5-Day Gorilla Trekking and Chimpanzee Trekking

From $2,900 (USD)

Rates are per person and based on 2 people sharing 1 room

Excluding international flights (from/to your home country)

Gorilla Trekking & Chimpanzee Trekking Safari Overview

This tour starts and ends in Kigali. The tour takes visits to Nyungwe, a huge afro-montane forest. Nyungwe is the undisputed giant in Central Africa. Visit some cultural sites en route– the Museum in Butare and the palace at Nyanza. Visit Parc National des Volcans where about 300 mountain gorillas live. You can track gorillas, climb the Visoke volcano, track the golden monkeys or visit the Karisoke Research Center, which Dian Fossey the famous primatologist set up, or visit local villages.

Tour summary

  • You'll go to Rwanda 
  • This tour starts and ends in Kigali (Rwanda) 
  • You'll visit Nyungwe Forest NP, Kigali (City), Volcanoes National Park & Kigali Airport
  • Activities: gorilla trekking & chimpanzee tracking
  • Getting around: pop-up roof 4x4 vehicle
  • A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for extra cost

Accommodation & Meals (If fully booked, a comparable accommodation will be suggested)

Day 1-2: Nyungwe Forest Lodge Luxury lodge located inside Nyungwe Forest NP (All meals included)

Day 3: Mountain View Lodge Luxury lodge located in or near Kigali (All meals included)

Day 4: Mountain View Lodge Luxury lodge bordering Volcanoes NP without fences (All meals included)

Day 5: End of tour (no accommodation)Breakfast & lunch included

Day by Day

Arrival

  • You'll be collected from the airport (or hotel).
  • Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for extra cost.

Day 1: Arrival and Transfer To Nyungwe

Arrive at Kanombe ( Kigali) airport. Meet, greet and 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. Drive past green fields of tea scattered across the hillsides and the small wooden houses unique to the areas surrounding Nyungwe Forest. [Approximate.

  • Main destination: Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • Accommodation: Nyungwe Forest Lodge Luxury lodge located inside Nyungwe Forest NP
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2: Natural walk in Nyungwe Forest

Guided nature walk in the forest to see a variety of animals and some of the three hundred bird species found here, which include the Rwenzori turaco and black and white casqued hornbill. Go on an escorted walk in search of large groups of colobus monkeys – sometimes as many as 400 in a group. OR go chimp tracking. Picnic lunch. Return late afternoon.

Day 3: Back to Kigali

After Breakfast transfer back to Kigali. Along the way, in Butare, visit the Botanical Gardens and a cultural museum. Arrive Kigali City in time for lunch. Afterwards drive north to Kinigi via Ruhengeri. Enjoy the rolling hills for which Rwanda is well known.

  • Main destination: Kigali
  • Accommodation: Mountain View Lodge Luxury lodge located in or near Kigali
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

 

Day 4: Transfer to Kinigi

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.

Day 5: Gorilla Trekking, Parc National des Volcans

Have breakfast and go to Park offices for briefing after that set off in the forest for Gorilla trekking. A thrilling trek through the refined foothills of the Virungas provides inspiring views in all directions. Then, suddenly, the trail enters the national park, engrossing trekkers in the strange closeness of the rainforest, alive with the calls of colorful birds and chattering of the rare golden monkey, and besieged with fresh spoor of the mountains’ elusive populations of buffalo and elephant. Through gaps in the forest canopy, the marvelous peaks are sighted, easily easy to get to and among the uppermost in Africa, indicating an ascent. Gorilla trekking is quite strenuous but a worthwhile on encounter of these gentle giants. Spend time watching gorillas, watch the adults feeding their young ones, brushing and resting as the youngsters play from vines in a pleasurably playful display.

  • Main destination: Kigali International Airport
  • Accommodation: End of tour (no accommodation)
  • Meals & drinks: Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

End of tour

  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for extra cost.
  • You'll be dropped off at the airport (or hotel).

Included

  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • Gorilla permits (one per person, non-resident)
  • Chimp permits (one per person, non-resident)
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water (on all days)

Excluded

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees