans
    • Emergency Evacuation Insurance - Plane
    • Nairobi - Kigali [Direct - KQ (1hr 30mins)] - Economy
    • Kigali - Parc National des Volcans [Drive (2.5hrs)] - 4x4/Guide(6)
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 2 Parc National des Volcans
    Parc National des Volcans
    • Gorilla Trek - Permit/4X4/Guide(6)
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3 Parc National des Volcans
    Parc National des Volcans
    • Volcano Trek - Trek
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Kigali
    Kigali
    • Kigali - Parc National des Volcans [Drive (2.5hrs)] - 4x4/Guide(6)
    • 1/2 Day City Tour & Genocide Museum - Entrance Fee
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Kigali to Nyungwe
    Kigali to Nyungwe
    • Transfer - Airport - 4X4 Land Cruiser/Guide(5)
    • Kigali - Bukavu [Cyangugu / Kamembe (KME) - Flight (25 min)] - Air
    • Transfer - Airport - Transfer
    • Canopy Walkway Permit - Permit Included
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Nyungwe
    Nyungwe
    • Tour - Shared - Chimpanzee Trekking - Trek
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Nyungwe to Bukavu to Kigali to Nairobi
    Nyungwe to Bukavu to Kigali to Nairobi
    • Transfer - Airport - Transfer
    • Bukavu - Kigali [KME to KGL (25 min)] - Air
    • Kigali - Nairobi [Direct - KQ (1hr 30mins)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(6)
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Nairobi - Kigali - Parc National des Volcans

While you are in the care of Kensington Tours, your safety and security are our number one priority. As such, in the unlikely event of serious illness or injury, all Kensington Tours clients are covered by “Flying Doctors” Insurance policy. This emergency evacuation insurance covers the cost of the evacuation flight back to Nairobi for treatment.  This insurance policy however DOES NOT cover the cost of any medical treatment received. We highly recommend travel insurance for full coverage.

Take your flight from Nairobi to Kigali today. The flight duration is approximately 1hr 30mins.

A private vehicle with English speaking driver will provide a transfer today from Kigali to Parc National des Volcans. The approximate travel time is 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Accommodation: Sabyinyo Silverback

The Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is conveniently placed at the feet of the Virungas, the striking volcano mountains through which so many hike in order to catch a glimpse of mountain gorillas. The 8 cottages and suites are structured so as to give guests the most all-encompassing view, promising privacy, a vast countryside, and beautifully decorated quarters. Dining is a similarly pleasing experience, with a variety of fare meeting the standards of even the most discerning traveler. Staff here are extremely helpful, all possessing a very caring nature, and a willingness to assist guests. Besides visiting the famed mountain gorillas, be sure to check out the local marketplaces and find out more about local community projects.

Parc National des Volcans
Parc National des Volcans
Cottage at Sabyino Silverback
Cottage at Sabyino Silverback

Day 2: Parc National des Volcans

The Parc National des Volcans is located in the Virunga Mountains, a magnificent chain of dormant volcanoes in the North of the country. This area is home to the world’s last surviving mountain Gorilla populations, currently a mere 700 individuals. After breakfast you will depart the lodge and drive for approximately 1 hour to the Park Headquarters where you will meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will provide an informative session on the etiquette of gorilla trekking. After the session the hike into the forest begins.


A full day trek with your guide through the park is a reasonably strenuous activity which can last the morning or all day as you seek out the gorilla families. The guide will take you to where the gorillas were seen the night before and begin to track them from that point.  The trekking can take from 1 to 6 hours and climb to altitudes not in excess of 7,500 feet.  The terrain is rough and at times quite muddy. Once the gorillas are located all the aches and fatigue of the trek are forgotten, as the experience is often described as finding a hidden natural treasure in the mist. Viewing time is limited to one hour, and only 8 maximum are allowed per group. Visitors are asked to maintain a distance of 7m (about 22 feet) from the gorillas. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film are recommended. It can rain at any time in the forest, so waterproof clothing is recommended for you, your cameras and film. Please note that plastic (e.g. carrier / shopping) bags are illegal in Rwanda. Kids under age 15, or people sick with a cold, flu or other contagious illness, are not allowed to visit the gorillas.


PERMITS MUST BE PAID IN FULL AT TIME OF CONFIRMATION AND ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

Accommodation: Sabyinyo Silverback
Mountain Gorilla
Mountain Gorilla

Day 3: Parc National des Volcans

An exhilarating trek through the cultivated foothills of the Virungas offers stirring views in all directions. Then, abruptly, the trail enters the national park, immersing trekkers in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with the calls of colourful birds and chattering of the rare golden monkey, and littered with fresh spoor of the mountains' elusive populations of buffalo and elephant. Through gaps in the forest canopy, the magnificent peaks are glimpsed, easily accessible and among the highest in Africa, beckoning an ascent.

Accommodation: Sabyinyo Silverback
Young Gorilla
Young Gorilla

Day 4: Kigali

A private vehicle with English speaking driver will provide a transfer today from Kigali to Parc National des Volcans. The approximate travel time is 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Afterward, prepare your senses for an explosion of culture and emotion during today’s excursion through Kigali. Begin by visiting some of the popular market places to view and purchase if you’d like some of the local products.  Next, you’ll travel to a location stained with heart aching cultural history, The Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre.  This tragic memorial was constructed in April 2004 to honour those whom lost their lives during the Rwandan Genocide.  The centre was built on the site where an estimated 250000 victims were buried.  This location serves as a place where individuals can grieve the loss of their loved ones as well as to provide educational information regarding the genocide.  Rwandans believe that although the gruesomeness and painful emotions associated with this tragedy may be construed as negative it is extremely important that the younger generations of Rwandans fully understand the reasons and effects of such an event on a nation.  The Centre features three permanent exhibits which depict the events of 1994, as well as a children’s memorial which exhibits the history of genocidal violence towards children from all over the world. 

Accommodation: Kigali Serena

The Serena Hotel is considered the best hotel in Kigali. Meeting and surpassing the already high standards set by the luxurious Serena Hotel chain is no easy feat. The Serena Kigali manages this with its 104 rooms and suites, each individually immaculate, clean, and refined in decor. Dining is a treat, where one will never get sick of the extensive menus, created to please all guests. Staff is always available, friendly, and hospitable, offering incomparable service and care. Activities include the swimming pool, shopping, and fully equipped gym. On some nights, the hotel even has live music playing at the poolside.

Kigali
Kigali
Kigali Serena Hotel
Kigali Serena Hotel

Day 5: Kigali - Nyungwe

Enjoy your private transfer between the airport and hotel.

Flight from Kigali (KGL) to Cyangugu / Kamembe (KME) with Rwanda air.

Early morning transfer to/from the airport offered by Nyungwe Forest Lodge.

Accommodation: Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Nyungwe Forest Lodge is a haven for primates in Africa’s largest mountain rainforest – right at your doorstep.  Designed to fit harmoniously within its beautiful natural surroundings, Nyungwe Forest Lodge offers guests exceptional 5 star comforts and ensures an experience rich in local culture, fluently fused with quality service and African courtesy. The lodge is situated in Gisakura, a working tea plantation, on the edge of the Nyungwe National Park. The Nyungwe Forest is the largest mountain rainforest on the African continent with over 13 different species of primates, representing 20% of all the apes in Africa.

Scenic Nyungwe Rain Forest
Scenic Nyungwe Rain Forest
Nyungwe Forest Lodge
Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Day 6: Nyungwe

Take breakfast and go for chimp tracking experience in Nyungwe! You will observe L’hoest monkeys and blue monkeys around Uwinka after a less strenuous hike. An orchid garden with over 100 species of Orchids at Uwinka is another feature you shouldn’t miss. For those interested in a more strenuous hike , staff highly recommend the the Bigugu Mountain trail which takes you to the highest peak in Nyungwe Forest at 3000m above sea level.

Accommodation: Nyungwe Forest Lodge
Chimpanzee
Chimpanzee

Day 7: Nyungwe - Bukavu - Kigali - Nairobi

Early morning transfer to/from the airport offered by Nyungwe Forest Lodge.

Flight from Cyangugu / Kamembe (KME) to Kigali (KGL) with Rwanda air.

Relax during this short flight departing Kigali, Rwanda and traveling to the urban hub of Nairobi, Kenya.  The approximate flight time is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Luggage restriction applicable to this flight: 15kg (32 lb) per person, for both carry-on and checked luggage. Your checked luggage needs to be soft-sided - no wheels / no spine, a duffel bag is recommended. A small purse/backpack, is recommended as a carry-on, to keep your camera, passport, hat, sunblock or other items you need within easy reach.

A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer between the hotel and airport. After your guide has loaded up your luggage you will be driven through Nairobi admiring some of the sights (time permitting). Your guide will brief you on your itinerary en-route.

Accommodation:
Wildlife of Nairobi
Wildlife of Nairobi
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Sabyinyo Silverback: Parc National des Volcans

The Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is conveniently placed at the feet of the Virungas, the striking volcano mountains through which so many hike in order to catch a glimpse of mountain gorillas. The 8 cottages and suites are structured so as to give guests the most all-encompassing view, promising privacy, a vast countryside, and beautifully decorated quarters. Dining is a similarly pleasing experience, with a variety of fare meeting the standards of even the most discerning traveler. Staff here are extremely helpful, all possessing a very caring nature, and a willingness to assist guests. Besides visiting the famed mountain gorillas, be sure to check out the local marketplaces and find out more about local community projects.

Cottage at Sabyino Silverback
Cottage at Sabyino Silverback

Kigali Serena: Kigali

The Serena Hotel is considered the best hotel in Kigali. Meeting and surpassing the already high standards set by the luxurious Serena Hotel chain is no easy feat. The Serena Kigali manages this with its 104 rooms and suites, each individually immaculate, clean, and refined in decor. Dining is a treat, where one will never get sick of the extensive menus, created to please all guests. Staff is always available, friendly, and hospitable, offering incomparable service and care. Activities include the swimming pool, shopping, and fully equipped gym. On some nights, the hotel even has live music playing at the poolside.

Kigali Serena Hotel
Kigali Serena Hotel

Nyungwe Forest Lodge: Nyungwe

Nyungwe Forest Lodge is a haven for primates in Africa’s largest mountain rainforest – right at your doorstep.  Designed to fit harmoniously within its beautiful natural surroundings, Nyungwe Forest Lodge offers guests exceptional 5 star comforts and ensures an experience rich in local culture, fluently fused with quality service and African courtesy. The lodge is situated in Gisakura, a working tea plantation, on the edge of the Nyungwe National Park. The Nyungwe Forest is the largest mountain rainforest on the African continent with over 13 different species of primates, representing 20% of all the apes in Africa.

Nyungwe Forest Lodge
Nyungwe Forest Lodge
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Alicia H. — June 30, 2016 — Africa

    Riad Salam! I cannot say enough good things about our accommodation in Fes! We loved our room with its stunning Moroccan tile work and brass chandeliers and we marveled at the gorgeous interior courtyard while enjoying breakfast each morning and relaxing by the pool each evening. Our guide in Fes, Omar, was magnificent. He knew everyone and negotiated zealously for us with each vendor. Our cooking class at Maison Bleu with Chef Zohar was very fun! We loved following Zohor around the souks, collecting ingredients and she was an excellent teacher in the kitchen. In Marrakech, we had the best time at Kasbah du Toubkal. Our guide was incredibly patient and let us lounge in the mountain sun and air for hours!

  • Patrick P. — June 30, 2016 — Africa

    Charlie, our guide, was absolutely the best! We had my wife's mom (74) and dad (75) along, and he helped them thru the rain forest and every obstacle that we encountered. Barry, our guide in the rain forest, spotted so many lemurs and chameleons, and he also helped Charlie with mom and dad. Both were a wealth of information about the animals and the island. We all really enjoyed Lemur Island, where the lemurs would hop on your shoulders. I was amazed how poor the people of Madagascar were, and how poor the roads were; but Charlie navigated thru Tana and the road to the rain forest like a pro. The hotel and lodge we stayed at were first rate, and the service from the staff was excellent! Thanks to all connected to Kensington Tours for putting together such a wonderful trip!

  • Janet M. — June 15, 2016 — Africa

    My experience with Kensington Tours for my Safari was the best planned trip I have ever taken. The coordination, experience and knowledge of personnel during our visits excelled. I had high expectations but it exceeded all my thoughts!

  • Padma P. — June 15, 2016 — Africa

    We were very happy with all the arrangements that were made for us. We will always use you for all our future trips.

  • Eve T. — June 15, 2016 — Africa

    We cannot emphasize enough how amazing our guide was, both in personality and knowledge, and how much he added to our trip. We truly enjoyed spending time with him, which is a very good thing since much of that time included some very long car rides! We also loved how most accommodations had so much personality and life to them. We much prefer unique smaller accommodations that almost feel hand-crafted over a more standard experience you can get almost anywhere.

  • Beth N. — June 15, 2016 — Africa

    THE TOUR WAS EXTREMELY WELL ORGANIZED. VERY PROFESSIONAL AND KNOWLEDGEABLE GUIDES. Customer service throughout out South Africa was awesome!

  • Toni L. — June 15, 2016 — Africa

    Truly one of the most incredible experiences of my life's travels! Kensington guides were extremely knowledgeable and personable. I could only address them as guides for a few hours as they quickly became my friends. You customize every aspect of my trip to Rwanda and Tanzania to my liking. I could not have asked for more. Grateful for the professionalism and attention to detail as I traveled by myself as a female, always feeling safe. I wish I could find the words for accolades that adequately describe my journey.

  • Joel G. — June 08, 2016 — Africa

    Our guide, Fidelis was phenomenal. Not only a skilled tracker but a walking encyclopedia of history, geology, geography, animal behavior etc. Marc, our trip planner, was patient, understanding and pro-active in suggesting trip elements that he felt would meet our needs. Fantastic.

  • Nikhita D. — June 08, 2016 — Africa

    Our guide Steve was absolutely amazing. Have highly recommended the trip to many family and friends

  • David C. — May 19, 2016 — Africa

    We were very pleased with the accommodation, our tour guide, the tour bus and all other aspects of Kensington's tour in Morocco. Well done!

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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