5 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda to Volcanoes and Nyungwe Forest National Parks

Rwanda Gorilla Tours

Wildlife, Chimpanzee Trekking Safaris in Rwanda

Game Parks in Rwanda

 

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5 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda to Volcanoes and Nyungwe Forest National Parks features two main Primate destinations of Rwanda. The Volcanoes National Park in the north west of the country protects the Rwandan side of the Virunga massif where the count of 480 mountain gorillas thrive along with other species like the golden monkeys, over 178 species of which 13 Species and 16 sub species are restricted in range to the Virunga and Rwenzori mountains. The Safari also takes you to Nyungwe Forest National Park which the country’s largest montane forest featuring 13 primate species including common Chimpanzees and the largest grouping of colobus monkeys in Africa over 400. The park has mature trees with verdant flora with a canopy that has inspired the set up of a canopy walkway which is the first of its stature in East Africa and the third in Africa. The 5 Days Safari incorporates heritage tour to the Royal Palace at Nyanza and Ethnographic Museum at Butare to offer you an insight into the Kinyarwanda traditions.

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Safari Highlight of the 5 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda to Volcanoes and Nyungwe Forest National Parks

Day 1 of the 5 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda to Volcanoes and Nyungwe Forest National Parks: Arrive in Rwanda (Kigali International Airport) & transfer to Ruhengeri – Volcanoes National Park

Day 2 of the 5 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda to Volcanoes and Nyungwe Forest National Parks: Do gorilla trekking and transfer to Gisenyi (Lake Kivu)

Day 3 of the 5 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda to Volcanoes and Nyungwe Forest National Parks: Drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park driving along the Congo – Nile divide trail

Day 4 of the 5 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda to Volcanoes and Nyungwe Forest National Parks: Do Chimpanzee trekking and afternoon Nyungwe Canopy walk

Day 5 of the 5 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda to Volcanoes and Nyungwe Forest National Parks: Transfer back to Kigali, make a stop en route to visit the Royal Palace & the ethnographic Museum

Detailed Itinerary of the 5 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda to Volcanoes and Nyungwe Forest National Parks

Day 1 of the 5 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda to Volcanoes and Nyungwe Forest National Parks: Arrive in Rwanda (Kigali International Airport) & transfer to Ruhengeri – Volcanoes National Park

Arrive in Rwanda at her main entry point Kigali International Airport where you are welcomed by the company representative who will brief you about the country and the safari in particular before embarking on the transfer to Ruhengeri where the Rwanda gorilla safari haven of Volcanoes National Park is located 116km about 2 – 3 hours’ drive arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Mount Gorilla View Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Hotel La Palme

Budget / Basic: Muhabura Hotel

Camping

Day 2 of the 5 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda to Volcanoes and Nyungwe Forest National Parks: Do gorilla trekking and transfer to Gisenyi (Lake Kivu)

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After our breakfast, start your Rwanda gorilla tracking safari by driving to the headquarters for briefing by park officials at 8am and after enter into the jungle to search for the shy mountain endangered gorillas in Rwanda. Requirements like firm walking shoes, hut, insect repellent, sun screen, rain gears, packed lunch and bottled water are a must plus other tools that one may need once in the tropical rain forest. The gorilla trekking experience in Volcanoes is beyond gorilla alone. The sights of the Volcanic Mountains that stretch from Congo through Rwanda to Uganda, the verdant green vegetation that shelter their slopes, the counts of birds along with fauna like duikers and buffaloes combine to generate lasting safari memories.  The gorilla trekking activity tends to last from 2 to 8 hours or more depending on the day’s gorilla movement. The one hour of direct encounter with the gorillas brings you closer to these ancient apes, look into their eyes, their gigantic structure that makes them most powerful of all apes and see them forage and play before retreating to the starting point and connect to Gisenyi 110km about 2 hours’ drive arriving in the afternoon. The Gisenyi beaches offer a remarkable evening experience like swimming, beach sports and boat cruise among others. Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

Midrange / Standard: Hotel Gorillas Lake Kivu

Budget / Basic: Paladise Malahide

Resort Camping

Day 3 of the 5 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda to Volcanoes and Nyungwe Forest National Parks: Drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park driving along the Congo – Nile divide trail 

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park 294km about 7 – 8 hours’ drive driving along the Congo Nile divide with magical sceneries of the water catchment area for these two prominent rivers arising from the heart of Africa. The views of Lake Kivu and the resort towns of Gisenyi, Kibuye and Cyangungu before arriving in Nyungwe make the drive very rewarding. Arrive in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Upmarket / Luxury: Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel

Budget / Basic: Gisakura Guesthouse

Wild Camping

Day 4 of the 5 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda to Volcanoes and Nyungwe Forest National Parks: Do Chimpanzee trekking and afternoon Nyungwe Canopy walk

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After breakfast, connect to the Park headquarters for briefing at 8am local time before heading to the forest in search of common Chimpanzees. The forest of Nyungwe is considered as the largest montane forest in the region and is a rich habitat to 310 Species of birds, over 75 mammal Species, 13 Species of Primates of which common Chimpanzees are among along with counts of butterflies, impressive trees and beautiful orchids. The chimp trek tend to last 2 – 5 hours inclusive of one hour direct encounter with the chimps  as you see them munch fruit, roll themselves on tree branches, socialize, patrol, copulate among other interesting aspects that will lure you to make full utilization of your Camera space. Retreat from the activity and connect to the lodge for relaxation an lunch. In the afternoon, you connect at Uwinka Visitor Center to embark on the afternoon Nyungwe canopy walk. The two hour walk on top of the forest canopy offers you impressive views of the forest and the species that thrive in it including primates and birds. Retreat from the activity and connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation
Upmarket / Luxury: Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Midrange / Standard: Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel

Budget / Basic: Gisakura Guesthouse

Wild Camping

Day 5 of the 5 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda to Volcanoes and Nyungwe Forest National Parks: Transfer back to Kigali, make a stop en route to visit the Royal Palace & the ethnographic Museum

After breakfast, embark on the transfer back to Kigali driving 268km about 6 hours’ drive. A stop will be made in Butare in the south of Rwanda to visit the Ethnographic Museum which is the largest Museum in Rwanda with over 100,000 artifacts that bring out the history and traditions of Rwanda in detail. After this encounter, you embark on the tour to the Nyanza palace which is a Royal home to the two Kings of Rwanda namely King Musinga and his successor King Rudahigwa. The impressively build Kinyarwanda hut whose architecture dates back to the times of these Kings. There are also the traditional Inyambo Cows with their beautiful horns and can make a considerable parade. Retreat from the activities in Butare and embark on the transfer to Kigali City arriving in the late afternoon, refreshing and check in for your night flight

End of the 5 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda to Volcanoes and Nyungwe Forest National Parks

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4X4 Safari Vans For Hire In Uganda Rwanda

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Looking for 4X4 Safari Vans for hire in Uganda, Prime Uganda Safaris is available to your service. We have customized safari vans that have 4 wheel drive and have demonstrated the capacity to access distant Uganda Safari destinations and across borders such as Rwanda.

4X4 Minivan|Coaster|Mini Buses For Hire in Uganda Rwanda

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We have minivans for hire to groups of eight up to twelve. Make sure to find the class to suit your large group.In this Category, we have 4X 4 Safari Mini bus with capacity ranging from 6 seater to 14 seater and they’ve got a pop up roof for game viewing purposes. These have got diesel powered engines and come with a driver guide but excluding fuel.( Terms and conditions apply)……

General Safari Inclusions

  • Gorilla Permit (for gorilla trekking safaris)
  • Chimpanzee Permit (for chimpanzee trekking safaris)
  • Full Board Accommodation on Safari
  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
  • Entrance fees to the tourist sites including Protected areas mentioned
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • Border crossing fees (for cross border safaris)

General Safari Exclusions

  • General tips for the driver guide, site guides and service staff at the lodges
  • Laundry Services
  • Other Beverages / drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
  • International Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
  • Visas
  • Optional Activity fees
  • Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)
  • Accommodation in Kampala or Kigali unless it is part of the Itinerary (Arranged on request)

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