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Golden Monkey Safari

The perfect itinerary for those who want see everything that Rwanda has to offer. Combine four key areas on this excellent value trip, for a true wildlife and cultural experience.

Golden Monkey Safari: Summary

Golden Monkey Safari in a nutshell

On arrival you’ll be met by your guide and private 4WD and head east to Akagera National Park. Akagera is a park of diverse landscapes with dry savannah, rolling grassland and a complex network of lakes and channels, lined with papyrus swamps. Plains game is plentiful, predator and elephant numbers are growing, and this is a birders paradise.

Following a short overnight stop back in Kigali you’ll drive to Volcanoes National Park. First, visit the playful endemic golden monkeys in the lower mountain slopes, to help you to acclimatise to the area. On your second and third mornings, you’ll wake early and trek into the forest in search of the infamous mountain gorillas. Surprisingly unphased by your presence, this is without a doubt an unforgettable wildlife encounter.

After your time in the Volcanoes you’ll head to one of Africa’s Great Lakes – Lake Kivu. Here you can try your hand at kayaking or visit a nearby coffee farm, or just simply relax on the lakeshore.

Finally, rested and rejuvenated, make your way to the stunning and biodiverse Nyungwe Forest. Explore the area on a variety of different forest walks and if you are feeling brave visit the canopy rope bridge. Your real highlight is likely to be an early morning trek to find the chimpanzees, who may be dancing in the trees or feeding on the forest floor - be prepared to move fast to keep up with the agile chimps.

At a glance

Starts: Kigali International Airport
2 nights Ruzizi Tented Lodge - Akagera National Park, Rwanda Full Board
1 night Kigali Serena Hotel - Kigali, Rwanda Bed & Breakfast
3 nights Nyungwe Top View Hill - Nyungwe Forest National Park, Rwanda Full Board
2 nights Cormoran Lodge - Lake Kivu, Rwanda Full Board
4 nights Mountain Gorilla View - Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda Full Board
Ends: Kigali International Airport

Ruzizi Tented Lodge

Days 1-3

Since it was opened in 2012, Ruzizi Tented Lodge, has proved a welcome addition to Akagera National Park. It’s a simple, eco-friendly lodge located within the park itself, in a good position to explore the varying landscapes of Akagera.

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Kigali Serena Hotel

Day 3

Kigali Serena Hotel, formerly known as Kigali InterContinental Hotel, is a large, upmarket hotel with plenty of modern facilities. Located in Rwanda’s busy capital city, it is just 10km from Kigali International Airport.

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Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel

Days 4-7

Opened in 2011, Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel is a short drive off the main road, on top of a steep hill. From its hilltop vantage point, Top View has beautiful views across the neighbouring forest and tea plantations, and its proximity to the headquarters of Nyungwe Forest National Park makes it is a good base for trekking to see the chimpanzees and exploring the forest.

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Cormoran Lodge

Days 7-9

Set on a steep hill, leading down to the shore of Rwanda’s Lake Kivu, the rustic yet stylish Cormoran Lodge in Kibuye has a small number of wooden cabins, each affording beautiful views over the lake.

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Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Days 9-13

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, previously called Gorilla Mountain View Lodge, is located on the slopes of Rwanda’s Mount Sabyinyo. A good mid-range hotel set in spacious grounds, it has beautiful views of the surrounding volcanoes and is only a 15-minute drive from the headquarters of Volcanoes National Park, which is the starting point for gorilla trekking.

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Ruzizi Tented Lodge

Ruzizi Tented Lodge

Akagera National Park, Rwanda

Kigali Serena Hotel

Kigali Serena Hotel

Kigali, Rwanda

Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel

Nyungwe Top View Hill

Nyungwe Forest National Park, Rwanda

Cormoran Lodge

Cormoran Lodge

Lake Kivu, Rwanda

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Mountain Gorilla View

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

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Highlights

Our thoughts on five of the top experiences of this Golden Monkey Safari.

  • Take a boat safari on a papyrus lined lake in Akagera
  • Meet the famous mountain gorillas
  • Watch playful golden monkeys in bamboo thickets
  • Kayak on the calm waters of Lake Kivu
  • Witness chimpanzees swinging from the trees in Nyungwe

Activities

Some activities which can be included in the Golden Monkey Safari: talk to us about those which interest you.

  • 4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

  • Boat trip

  • Canoeing

  • Cultural excursion

  • Fishing

  • Fly-camping

  • Guided walking safari

  • Helicopter

  • Kayaking

  • Night drive

  • Primate trekking

  • Watersports

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Key species to see on the Golden Monkey Safari

Based on our travellers' observations, we’ve estimated the likelihood of seeing these species during the Golden Monkey Safari. Click on the animals and our wildlife surveys page for more info.


Chimpanzee

100% chance

Buffalo

100% chance

Eland

100% chance

Elephant

100% chance

Giraffe

100% chance

Hippo

100% chance

Zebra

100% chance

Mountain Gorilla

96% chance

Lion

0% chance

Leopard

0% chance

Aardvark

0% chance

Black Rhino

0% chance

Pangolin

0% chance

Roan antelope

0% chance

Sable antelope

0% chance

Sitatunga

0% chance

Spotted Hyena

0% chance

Side-trips whilst on this safari

We may be able to build in some of these optional excursions from the Golden Monkey Safari. Talk to us: they’re usually best arranged when you book.


Canopy Walk in Nyungwe Forest

Canopy Walk in Nyungwe Forest

Two - three hours

The Canopy Walk in Nyungwe Forest opened in 2010 and was one of the first bridges of this kind to cross a forest canopy in the African continent. You'll be amazed by this easy walk into one of Rwanda's beautiful National Parks. Whether you are looking for some relaxation or adventure, this place is a perfect way to discover the beauty of the forest.

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86% (7 reviews)
Canoeing in Rwanda

Canoeing in Rwanda

Half day - approx. 3 hours on the water

A half-day adventure in lush countryside, on a gentle river near to Musanze, Rwanda

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97% (7 reviews)
Mount Bisoke Trek

Mount Bisoke Trek

Full day

For something a little different, set out on a one-day hike to the summit of Mt Bisoke in the Volcanoes National Park, home to Rwanda’s famous mountain gorillas. Discover the beautiful scenery of the Virunga Mountains, spot birds and wildlife, and enjoy spectacular views from the crater lake.

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93% (3 reviews)
Mount Karisimbi Trek - 2 day trek

Mount Karisimbi Trek - 2 day trek

Two days - overnight on Mt Karisimbi

Set out on a two-day hike to the summit of Mount Karisimbi, which at over 4,507m is one of the highest in Africa. This is a challenge for the adventurous! With a local guide, you’ll traverse bamboo forests and rugged terrain, then camp on the slopes of this active volcano before enjoying sunrise from the summit.

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Trek to Dian Fossey’s Grave

Trek to Dian Fossey’s Grave

Half day, usually five hours

Dian Fossey is best known for her research and conservation work with the mountain gorillas in Rwanda. She dedicated her life to researching and protecting these ‘gentle giants’ from harm, however she was tragically found murdered at her research camp in 1985. Today visitors can join a local guide to trek through the tropical forest to visit her grave, and learn about the impact of her work.

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Bird Walk in Nyungwe Forest

Bird Walk in Nyungwe Forest

Two - four hours

Enjoy a morning or afternoon hiking through Nyungwe Forest in search of some of the 310 bird species that have been recorded in this area, including the great blue turaco and the endemic Albertine owlet and red-collared babbler.

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100% (1 reviews)

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