Rwanda Gorillas & Chimps Safari

6 Days | Rwanda Gorillas & Chimps Safari

This Rwanda Gorillas & Chimps Safari takes you gorilla trekking safari in Volcanoes national park and chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest national park. This offers you the best wildlife encounter of the closest relatives to human beings in the jungle. The Tour starts with an orientation about Rwanda’s Dark past but bright future in a kigali city.

Highlights

  • Pick up and Kigali City Tour
  • Transfer to Nyungwe Forest
  • Chimp trekking in Nyungwe forest – Kibuye City
  • Kibuye- Volcanoes national park
  • Volcanoes national park – Gorilla Tracking.
  • Golden monkey Tracking/ village experience and transfer to Kigali

Need To Know

Please note that this tour ( at the time of booking) The last day ( return transfer ) of this tour you have the freedom to choose between options; either to fly back from Bwindi or drive back on a road trip.

You might want to drive by road ( 4-5 hours) and depart from Kigali airport ( Rwanda). The choice is all yours. Please inform tour consultant at the time of booking your preferred the option.

At the time of booking in the event that the listed hotel is fully booked or room unavailable, we will do our best to inform you and book a similar hotel of the same class available.

Detailed Itinerary

Rwanda Gorillas & Chimps Safari

This Rwanda Gorillas & Chimps Safari takes you gorilla trekking safari in Volcanoes national park and chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest national park. This offers you the best wildlife encounter of the closest relatives to human beings in the jungle. The Tour starts with an orientation about Rwanda’s Dark past but bright future in a kigali city.

Upon your arrival at kigali airport, our driver guide will pick up and transfer you to Kigali for a city tour. You will tour various sites in the city such as the kigali convention centre, national Museum, presidential palace, and the kigali genocide memorial centre among others.

Luxury at: Kigali Serena hotel/ Hotel Des Mille Colline. All meals.

After a morning breakfast, drive for 6-7 hours to Nyungwe forest national park in the south western part of the country. Enjoy sightseeing Rwanda’s thousand hills. You will have lunch en-route and reach at the lodge in the evening.

Luxury: Nyungwe forest lodge/ Nyungwe top view lodge/ All meals.

After breakfast, transfer to the park headquarters for briefing and then hike into the forest to trek the chimpanzees. You will also encounter other animals such as the elephants, colubuses,blue monkeys and many bird species. In the afternoon, drive for 2 hours to Kibuye for a city tour and then return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

After Breakfast, transfer to Musanze, Volcanoes Park. Afternoon visit scenic twin lakes of  Bulere and Ruhondo twin lakes These are beautiful lakes. They are surrounded by steep hills and large waterfalls with a backdrop of the Virunga volcanic mountains.

Luxury:  Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Gorilla solution lodge. All meals

After early breakfast, transfer to the Volcanoes national Park gate to meet ef ranger guides and orientation on gorilla etiquette. You will be allocated a gorilla family to visit. The gorilla trekking activity can be physically engaging, often lasting between one to 8 hours. But finally seeing gorillas is a once in lifetime rewarding experience. Carry with you picnic lunch as well as sufficient water as the rain forest gets hot and humid during the day. Please note that It is helpful to bring good hiking boots, long trousers, gloves for protection against stinging nettles. You will spend one hour with the gorillas. After gorilla tracking, return to hotel

Luxury:  Mountain Gorilla View Lodge/ Gorilla solution lodge. All meals

After breakfast, go for Golden monkey tracking (optional), or visit to community village for local experience (optional). Fantastic views, lush forested slopes and an exceptional environment. After transfer to Kigali city.

To go on a gorilla trek, you need a gorilla permit/license which we can arrange for you.  We can only purchase your Gorilla permit after you have made a down-payment to us. Gorilla permits are competitive on a daily basis, advance booking is always preferred.

Please note the gorilla tracking in this itinerary can be done in Bwindi and or Mgahinga national parks. Gorilla tracking is dependent on the permits availability at the time of your booking. Gorilla permits in all parks are on a very high demand and we advise that you book them as early as possible.

  • Gorilla trekking can be strenuous activity and Minimum gorilla tracking age is 15 years.
  • What to bring: Hiking shoes/walking shoes, long socks to tuck-in long pants , rain wear, warm clothing, evenings can be cold/chilly, gloves preferably gardening type are very helpful and  insect repellant.
  • Anyone with signs of communicable diseases will NOT be allowed to track.
  • While possession of a gorilla permit is a guarantee of trekking and
  • Maximum time allowed with the gorillas will NOT exceed ONE hour, you are kindly requested to practice different modes of using your camera in different light situations. Gorillas can sometimes be moving, Forest vegetation can at times obstruct visibility, and hence taking photos of these creatures can be very challenging!

Transport:
Our standard offering is a 4WD with pop-up roof for easy safari viewing.  All passengers will have a dedicated window seat. Your driver/guide will be at your disposal for questions.

Extension:
If you want to extend your tour to one of our other destinations or if you’d like to add a few side trips to the itinerary, kindly let us know.

Difficulty:
Gorilla trekking takes place at altitudes 1160 to 2607m (3806 to 8553ft) above sea level. This means that moderate/average physical fitness is required. The slowest member will determine the groups’ speed. The pace will be moderate, with plenty stops to rest, ask questions, re-hydrate and enjoy the forest and views.

Booking and payment details:
Once you have decided to join one of our safaris, you will need  to contact us for booking form  which will include details relating to deposit and final payments etc.

Trip Price Includes:

  • 4×4 transport with gas
  • Gorilla permit ($1500)
  • English speaking driver guide
  • Accommodation in self-contained
  • Activities as indicated on itinerary.
  • Full Board (Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch on tracking date as indicated on itinerary)

Trip Price excludes:

  • Air ticket
  • Rwanda/Uganda Visa
  • Tips to guides
  • Any meals not indicated on itinerary
  • Drinks, tips
  • Items of personal nature
  • Entertainment
  • Any other optimal activity.

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