PRIMATES SAFARI ITINERARY
Arrival|Drive to Kigali Serena
Today you’ll be met by Uber Luxe Safaris staff at Kigali International Airport briefed on your trip and introduction to your driver guide. Then proceed to Kigali Serena Hotel (10 minutes drive from the airport) and check in.
Ideally located on one of Kigali's most charming boulevards, the five-star Kigali Serena Hotel is built around a polished granite atrium, which showcases the very best of Rwandese cultural art. Relaxed yet elegant, the hotel features an Executive Lounge and Bar, which opens onto a wide sundeck overlooking the newly refurbished swimming pool. Also overlooking the pool, the popular Milima Restaurant offers a wide range of all-day buffet choices, while the relaxed Sokoni Café offers inside and outside poolside seating.
Road transfer to Nyungwe Forest
Today after an early breakfast at 06:00am you will transfer from the Hotel and head to southwest corner of the country, where the largest montane forest East and Central Africa is found. The heart of Nyungwe Forest is like a scene from a fairy tale. Tall old mahoganies, ebonies and giant tree ferns tower above you, whilst orchids and other epiphytes cling to every branch. Brightly colored birds flit around; butterflies are everywhere, including a variety of primates for which Nyungwe National Park is renowned.
On arrival at Nyungwe forest lodge you will have lunch and check-in. After your lunch you will then drive back to the RDB Uwnika park headquarters for canopy walk briefings.
The Nyungwe Canopy Walkway Tour gives you the opportunity to experience the rainforest from anew perspective. The Canopy walkway consists of three bridges and three towers and is a total length of the walkway is160m. The walkway is embedded in a guided tour along Igishigishigi Trail. Taking this tour a specialised Park Guide will not only show you the forest canopy but also explain why it is an integral part of the tropical rainforest ecosystem, You will learn what the major characteristics of a rainforest and its canopy are and the importance Nyungwe Forest has for Rwanda. After the canopy walk you transfer back to the lodge for the rest of the evening.
Nyungwe Forest lodge is a five star lodge that is built to blend in with surrounding environment and is situated in a tea plantation on the edge of the Nyungwe closed canopy rain forest.
Today you will get your packed breakfast and drive to the park headquarters for chimpanzee briefing and formalities and then to the evergreen forest for a great experience. You may spot a wide variety of bird life. Their playfulness and human – like characteristics make the long day worthwhile. Luckily you may be welcomed by chimp morning calls deep in the forest .upon encountering the chimps, you will be allowed to stay in their presence for one hour as you enjoy their acrobats, feeding life and their day today behaviours.
After the memorable experience, you will drive back to the lodge for lunch and afternoon will be at leisure. You may take a walk through the green tea plantations as you socialise with the local people that you may meet on the way.
Water fall hike
Early this morning, having done with your breakfast you will hike the breath taking Waterfall in the Nyungwe forest. This is really an adventure that involves tough hikes and slippery trails. Waterfall trail which starts by the lodge and descends into the forest proper, following flat contour paths through a succession of tree-fern-covered ravines, and crossing several streams, before a sharp descent to the base of the pretty but small waterfall. It takes four hours to cover as a round trip, depending on how often you stop.
After this unforgettable adventure, you may relax at the lodge. Later in the evening you will visit the Gisakula tea estate, this will give you an opportunity to learn how tea is picked, processed to the stage of consumption.
Columbus Monkey Trekking
An early rise for breakfast, you will then be driven back to the RDB park headquarters for Columbus monkey trekking briefing. This half day forest trek in search of the Angola Columbus monkeys which can be found here in troops of several hundred; the largest, can be up to 450 individuals. This fair to moderate trek can be adapted to guests’ fitness and lasts up 6 hours. It's an absolutely amazing experience, to see so many Columbus monkeys at the same time; 50-60 at a given time. Besides their incredible numbers, Angola Columbus differ from the more common Eastern Columbus by the extent of white hair and leaner frame. Other primates likely to be seen during the trek include l'Hoest's monkey and the grey-cheeked mangabeys. The birds too are spectacular, though as in most tropical forests, one has to look harder. Giant hornbills, great blue turacos and red-breasted sparrow hawks are amongst the specials.
Road transfer to Nyanza Museum
Early in the morning after your breakfast, you will check out then drive back to Kigali. On your way, you will branch off south to Nyanza (1¾ hrs), the historical site of the Rwandan Kingdom and visit the Royal Palace Museum - the dome shaped traditional Royal Palace house (Urukari), steeped in history and tradition running back over three centuries, has been restored, entirely of traditional materials, to its 19th century grandeur. At the adjacent Rwesero Art Museum, modern Rwandan artists express their view of the world and Rwanda in particular through aspects of culture, gests and behaviors of the Rwandan people inspired by everyday life especially following the 1994 genocide and its tragedies. Further south at the University town of Butare, visit the Rwanda National Museum which houses perhaps the greatest ethnographic collection in East and Central Africa.
After stopping for lunch at a local restaurant – eating common Rwandan food then continue to Kigali Serena for check in and overnight.
Today, you will visit the Kigali Genocide memorial site which exists as a permanent memorial to those who fell victim to the genocide in 1994. It deals with a topic of international importance, with far-reaching significance, and is designed to engage and challenge an international visitor base. Here you will be able to visit the three permanent exhibitions, the largest of which documents the genocide in 1994 and pay tribute to the victims of the genocide.
Later you will do some last minute shopping in some of Rwanda’s fine art and craft collections shops. A visit to the local markets in Kigali city and later transfer might accompany this to the airport for your flight.