Rwanda rewards wildlife photographers with some of our planet’s most iconic images: gorillas in the mist, portraits of chimpanzees, endangered monkeys with alluring expressions. In Volcanoes and Nyungwe Forest National Parks, you get close to these rare primates. Traveling with a specialist photographer guide, this nine-day safari itinerary finds the epic wildlife portraits and seductive Rwandan landscapes, helping you capture the images that define our planet and the fight for conservation.
Kigali – Welcome and Introduction to the Safari
Kigali is easy on the eye and surprising for the camera. It is a city of color, backdropped by endless green hills and a sense of enthusiasm. The capital is not a giant metropolis; it is more an oversized village of broad tree-lined boulevards. You will be greeted at the airport for a short transfer to a five-star hotel in the city. Meet your guide, and spend the late-afternoon hours exploring the city, taking photos as the fading sun disappears behind the hills. It is an easy introduction, a chance to get used to having the camera in your hands and look for angles, especially if it has been gathering dust at home. But it is just an introduction; nothing too serious for this first day. Return to the hotel, and dine with your guide at the hotel’s restaurant, a chance to discuss the safari itinerary and the subjects you will be encountering.
Volcanoes National Park – Communities of the Forest: A Cultural Insight
Volcanoes National Park – Tracking Golden Monkeys
Volcanoes National Park – Gorilla Trekking for Wildlife Photographers
Volcanoes National Park – Second Gorilla Trek for More Epic Portraits
Nyungwe Forest National Park – Landscapes and Legends of Lake Kivu
Day 7 - 8
Nyungwe Forest National Park – Photographing Rare and Remarkable Primates
Nyungwe Forest National Park to Kigali – Departure
- Capture spectacular portraits of the world’s largest primates with two days of gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park
- Travel with a wildlife photographer guide, learning the tricks and tips of wildlife photography specific to the challenging conditions found in Rwanda
- Prepare yourself for photographing gorillas with a day spent tracking golden monkeys, a chance to test out conditions in the rainforest and photograph another of the country’s mystical species
- Explore thick Congo Basin forest and photograph more of the world’s rarest primates, expert guides getting you close to silver monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, and Hamlyn’s and Dent’s mona monkeys
- Spend a day tracking chimpanzees, getting photos of an incredible likeness to yourself
- Explore the green hills of Rwanda with a drive along Lake Kivu and visits to communities around Volcanoes National Park, enjoying endless opportunities for landscapes and portraits
- Photograph an astonishing display of scale with 700-strong colobus monkey troops that jump through the Nyungwe Forest
- Always have your camera on hand as rare primates swing past the lodge, the combination of wild and urban life making for fabulous composition
$15,205 per person (excluding international flights)
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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