6 Days Rwanda Safari Gorillas & Chimps Vacation

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Rwanda Safari Gorillas & Chimps Vacation

Rwanda Safari Gorillas & Chimps Vacation

  • PriceTailored (Enquire now)
  • Duration 6 Days 5 Nights
  • Dates Open
  • Safari TypeGuided, Private Safari
  • Location Rwanda
  • Departure CityKigali
  • End CityKigali
  • Contact nameCatherine
  • Contact phone+256 774 805580
  • Cancellation policyUp to 90 Days
  • AccommodationAs shown in itinerary
  • Group TypeTraveler’s choice
  • Restriction No Children Bellow 15 years
  • LanguagesEnglish

Safari Overview

This 6 Day Rwanda Safari Gorillas & Chimps Vacation is a tailor-made tour that can be customized in your own style of travel. You can make your own dates (subject to availability) and choose your accommodation facilities with our guidance. The lodges selected here are what we think will suit this kind of trip and are where we have the best rates for you.

This Rwanda safari will take you into the misty bamboo jungles of the Virungas, in Volcanoes National Park, on an excursion to track and locate a family of mountain gorillas led by a patriarch silverback. You’ll be allowed to spend one hour with the gentle giants under strict guidelines not to make contact. In the jungle not far away, you’ll be challenged to keep up with a troop of chimpanzees for another hour, an intense fulfilling moment you’ll never forget.

Combined with exclusive luxury safari lodges with jungle amenities, this trip is sure to reinvent your understanding of Africa safari, nature, and the appreciation you have for the world we all call home. So be prepared to store some unforgettable memories on the adventure of your lifetime.

We are concerned for your and our health in these unfamiliar times, and to keep you healthy, we’ll apply WHO, Rwanda government, and our Covid Safari Standards of Operation. Please make sure you understand what you will require to take this spectacular Rwanda Safari.

Safari Highlights

  • Visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial or take a city excursion around Kigali and experience the African cultures.
  • The road drive across Rwanda’s countryside will reveal the most stunning natural setting of this tiny East African country.
  • Tracking the mountain gorilla in the Virunga mountain jungles will require a great mix of your body’s dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins levels. This is the moment you’ll never let go.
  • A visit to the chimpanzee world in the Nyungwe forest and a walk on Africa’s most famous canopy suspension are included in the exclusive activities on this trip.
  • Stay in some of Rwanda’s most prestigious forest lodges with unbeatable amenities.
  • After the gorilla trek, activities around the lodge-like Rwanda cultural tales, music, and dance will impress your travel lust.
  • Covid-19 travel checks and verification may interfere with your travel excitement; please adhere to what is requested of you for your own safety.

Know before you go

  • The Rwanda Safari Gorillas & Chimps Vacation is physically demanding, which means you’ll hike moderately steep slopes searching for the mountain giants and high altitudes between 2400 and 4507 meters. There are strict rules to going in these places and meeting the gorillas, and you’ll be escorted by a tracker, rangers, and a guide with a group of seven other trekking travelers. Read the complete Guide to Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda.
  • The Vehicle that transfers you from and to the gorilla sanctuary can only carry up to 6 people, with strict Covid-19 guidelines to keep you and our Rwanda safari team protected from the scourge.

Safari Includes

  • Local guide
  • Gorilla & Chimps Permit ($1600)
  • Food and drinks
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers in 4×4
  • Covid-19 Tests
  • English guide
  • Gratuities & tips
  • All activities
  • Visa & travel insurance

General FAQs

  • You can reschedule this trip as a private tour to any date up to 12 months at no cost.
  • A 30% deposit of the total tour price will be required to secure a booking, the balance being due 45 days before the tour departure date.
  • Bookings not secured by the appropriate deposit will be released.
  • Cancellation between 90 and 45 days of tour departure will incur a 20% of tour price penalty charge. Confirmed bookings cancelled within 45 days of the tour departure date or no show will incur 100% of tour price penalty charge.
  • Availability of accommodation and activities is not guaranteed; reservations will be made after receiving confirmation of the final itinerary and the payment of the requested deposit. Should any of the quoted accommodations not be available, we reserve the right to substitute it with an alternative suitable option, which might affect the final quoted price.
  • All clients who participate in this tour must be adequately covered by medical insurance as well as travel insurance to protect them in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Rates specified for this tour are subject to change without notice, however, every effort will be made to maintain them. In the event of any change of Government taxes or operating conditions that affect the rates we reserve the right to pass on these charges.

(different and separate from the tour cancellation policy)

Gorilla and Chimpanzee Permits will be guaranteed ONLY upon receipt of the deposit (US$1700 for both permits per person) since we need to immediately pay UDB Offices in order to secure the permits.

Cancellations received on full payment:

  • More than 90 days before the tracking date, 25% cancellation fee
  • 89 to 46 days before the tracking date, 50% cancellation fee
  • 45 to 9 days before the tracking date, 75% cancellation fee
  • 8 to 0 days before the tracking date, 100% cancellation fee

Important: the minimum age required for gorilla tracking is 15 years whereas for the chimps the minimum age required is 12 years; in case of flu or of any other airborne disease the visitor will be not allowed to meet with the gorillas or the chimps.

Hotel des Mille Collines
Hotel des Mille Collines

Hotel des Mille Collines (luxury)

Days 1, Kigali City

Inspired by Rwanda’s unforgettable geographical terrain, the hotel derives its name from its motherland known as the “land of a thousand hills.” Inaugurated in 1973 as the premier grand hotel of the country and becoming a shelter to, a light of hope in the darkness for a terrified crowd of up to 2,000 people who were saved by the hotel opening its doors in 1994 during the Genocide against the Tutsi. Located in Kigali’s central business district, the hotel allows you to enjoy the breathtaking views over the hills of Kigali while indulging in culinary delights from casual to fine dining, international cuisine to local signature dishes!

Nyungwe Forest Lodge
Rwanda Safari Gorillas & Chimps Vacation

Nyungwe Forest Lodge (luxury)

Day 2&3: Nyungwe Forest

Set on the edge of Nyungwe Forest amidst the stunning tea lawns, Nyungwe Forest lodge shows off it’s jungle luxury in style. All rooms have the greatest view of the forest and are complimented with amenities that celebrate your impressive choice of travel. This is a perfect Rwanda safari lodge for tracking the chimpanzee troops in the nearby jungle.

one only gorilla's nest rwanda - best lodges for gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Uganda
one only gorillas nest rwanda
one only gorillas nest rwanda

One&Only Gorilla’s Nest (Luxury)

Day 4&5: Volcanoes National Park

One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, located in the foothills of the Virunga Volcano Range in Rwanda, has been included on Condé Nast Traveller’s Hot List 2020. This is the definitive list of the best new hotels in the world, as chosen by Conde Nast Traveller’s expert team of writers and editors across the globe.

From the moment you arrive, fragrant fauna and flora greet you. A hidden garden atop the volcanic mountains where a world of roses and eucalyptus trees grow all year round in the fertile Rwandan soil.

Individual free-standing lodges and suites sit suspended over sprawling gardens at eye level with the tall eucalyptus trees and volcanic surroundings. Feel the call of the trees from your secluded sanctuary where binoculars, a library of books and local Imigongo art await.

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1: Arrival, Kigali City

Arrive at Kigali International Airport; after processing your visa, you’ll follow Rwanda entry guidelines and verify your Covid negative test. With your private Rwanda Safari Gorillas & Chimps Vacation driver, you’ll then transfer to your hotel in Kigali.

Meet and greet by your private tour driver/guide, and after a briefing session, drive through the Kigali capital and catch the city’s cultural display before you check into your hotel in Kigali.

Depending on your arrival time, enjoy a Kigali city tour, visit the genocide memorial site and art and craft center or relax at your hotel and nurse that jet-lagYou’llll is heading into the jungle side the next day.

Accommodation and meals
Hotel des Mille Collins, Dinner


Day 2: Road Trip to Nyungwe Forest NP (5 Hours)

Wake up the African sounds of Kigali city and have your breakfast; your private driver will be waiting to take you through Rwanda’s most beautiful countryside dotted with calming nature scenery and color.

This part of the tailored Rwanda Safari Gorillas & Chimps Vacation is a 5-hour lazy drive that will see you take stops at local markets the traditional palace in Nyanza and continue to Butare, visit the Botanical Gardens and the cultural museum. Pass through stunning green fields of tea scattered across the hillsides and the tiny unique wooden houses surrounding Nyungwe Forest just before you arrive at the lodge and check-in.

For the rest of the day, make yourself comfortable with nature’s ambiance around the lodge, chill out in the lounge and meet new people.

Accommodation and meals
Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and drinking water


Day 3: Chimpanzee Tracking in Nyungwe Forest

Have an early breakfast and transfer to the park headquarters for a briefing on the chimpanzee tracking activity. Escorted by a park ranger and a guide, get onto the jungle trails to another rainforest experience. In a short while, you’ll find your designated chimpanzee troop, which you’ll follow and stick with for the next one hour.

The chimpanzee bands keep moving, making noise, grooming, stopping for snack or nap, and your challenge is to keep up with them with the guidance of the park guide.

After your unforgettable experience with the chimpanzees in their nature setup, you’ll take an aerial view of Nyungwe forest and beyond on the 160 meters (525 ft) high canopy walkway. According to the latest report by Lonely Planet, the Nyungwe canopy is the best forest canopy walkway for forest adventures in Africa.

Suspend your emotions and let loose, shout at the top of your voice and free yourself, spread your arms and your eyes as far as you can see, and re-invent your emotional self: this is the place you want to be.

Return to the lodge for the rest of the evening.

Accommodation and meals
Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and drinking water


Day 4: Nature Walk in Nyungwe Forest Jungle

While chimps tend to garner most of the spotlight here, this part of the Rwanda safari gives you the simple pleasure of hiking along well-maintained trails over the lush, green valleys of the equatorial rainforest—just what you need after the Covid pandemic forced staycation.

You’ll find that quite simply, Nyungwe Forest National Park is Rwanda’s most important area of biodiversity. In these jungles are no fewer than 1000 plant species, 13 species of primates, 75 species of other African mammals, at least 275 species of birds, and an astounding 120 species of butterflies. It has been rated the highest priority for forest conservation in Africa, and its protected area covers one of the oldest rainforests in Africa. Despite its vast biodiversity, Nyungwe is little known outside of East Africa.

In the middle of the forest, you’ll set up a picnic lunch and take in the friendly service of this beautiful African jungle. Later return to the lodge, check out and set off northwards to Volcanoes National Park, where you’ll take on your next jungle experience to find the mountain gorillaIt’llll take about 5 hours +/- to get there.

Accommodation and meals
One&OnlGorilla’s’sOne&OnlGorilla’s’s Nest (Luxury); Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and drinking water


Day 5: Gorilla Tracking Experience in Volcanoes NP

With an early breakfast, drive to the park headquarters for gorilla briefing (45 minutes). The gorilla trekking experience in Volcanoes National Park is a major highlight on the Rwanda Safari Gorillas & Chimps Vacation in these jungles, so take a breath, collect all your intrinsic emotions and excitement and get ready to be wowed. Make sure your expectations are floating; you wouldn’t want to drown in too much of less or more than we bargained for.

When venturing into this gigantic forest, a packed lunch, comfortable clothes, shoes, and a walking stick is a must before. The time spent gorilla tracking is unpredictable; it varies from 2-8 hours before an encounter with the family of these gentle creatures. The location of each gorilla family depends on temperature, their feeding range, and movement of the previous day with the trackers ahead of your tracking group. Strict guidelines will be issued at the trailhead briefing point; make sure you remember the most important ones.

Enjoy one hour with the gorillas (the only time allowed in the company of each gorilla family a day). Watch and capture this memorable experience as they go about their day-to-day activities; the young ones playing around the old ones, feeding each other, and eating foliage. The sight of these extraordinary creatures is the climax of this entire safari. Later retire for an overnight at the lodge.

Accommodation and meals
One&Only Gorilla’s Nest (Luxury); Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, and drinking water


Day 6: Kigali – End of Trip

After breakfast, lazily checkout and drive to Kigali, taking in the vibrant views of Rwanda’s countryside. The ride can take approximately 3 hours.

No Accommodation
Breakfast, Lunch, and drinking water.

Private/Tailor-made Safaris

What is a tailor-made safari?: A Tailor-made safari or private safari is a vacation trip in Africa that is crafted around the traveller’s preferences—likes, expectations, recommendations and travel style—with the guidance of an expert safari consultant. The trips listed above can all be customized to each individual for a perfect safari holiday.

With a wide range of experiences, attractions and great expectations to choose from, putting together a perfect Africa safari vacation can be a daunting task, especially when it’s your first time visiting Africa. And buying a pre-planned Africa safari package may not cut it.

Nkuringo Safaris consultants will listen and learn about your dream of Africa, what type of traveller you are, what moves your emotions, makes you smile and what lasting memories you expect. We’ll then—with you—craft an Africa safari holiday, take care of all the ground handling and take you to your dream with little or no hustle on your part.