What is special about this Primate Safari ?

This custom 16-day adventure by Ker & Downey is the ultimate primate safari, pairing the apes of Rwanda with the chimpanzees of Tanzania’s Rubondo Island and Mahale Mountains.

Primate Safari with Ker & Downey

Suggested journey at a glance: 16 days/15 nights in Nyungwe Forest National Park, Volcanoes National Park, Lake Victoria, Serengeti National Park, and Mahale Mountain National Park

Primate Safaris Rwanda _ Gorilla Tracking Rwanda

This suggested Primate Safari is just one way to experience the most exclusive and thrilling adventure on your own customized Ker & Downey journey. Our designers are at their best when crafting a journey unique to you. Contact us to get started planning, and read on to see one example of what is possible on a handcrafted trip.

Nyungwe Forest National Park

Ker & Downey’s primate safari begins in Rwanda’s lovely capital city of Kigali with an evening of leisure and rest before transferring nearby to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Spend the next two days exploring the diverse climates and terrains of the park and embarking upon thrilling primate safaris. Lush forests at varying altitudes offer refuge for a quarter of Africa’s primate species, chimpanzees and colobus monkeys among them. Meanwhile between activities, spend time taking in the views from the lodge, located on a picturesque working tea plantation.

Volcanoes National Park

Your exclusive primate safari in Rwanda continues in Volcanoes National Park. This famous region played host to acclaimed gorilla researcher Dian Fossey for nearly 20 years. As a result of her work, visitors can now set off in search of silverback gorillas on guided treks. Soak in the sweeping view of the forested valley from the terraces of your accommodations. There are 10 habituated mountain gorilla families in the Rwandan sector of the park tracked for visitor interaction. However, each gorilla family offers something unique and completely different, making no two gorilla treks the same.

Lake Victoria

Journey next into Tanzania to the jungle clad Rubondo Island on Lake Victoria. Rubondo is home to a number of indigenous mammals such as hippo, vervet monkey, genet, and mongoose that share their protected habitat with introduced species. These include black-and-white colobus, Suni antelope, elephant, giraffe, and the island’s famed chimpanzees, all of which thrive amid Rubondo’s inaccessibility.

Serengeti National Park

Next, pause your primate safari adventures to visit the land where the Great Migration takes center stage, the Serengeti. Game viewing and remote safari luxury are the staples of any stay. Because of your camp’s position adjacent to the Mara River, you can enjoy front-row seats to the seasonal wildebeest crossing, one of the greatest spectacles in the world.

Mahale Mountains National Park

Round out your primate safari on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Mahale Mountains National Park. This park hosts some of the last wild chimpanzees in the world. In addition to chimp tracking, enjoy game viewing activities, as well as snorkeling and fishing in the world’s second largest freshwater lake.

How to go on a primate safari ?

Ready to go on a once-in-a-lifetime exclusive primate safari adventure? Contact a Ker & Downey designer to customize your own journey. In addition, read more about the seasonality and pricing in East Africa at the Ker & Downey Difference.