Tour overview

Rwanda Gorilla And Chimp Trekking Safari

Reserve the 5 days Rwanda gorilla and chimp trekking safari and strike your imaginations with the two great apes; the endangered mountain gorillas in the pristine jungles of Volcanoes National Park and chimpanzees in Nyungwe National Park. By far, this is an exceptional primate package set for you to explore and experience what Rwanda has to offer the world when it comes to great apes and other iconic tourist attractions. It also covers canopy walk in Nyungwe National Park, Kigali city tour and cultural exploration in Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village. You will start and end your safari in Kigali.

Things to expect on 5 days Rwanda gorilla and chimpanzee trekking safari

  • Magical encounter with both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees
  • Canopy walk
  • Visit to Kings palace
  • Cultural tour in Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village
  • Kigali city tour

Brief itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Kigali to Nyungwe Forest National Park

Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking and canopy walk in Nyungwe National Park

Day 3: Leave Nyungwe for Volcanoes National Park

Day 4: Gorilla trekking and cultural tour in Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village

Day 5: Golden monkey tracking and return Kigali

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Kigali to Nyungwe Forest National Park

Your day will start with tasty cup of Rwanda tea or coffee at your respective and later, you will embark on a 4 to 6 hours’ drive to Nyungwe National Park in the southern part of the country. This will depend on speed of your driver and condition of the car as well as the number of stopovers. Most importantly, you will make a stopover at Nyanza which gives you a chance to explore the Kings palace or at Huye for you to pay a visit to ethnographic museum. You will have lunch and later, continue to Nyungwe National Park.
Journey: 6 hours
Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation
Luxury: Nyungwe Forest Lodge
Mid range: Nyungwe Top View Lodge
Basic: Gisakura Guesthouse

Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking and canopy walk in Nyungwe National Park

You will be expected at Uwinka trailhead by 7:00am for briefing on the set safety measures to be followed while you are on chimpanzee trek. After, you will be accompanied by an experienced park ranger guide on your primate adventure to look out for chimpanzees which may take you 3 to 4 hours which also covers the one hour of magical encounter. However, you will also have astonishing encounters at other primate species including the red colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, olive baboons, Angolan monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys as well as variety of forest bird dwellers. Later, you will get back to the lodge where you will have lunch then in the afternoon, you will sum up the day with canopy walk which will reward you with sights at distinct bird species, primates and not to forget the breathtaking the rainforest.
Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation
Luxury: Nyungwe Forest Lodge
Mid range: Nyungwe Top View Lodge
Basic: Gisakura Guesthouse

Day 3: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

You will begin your on 5 to 7 hours road trip to Volcanoes National Park which is in the northern province of Rwanda after breakfast.
Travel time: 5-7 hours
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation
Luxury: Mount Gorilla View Lodge/Bisate Lodge
Midrange: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge/Da Vinci Lodge
Budget: Garden Palace Hotel/Kinigi Guesthouse

Day 4: Gorilla trekking and cultural tour in Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village

Since this is your long awaited day, you will be expected to get up as early as possible to prepare and have breakfast. By 7:00am, you will be expected to join other clients for briefing on the set trekking guidelines. It is today that you will be assigned to one gorilla group to trek in a group of 8 visitors and Volcanoes National Park comprises of habituated families such as Susa A, Ugenda, Bwenge, Kwitonda, Hirwa, Sabyinyo, Umubano, Group 13 and Amahoro. In most cases, this primate adventure covers 2-6 hours with only an hour given to you to strike your imaginations with these dramatic creatures. However, the length of your trek may depend on the number of factors including your speed of hiking, location of gorillas and nature of habitat.
After photography and magical encounter with these massive creatures, you will get back to the lodge to enjoy lunch then in the afternoon; you will pay a visit to Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village to interact with the locals.
Accommodation options at Volcanoes National Park
Mount Gorilla View Lodge/Bisate Lodge (Luxury)
Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge/Da Vinci Lodge (Midrange)
Garden Palace Hotel/Kinigi Guesthouse (Budget)

Day 5: Golden monkey tracking to Kigali

You will enjoy breakfast at your respective lodge and after, you will gather at Kinigi park offices for briefing on the rules and regulations for golden monkey trekking. This primate adventure gives you an hour to be with golden monkeys and after, you will return ready to embark on return road trip to Kigali where you will pay a visit to Kigali/Gisozi genocide site. Later, you will connect to a hotel or area of stay.
End of 5 days Rwanda gorilla and chimpanzee trekking safari

Included

  •  Cultural tour in Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village
  •  Ground transportation in 4x4 safari car
  •  Canopy walk
  •  Accommodation and meals
  •  Bottled water
  •  Services of an English-speaking driver guide
  •  All listed activities in the travel plan apart from optional ones
  •  Relevant government taxes

Not Included

  •  Gorilla trekking permit (each costs $1500 per person)
  •  Chimpanzee tracking permit
  •  Insurance
  •  Personal expenses such as cigarettes, Rwanda visa fees, telephone calls, laundry services, tips, optional activities, hotel fees in Kigali and others.