6 Days Gorilla and Chimps Safari in Rwanda

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival / Kigali City Tour
If you arrive in the morning, you will proceed for Kigali city tour, where you will visit the Genocide Memorial Museum, curio markets and the Kimironko fruits markets where you have a chance to meet the local people and choose your preferred fruit basket. Kigali city tour also includes the old town of Nyamirambo and Muslim quarter, the new handicraft village and other shops, the Batwa pottery and dance centre and the Gisozi Genocide Memorial. The tour takes a couple of hours and is so interesting. After lunch, connect to Nyungwe Park for dinner and Overnight at Gisakura Guest House / Nyungwe forest lodge.

Note: Most of our guests opt for Kibale Forest national park for excellent chimpanzee tracking and if time permits, a game drive and a boat along the Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth national park make the best wildlife experience of a lifetime.

Day 2: Hiking and trekking Colobus trails of Nyungwe
Enter Nyungwe forest after breakfast to track the Nyungwe Colobus monkeys. A walk in the forest is a whole learning experience conducted by knowledgeable tour-guides well versed in botany, ornithology and interspecies relationship in Nyungwe forest. There after, return to your lodge for lunch. Relax in late afternoon as you wait for dinner and overnight at Gisakura Guest House / Nyungwe forest lodge.

Day 3: Chimp trekking in Nyungwe forest – Kibuye City
After breakfast, enter Nyungwe forest (0600hrs) to track the chimpanzees; return to the lodge for lunch, thereafter, connect to Kibuye for dinner and overnight in Kibuye Guest house or Hotel Centre Bethanie.

Day 4: Kibuye-Gisenyi-Ruhengeri-Kinigi (PNV)
After early break fast, connect to Kinigi (Volcanoes National Park Head quarters) from Kibuye via Gisenyi and Ruhengeri. This is a 6hrs drive (213Km). The drive Kibuye-Gisenyi is via the most beautiful sceneries, providing spectacular views of the tea growing country of Gisovu and Kayove. Brief stops are provided for photography and refreshment. A 4hrs drive takes us to Gisenyi for lunch and a brief city tour. There after drive for 2hrs to Ruhengeri and finally Kinigi; the base of gorilla tracking. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla’s Nest / Kinigi Guest House.

Day 5: Gorillas tracking Adventure
An early morning breakfast is followed by a drive to Kinigi park headquarters for, guide allocation and briefing. This is followed by a drive to the trailheads where hiking and trekking up the hills to the bamboo zone begins. Hiking to the gorillas may take 2-5 hours depending on their movements. Visitors are allowed to stay in the presence of gorillas for at least an hour.

Descend to your hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the spectacular volcanic twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. Dinner and overnight stay at Mountain Gorilla’s Nest / Kinigi Guest House
Day 6: Final Day in Rwanda
After breakfast, trek up to the mountain for another memorable experience with the gorillas. OR Visit Dian Fossey’s tomb, another option is a Climb of Mt Bisoke, which is topped with a beautiful crater lake.
All the above activities are suitable for those who are reasonably fit.

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