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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: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Golden Monkey Safari. Everything we do is completely tailor-made so while this is an idea which works well, we’ll always design an itinerary just for you.


Day 1

Starts: Kigali International Airport

City & Genocide Memorial Tour
Day 1

City & Genocide Memorial Tour

Rwanda's capital city, Kigali, is a fascinating spot. Developments which wouldn't look out of place in a much more modern city are springing up, and the country is proud of the capital's progress, both economically and environmentally. Take the time to appreciate Kigali's intricacies, both modern and historical, with a drive through the city and a visit to the Genocide Memorial and museum. Read all about Kigali City Tour

Ruzizi Tented Lodge
Days 1-3

Ruzizi Tented Lodge

2 nights
Full BoardAkagera National Park, Rwanda

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.

Ruzizi Tented Lodge

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.

"Awesome tent on the lake! Great service."

BJfromMinnesota

Arrived 7 Aug 2018, 2 nights

Ruzizi Tented Lodge is a simple but comfortable safari lodge, with a commendable eco policy. The food is excellent, considering the location and the power sources, and the location beautiful and serene. Staff are friendly and offer efficient service. This is our top pick of the accommodation in the Akagera area for those on a tighter budget and makes a nice stop as part of a longer trip around Rwanda. See our full report on Ruzizi Tented Lodge

100%
5 reviews of Ruzizi Tented Lodge by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Boat trip

Fishing

Fly-camping

Guided walking safari

Night drive

Akagera Sunset Boat Safari
Day 2

Akagera Sunset Boat Safari

Akagera’s Lake Ihema is a beautiful contrast to the rolling hills of the east of Rwanda, and the flatter plains to the north. Relax and enjoy the peace and quiet on your cruise, while watching the sunset over the lake and the national park beyond. Read all about Sunset Boat Safari

Kigali Serena Hotel
Day 3

Kigali Serena Hotel

1 night
Bed & BreakfastKigali, Rwanda

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.

Kigali Serena Hotel

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.

"Very welcoming and good service."

Ms AfromWareham

Arrived 30 Nov 2018, 1 night

Overall, on our last visit to the Kigali Serena in May 2017, we were really impressed. The hotel was clean and comfortable and we felt it had a much more relaxed feel than some of the other international hotels in the city. The service was friendly and relatively efficient (compared to our experiences elsewhere in Rwanda) and the food was good. This is our favourite option for a night or two in Kigali. See our full report on Kigali Serena Hotel

91%
62 reviews of Kigali Serena Hotel by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Cultural excursion

King’s Palace & Museum Visit
Day 4

King’s Palace & Museum Visit

If your trip in Rwanda incorporates travelling south from Kigali, a visit to the King’s Palace and Museum gives an interesting insight into Rwanda’s cultural history and monarchy. It's also ideally placed to break up the long journey to Nyungwe Forest. Read all about King’s Palace

Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel
Days 4-7

Nyungwe Top View Hill

3 nights
Full BoardNyungwe Forest National Park, Rwanda

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.

Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel

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.

"The staff were amazing, the food and rooms were very good"

Mr KfromNew York

Arrived 30 Jun 2019, 3 nights

At first glance, Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel looks quite smart, but on closer inspection it is a little scruffy. The furniture may be modern but it's a mish-mash of design, and is quite cheaply made. And we were pretty disappointed with the food. Yet regardless of the hotel's imperfections we thought the location was great and it is certainly comfortable enough, offering relatively good value. Indeed, the slight scruffiness and the odd mix of styles is rather endearing. In addition, the staff try really hard and we'd expect the friendly atmosphere and welcoming service to add enormously to the overall experience. See our full report on Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel

77%
15 reviews of Nyungwe Top View Hill by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Primate trekking

Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest
Day 5

Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest

Trek to see the chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest National Park Read all about Chimpanzee Trekking

Colobus Trekking in Nyungwe
Day 6

Colobus Trekking in Nyungwe

Search for Colobus Monkeys during a trek in Nyungwe Forest. Read all about Colobus Trekking

Cormoran Lodge
Days 7-9

Cormoran Lodge

2 nights
Full BoardLake Kivu, Rwanda

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.

Cormoran Lodge

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.

"Overall experience: Excellent"

Mr P.fromChilterns

Arrived 17 Sep 2018, 2 nights

Overall, we love the location of Cormoran Lodge, and the view over the lake is stunning. It's quirky style, and rustic interiors offer a cosy atmosphere, reminiscent of an alpine ski lodge! The staff are friendly and the food, although a little hit and miss, is on the whole fairly good. It’s a great place for a few days’ rest and relaxation by the water, and would be ideal for those looking for something that is small in size, personal and relatively economical in this area. See our full report on Cormoran Lodge

87%
26 reviews of Cormoran Lodge by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Boat trip

Kayaking

Watersports

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Days 9-13

Mountain Gorilla View

4 nights
Full BoardVolcanoes National Park, Rwanda

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.

Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

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.

"Great location with superb views"

Dr PfromNetherlands

Arrived 9 Feb 2020, 2 nights

We really like Mountain Gorilla View Lodge. It is a very comfortable hotel with spacious cottages, friendly staff and a great location. Don’t come here expecting luxury, but if you are looking for a relaxed lodge that shouldn’t break the bank, it could be a good choice. See our full report on Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

88%
100 reviews of Mountain Gorilla View by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Canoeing

Cultural excursion

Helicopter

Primate trekking

Golden Monkey Trekking
Day 10

Golden Monkey Trekking

Spend a morning trekking to find the golden monkeys in the Volcanoes National Park. These endangered monkeys are endemic to the Albertine Rift area and, as the name would suggest, are characterised by their golden-orange fur. You’ll be able to enjoy an hour watching them jump through the bamboo forests and hunker to chew thistles, curiously watching you, as you watch them. Read all about Golden Monkey Trekking

Gorilla Trekking Safari
Day 11

Gorilla Trekking Safari

Look into the eyes of a large silverback gorilla and he'll look back with a thoughtful, intelligent gaze, mindful that you're another individual. Any apprehensions or nerves you might have had during your trek will melt away the minute you see your gorilla family. Gorilla trekking safaris offer a magical encounter that transcends any other 'wildlife' experience we know. Read all about Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla Trekking Safari
Day 12

Gorilla Trekking Safari

Look into the eyes of a large silverback gorilla and he'll look back with a thoughtful, intelligent gaze, mindful that you're another individual. Any apprehensions or nerves you might have had during your trek will melt away the minute you see your gorilla family. Gorilla trekking safaris offer a magical encounter that transcends any other 'wildlife' experience we know. Read all about Gorilla Trekking

Day 13

Ends: Kigali International Airport

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Experiences you can add to this trip.

Optional extra day-trips and excursions possible whilst staying at lodges on this trip. These are usually best arranged in advance so talk to us.


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

More about Canoeing
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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