5 Day Rwanda Primate Safari - Gorillas & Chimpanzee trekking

This Safari gives you an opportunity to experience two premium wildlife experiences in Rwanda i.e. Chimpanzee trekking and Gorilla trekking. A beautiful hike through the forest will lead you to these fascinating creatures where you can see them up close and personal. The Chimp trekking differs from gorilla trekking as the chimps are running around, so the sightings are a bit more sporadic and rushed, but worthwhile nonetheless.

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$1930 - $3600
Includes internal flights:
No
Length of safari:
5 days
Best months:
All year
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Active - Hiking, horse riding
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This itinerary allows you to experience two of the best primate experiences in Rwanda i.e. Chimpanzee trekking and gorilla trekking. You will visit the Nyungwe forest - some of the best remaining interact forest African and Volcanoes national park which is part of the virunga ranges.

Gorilla trekking brings you face to face with the endangered gigantic but yet gentle giants that call the virungas their home. You will spend 1 hour with the gorillas once you sight them with the help of your guide and earlier trackers. Chimpanzees are generally more active moving faster or hide sometimes in the canopy but the experience is unique hiking through the forest.

Day 1: Transfer to Nyungwe forest

This morning we depart for Nyungwe forest having lunch en-route in Butare. We will also explore Butare National Museum and the genocide memorial in Nyanza. We arrive in Nyungwe forest later in the evening.

Day 2: Transfer to the home of Chimps

After an early breakfast, we leave for Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe forest. The forest is rich in botanical diversity and home to 13 species of primates including Chimpanzees, L’Hoest monkeys, and Columbus monkeys with 300 bird species.

Day 3: From Chimps trekking to Gorilla trekking

Today after breakfast we transfer to Volcanoes national park in preparation for gorilla trekking the next day

Day 4: Gorilla trekking 

Meet the mountain gorillas in the dense jungles of the Virunga ranges. Embark on the trek through the habitat of these enormous animals. Such an unforgettable experience on many peoples bucket list. The trek can last from an hour to seven hours depending on where the gorillas nested the previous night – you need to be relatively fit to enjoy this experience.

Depending on the time the gorilla tracking lasts, you have opportunities for a cultural group performance, visit to twin lakes or Batwa visit – alternatively you can choose to rest.

Day 5: Transfer to Kigali - departure

Wake up with memories of the previous day in the jungle with mountain gorillas. Depending on your departure time, track golden monkeysor visit the grave of Diane Fossey and the gorilla cemetery in the morning after which you leave for Kigali for your return flight or hotel.

 

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Nyungwe forest lodge, nyungwe top view lodge, Mountain Gorilla View Hotel, le bambo, Virunga lodge

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- We offer private/custom safaris
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- Our main focus is: Mid-level safaris
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Since: Jul 2012

Parks you will visit

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Animals you will see

African buffalo
African buffalo
Baboon
Baboon
Chimpanzee
Chimpanzee
Hyena
Hyena
Jackal
Jackal
Leopard
Leopard
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Activities you can do

Bird watching
Bird watching
Cultural / Tribal visits
Cultural / Tribal visits
Photography
Photography
Shopping/markets
Shopping/markets
Trekking
Trekking
Farm visits
Farm visits
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