Mona Monkey Safari

Mona Monkey Safari: In full

This privately guided tour of Rwanda takes in all the main highlights the country has to offer…starting in the colourful capital city, Kigali, before continuing to the Volcanoes National Park where you'll visit the habituated mountain gorillas. Move on for a bit of relaxation on the picturesque shores of Lake Kivu before finishing by tracking some colobus monkeys and exploring the canopy of Nyungwe Forest .

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Day 1

1 night at Nyungwe House (full board & activities) | Nyungwe Forest National Park, Rwanda

Nyungwe House is set in the middle of a tea plantation, overlooking Nyungwe Forest.When you arrive, you'll be met by your private guide and 4WD who'll be with you for the rest of your time in Rwanda. You’ll begin your journey through the beautiful countryside on the 4-5 hour journey to Nyungwe. You'll stop at the national museum in Butare along the way to stretch your legs, enjoy lunch and learn a little of the history of this fascinating country. In the afternoon you'll approach the forest. It has a distinctly rainforest feel to it - and is home to 13 different primate species and about 75 species of mammal. Spend the next two nights at the stunning Nyungwe House. The lodge has an incredible location, nestled into a tea plantation, overlooking the forest behind.

Day 2

1 night at Nyungwe House (full board & activities) | Nyungwe Forest National Park, Rwanda

Nyungwe House is set in the middle of a tea plantation, overlooking Nyungwe Forest.Spend the next morning tracking colobus monkeys watching their acrobatic skills as they leap from tree to tree! Keep your eyes peeled for the other primates including grey-cheeked mangabeys and l'Hoest's monkeys. In the afternoon take part in the canopy walk - a chance to see the forest from a whole other perspective! The whole walk is about 200m long, with 90m being completely suspended over the canopy - giving you a real bird-eye view of the tree tops.

Day 3

1 night at Nyungwe House (full board & activities) | Nyungwe Forest National Park, Rwanda

Nyungwe House is set in the middle of a tea plantation, overlooking Nyungwe Forest.Wake up early to head into Nyungwe Forest to meet your guide, and trek to find the habituated troop of chimpanzees. It can be a steep and strenuous hike, but once you find the chimps you'll have an hour to observe them. Fascinating to watch, they're often found higher up in the trees, so don't forget your binoculars!

Days 4-6

3 nights at Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (full board) | Lake Kivu, Rwanda

The Kivu Serena Hotel is situated on the lake shore in Gisenye.After breakfast start your journey up the lake shore to Kibuye. This drive is absolutely stunning - winding roads hug the lake shore and hills making for some fantastic photo opportunities. You'll be met with huge smiles and waves from the local children as you pass by. There are plenty of beautiful viewpoints to stop for a picnic lunch! You'll arrive in the afternoon to spend three nights at the Lake Kivu Serena. With its own private stretch of beach, the lodge is friendly and relaxing. Chat to us to discuss the various watersports available from the lodge.

Day 7

1 night at Virunga Lodge (full board) | Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Virunga Lodge has stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes…The next morning your driver will meet you at the hotel and you'll start on your short journey to the Volcanoes National Park. Wind your way through the beautiful countryside and you'll understand why they call this “the land of one thousand hills"! You'll spend the next 3 nights at Virunga Lodge. Perched high up in the hills, overlooking the twin lakes Ruhero and Buhondo, the lodge is friendly and comfortable, and provides a good base from which to explore the surrounding area.

Day 8

1 night at Virunga Lodge (full board) | Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Virunga Lodge has stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes…After an early breakfast you'll make your way with your guide to the park headquarters where you'll be briefed on the golden monkeys you'll be tracking. Tracking these primates is generally easier than the gorillas, but the altitude can make it more strenuous than usual. In the afternoon you are free to do as you please - your driver will be at your disposal, whether you'd prefer to visit the viewpoints overlooking the lakes, or visit a local market.

Day 9

1 night at Virunga Lodge (full board) | Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Virunga Lodge has stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes…It will be another early start as you head to the park's headquarters for a briefing on the mountain gorillas and how to behave around them. In a group of 8 people you'll be lead by an experienced park ranger to a designated family of gorillas. The treks can be strenuous, and can vary from an hour to several hours in length, but when you reach the gorillas you'll have an hour to spend with them - and it's an experience youll never forget. Again, you'll have the afternoon at leisure - perhaps take a drive out to a nearby village, enjoy a canoeing trip along the river, or maybe just relax at the hotel and enjoy the beautiful scenery and birdlife!

Day 10

After a final breakfast it's time to bid the forest farewell and start the journey back to Kigali. From here, either catch an international flight home or continue on to another destination!

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