Discover Rwanda’s mountain gorillas, golden monkeys and chimpanzees with our privately guided primate safari. Starting in Kigali, a dynamic city with bustling local markets, an atmospheric Muslim quarter, historic places of interest and excellent restaurants. Spend 3 nights in Parc National des Volcans, northern Rwanda, before proceeding to Nyungwe forest and later head back to Kigali, Rwanda’s capital and one of the safest and cleanest cities in Africa.
This package includes mountain gorilla trekking permits, chimpanzee permits, entrance fees and professional trackers. Probably the easiest way to trek mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in their natural habitat.
5 Days Gorilla & Chimpanzee Trekking Itinerary
Day 1: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park Rwanda
Meet and greet by our safari driver guide who will drive you around the amazing Kigali. There are African cities, noisy, bustling and glorious in their own right, and then there’s Kigali. Having not only survived its turbulent past, the capital has tremendously blossomed into one of Africa’s most cosmopolitan hot spots. Safe and clean, Kigali is remarkably picturesque, encompassed by emerald-green hills and sweeping valleys. After this incredible city tour, embark on a journey to Volcanoes national park, arriving in the evening for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in PNV
This is a day to experience highlights of Volcanoes national park. With a population of more than 400 mountain gorillas, Volcanoes National Park is undeniably one of the prime gorilla trekking destinations on earth. This adventure which begins on 8:00am after a short briefing is not an ordinary walk but involves strenuous hiking through areas of high altitude and thick vegetation hence the need to put on long sleeved shirt, strong waterproof trekking boots, long trousers, insect repellents, cotton socks and carry with you packed lunch and enough drinking water.
Day 3: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park Via Lake Kivu
After breakfast at the lodge, embark on the transfer to Nyungwe forest national park which is located in the southwestern part of Rwanda, the drive takes about 5 to 6 hours. The park is a home to up to 13 species of primates, including the endangered chimpanzees. Nyungwe forest is among the oldest forests in east and central Africa with a variety of tree species as well as birds. Have lunch en-route at the white sands of Lake Kivu; take optional boat excursions on the lake to visit different islands and fishermen in the middle of Lake Kivu, plus other interesting places around. Continue on the drive to Nyungwe for relaxation, dinner and an overnight stay at your lodge.
Day 4: Chimpanzee Trekking & Canopy Walk
Early morning breakfast and drive to Nyungwe park headquarters for a briefing with rangers in Gisakura at 8:00 am, and set off for chimpanzee tracking, which is a popular activity in Nyungwe Forest National Park. Chimpanzees are man’s closest relatives though they are among the endangered species in the world.
Other than chimpanzees, you will be able to sight other primates like black-and-white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, grey-cheeked Mangabey, L’Hoest monkeys, bush babies, pottos and numerous endemic bird species like the rumped tinker bird, the crowned eagle, little greenbul, yellow-spotted nectar, green breasted pitta, black bee-eater and large mammals like elephants can be viewed during the trek. In the afternoon, undertake another adventurous experience of Nyungwe forest canopy walk. This canopy walk avails amazing opportunities to view elusive birds, rare primates and other nocturnal species of the forest.
Day 5: Transfer to Kigali
Breakfast will be served early and a transfer to Kigali city will start shortly after. Upon arrival in Kigali, you will visit the Kigali genocide museum and the Kimironko market – one of the largest local markets in Africa. Have a delicious lunch at Hotel Rwanda (Hôtel des Mille Collines).
“Hotel Rwanda” became famous after 1,268 people took refuge inside the building during the horrible Rwandan Genocide of 1994. The story of the hotel and its manager at the time, Paul Rusesabagina, was later used as the basis of Terry George’s film Hotel Rwanda in 2004.
Transfer afterwards to the airport for your departure flight ending this 5 Days Rwanda gorillas and Nyungwe chimps Safari.