3 Days Wildlife Safari Rwanda Primates Tour to Akagera National Park (Big Five Tour) and Nyungwe Rain Forest National Park (Chimpanzee Trekking Tour)
The 3 Days Wildlife Safari Rwanda Primates Tour to Akagera National Park (Big Five Tour) and Nyungwe Rain Forest National Park (Chimpanzee Trekking Tour) will take you to Akagera National Park, a home for wild mammals, big five, and varieties of bird species. We will have a day game drive crossing the park as well as sightseeing the amazing animals along the way.
After the savannah experience, we will drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park, the only African mountain rain forest home to many species of chimpanzees, colobus monkeys. The canopy walkway is a high suspension bridge with views over the valley surrounding the forest
The highlight of this 3 Days Wildlife Safari Rwanda Primates Tour Akagera national park and the Nyungwe Rain forest
Activities on the 3 Days Wildlife Safari Rwanda Primates Tour
- Game drive
- Boat cruise
- Nature walks
- Chimpanzee trekking
- Community walks
Safari in Details 3 Days Wildlife Safari Rwanda Primates Tour
Day 1: Transfer to Akagera National Park
After your early breakfast in your hotel, our guide driver, will be outside waiting to start the trip. He will give you a brief about the whole trip and the events of the day before we embark on a whole experience across the Akagera National Park.
After the briefing, you will drive to the park. We will have a day drive through the whole park from south to the north seeing the animals around. The park is characterized by woodland, swamps, low mountains and savannah.
The varied terrain shelters wildlife including zebras, giraffes, elephants, lions and hundreds of bird species, such as the rare shoebill stork. In the southern part of the park, has vast lake Ihema which is a home to hippos and crocodiles. Have packed lunch from the lodge.
This game drive takes the whole day. With brakes to rest and continue. At the evening, will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight
- Akagera game lodge
- Yambi guesthouse
- The retreat
- Volcano view
- Ruzizi tented lodge
- Karenge bush camp
Meal plan: lunch and dinner
Day 2 of the 3 Days Wildlife Safari Rwanda Primates Tour: Boat Cruise and Transfer to Nyungwe National Park
This is a park located in Butare, southern province of Rwanda. Wake up early in the morning have breakfast and drive to the lake Ihema. We will have a boat cruise and after drive to Kigali-Nyungwe.
Along the way we will pass to Nyanza King’s Palace for the traditional experience of the ancient Rwandan. We will have lunch en route in Butare town a historical town, then continue to Nyungwe forest in the afternoon.
Check in at your lodge and refreshen up before we embark on a community walk. This community walk is around the park and this includes cultural village in Gisakura. You will return to your lodge, have dinner and overnight
- Nyungwe forest lodge
- One and only nyungwe house
- Nyungwe Nziza ecolodge
- Kitabi eco-center
Meal plan: full board
Day 3 of the 3 Days Wildlife Safari Rwanda Primates Tour: Chimpanzee Trekking
After an early morning breakfast, your guide driver will pick you up. This is another important day of your trip. Meet the guide and get the briefing about the chimpanzee tracking then drive to this small fragmented forest where the group of chimpanzees are located.
We will have three hours’ maximum trekking and being with the chimps and afterword drive back to the hotel. You will refresh up have wait for lunch and then check out.
You will drive back through Lake Kivu and have some pictures and a short boat ride and then proceed to Kigali at your hotel or proceed to the airport if you are to leave that very day to your home
- Meal plan: breakfast and lunch
Background Information of the 3 Days Wildlife Safari Rwanda Primates Tour
Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park is located in Eastern Rwanda, and it overlooks the savannah plains of Tanzania. This park, the only protected savannah region of the country, shelters a range of lakes including Ihema-the second largest in Rwanda, as well as Rwanyakizinga, shakani, Mihindi, and Gishanju lakes which together combine to form the largest wetland system in the whole of central Africa
Following the end of the Rwandan Genocide, the national park was depleted, with returning refugees using trees for timber and wild life food- lions were hunted to extinction, as were Rhinos.
Biodiversity was almost completely ruined and tourism and local commerce disappeared
The park has recovered remarkably, so much in that that in 2017 it witnessed the return of black Rhinos for the first time and after the reintroduction of lions, their population is now on an increase.
With strict anti-poaching monitoring methods in effects, elephants, buffaloes, and leopards have also been spotted again, with a growing population of monkeys as well
The park offers the traditional suite of savannah safaris experience, with game drives and lake adventures, boat cruise, birding and nature walks.
Bathing in the waters is strictly forbidden since they are the home of some of the largest concentrations of hippos in East Africa
Adventure the King’s Palace Museum on the 3 Days Wildlife Safari Rwanda Primates Tour
Situated in Nyanza ya Butare district, presently known as Huye, this history laden site was constructed in 1932.
It is a traditional stead with an unmistakable tinge of modernism to it, and a blend of these makes this place a must visit place for all tour enthusiast
According to www.visitrwanda.com it is a reconstruction of the traditional royal residence, and the King’s palace is a beautifully-crafted thatched dwelling shaped like a beehive
This ethnographic museum encapsulates a great deal of Rwandan monarchial history; which sort of rule was abolished after Rwanda’s independence from their colonial masters.
In its backyard, the cattle that formerly belonged to the monarchy are tended to, and their lineage has been maintained even after the abolishment of the kingdom that rewarded them as a great source of prestige
These cattle, which have a striking resemblance plus some genes of the famous Ankole long-horned cattle of Uganda, have one intriguing attribute.
From the time they are mere calves, they are nurtured to listen to their voice of their herdsmen, and these sing them soothing songs and take care of them like the precious jewels they are.
While at the palace, therefore, one gets to experience all the aforementioned plus some royal regalia like the symbol of power, mats and chairs, all made in a peculiar way
Situated in the southern arm of Akagera National Park, lake Ihema has more to it than meets the eye.
It is not the second largest lake in Rwanda, but it also enjoys a high degree of protection, owing to the fact that it sits in the aforementioned national park.
According to www.globalnature.org the main threat to this revered Rwandan lake is water hyacinth, which the lake has in abundance.
Water hyacinth is an aquatic plant that multiplies at a high rate, and is known to be unlikeable to the areas outside its native range.
Therefore, the presence of the water hyacinth on this lake is not just as a serious threat to the biodiversity of the region, but it also hinders water transport.
Its damaging effects, among others include, lowering the quality of water because it covers the water and reducing the quantity of dissolved oxygen, phosphate and temperature, resulting in the direct decrease and disappearance of biodiversity of the affected water body.
Additionally, the lake is connected by the Akagera swamps with the Akagera river, which implies that this water hyacinth could be easily spread into nearby waterways such as Lake Victoria and the Nile River
A boat cruise on this lake will give you the opportunity to see a variety of aquatic life like birdlife, elephants, hippos, and crocodiles.
However, since lake Ihema is not that blessed with a plethora of fish types, yes should only anticipate seeing a few of these reptiles here and there.
In any case fishing is highly restricted on this lake. In spite of all this, your sightseeing expedition on a boat cruise on this lake will still be rewarding undertaking
Adventure Nyungwe Rain Forest National Park on the 3 Days Wildlife Safari Rwanda Primates Tour
This park is located in western Great Rift Valley. Also referred to as Albertine Rift flows West Valley.
The park stretches from Lake Albert to the Lake Tanganyika and the rift has many mountains and lakes that flow west into congo River system.
The Albertine rift besides having an amazing landscape is also known to its endemic species of fauna and flora.
In the Nyungwe forest there are about 1,068 plant species and 248 species of orchids and other new species are being found each year.
Also, about 85 mammal species are found in Nyungwe, including 13 primate’s species. Nyungwe accommodates over 300 bird species, 29 species of them are endemics to Albertine rift this makes Nyungwe the best Ornithologist’s best site, as many are it a birders paradise.
The biodiversity of the park is even further enriched by other landscapes including swamps, marshes, bamboo thicket, heath, open woodland and many microhabitats.
Nyungwe is known to its 13 primate species including the famous chimpanzees, this is the best site for chimps trekking and also the largest troop of the black and white colobus monkeys.
After all activities in the park there is also fragmented forests including cyamudongo home of the well-habituated chimpanzees and also Gisakura has other fragmented forests where the second habituated small troops of the colobus monkeys live.
Nyungwe forest has over 130km of constructed trails, which allows all travelers of the different fitness levels to enjoy its beauty
3 Days Wildlife Safari Rwanda Primates Tour Inclusions
- Transportation in a tour van/Landcruiser
- Service of an English -speaking tour guide/driver
- All activities mentioned in the itinerary
- Park admissions
- Accommodation on full board
- Entrance fees to all destinations as per the program
- Transfer to and from the airport
- All activities not mentioned in the program
- Phone calls bills
- International transfers
- Gratitude to tour guides
- Personal insurance
- Personal effects of any nature
- Hotel fees before and after the safari
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End of the 3 Days Wildlife Safari Rwanda Primates Tour to Akagera National Park (Big Five Tour) and Nyungwe Rain Forest National Park (Chimpanzee Trekking Tour)