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All Inclusive 5 Days Rwanda safari with mountain gorillas tracking, chimpanzee and other primates in Nyungwe Forest

Gorillas and Wildlfe Safaris Hall of Fame Trip Advisor RecommendedA very affordable African Primates expedition to the rare but highly sought after mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in Rwanda. In this 5 days Rwanda gorilla and chimps trekking tour, we also explore at opportunities of meeting 11 other endagered African primates. We drive through exceptionally beautiful lands in Rwanda famously referred to as "the land of 1000 hills". If you have more energy you can book extra primates tracking activities like the canopy walk in Nyungwe National Park, Golden monkeys tracking in Volcanoes National Park.

The tour takes visits to Nyungwe, in south-west of Rwanda, a huge afro-montane forest. With over 10,000sq.km in size, Nyungwe is the undisputed giant in Central Africa. The natural forest is renowned for its large troops of colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, butterflies and a rich variety of orchids. Over 300 bird species have been recorded. Meeting the highly prized mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park is sure going to be imprinted in your memory for the entire lifetime.

Itinerary for gorillas & chimps trek tour

Rwanda Gorilla Tracking, Chimps Trek Tour - 5 Days

The tour starts and ends in Kigali city or airport. We set off at 8 am on any day but if you are arriving Kigali on Day 1 of the tour, we can wait till 1 pm latest. On the last day, we expect to be bak at Kigali at about 12 pm. 

  • Day 1: Start from Kigali city , drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • Day 2: Chimpanzee Tracking in Nyungwe Forest and other primates
  • Day 4: Volcanoes National Park 
  • Day 5: Gorilla Trekking tour in Volcanoes National Park
  • Day 5: Transfer back to Kigali, Departure from Kigali International Airport.
Itinerary for gorillas & chimps trek tour

Day 1: Start from Kigali, drive Nyungwe Forest National Park

We start your Rwanda gorilla and chimpanzee trek tour with a meeting in Kigali, at your hotel or t the Kigali International Airport at 8 am. Your Rwanda tour guide shall be giving a brief about your safari and ensure your are well prepared for the trip. We then start our drive off to  Nyungwe Forest National Park.  

Rwanda is a truly beautiful land to traverse, and has as such been referred to as the land of 1000 hills. Driving through virgin African villages wild traditional crop farms, hills and valleys in this tropical African country is such a rewarding experience. 

Along the way, make stops at places of interest including local markets, the traditional palace of Rwanda’s Former King in Nyanza. Drive past green fields of tea scattered across the hillsides and the small wooden houses unique to the areas surrounding Nyungwe Forest.

[Approximate driving time: 6 hours]

Accommodation options available

Up-market: Top Hill Nyungwe Lodge (or request for upgrade to One and Only Nyungwe House)

Moderate: Top Hill Nyungwe Lodge

Low Budget: ORTPN Gisakura Guest House

Day 2: Chimpanzee Tracking in Nyungwe Forest  

Breakfast will be served early morning and after you will proceed to the park headquarters for briefing at 6:00am. Unlike other countries like Uganda where chimpanzee tracking activity starts at 8:00am, here in Nyungwe Forest National Park the activity starts at 6:00am.

You will enter into the forest when it’s dark but you will be able to see primate species such as colobus monkeys, forest birds and later, you will be able to see the chimpanzees when it’s already day time.

Accommodation options available

Up-market: Top Hill Nyungwe Lodge (or request for upgrade to One and Only Nyungwe House)

Moderate: Top Hill Nyungwe Lodge

Low Budget: ORTPN Gisakura Guest House

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Volcanoes National Park 

Have breakfast and drive to Volcanoes National park, home to the Mountain Gorillas.
Ranging in altitude from 2400km to 4,507 the Volcanoes National Park (French: Parc National des Volcans) is dominated by the setting of volcanoes after which it is named. Best known to the outside world as the place where for almost 20yrs the American primatologist Dian Fossey under took her pioneering studies of mountain gorilla behaviour. Day hikes to see the gorilla families can be strenuous on tracks climbing through the forest, and time is very limited once contact is made with the gorilla families. It is a rare and memorable experience to visit with these giant cousins of man.
Our accommodation is ideally positioned for those who want to watch animals in their habitat, specifically the endangered Rwanda Mountain Gorillas that still roam these areas. Share in the cuisine of Rwanda, which is served with the hospitality for which we all return to African countries.

Accommodation options available

Up-market: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge | Five Volcanoes Lodge

Moderate: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge 

Low Budget: Hotel Muhavura

Day 4: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Today is certainly for most tourist visitors to Rwanda. Tracking to the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park is a pure lifetime experience. There are only about 1063 mountain gorillas remaining on earth and having an opportunity to meet face to face with a gorilla group is an experience many only dream about.

Your Rwanda primates tour guide shall ensure you are ready in time to drive to the volcanoes National Park offices for the pre-gorilla trekking briefing before setting off into the mostly bamboo jungle forests. 

A thrilling trek through the refined foothills of the Virungas provides inspiring views in all directions. Then, suddenly, the trail enters the national park, engrossing trekkers in the strange closeness of the rainforest, alive with the calls of colorful birds and chattering of the rare golden monkey, and besieged with fresh spoor of the mountains' elusive populations of buffalo and elephant.

Through gaps in the forest canopy, the marvelous peaks are sighted, easily easy to get to and among the uppermost in Africa, indicating an ascent. Gorilla trekking is quite strenuous but a worthwhile on encounter of these gentle giants. The enthusiasm of your coming across with these apes will wipe away your intricacy of the strenuous trek.

Spend time watching gorillas, watch the adults feeding their young ones, brushing and resting as the youngsters play from vines in a pleasurably playful display.

Accommodation options available

Up-market: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge | Five Volcanoes Lodge

Moderate: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge 

Low Budget: Hotel Muhavura

Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Kigali

Leave for Kigali. Time permitting; go for a tour of the city including shopping. Transfer to airport for your flight. [Approximate driving time: 3 hours].




  • Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
  • Transportation 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Services of English speaking driver guide
  • Bottled drinking water on the vehicle
  • One gorilla and chimp permit
  • Park fees

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