5 Days Rwanda Chimpanzee And Gorilla Trekking Tour
The 5 days Rwanda chimpanzee and gorilla trekking safari takes you to Nyungwe Forest National Park and Volcanoes National Park. Nyungwe Forest National Park is situated in southwestern Rwanda and remarkably a home to 13 distinct primate species, 310 bird species and many floral species while Volcanoes National Park is located in northwestern Rwanda about 2-3 hours’ drive away from Kigali.
Volcanoes National Park spans up to 160sq.km and offers refuge to a section of mountain gorillas that today remain not more than 1004 in the world. Your 5 days Rwanda chimpanzee and gorilla trekking tour will commence and end in Kigali.
5 Days Rwanda Chimpanzee And Gorilla Trekking Tour inclusions
- Gorilla permit ($1500 per person per trek) and chimpanzee permit
- Transport in a 4WD
- Full time English speaking driver guide
- Accommodation and meals
- All activities in the itinerary
- Medical/personal insurance
- Visa fees
- Personal expenses like cigarettes, airfares, tips, souvenirs, accommodation and meals outside travel plan, extra activities and many more.
Detailed Itinerary for 5 Days Rwanda Chimpanzee And Gorilla Trekking Tour
Day 1: Drive from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park
After an early morning breakfast, head off to northwestern Rwanda to Volcanoes National Park which is about 2 to 3 hours’ drive from Kigali. En-route, get the best view of the rolling hills that make Rwanda a land of a thousand hills. Accommodation options: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Gorilla Nest Lodge/Bisate Lodge (Luxury), La Palme Hotel (Moderate) or Kinigi Guesthouse for budget visitors.
Day 2: Mountain gorilla trekking
Enjoy your breakfast at your preferred lodge and after, join other visitors at Volcanoes National Park headquarters in Kinigi to have briefing on the set guidelines on gorilla trekking. On this day, you will be allocated to one habituated gorilla group to track in a group of eight visitors and park ranger guide to take you through your primate exploration.
A trek to view mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park may last you 2 to 6 hours which also covers the 1 hour of a face to face encounter with these massive creatures, take their pictures and explore their behaviors and body gestures.
You will also come across other primates, birds, unique plants and trees to mention but a few. Accommodation options: at Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/Gorilla Nest Lodge/Bisate Lodge (Luxury), La Palme Hotel (Moderate) or Kinigi Guesthouse (Budget)
Day 3: Travel to Nyungwe Forest National Park
Start your day with a tasty cup of Rwanda tea or coffee and later, drive to southwestern side to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Arrive early enough and enjoy lunch at the lodge and in the afternoon, you have a guided nature walk in Nyungwe National Park that will reward you with astonishing sight at wildlife variety of birds, primates and many other wildlife species. Accommodation options: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury), Top Hill View Lodge (Moderate) or Gisakura Guesthouse (budget).
Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe National Park
Have breakfast early in the morning and after, head off to Nyungwe National Park headquarters to have briefing on the rules and regulations for chimpanzee tracking. A chimpanzee trek in Nyungwe National Park gets magical encounter not only at the chimpanzees but also other primates including silver monkeys, grey cheeked mangabeys, L’Hoest monkeys, owl faced monkeys, Rwenzori colobus monkeys and birds.
After, return to the lodge to enjoy lunch and in the afternoon you have guided nature walk or canopy walk which will get you best sight at many primates, birds and beautiful canopy of Nyungwe Forest. Accommodation options: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury), Top Hill View Lodge (Moderate) or Gisakura Guesthouse-budget.
Day 5: Drive back to Kigali
Check out from your respective lodge after breakfast ready to embark on a return journey to Kigali. You will take part in Kigali city tour where you will visit Kigali or Gisozi genocide site, local market and many other sites. After, proceed to a hotel or Kigali Airport to catch up with your flight back home and this marks the end of 5 days Rwanda chimpanzee and gorilla tour. End of safari