D-Guide Travels

7 Day Rwanda primates adventure





7-Day Rwandan Odyssey: VIP Airport Arrival, Kigali night, Nyungwe’s Canopy Walk, Chimpanzee Trek, Lake Kivu’s community experiences, Volcanoes for Golden Monkey and Gorilla Treks, and a final night in Kigali. Your unforgettable journey begins now!

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Arrive in Kigali

On arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be welcomed from the tarmac by our Meet & Greet Airport Agent and be assisted with the immigration process, your luggage and escorted through the exit gate where you will be met by your dedicated guide for a short introductory briefing, learn a few key words in our local language as you embark on a short 15min drive to the Kigali Marriott. Dinner will be on your own arrangement, though we are happy to recommend a nearby restaurant depending on your arrival time.

Overnight for two first nights at Kigali Marriott Hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis


Experience Rwanda’s capital from Kigali Marriott Hotel, conveniently located near the Nyarugenge financial district and the Kigali City Hall. This impeccable luxury hotel provides spacious, modern accommodations with deluxe amenities and premium services


Nyungwe National Park

Next morning, you will have check out and be transferred on a Helicopter (There is an option of 40min morning scheduled commercial Rwandair local flight or an approx 7hrs drive both from Kigali) to Nyungwe national park for afternoon Canopy walk thereafter check in at One & Only Nyungwe House, your home for the next 2 nights.

The 70 meters above the Forest Canopy Walkway consists of three bridges and three towers and one is able to experience unparalleled biodiversity, orchids, monkeys, birds and more from high above the Forest.

One & Only Nyungwe House: Alongside ancient rainforest, within the lush green expanse of a working tea plantation, One & Only Nyungwe House offers an exclusive window to Africa’s fascinating wildlife and culture. Indigenous open-air spa treatments, awe-inspiring, once-in-a-lifetime moments are sure to amaze you at every turn.

Alternative accommodation by the Nyungwe Forest can be Kivu Marina Bay by Mantis Collection, by the Lake Kivu Shores. At 5 minutes from the Kamembe Airport, Kivu Marina Bay offers extraordinary Lake views with various water and sports activities from the property)


Chimpanzee Trekking/Community experience

5:00am you will drive to the starting point & thereafter proceed for Chimpanzee trekking. If you are interested in botany, the flora in Nyungwe comes as an added bonus; you will also have a chance to view the other habitants of the forest such as multiple bird species, butterflies, etc

There is approximately 500 Chimpanzee individuals in the entire Park and are grouped in now three troops by forest locations, Gisovu, Kuwinka & Cyamudongo which is a small patch of the forest located in the eastern part of the Park. While visiting the Park, one has high chances of viewing a variety of other attractions such as various orchids and other plant species, multiple bird species as well as other primates such as colobus monkeys or vervet monkeys, etc.

After trekking you will return to the Hotel for a late breakfast, thereafter you will enjoy either an afternoon Tea Planting – Farm to Cup Experience with local farmers doing the tea picking with an aim tio fill up the 4 Kilo basket of Tea leaves(harvest) or else you opt to go for the Cultural Experience with the local community of the Fisherwomen of Gihaya Island.

The Experience starts when you embark on a local boat towards their special Island. On arrival, you are welcomed by special traditional performance with unique songs and a rythm of their traditional music instruments and dancing style. Surely, you won’t resist not joining! By the same Island, you will have a chance to view some of the small farms on the island as well as some remains from the German and Belgian colonial settlements.


Scenic transfer along Lake shores to Volcanoes National Park

After breakfast, you will check out and be transferred to the helipad for a helicopter transfer to the Volcanoes (there is an option of a Scenic 7hr drive along the Lake Kivu Shores with a stop-over lunch by the Lake at Cleo Kivu Hotel ); on arrival, you will check in at your Hotel by the Volcanoes for the next 3 nights

4 Recommended accommodation options among others:

Singita Kwitonda Lodge
The location is easily the best of the luxury lodges in the area, the property has a border with the wall of Volcanoes National Park. The views of the large volcanoes are breathtaking, which greet you every morning as you awaken.”

One & Only Gorilla’s Nest
Eye to eye with swaying eucalyptus trees, One & Only Gorilla’s Nest is one of the closest resorts
to Volcanoes National Park – a historic rainforest home to a diverse tapestry of wildlife.

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
A community-inspired luxurious lodge, located in the foothills of the mist-shrouded Virunga Massif. Sabyinyo is a true spirit of conservation and rehabilitation, surrounded by bountiful organic gardens, upliftment projects in the neighborhood of the Volcanoes National Park.
The Bishop’s House
The colonial style architecture and furnishings of The Bishop’s House sets it apart from others and our nine luxuriously decorated rooms. TBH is a haven of tranquility, surrounded by flora and fauna along with the sights and sounds of nature.


Golden monkey Trek & Rwanda's conservation story

Early breakfast at the lodge. At 6:40 in the morning, you will set off on a golden monkey trekking experience, stopping by the park headquarters, a 10-minute drive away, for briefing and assigning a guide. After the golden monkey trek, you will return to the lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon you will have an Optional visit the Research Center & Campus for a Conservation historical background and efforts by the famous Dian Fossey and the Volcanoes National Park safeguarding the endangered Mountain Gorillas


Gorilla Trekking experience

You will have an early breakfast and set off afterwards for your gorilla trekking experience, stopping by the park headquarters, an approximate 10-minute drive away, for briefing and assigning to a gorilla group. After the gorilla trekking experience, you will return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon you have an option to enjoy a relaxing massage treatment at the Lodge or you may opt to community village walk, a rewarding experience that gives you a real taste of a typical Rwandan village life.

Volcanoes National Park protects the steep slopes of this magnificent mountain range- home of the rare mountain gorilla – and the rich mosaic of montane ecosystems, which embrace evergreen and bamboo forest, open grassland, swamp and heath. The high point of the trek will be spending an hour with the remarkably peaceful gorillas despite their size and appearance, as they go about their daily life: feeding, playing, resting, grooming and raising their young.


Kigali city/Depart Rwanda

After breakfast, you will check out and embark on a 3 hour drive to Kigali. Our driver guide will be at your disposal to offer a city tour for a possible Arts & Crafts souvenir shopping expedition in Kigali and local market visits, should your departure flight allow.

Otherwise you will be transferred to the Airport for your departure flight and that will mark the end of your trip to Rwanda

Trekking Tips & Rules:

  • When tracking gorillas, wear sturdier clothing to protect against stinging nettles, and solid walking shoes. A lightweight waterproof jacket may come in handy in the moist mountains.
  • You will also need a small backpack to carry water and snacks.
  • Keep a minimum of 10 meters from the Gorillas – this is to protect them.
  • Do NOT remove anything from the park e.g. flowers, fruit, porcupine quills, etc.
  • Keep your voices down at all times.
  • No Flash photography is allowed.
  • Professional film makers require permission and need to purchase filming permits.
  • Do NOT eat or drink when close to the gorillas – this is a disease risk.
  • Do NOT touch the Gorillas – they are wild animals.
  • The maximum time you can spend with the gorillas is ONE hour
  • If you are feeling ill, or are carrying a contagious disease, please volunteer to stay behind.
    An alternative visit will be arranged for you,
  • Do NOT spit in the park and go to the bathroom only as instructed by your guide.
  • Do not leave anything in the park, if you pack it in, pack it out!
  • Obey the local guide instructions at all times, for the safety of the Gorillas and visitors.
  • Porters are available at a small fee to carry your daypack and help you up the steep slopes when gorilla tracking.
  • The minimum age for Gorilla trekking is 15 years.


  • Car hire (Luxury 4×4) with professional driver guides
  • All transport & transfers
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • All meals as per program
  • All mentioned activities & Park permits
  • Water & Wifi on the vehicle throughout the trip
  • Evacuation cover
  • All government taxes


  • Gorilla Trekking permits at $1500 per person
  • International air to/from Rwanda
  • Gratuities to drivers, guides, lodge/ hotel staff
  • Items of personal nature
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