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Grand Nyungwe Primates

As soon as your flight has landed in the colorful capital city, Kigali, and before continuing to the Nyungwe tracking some colobus monkeys and exploring the canopy of the Nyungwe Forest National Park, you will be amazed at seeing all the main highlights the country has to offer. Move on for a bit of relaxation on the picturesque shores of Lake Kivu before finishing by the Volcanoes National Park where you'll visit the habituated mountain gorillas. This is a 9 days privately individual guided tour of Rwanda.

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Grand Nyungwe Primates

Arriving in Kigali, you are met by your private guide with his/her 4WD vehicle before driving to the Nyungwe Forest National Park - usually stopping in Huye, formerly Butare for lunch and to visit the national ethnographic museum there. Nyungwe Forest is an enormous tropical forest which harbors about 275 bird species and 13 different types of primates. Forest walks last from one to seven hours, depending on your energy and fitness, but can be hugely rewarding. Spending 2 nights at the Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel will simply leave you amazed because the venue has absolutely fantastic views over Nyungwe Forest Park, and is often frequented by inquisitive vervet monkeys. Trekking to see chimpanzees can be pretty strenuous but great fun. In fact, more relaxed guided walks are also possible.

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Grand Nyungwe Primates

After breakfast, leave the Nyungwe Forest National Park and drive northwest to the town of Kibuye on the shores of Lake Kivu where you will spend 2 nights. The lake shores are covered by pine and eucalyptus trees, which lend an alpine air to the region. With panoramic vistas of the lake, your accommodation for these two nights is at the Moriah Hill Lodge. If time allows, take a boat trip out to the nearby Napoleon's Island (so-called as it is shaped like his hat), which is host to a colony of fruit bats!

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Grand Nyungwe Primates

From Kibuye, a scenic road gently weaves through hills to the Volcanoes National Park, which protects the Rwandan side of the Virunga Mountains, and the forest-clad volcanoes which were made famous by Dian Fossey's study of the gorillas. Due to the altitude, gradient and, at times, thick foliage, tracking to see the gorillas can be challenging. However your time in the Nyungwe Forest will have helped you to acclimatize. You will Spend a total of 3 nights at the Gorilla Mountain View Lodge, ideally located fairly close to the park headquarters. The lodge has en-suite facilities with hot showers and fairly good general amenities. There are some lovely views from there across the Volcanoes National Park.

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Grand Nyungwe Primates

After an early breakfast, spend your first morning tracking the endangered golden monkeys. These enigmatic primates are endemic to the region and live on the lower mountain slopes in the bamboo thickets. They can be a bit harder to track down than the gorillas, but it is a good introduction to life in the Volcanoes National Park. In the afternoon, use your free time to explore the local villages, or the nearby lakes of Burera or Ruhondo, or just to relax and watch birds around the lodge. Your guide and his/her 4WD vehicle are, as always, at your disposal for excursions if you need them.

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Another early morning sees you meeting at the park's headquarters for a briefing on the etiquette of visiting mountain gorillas. An experienced park ranger will lead you to one of the habituated groups of gorillas, where you have one amazing hour to observe these delightful, human-like primates. It is a breath-taking experience that you will never forget! Again, you can decide what to do during the afternoon, with your guide and the 4WD vehicle available for your use.

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Grand Nyungwe Primates

After so many early wake-up calls, lie in for your last morning! You will then be driven for about 2 hours through the lovely hills, past villages, to Kigali. Here you may have time to visit the moving Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, or to have a quick look around town, before continuing on to another destination, or getting a flight back home.