6-Day Chimpanzee trekking & Gorilla trekking in Rwanda

From $4,446 (USD)

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

Excluding international flights (from/to your home country)

Chimpanzee & gorilla trekking safari overview

Six day Rwanda safari with gorillas and Chimps tracking safari offers you the opportunity to trek mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park and also over 12 other primates in Nyungwe National Park. Having a chance to see some of the last remaining 700 mountain gorillas in the world is a wonderful experience. Nyungwe is the largest montane forest in Central Africa with 13 species of primates; these include chimpanzee and large groups of Rwenzori colobus monkeys.

Tour summary

You'll go to Rwanda 

This tour starts and ends in Kigali (Rwanda)

You'll visit Kigali (City), Huye (City), Nyungwe Forest NP & Kinigi (Town)

Activities: game drives, gorilla trekking & nature hikes/walks

Game drives: normal 4x4 vehicle & minivan

Getting around: minivan & normal 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: Hotels Des Mille Collins Mid-range hotel located in or near Kigali (Lunch & dinner included)

Day 2: Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel Mid-range hotel located in or near Huye (All meals included)

Day 3: Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel Mid-range hotel bordering Nyungwe Forest NP without fences (All meals included)

Day 4: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge Mid-range lodge located in or near Kinigi (All meals included)

Day 5: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge Mid-range lodge bordering Nyungwe Forest NP without fences (All meals included)

Day 6: 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: Kigali Airport - Kigali Town

Meet and greet at the Airport by your driver guide, who will later transfer you to your accommodation in Kigali.

Spanning several ridges and valleys, Kigali, with its lush hillsides, flowering trees, winding boulevards and bustling streets, is arguably one of the most attractive capital cities in Africa, as well as one of the cleanest and safest.

 

Hotel accommodation of your choice (L-D).

  • Main destination: Kigali
  • Accommodation: Hotels Des Mille Collins Mid-range hotel located in or near Kigali
  • Meals & drinks: Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included)Non-alcoholic drinks

Day 2: Kigali - Nyungwe

After breakfast you will depart for Butare the second largest city of Rwanda and is regarded as the intellectual city of Rwanda. It hosts the National Museum, several academic (University) and research institutions.

On your way to Butare you will visit Nyanza (currently Nyabisindu) the former Mwami’s palace (King’s palace) and the seat of the feudal monarchy. The palace has been reconstructed to its 19th century state and shows a traditional dome that can be compared with the Kabaka’s palace of Buganda.

You will visit the National Museum which is one the well set-up if not the finest ethnographic museum of East Africa. It’s a good source of information on the cultural history of Rwanda and the region.

  • Main destination: Butare
  • Accommodation: Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel Mid-range hotel located in or near Huye
  • Meals & drinks: All meals includedNon-alcoholic drinks

Day 3: Nyungwe Forest

Your day will start with an early breakfast and a briefing at Uwinka tourist information centre. Depending on your personal interests you will have a choice of different opportunities to explore the largest high altitude rainforest of East Africa! Of a particular interest are the large social groups of Angolan colobus (Colobus angolensis), which may be over 300 individuals. These are the largest troops of this species known in the world! Nyungwe forest counts 25% of the African Primates!

One of these groups is semi-habituated and we recommend to start your exploration with a guided primate walk in search of the Angolan colobus monkeys (black and white Colobus)! Rangers will tell you approximately where the group is located and the hiking times may vary as the group is travelling continuously looking for food. Be prepared to have a more strenuous hiking!

Alternatively when if the chimps are nearby we recommend to have a chimp tracking experience in Nyungwe!

  • Main destination: Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • Accommodation: Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel Mid-range hotel bordering Nyungwe Forest NP without fences
  • Meals & drinks: All meals includedNon-alcoholic drinks

Day 4: Kinigi

After breakfast you will be transferred to Volcanoes National Park. You will stop over in Huy, Butare fort for some shopping and have lunch in Kigali before heading to Kinigi where you will arrive in the late afternoon.

 

Overnight at a mid range lodge in Kinigi.

  • Main destination: Kinigi
  • Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge Mid-range lodge located in or near Kinigi
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included Non-alcoholic drinks

Day 5: Kinigi - Virunga Volcano's - Kigali

After breakfast, you will depart for the Headquarters of the Park where your driver-guide will accomplish the necessary formalities for you. You will meet your ranger guide(s) for a briefing about the greatest animal experience ever!

Your driver guide will drive you to the slopes of one of The Virunga volcanoes for your trekking. In the afternoon transfer to Kigali.

  • Main destination: Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge Mid-range lodge bordering Nyungwe Forest NP without fences
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included Non-alcoholic drinks

Day 6: Kigali

The half day Kigali city trip (option) includes a visit to the Genocide memorial centre at Gisozi, which takes a few hours. Its an emotional visit and important for one to realize what hardship Rwanda went through.

 

Transfer to Airport for departure.

  • Main destination: Kigali
  • 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)

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
  • Some meals (as specified in the day-by-day)
  • Drinks