6 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda  

6 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda  

The 6 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda is a medium Rwanda expedition targeting mountain gorillas and Chimpanzees.The safari takes you to Nyungwe Forest National Park in the south west of Rwanda the home to the Chimpanzees along with other 12 primate species including the largest grouping of Black and white colobus monkeys in the whole of Africa not forgetting the adventure canopy walk which is the first of its kind in the region.  The 6 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda also takes you to Volcanoes National Park – the home for the critically endangered Mountain gorillas and part of the greater Virunga massif which is a chain of eight Mountains that provide shelter to 480 mountain gorillas more than a half of the 880 known to be thriving in the wild. The trips also feature a historical tour to the Gisozi genocide Museum at Kigali.

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Day 1 of the 6 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda: Arrive in the destination Rwanda at the famous Kigali International Airport & drive to the Hotel

Day 2 of the 6 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda: Explore the Gisozi genocide memorial & drive to Volcanoes National Park

Day 3 of the 6 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda: Do gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park & drive to Gisenyo on the beaches of Lake Kivu

Day 4 of the 6 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda: Drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Enjoy the amazing views of the Congo Nile divide trail

Day 5 of the 6 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda: Undertake morning Chimpanzee trekking and Nyungwe Canopy walk in the afternoon

Day 6 of the 6 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda: Drive to Kigali and depart


Day 1 of the 6 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda: Arrive in the destination Rwanda at the famous Kigali International Airport & drive to the Hotel

The flight from your respective country of origin see you land at the Kigali International Park the main International Airport of Rwanda where you will be welcomed by our company representative congratulating you over the journey and briefing you about the trip before transferring to the Hotel for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation during the 6 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda.

Up market / Luxury: Hotel des Milles Collines, Midrange / Standard: Hotel Chez Lando, Budget / Basic: Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel

Day 2: Visit Gisozi genocide memorial & transfer to Volcanoes National Park

After a relaxed breakfast at your place of stay in Kigali, you embark on the tour to the Rwanda Kigali genocide museum where the counts of the remains of the Rwandese that lost their lives in the bloody genocide are gathered to commemorate the horrific event that befell this country arising out of an ethnic conflict. The museum details the cause and effect of this genocide. You retreat from the Museum tour and embark on the transfer to Volcanoes National Park 116km about 2 – 3 hours drive enjoying the beautiful hills of Rwanda and the local farms before arriving in Ruhengeri in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

Up market / Luxury: Mount Gorilla View Lodge / Virunga Lodge / Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Midrange / Standard: Hotel Lapalme / Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge, Budget / Basic: Muhabura Hotel

Day 3 of the 6 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda: Do gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park & drive to Gisenyo on the beaches of Lake Kivu

Gather at Kinigi ranger post to catch up with briefing commencing at 8am. The early arrival allows you to catch up with a warm cup of coffee as you watch the traditional Kinyarwanda performance going on.  Attend to the briefing by the Park rangers in your respective gorilla families allocated to you after which you embark on the hike in the jungle in search of the endangered Mountain Gorillas. The walk in the Volcanic dense jungle is accompanied by beautiful sights of lovely flora, unique sceneries including the eight Virunga mountain chain and the lakes below, the forest fauna including duikers, birds before approaching the critically endangered mountain gorillas that have thrived in the area for millions of years past. Explore the gentle giants foraging on their precious shrubs and other edibles, socialize, the silverback demonstrating its might, the young ones play among other interesting aspects. The entire trek takes 2 – 8 hours with direct viewing limited to one hour for purposes of conservation. The opportunity is availed to you to take as many photos as possible commemorating your lifetime gorilla safari experience. You retreat from the activity and embark on the drive to Gisenyi Lake Kivu 110km about 2 hours drive for an evening recreational experience on the Lake Kivu beaches. You can take a swim in the Bilharzia free waters or do sun bathing on the shores or take an optional boat ride. Retire for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation:

Up market / Luxury: Serena Hotel Lake Kivu, Midrange / Standard: Hotel Gorillas Lake Kivu, Budget / Basic: Paladis Malahide

Day 4 of the 6 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda: Drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Enjoy the amazing views of the Congo Nile divide trail

Following a relaxed breakfast amidst the fresh air from the lake, you transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park 294km about 7 hours’ drive exploring the magical views of the Nile Congo divide trail. You make a lunch stop at Kibuye one of the resort towns on Lake Kivu after which you proceed to Nyungwe arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

Up market / Luxury: Nyungwe Forest Lodge, Midrange / Standard: Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel, Budget / Basic:Gisakura Guesthouse

Day 5 of the 6 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda:  Undertake morning Chimpanzee trekking and Nyungwe Canopy walk in the afternoon

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After breakfast, gather at the Headquarters of Nyungwe Forest National Park for Chimpanzee trekking experience. The briefing commences at 8am after which you set out to the forest in search of these precious apes. The Rwanda Chimp trek can last 2 – 5 hours and the direct viewing is limited to one hour for purposes of conservation. The trek through the moist deciduous forest of Nyungwe presents a lovely encounter with lush flora, impressive bird species, forest fauna before encountering the Chimpanzees as they forage, copulate, patrol, socialize among other interesting aspects. The forest is also a home to other 12 species of Primate including the largest grouping of Black and White Colobus Monkeys in Africa. Retire for relaxation and lunch in the afternoon, you embark on the Nyungwe Forest Canopy walk which is the first of its kind in the region of East Africa stretching to 40m and over 90m high presenting magnificent views of the forest   and its inhabitants. The walk can last for 2 hours after which you retreat to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight

Accommodation

Up market / Luxury: Nyungwe Forest Lodge, Midrange / Standard: Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel, Budget / Basic: Gisakura Guesthouse

Day 6 of the 6 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda: Drive to Kigali and depart

Following a relaxed breakfast at the lodge in Nyungwe, you transfer to Kigali 268km about 6 hours drive enjoying the magnificent sceneries of the scenic countryside. Catch up with a flight departure in the evening from Kigali International Airport. If time allows, you can make stop en route to visit the Ethnographic Museum at Butare and Nyanza Palace where the two Kings of Rwanda – King Musinga and his successor Rudahigwa are noted to have reigned.

End of the 6 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda


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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