5 Days Gorillas And Chimpanzee Tracking
Rwanda Primates safari includes chimpanzee tracking, Gorilla trekking and other attractions. This safari starts and ends in Kigali. We begin with Parc National des Volcans for gorilla trekking as well as Nyungwe Forest National Park for chimpanzee tracking and lastly return to Kigali.
Day 1: Arrival in Kigali.
Upon arrival at Kanombe airport in Kigali, our guide will be glad to welcome you to Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills. You will surely appreciate the natural beauty of the country along with its calm environment. Our guide will drive you to your desired hotel and check in, these range from luxury, moderate and budget accommodation. Whichever you choose, you will have a comfortable stay with beautiful scenery of the area. Have dinner and rest.
Luxury Accommodation: Serena Hotel/Manor Hotel
Moderate Accommodation: Chez Lando Hostel
Day 2: Transfer to Nyungwe forest national park.
Have a lovely breakfast and drive off to Nyungwe National Park. The journey is quite interesting as you will see beautiful sceneries surrounding the area. Our guide will drive slowly to enable you enjoy your safari and capture the best pictures. You will definitely make stopovers and the first one will be at Butare National Museum, Malaba coffee factory, Nyanza (Rukali) and other adventurous areas. We arrive late and check in to our desired lodges, these have beautiful views overlooking the park. Have dinner and prepare for the great day tomorrow of tracking the chimpanzees.
Luxury Accommodation:Nyungwe Forest Lodge
Moderate Accommodation:Nyungwe Top View Hotel
Budget Accommodation: Gisakura Guest House.
Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking /Canopy walk/nature walk/birding.
Wake up early morning and have breakfast. Proceed to Nyungwe forest for chimpanzee tracking with the help of the rangers. The rangers know the best spots where you can easily track the chimpanzees. As you hike through the forest, you will come across other primates like monkeys, these will excite you as you get closer to the chimpanzees. Birds will be all over and for birdwatchers, this is the best place to be. Getting a chance to see these chimpanzees is breathtaking, you will see them play, rest and others feeding. You are allowed to take as many pictures as you can as long as you observe silence. After a wonderful time with the chimpanzees, you return for lunch and rest. In the afternoon, you go for a forest canopy walk or nature walk to see the twin lakes. You will spot different species of birds. Have dinner and rest.
Day 4: Transfer from Nyungwe to Volcanoes National park.
Early morning have a beautiful breakfast and drive off to Volcanoes National Park. As you enjoy the ride, you will clearly see Lake Kivu and take pictures of the beautiful area. Have lunch en route and continue with our interesting drive. We arrive late and check in to our desired lodges, these range from luxury, moderate and budget accommodation. All these accommodations offer a magnificent view of the park. Have dinner and rest.
Luxury Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
Moderate Accommodation: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge
Budget Accommodation: Muhabura Hotel
Day 5: Gorilla trekking adventure and transfer back to Kigali.
Have an exquisite breakfast and go to the park headquarters at Kinigi for briefing about gorillas and meeting with the rangers. Hiking through the jungle will be amazing, but some level of physical fitness is required as you track the gorillas. The activity takes about 2 to 6 hours. Getting a chance to come face to face with the gorillas is adventurous; these are seen in groups as they do their daily routine work; mothers feeding their young ones, playing, resting as well as feeding. You must keep a distance as you watch them. As you take pictures, remember to remove the flash light because it distracts them. You spend only one hour in the presence of the gorillas. After a memorable day with the gorillas, return to the headquarters and drive back to Kigali and if you have a flight, proceed to the airport.