6 Days Rwanda Chimps & Gorillas

Places to Visit: Nyungwe Forest National Park, Rwanda

Tour Overview

This wonderful 6 Days Rwanda Chimps & Gorillas 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. This forest is found at a relatively high attitude with a rugged steep slope.

Then it continues to Parc National des Volcans, haven for the tender mountain gorillas. Appreciate the beauty of this gigantic tropical rain forest of Virunga.

End with a tour around Kigali; visit the Genocide memorial at Gisozi and the Rwanda National Museum.

Highlights:

  • Breath taking scenery
  • Gorilla tracking
  • Chimps viewing
  • Nature walk
  • Canopy walk
  • Kigali genocide memorial visit

The safari at a glance

  • Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Hotel – B, L, D
  • Day 2: Drive to Nyungwe Forest – B, L, D
  • Day 3: Chimps trekking – B, L, D
  • Day 4: Nyungwe Forest Nature walk – B, L
  • Day 5: Gorilla Tracking – B, L, D
  • Day 6: Transfer back to Kigali – B

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.

  • 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 Forest Lodge (B-L-D)

DAY 3: Chimps trekking

Have an early breakfast, transfer to the park headquarters for a briefing. With a park ranger enter the forest for Chimpanzee trekking. 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 either 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 Forest Lodge (B-L-D)

DAY 4: 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 Kigali or pass via Gisenyi to Ruhengeri. Drive north to Kinigi via Ruhengeri. Enjoy the rolling hills for which Rwanda is well known. This drive is about 6 hours.

  • Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (B-L-D)

DAY 5: Gorilla Tracking

With an early breakfast, drive to the park headquarters for gorilla briefing. When venturing into this gigantic forest, a packed lunch, comfortable clothes, shoes and a walking stick is a must before gorilla tracking. 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.

Enjoy this1 hour (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 outstanding creatures is the climax of this entire safari. Later retire for an overnight at the lodge.

  • Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (B-L-D)

DAY 6: Transfer back to Kigali

With an early breakfast, drive back to Kigali. Enjoy the Kigali Genocide memorial in Gisozi and the Rwanda National Museum visit, the time to be spent in these places depends on you departure flight.

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