Primate Safari in Rwanda: My Dream Trip

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Photo courtesy of Amahoro Tours

I’m soooooo excited to announce that as I write this I am about to begin my dream trip, something I’ve waited years and years for…..a Primate Safari in Rwanda!

 I love primates so much that I even hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Primatology (study of primates) and have worked in a zoo designing environmental enrichment programs for gorillas.  Now I actually get to observe them in the wild!

I’m in Rwanda for seven days.  Today I will be exploring Kigali (the capital city) and visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre.

Tomorrow I’ll be visiting Volcanoes National Park and with a little bit of luck meet my very first mountain gorillas in person!  I’ve loved gorillas long before I read and saw Gorillas in the Mist written by Diane Fossey, the famous primatologist who studied mountain gorillas.  I’m even more excited after discovering that there are one year old twins and Omar my guide from Amahoro Tours said that because it’s off season it’s possible that we will be visiting the gorillas with a very small group!  Fingers crossed!

I’ll be sticking around Volcanoes National Park one day longer to observe Golden Monkeys.  I don’t know much about them but am excited to learn and being monkeys I have no doubt they will be mischevious.

Also on the agenda is time in Nyungwe National Park where I’ll be looking for chimps (sooooo excited) and 12 other species of primates.

Check out Amahoro Tours on Facebook and my Monkeys and Mountains Facebook page (a trip that combines both) for regular updates, or follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #seeprimates.  I can’t wait to give you more updates on what I know will be the trip of a lifetime!


  1. says

    Laurel, this looks like an incredible travel plan! Rwanda seems underrated as an African destination – it’s been in my top 5 African travel wish-list for awhile now! Can’t wait to see your pictures and hear about your experiences. Hope you’ll get the opportunity to get up close and personal to some new primate friends! Well, maybe not too close.

    • says

      @Ryan – My trip to Rwanda surpassed my VERY high expectations. More to come soon! Glad to hear you’re interested in visiting Rwanda. It doesn’t make most people’s lists when they’re planning a trip to Africa.

  2. says

    Lucky you Lauren. I was in Uganda a few years ago but didn’t have the time to get to the park with the gorillas. Have a fabulous trip.

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