11-Day Uganda – Rwanda Primates (Private Tour) - 11 Days

Safari Hunters  is one of the few tour operators who offers well organized and hassle free tours to DR Congo with a professional English speaking tour leader! For those who want to make it to all the best highlights of Uganda, Rwanda and the mysterious Democratic Republic of Congo. You will track Chimpanzees, Lowland Gorillas and Mountain Gorillas. Climbing the Nyiragongo volcano that only a few people have done before you. This is the ultimate tour for adventurers!

  • Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for an extra cost.

Day 1
Welcome to Rwanda

A representative of Flame tree village shall be at Kigali Airport to pick you up from your flight.

Depending on your arrival time you can visit some of Kigali’s craft markets, to browse amongst the pottery, carvings, batik, weaving, sculpture, musical instruments, leather and fabrics on offer. Prepare to haggle! All activities today are at your own cost.

You will spend the night at a lovely accommodation. Flame tree village is ideally located on the outskirts of Kigali. You will enjoy the tranquillity. The rooms have an en-suite bathroom and overlook the tropical gardens. There is a swimming pool to refresh yourself.

Main Destination:

Kigali (Rwanda)

Accommodation:

Flame Tree Village

• Mid-range lodge located in or near Kigali

Meals & Drinks:

• Meals at own expense

• Drinks not included

Day 2
Nyungwe forest national park

In the morning you will meet your Matoke tours tour leader who speaks good English and will be with you during your entire tour. Both Rwanda and Congo are French speaking countries and communication in English can be difficult. Today you begin your journey to the famous Nyungwe Forest, one of the largest forests in East and Central Africa. This forest is abundant with flora and fauna and its main attraction is the 13 primate species which include Colobus monkeys, Mangabeys, Blue monkeys and of course our cousins the Chimpanzees.

Nyungwe Forest is also a famous location for birders. With about 310 bird species, 26 of which are endemic, Nyungwe is one of the most important — and still undiscovered — bird watching destinations in Africa.

Main Destination:

Nyungwe Forest National Park (Rwanda)

Accommodation:

Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel

• Mid-range hotel located inside Nyungwe Forest NP

Meals & Drinks:

• Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)

• Drinks not included

Day 3
Chimpanzee tracking and Black and White colobus money tracking

After a very early morning start, at about 4.30 am, you shall proceed for the chimp tracking in Cyamudongo or Uwinka. Between these two groups the number of individuals (chimpanzees) totals to a healthy number of about 80 members.

you will spend 1 hour with the chimps to observe them in their natural habitat.

In the afternoon you are going for a special activity to track down the Ruwensori Black colobus and other rare monkey species that live in Nyungwe forest N.P. This is the only location in Africa where you’ll find “supergroups” of more than 400 Colobus monkeys in the wild. It is also one of the few places worldwide where you’ll see L’Hoest’s monkeys. Another rare animal you might also run into is the owl-faced monkey, an Albertine Rift endemic that inhabits Nyungwe’s southern forests. In fact, most of the monkey species found in the park are endemic.

Main Destination:

Nyungwe Forest National Park (Rwanda)

Accommodation:

Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel

• Mid-range hotel located inside Nyungwe Forest NP

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinks not included

Day 4
Bukavu colonial town in DR Congo

After a relaxed breakfast you will continue the journey to the heart of Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This scenic route passed over the rolling hills of Rwanda and the shores of Lake Kivu until you reach the city of Bukavu. If you used our visa service in advance you visa will be ready at Bukavu border. This allows you to enter DR Congo for two weeks. You Congolese driver will pick you from the border and take you to your accommodation for the night. Your English speaking tour leader will accompany you the entire trip.

In the afternoon you have time to explore Bukavu with its old colonial architecture and impresive cathedral in the city centre. You can also just enjoy the lake view from your veranda.

You will stay in a semi-luxury hotel called Orchids Safari club.

Main Destination:

Bukavu (DR Congo)

Accommodation:

Orchids Safari Club

• Mid-range hotel located in or near Bukavu

Meals & Drinks:

• Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)

• Drinks not included

Day 5
Lowland Gorilla tracking in Kahuzi-Biega national park

Early in the morning you will depart for your first tracking of this tour. Your will have a packed lunch provided by the hotel. The Eastern Lowland Gorillas live in Kahuzi-Biega National Park. The national park is named after the 2 extinct volcanoes called Kahuzi and Biega which dominate the park with summits at around 2600 meter above sea level. This is one of the last remaining natural habitats of the Eastern Lowland Gorilla’s.

The lowland Gorilla should not be confused with their relatives the Mountain Gorilla’s. The main difference in appearance is the size and type of hair. The Eastern lowland gorilla or Grauer Gorilla’s are the largest gorilla’s in the world! Kahuzi-Biega is the last remaining protected area where these magnificent creatures live and is on the UNESCO world heritage list. Depending on the time you finish you tracking you can go for the optional activity of visiting the Lwiro Chimpanzee Rehabilitation center. A visit costs US$ 30 per person.

Main Destination:

Kahuzi Biega National Park (DR Congo)

Accommodation:

Orchids Safari Club

• Mid-range hotel located outside Kahuzi Biega NP

Meals & Drinks:

• Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)

• Drinks not included

Day 6
Boat ride on Lake Kivu

The driver will take you to Bukavu harbor where you will board the express boat back to Goma.

This relaxing boat ride on Lake Kivu will take you passed small islands and towns on shore. There are drinks and snacks on board.

On arrival in Goma you will go on a small city tour to see the old cathedral ruined by the latest eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano. You can still see how close the lava came to the city. There is a volcanic observatory in Goma to monitor especially the Nyiragongo volcano.

Your Congolese drive/guide will then take you to Bukima tented camp where you will spend the night. Just outside the Virunga National Park boundary lays the Bukima tented camp, which is one of the main starting points Virunga mountain gorilla treks.

Main Destination:

Virunga National Park (DR Congo)

Accommodation:

Mikeno Lodge

• Luxury lodge located inside Virunga

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinks not included

Day 7
Mountain Gorilla tracking in Virunga national park

Today is an exciting day and the second tracking of this tour. Today you will stand eye-to-eye with the Mountain Gorilla.

Virunga National park is an UNESCO world heritage site and the oldest national park on the continent! This national park has been hidden from the public for a long time due to civil war and unrest in Eastern Congo. At this moment it is fully operational and the perfect place to track the mountain gorillas in the wild. Starting at the headquarters in Rumangabo you will go for a challenging hike in search of these gentle giants. Once you see the mountain gorillas you have one hour to photograph and admire them before you turn back to the headquarters.

In the afternoon you have time to visit the Senkwekwe Gorilla Orphanage famous from the Netflix documentary Virunga. four mountain gorilla’s are nurtured in this orphanage. Tonight you will sleep in one of the most luxury lodges in DR Congo, Mikeno lodge.

Main Destination:

Virunga National Park (DR Congo)

Accommodation:

Mikeno Lodge

• Luxury lodge located inside Virunga

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinks not included

Day 8
Nyiragongo volcano

After an early breakfast your driver will be there to pick you up and drive you to the impressive Nyiragongo volcano. You will start hiking at 10 AM in the morning. You will get a backpack from Matoke tours which includes; a lunch package, warm fleece vest and a sleeping bag. You will have a personal cook preparing a hot meal at the summit. You can hire a porter to carry your luggage at US$ 24 per porter to be paid on ground.

The Nyiragongo is one of the world’s most active volcanos. Recently erupted in 2002 creating a mass destruction of Goma city where the lava lakes can still be seen and important buildings have been destroyed by it.

In the evening you will reach the top with an extraordinary view of the crater filled with sea of lava. You are one of the few persons to admire this spectacle. After a nice hot meal prepared by the cook, you will sleep in one of the huts on the crater rim. Please note that the huts on the crater rim are basic shelters.

Main Destination:

Goma (DR Congo)

Accommodation:

Mikeno Lodge

• Budget mountain hut located in or near Goma

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 9
Lake Mutanda

In the morning you will enjoy your breakfast with the breathtaking view overlooking the crater before you descend. Around noon you will be back at base camp. Your driver/guide will then take you to Bunagana border with Uganda. Your Ugandan driver will be there to pick you up and take you to the magical Mutanda Lake resort.

Mutanda Lake Resort is spectacularly located on a private peninsula stretching into Lake Mutanda. With small islands dotting the surrounding lake and a backdrop of misty volcanoes in nearby Rwanda and DR Congo this setting never fails to impress visitors. The main building where the restaurant is located resembles a Swiss chalet with an African touch, the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner watching otters visiting the shore, or to cuddle up next to the fire place. The cottages are built on a wooden platform, each with private veranda and en-suite bathroom.

Main Destination:

Lake Mutanda (Uganda)

Accommodation:

Mutanda Lake Resort

• Mid-range lodge located in or near Lake Mutanda

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinks not included

Day 10
Optional Gorilla tracking or optional activities at the lake

Today you can choose to go on your Third Gorilla tracking and see the Mountain gorilla’s in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest boasts both Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees – the only forest in Africa which can make this claim in fact. It also hosts five other species of primate, 113 species of mammal, over 200 butterflies and 360 birds.

Optional third Gorilla tracking: US$ 600 per person. In April, May & November the Gorilla permit is only US$ 450 per person!

You can also choose to do another optional activity at your own cost organized by the lodge:

* Boat ride on Lake Mutanda

* bird watching

* Village walk

* hiking

* Batwa trail in Mgahinga national park

* Climb Mt. Sabinyo, Mt. Muhavura or Mt. Mgahinga.

Main Destination:

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Uganda)

Best Time to Visit June to August and December to February

High Season June to September (Gorilla permits are scarce)

Best Weather June to July and December to February (Less rainfall)

Wildlife in Bwindi Impenetrable NP – See all animals

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Accommodation:

Mutanda Lake Resort

• Mid-range lodge located outside Bwindi Impenetrable NP

Meals & Drinks:

• All meals included

• Drinks not included

Day 11
Genocide memorial in Kigali

Today after a relaxed breakfast you shall be transferred by to Kigali where you can explore the city. Also you can visit the Genocide Memorial and Education Centre, which opened in 2004, 10 years after the genocide. It’s a dignified tribute to the victims, including a poignant Children’s Memorial, and a history of the tragedy.

The driver of Mutanda Lake resort will take care of your airport transfer in time for your international flight home.

This is the end of hopefully a once in a lifetime experience in Rwanda, DR Congo & Uganda.

Main Destination:

Kigali Genocide Memorial (Rwanda)

Accommodation:

No accommodation (End of tour)

Meals & Drinks:

• Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)

• Drinks not included

Included

  • • Park fees (For non-residents)
  • • Gorilla permits (Two per person, non-resident)
  • • Chimp permits (One per person, non-resident)
  • • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • • A professional driver/guide
  • • All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
  • • All Taxes/VAT
  • • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • • Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Excluded

  • • International flights (From/to home)
  • • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • • Some meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)

Solo 1 room 2 people 1 room 3 people 2 rooms 4 people 2 rooms 5 people 3 rooms 6 people 3 rooms 7+ people
Jan 1, ’18 – Dec 31, ’18 n/a* $5,590 $5,190 $4,690 $5,590 $5,590 Get Quote

  • This tour is not available to solo travelers.
  • Rates are per person and exclude the international flight from/to your home country.
  • This tour must be paid in US Dollars (USD).

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Price From USD $ 2,000/person
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Total $ 2,000 USD