Golden Monkey Safari
Imagine an ‘eyeball’ with the ‘little primates,’ that is what is on offer on this African safari tour in Rwanda. The 3 day Rwanda golden monkey safari takes you to Volcanoes National Park.
About Rwanda Golden Monkey Safari
Rwanda golden monkey safari takes you to Volcanoes National Park. The Rwanda golden monkey safari will start and end in Kigali. You will be trekking the golden monkeys on Rwanda golden monkey safari.
The golden monkeys are also referred to as the ‘little primates’. This Rwanda wildlife safari enables one to get close to these rare but beautiful primates. Your accommodation on this African wildlife safari in Rwanda will be in lodges. Find the Rwanda golden monkey safari itinerary below:
Rwanda Golden Monkey Safari Highlight:
- Golden monkey trekking
- Nature walk
- Forest walk
- Kigali City tour
Rwanda Golden Monkey Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Kigali – Volcanoes National Park
You will be met by our Rwanda safari rep at Kigali International Airport. After introduction, you will enjoy a briefing on the Rwanda golden monkey safari. This will be followed by a departure driving north.
You will enjoy the scenic drive through Rwandan countryside to Ruhengeri Township. The township is located in the foothills of the Virunga volcanoes. You will arrive in time for lunch at your Volcanoes safari lodge.
Afternoon will be spent at leisure with the option of a nature walk. Return for dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.
About Volcanoes National Park
Located in the Northwestern Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park has steep slopes of the spectacular volcanic mountain range in the centre of the Virungas. This is habitat to the endangered Mountain Gorillas, the golden monkeys among other primates and forest wildlife. Inhabiting an abundant variety of Afro-montane ecosystem found in the albertine rift with a blend of neoboutonia forest plus bamboo forest. They are separated by Hagenia woodland moving higher you will find the hypericum zone.
The senecio-lobelias zone and the alpine prairie having a great cover of grass sedges to the mountains of Muhabura (at 4,127 meters), Gahinga (at 3.474 meters), Sabyibyo (at 3,634 meters), Bisoke (at 3,711 meters), while the highest is the Karisimbi (at 4.507 meters).
Covering an expanse of 16,000 hectares, this park is home to 10 groups of the endangered mountain gorillas, of which 7 groups are habituated (meaning they can be visited by tourists) and these are: the Susa group (38 individuals having a set of twins which is uncommon among mountain gorillas), the Sabyinyo group (8 individuals), Group 13 (20 individuals), the Amahoro group (15 individuals), the Umubano group (8 individuals), the Hirwa group (9 individuals) and the Kwitonda (17 individuals).
The other three groups are not habituated for tourism however preserved for research. Among the additional animals found in the Volcanoes Naitonal Park are; elephants, bush bucks, buffalos, spotted hyenas as well as black-fronted duikers.
Day 2: Golden Monkey Tracking in Volcanoes National Park
You will start your Rwanda golden monkey safari day with an early breakfast. This is to be followed by drive with picnic lunch boxes to the park headquarters. Enjoy some moments of briefing by the rangers.
In groups of six and accompanied by an armed ranger embark on the trek. The “Little Primates” of the Virungas, the Golden Monkey is endangered. Their numbers have been on the decline. On meeting your group, you have an hour or so with them.
Watch them feed, pet and play with each other. You will have a break for lunch. This will be followed by a trek back to the starting point. You will meet your driver guide here. You will be transferred back to your lodge for an afternoon at leisure. Your dinner and overnight will be at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge.
Day 3: Volcanoes National Park – Kigali
Wake up on this Rwanda golden monkey safari day to an early breakfast. It is time for a leisure drive back to Kigali. Upon arrival, you may visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre.
You can also have a city tour of Kigali. You will later be dropped off at your Kigali hotel. For those flying out, you will receive a transfer to Kigali Airport. This will be in time for your departure flight.
End of 3 Day Rwanda Golden Monkey Safari
3 Day Rwanda Golden Monkey Safari Costs:
What is included in the Rwanda Golden Monkey Safari cost?
- Accommodation in safari lodge in Volcanoes National Park on full board basis
- Transport in a 4 X 4 Safari vehicle with pop up roof
- Meals on full board basis while on 3 Day Rwanda Golden Monkey Safari
- Golden monkey trekking permit
- All park entrance fee
- All Government tax
3 Day Rwanda Golden Monkey Safari cost excludes:
- Items of personal use
- Deviation from the above program
- Drinks and beverages
- Tips and porterage
What to Carry on the 3 Day Rwanda Golden Monkey Safari
- Sun glasses
- Light and some few heavy clothing
- Rain Poncho
- Sun screen
- Insect repellant
- Comfortable hiking shoes