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Rwanda Primate Safari

Private Travel | Wildlife 10 Days & 8 Nights Lead-in price: £7695

Since the tragic events of 1994, Rwanda has become an extraordinary success story, evolving into one of the safest, cleanest and most inspiring tourist destinations in the world. This rapid transformation has been enabled, in part, by some of the country’s few natural resources, namely its astounding beauty and unusual wildlife. This private
guided journey will take you on an unforgettable expedition around some of the key highlights, meeting several of our closest cousins, including chimpanzees and mountain gorillas, en route.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Join four separate primate seeking treks
  • Visit the Gorilla Guardians who protect the world's largest living primates
  • Learn about the 1994 genocide & how the country has worked together to overcome its horrors
  • Stay in 3- to 5-star accommodation
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Days 1-2: Fly to Kigali

Fly overnight from London (regional connections available) to Kigali. On arrival, transfer to the Park Inn by Radisson for an overnight stay. Afternoon at leisure. (N) (N)

Day 3: Butare • Nyungwe National Park

Travel south by road* to Nyungwe National Park, stopping at Butare for lunch (payable locally) and a visit to the Ethnographic Museum. Stay 3 nights at the superb One & Only Nyungwe House. (B, D)

Day 4: Nyungwe National Park

Rise early for a trek into the nearby forest in search of chimpanzees. Once found, you will have one hour to observe their strangely humanistic behaviour. Afternoon nature walk, including a canopy trail across rope bridges 70 metres above the ground. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Nyungwe National Park

Morning trek searching for black-and-white colobus monkeys, which can sometimes be found in troops of several hundred individuals. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Lake Kivu

Drive the long and winding road north to the shores of Lake Kivu. This afternoon, join an optional boat excursion on the lake or simply relax. Overnight at the Lake Kivu Serena Hotel. (B, D)

Day 7: Lake Kivu • Volcanoes National Park

Optional morning kayaking excursion, then transfer north to the Volcanoes National Park. En route, visit the Dian Fossey Research Centre which details the life and work of the famed Gorillas in the Mist conservationist. Afternoon Gorilla Guardians cultural village tour, learning how conservation efforts continue to help mountain gorillas fight back from the brink of extinction. Stay 2 nights at the Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Volcanoes National Park

Trek to one of the various nearby mountain gorilla families for a mesmerising and privileged hour in their company. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Volcanoes National Park • Kigali

Join one last primate adventure with a short trek to meet the golden monkeys that roam the nearby forest canopies. Later, continue to Kigali for an afternoon city tour, which includes a stop at the thought-provoking Genocide Museum. Overnight at the Park Inn by Radisson. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Fly to London

Transfer to Kigali Airport for your morning flight back to London. (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information * Day 3:

A direct helicopter option is available at additional cost.


The One & Only Nyungwe House is of a notably higher standard than the other properties included in this itinerary and is the only viable option in the region. Upgrades are possible throughout the rest of the itinerary if you would like a more consistent level of accommodation.

Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • One & Only Nyungwe House
    One & Only Nyungwe House

    Situated in the west of Nyungwe Forest National Park, One & Only Nyungwe House is a superior property comprising of just 22 rooms. All meals at the hotel are included and the restaurant offers a fine array of local and international cuisine with a farm-to-table ethos. A number of additional facilities are also available including a gym, spa and outdoor swimming pool. Outside the hotel, a number of activities are available with the local area being noted for sightings of the rare Mangabey monkey.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £7695 per person

High season from £8795 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • 3- to 5-star accommodation
    • International flights
    • Private driver-guide throughout
    • All relevant trekking & wildlife permits
    • 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners

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