This Rwanda Gorilla Trekking and Chimpanzee Tracking Safari takes visits Nyungwe,in South West of Rwanda, a huge afro-montane forest. With over 10000sq.km in size, Nyungwe is the undisputed giant in Central Africa. The natural forest is renowned for its large troops of colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, butterflies and a rich variety of orchids. Over 300 bird species have been recorded. Visit some cultural sites en route – the Museum in Butare and the palace at Nyanza.
Visit Parc National des Volcans (PNV) in the north of Rwanda where about 300 mountain gorillas live. There are five habituated gorilla families Amahoro A, Amahoro B, “Group 13”, Sabinyo, Umubano and Susa – each of the groups allows up to 8 participants per day. You can track gorillas, climb the Visoke volcano, track the golden monkeys or visit the Karisoke Research Centre, which Dian Fossey the famous primatologist set up, or visit local villages.
Rwanda Gorilla Trekking and Chimpanzee Tracking Safari
DAY 1: Arrival
Arrive at Kanombe (Kigali) airport. Meet and greet before transferring to Kigali City. Overnight and meals at Kigali Serena Hotel (High end facility) or Hotel Chez Lando (Mid Lodge facility) or Civitas Hotel (Budget facility) (L-D)
DAY 2: Nyungwe Forest Tour
Start for Nyungwe Forest National Park. Along the way, make stops at places of interest including local markets, the traditional palace of Rwanda’s Former King in Nyanza. In Butare, visit the Botanical Gardens and a cultural museum. Lunch. Drive past green fields of tea scattered across the hillsides and the small wooden houses unique to the areas surrounding Nyungwe Forest. [Approximate driving time: 5 hours]
Overnight and dinner and Nyungwe Safari Lodge (High end), Peace Guest House (Mid Lodge facility) or Gisakura Guest House (Budget facility Meal plan (FB)
DAY 3: Nyungwe Forest Tour
Go chimp tracking in the forest to see a variety of wildlife and some of the three hundred bird species found here, which include the Rwenzori turaco and black and white casqued hornbill. Lunch. Return late afternoon. Overnight and dinner and Nyungwe Safari Lodge (High end), Peace Guest House (Mid Lodge facility) or Gisakura Guest House (Budget facility Meal plan (FB)
DAY 4: Nyungwe Forest to Parc National des Volcans
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. [Approximate driving time: 6 hours] Overnight and dinner at Gorilla Nest Lodge (High end facility), Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge (Mid Lodge facility) or Kinigi Guest House (Budget facility) (B-L-D)
DAY 5: Parc National des Volcans
Transfer to Kinigi Park Headquarters to track gorillas in Parc National des Volcans. Gorilla tracking through the forest, hills and swamps can be tough, arduous and tiring, sometimes taking up to 8 hours in the forest. But coming face to face with the great primates is well worth the effort.
Overnight and dinner at Gorilla Nest Lodge (High end facility), Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge (Mid Lodge facility) or Kinigi Guest House (Budget facility) (B-L-D)
DAY 6: Parc National des Volcans – Kigali
Track the golden monkeys. Alternatively for those who are not up to it, simply relax at Camp. Return to Kigali. Overnight and meals at Kigali Serena Hotel (High end facility) or Hotel Chez Lando (Mid Lodge facility) or Civitas Hotel (Budget facility) (B-L-D)
DAY 7: Return and Departure
Time permitting; go for a tour of the city. This includes a visit to a genocide memorial. Traditional crafts can be bought. Transfer to airport for your flight. [Approximate driving time: 30mins]. End of service
The Rwanda Gorilla Trekking and Chimpanzee Tracking Safari package includes:
Accommodation on full board FB
Transportation 4×4 land cruiser
1 Litter of Mineral water per person per day
Service of English speaking driver guide
Cultural visit Butare
Golden monkey permit
Service of airport representative.
One gorilla and chimp permit
AMREF Emergency Evacuation Medical Insurance
Price does not include:
Flights, Drinks Visa, travel insurance
Laundry, internet, Tips& all personal expenses