2 Days Rwanda Safari with Golden Monkeys Trekking

Details

Kigali city tour, Iby’iwacu Cultural tour, Golden Monkey trekking

Destinations

Rwanda Kigali Volcanoes National Park.

Duration

2 Days

Availabilty

All Year Round


TOUR OVERVIEW

This 2 Days Rwanda Golden Monkey trekking in the Volcanoes National Park takes you to one of Africa’s Oldest Wildlife Conservation areas.

The Volcanoes National Park is located in the Northwestern part of Rwanda and is the most popular National Park in Rwanda. Ever since the reopening in 1999 after the civil war and Genocide, the park has seen significant increase in the number of Visitors.

Gorilla Tracking is the main key attraction, however the park is also home to Golden Monkeys, forest elephants, buffaloes, bush duikers and spotted hyenas. The Volcanoes National park has 178 species of birds on record. The park has diverse vegetation including afro-alpine types (on higher altitudes), bamboo forest on the lower mountain slopes, hygenia rainforests, savannah grasslands and swamps. The main reason for this remarkable biodiversity is the existence of five volcanoes within the park; Mount Karisimbi, Mount Sabyinyo, Mount Bisoke, Mount Gahinga and Mount Muhabura. Golden monkey trekking in Rwanda involves hiking through diverse vegetation to encounter one of the cutest monkeys on earth. Golden monkeys are a sub-species of the blue monkey. They are only found within the Virunga ranges in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Uganda, they are found in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park while in Congo they are found in Virunga National Park and Kahuzi Biega National Park. Apart from the Volcanoes National park. Golden Monkeys are characterized by fur coats which are golden-orange in color. They live in troops that can have 80 individuals. Golden monkeys feed on mostly bamboo, insects and will raid gardens for potatoes. Their chief enemy is the African Eagle. They are always on the lookout for Eagles especially when it is raining. There are 2 habituated groups of golden monkeys in the Volcanoes National Park numbering about 85. These two habituated groups live within the slopes of Mount Sabinyo.

 

DETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY FOR  YOUR 2 DAYS GOLDEN MONKEY TREKKING TOUR.

DAY 1: Kigali City Tour – Transfer to Ruhengeri – Iby’iwacu Cultural Village Tour

Our Safari representative from MuAfrika Adventures will pick you up from your Hotel in Kigali city or at the airport. He will brief you about the 2 days Golden monkey trekking tour and take you for a city tour of Kigali which involves visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, the former presidential palace, city markets and the craft shops. Enjoy your lunch and after proceed by road to the Northern Province to the Volcanoes National Park, Ruhengeri in Musanze District. The journey takes about 2 hours through the amazing countryside with beautiful rolling hills and sights of people working in their gardens. On arrival to the Park, transfer to your lodge for check in to freshen up as you enjoy the majestic views of the Virunga volcanoes. Later the driver will pick you up and take you for a tour of the Iby’iwacu Cultural Centre. The Iby’iwacu Cultural Village is Rwanda’s most visited cultural site where all Rwanda’s tribes gather to showcase their cultural heritage through dance, drama and storytelling. This is where you will learn everything there is to know about the people and culture of Rwanda. You will be requested to participate and buy one of the local souvenirs. Later return to the Lodge for Dinner and Overnight at

Luxury Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge / Sabinyo Silverback Lodge

Midrange Accommodation: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge / Hotel Muhabura

Budget Accommodation: Kinigi Guest House / La Palme

Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner.

Day 2: Golden Monkey trekking Experience – Departure to Kigali.

Wake up early for your breakfast before transferring to the Park headquarters in Kinigi. The briefing starts at 7:30 and ends at 8:00am. From here, you will be taken with other trackers to the starting point which is at the foot of the Volcano. The scenery is beautiful with dense green forest and the five volcanoes standing in all directions, Finding the monkeys is easy because they love eating bamboos which are found on the lower slopes of the Volcanoes. After finding them, you are allowed one hour with them. You are free to follow them if they move about. Golden monkeys are not shy once they finish the process of habituation. Expect to have close encounters with them which will allow you get nice photos of them. Unlike mountain gorillas, golden monkeys don’t mind flush cameras. In fact, they love being photographed. Taking good photos is not easy because of their mobility but you will have no issues with videos. Golden monkeys are very playful primates and you will be amazed as you watch them demonstrate their natural skills in climbing trees and picking tasty shoots from the edges of the bamboo trees. They love potatoes and will not hesitate to go out into human gardens to a get a few. You will learn more about their behavior and why they are endangered.  You will return to the starting point after your one hour with the Golden Monkeys is over and then continue your journey back to Kigali, where you will either be transferred to your Hotel or Airport for your flight.

End of Tour!

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch.

The above safari package is inclusive of:

  • Ground transportation and Fuel in a 4×4 wheel drive
  • English speaking Safari driver Guide
  • Full board Accommodation as per Tour Plan
  • All Park entrance Fees
  • Golden Monkey Tracking Permits
  • Bottled Water throughout the Tour
  • Airport transfers
  • Kigali City Tour
  • Iby’iwacu Cultural Tour
  • All Activities as per Itinerary
  • Government Taxes

The above tour Package excludes:

  • Airfares
  • Visas
  • Health insurance
  • Tips to Porters, Guides. Rangers or Hotel staff
  • Laundry
  • Beverages
  • Porter Fees
  • Telephone bills
  • Other items of personal expenses