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Rwanda Primate Encounters & Zanzibar

Best time to travel
Jan – Feb, Jun – Oct
Ideal length
10 nights
Perfect for
Couples

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Kigali and home from Zanzibar, as well as your flight from Kigali to Zanzibar.
  • All permits, private transfers and guiding requirements.
  • 10 nights’ accommodation in Kigali, Volcanoes National Park, Nyungwe National Park and Zanzibar.
  • Experience a once-in-a-lifetime guided gorilla trek in the Volcanoes National Park.
  • Enjoy forest hikes in search of chimpanzees and the black and white colobus monkey.
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Introduction

We’ve familiarised ourselves with the wonders of gorilla and chimpanzee through the outstanding productions of David Attenborough and the works of Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey. Yet they still remain a wonderful mystery, possessing charm and incredible capabilities which few get to witness. On this luxury suggested itinerary, we’ll introduce you to these fascinating animals that have long sparked your amazement. On sustainable tours, follow expert guides on once-in-a-lifetime journeys, contributing to ecotourism and conservation efforts to bring these primates back from the brink of extinction. Finish on the sandy shores of Zanzibar, the perfect ending to a luxury experience in the wilds of Africa.

Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda.
Your private driver will be waiting to transfer you to your luxury accommodation in the heart of the city. Spend one night in Kigali, catching up on some much-needed relaxation before your wildlife adventures begin.
Transfer to Volcanoes National Park.
Check in to your peaceful lodge situated among the foothills of Virunga’s chain of volcanoes. This is where you’ll spend two nights, experiencing the wonders of the neighbouring national park.
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Set out in search of the mighty mountain gorilla.
On a guided trekking excursion through Volcanoes National Park, follow expert guides in search of these incredible creatures. Battle through dense jungle vegetation until you arrive face-to-face with a mighty silverback or playful baby gorilla.
Gorillas with baby, Rwanda
Transfer to Nyungwe National Park.
We’ve arranged a two night stay at a luxurious jungle retreat. Find unlimited relaxation by the infinity pool and luxury spa. We can also arrange a unique stargazing experience in the jungle at nightfall.
Mist over Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda
Set out on a guided trek in search of chimpanzee.
Nyungwe Forest is home to these wonderfully intelligent primates as well as a diversity of birdlife. Contrasting to the calm silence of your gorilla encounter, prepare for the loud and vibrant sounds of these monkeys swinging and calling through the trees.
Chimpanzee in forest
Re-enter the forest.
Continue exploring the wonders of the forest as you set out on a guided trek, this time in search of black and white colobus monkeys. Take the canopy walk, visit the brilliant Kamiranzovu Waterfall and marvel at these wonderful species who live in the canopies above.
Colobus monkeys, Rwanda
It’s time to leave Rwanda behind as you depart for Zanzibar.
Transfer to the airport and fly to Zanzibar, where your private driver will take you to your luxury hotel for your five night stay. It’s time to relax and unwind, lazing on the shores of the secluded beach and by the infinity pool.
Zanzibar beach
Transfer to the international airport for your flight home.
Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Accommodation

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Kigali Serena Hotel Rwanda

Kigali Serena Hotel Rwanda

Situated just minutes away from the central business district, Kigali Serena Hotel provides a peaceful retreat for guests in the heart of Rwanda. After a long day of sightseeing, guests can relax by the pool while soaking up the panoramic views. Maisha Spa takes a holistic approach to wellness and offers a variety of massages and treatments as well as yoga classes.

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Situated among the foothills of Virunga’s chain of volcanoes lies the peaceful Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge. Tropical rainforest surrounds the property, promising a wonderful sense of tranquility. The traditional estate features classic interiors and French patio doors open onto a serene courtyard garden. With such a spectacular surrounding landscape, Sabyinyo offers an outstanding wildlife experience. Follow expert guides on nature excursions to witness the wonder of mountain gorillas and golden monkeys living in the wild. Bird watching and mountain trails are also excellent activities to enjoy during your stay.

One & Only Nyungwe House

One & Only Nyungwe House

The One & Only Nyungwe House is a luxury retreat set amid the tea plantations and tropical rainforest of Rwanda. Set on the fringes of the Nyungwe Forest National Park, guests are introduced to phenomenal outdoor experiences. From chimpanzee treks to tea rituals at nearby plantations, the variety of activities are diverse and endless. After dark, the estate becomes the perfect spot for nocturnal spotlighting and stargazing experiences. In between adventures, relax in the pristine surroundings and take advantage of the rim-flow infinity pool.

Qambani Luxury Resort

Qambani Luxury Resort

Set on the tip of a secluded peninsula, Qambani offers the perfect setting for a luxury beach stay. Overlooking Zanzibar’s eastern shores, the property offers fantastic views and a peaceful setting. The lodge surrounds tropical gardens and features a selection of luxury villas. Interiors feature the perfect blend of contemporary living and authentic Swahili design. Relaxation is available in abundance, with two outdoor swimming pools on offer as well as a secluded sandy beach.

What people are saying

“We have planned several family holidays with OROKO. They always provide us with several creative options and ideas. OROKO are always efficient, creative and offer excellent service. Things always change and they are helpful in all aspects to solve problems effectively and patiently.”

Liam & family – Mallorca, Aug 2018 | Switzerland, Aug 2019 | Maldives, Dec 2019

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