5 Days Nyungwe Chimps Tracking

Places to Visit: Nyungwe Forest National Park, Rwanda

Tour Overview

This wonderful safari will take you to Nyungwe, a vast montane forest found in the South West of Rwanda. This is a recognised huge forest in central Africa with over 10000sq.km. This natural forest is famous for its large groups of colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, butterflies and a rich variety of orchids. Nyugwe has over with 13 different primate species; the Common Chimpanzee, Adolf Friedrich’s Angola Colobus, L’Hoest’s Monkey, Silver Monkey, Golden Monkey, Hamlyn’s Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey,  Dent’s Mona Monkey,  Vervet Monkey, Olive Baboon, Grey-cheeked Mangabey and 300 bird species, 1080 plant species and over 85 mammal species. This forest is found at a relatively high attitude with a rugged steep slope. Enjoy some cultural sites; the Museum in Butare and the palace in Nyanza.

Highlights:

  • Breathtaking scenery
  • Mountain gorilla viewing
  • Golden monkey trekking
  • Dian Fossey grave
  • Kigali genocide memorial and National Museum visit

The safari at a glance

  • Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Hotel – D
  • Day 2: Drive to Nyungwe Forest – B, L, D
  • Day 3: Nature walk in Nyungwe Forest National Park – B, L, D
  • Day 4: Nyungwe Forest Monkey Tracking – B, L
  • Day 5: Return and departure – B, L

Safari Itinerary in Detail

DAY 1: Arrival

Arrival in Kanombe at Kigali International airport. Meet and greet with our guide before transferring to Kigali. Optional: depending on your arrival time, enjoy a City tour; visit the genocide memorial site and art and craft centres. Or straight from the Airport check into the Hotel.

  • Overnight at Hotel Mille Collines Hotel (B-L-D)

DAY 2: Drive to Nyungwe Forest

After an early breakfast transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park. This drive takes about 5 hours. Make stops at local markets, the traditional palace in Nyanza. Continue to Butare, visit the Botanical Gardens and the cultural museum. Pass through green fields of tea scattered across the hillsides and the small unique wooden houses surrounding Nyungwe Forest, on arrival check into the lodge for an overnight.

  • Overnight at Nyungwe House (B-L-D)

DAY 3: Nature walk

With an early breakfast, enjoy nature walk. This will be conducted in the company of a park ranger. On this nature walk search for the largest groups of colobus – enjoy viewing many monkeys in large groups and different bird species including; the Rwenzori Turaco. After the walk take a break and relax with a picnic lunch in the middle of the forest. Later return to the lodge for an afternoon tea or coffee, then an overnight at the lodge.

  • Overnight at Nyungwe House (B-L-D)

DAY 4: Nyungwe Forest

Have an early breakfast, transfer to the park headquarters for a briefing. With a park ranger enter the forest for Chimpanzee tracking. Enjoy chimps viewing; as they swing from tree to tree, branch to branch and the little ones feeding on fruits or hiding behind their mothers. Follow them from nest to nest till you have had your full. Then enjoy the Canopy walk or the waterfall trail walk in the forest before exiting it. A combination of all these activities or any one of these activities is a reward and a wonderful experience. Later return to the lodge for an overnight.

  • Overnight at Nyungwe House (B-L-D)

DAY 5: Return and departure

After breakfast drive back to Kigali for your departure flight.

Interested? Ready to go or want to know more? Let us know, below. Or email info@nkuringowalkingsafaris.com.