Fly-in Rwanda Primates Tour (Special Intrest)

Angolan black-and-white Colobus Monkey (Nyungwe Rwanda)

A journey of views and primates with a touch of luxury. On this trip, you will fly to your destination in a privately chartered helicopter. Enjoy the views while in air and the primates while on ground.

Book this tour in the months between November and May, and get a discount of 30% on each gorilla permit. Conditions Apply: you must spend at least 3 days visiting any of the other two national parks; Nyungwe Forest or Akagera with activities in addition to gorilla trekking. Contact us for more Information!



Parks & Places:
Discover Kigali
Discover Volcanoes National Park
Discover Nyungwe

Special interest:
The Virunga Gorilla Experience
Observation of the golden monkeys
Habituation of Primates: what does it mean?


4 Stars(****): Hotel des Mille Collines, Kivu Marina Bay Hotel, Virunga Lodge
5 Stars(*****) :Kigali Serena Hotel, One & Only Nyungwe House, Bisate Lodge

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ROAD MAP (Estimates): 

Kigali – Musanze: 105Kms - 2h30
Musanze – Kigali: 105kms - 2h30

Kigali Airport - Musanze: 30 min.

  • Day 01
    Arrival in Kigali

    On your arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by our our driver-guide who will transfer you to your hotel. 

    Dinner & overnight at your accommodation

  • Day 02
    Transfer to Nyungwe by helicopter

    After breakfast, your driver-guide will transfer to the airport for your helicopter transfer to Nyungwe. Enjoy the views as you fly over Nyungwe forest. Pick up by your accommodation at the helipad. Later in the afternoon, you take a walk to the tea estate where there is a resident large group of black and white colobus monkeys.

    After this experience, continue to visit the tea estate where you meet and chat with the tea pickers and witness the process of turning the green leaf into the hot/cold beverage enjoyed the world ever.

    Dinner & overnight at your accommodation

    Nyungwe Forest NP: Of a particular interest are the large social groups of Angolan colobus (Colobus angolensis), which may be over 300 individuals. These are the largest troops of this species known in the world!  Nyungwe forest counts 25% of the African Primates!

  • Day 03
    Chimpanzee trekking & Canopy walk

    The most popular activity in Nyungwe Forest NP is chimpanzee trekking. Starting as early as 6:00 am, you will set off with your driver-guide to the park headquarters and you will then drive to the starting point. Trackers who go ahead of you will help locate the chimpanzees and when you get to where they are, you will only have 1 hour with them. Your ranger-guide will brief you during the hike about the behavior and characteristic of the chimpanzees.

    Cyamudongo is a fragment of rainforest (4 km²) located at the outside boundaries of Nyungwe. The roundtrip hike and the excursion will take between 3 and 5 hours.

    You return to your accommodation for a hot lunch and relaxation. You will then embark on the canopy walk canopy and colobus monkey hike. The canopy walk is unique to East-Africa! It's a 60 meters high canopy walkway and offers some of the most spectacular rainforest views. The Walkway is accessible as part of a specialized guided tour along the Igishigishigi trail. 

    Meals & overnight at your accommodation.

    One & Only Nyunwge House Suite (Rwanda)
    One & Only Nyunwge House Exterior 5rwanda)
  • Day 04
    Transfer to Volcanoes National Park by Helicopter

    You will have your second helicopter flight to Volcanoes NP. This is another scenic flight as you fly over Lake Kivu towards your destination.

    You will be picked by your driver-guide for check-in at your accommodation.

     After a hot lunch,  you will  visit the Iby’ Iwacu Cultural village.  In this village, you get to meet the local people in their traditional environment. This visit will allow you to interact with the people, learn about their lifestyles, heritage treasures, and activities.  During the visit, you will embark on a banana brewing process, pottery, meet the traditional healer and of course the spectacular dance performance.

    Dinner & overnight at your accommodation

  • Day 05
    Gorilla Trekking

    After breakfast you will report at the Park headquarters where your driver-guide will accomplish the necessary formalities for you. You will meet your ranger guide(s) for a briefing about the greatest animal experience ever.  Your driver-guide will drive you to the slopes of one of The Virunga volcanoes for your trekking. 

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    After the trekking, lunch at your hotel or in Musanze (Ruhengeri) and in the afternoon, if time allows, an excursion to explore the beautiful “twin” lakes in the region: Lake Burera & Ruhondo. An excellent view of the Virunga chain of Volcanoes can be seen while there depending on weather conditions. Another option is to visit the Iby'Iwacu traditional villagean activity not to miss! 

    Dinner and Overnight at your accommodation

  • Day 06
    Golden Monkeys Trekking

    After breakfast you will report at the Park headquarters where your driver-guide will accomplish the necessary formalities for you. The Golden Monkey (cercopithecus mitis kandti) is listed as “endangered”, these magnificent primates are habituated in groups of about 30 - 40 individuals on the Rwanda side of the Virunga regions. 

    A visit to the golden monkeys is very different experience from gorilla-viewing, the monkeys react and interact differntly; they will keep on playing hide-and-seek much to the delight of the visitors. 

    After this, you have a hot lunch at your accommodation and then fly to Kigali in time for your departure flight.

    This is the end of what has been a memorable tour of the country of a thousand hills!

    Bisate Lodge (Volcanoes National Park Rwanda)

Your lifetime experience

This safari idea can be tailor-made to create a unique holiday for you. With our intimate knowledge of both Rwanda and Uganda, we look forward to designing and organizing a personalised and memorable holiday.

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The Tour package includes: Return ticket for domestic flight, Airport transfers, accommodation, all meals, plenty of mineral water, the services of a driver-guide, all park and entry fees, all activities as per programme: Kigali city tour, 1 gorilla trek and 1 Golden monkey permit. 

It Excludes: International airline ticket, beverages, tips, visas and personal expenses. 

What to bring with you? Money for your personal expenses, outfit with adapted colours for wildlife observation, good walking shoes, raingear, a few long-sleeve shirts, slippers, sweater for cool evenings, sun protection: hat, sunglasses, sun cream, video/photo camera, a 200 mm or longer telepholens is very usefull, reserve batteries, films and a torch.

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