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Rwanda TREKKING GORILLAS AND CHIMPs Tour - 4 Days

Rwanda trekking gorillas and chimps tour in Volcanoes NP plus other primates in Nyungwe Forest

Gorillas and Wildlfe Safaris Hall of Fame Trip Advisor RecommendedA very affordable Rwanda gorillas and chimps trekking expedition to the rare but highly sought-after experience of Rwanda gorilla trekking chimpanzees. During this 4 days of the Rwanda gorillas and chimps trekking tour, we also explore opportunities of meeting 11 other endangered African primates. We drive through exceptionally beautiful lands in Rwanda famously referred to as "the land of 1000 hills".

The 4 days chimps and gorilla tour takes visits to Nyungwe, the southwest 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 your entire lifetime.

4 Days Rwanda trekking gorillas and chimps tour in Volcanoes NP plus other primates in Nyungwe Forest

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

  • Day 1: Start the Rwanda gorilla trekking chimpanzee tour  from Kigali city, drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • Day 2: Chimpanzee Tracking in Nyungwe Forest and other primates, drive to Volcanoes National Park 
  • Day 3: Gorilla Trekking tour in Volcanoes National Park
  • Day 4: End the Rwanda gorilla and chimps trekking tour with a transfer back to Kigali, Departure from Kigali International Airport.

Detailed Itinerary for the 4 Days Rwanda Trekking Gorillas and Chimps tour

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

We start your 4 Days Rwanda trekking gorillas and chimpanzee tour when your tour guide meets you in Kigali at your hotel or the Kigali International Airport at 8 am. Your Rwanda tour guide shall be giving a brief about your Rwanda tour and ensure you 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, and 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

Top Luxury: One & Only Nyungwe House

Upmarket: Nyungwe Top View Hill Lodge or request an upgrade to One & Only Nyungwe House

Mid-range: Nyungwe Top View Hill Lodge

Lower Budget: Gisakura Guesthouse

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 2: Chimps Trekking in Nyungwe Forest, Drive to Volcanoes National Park 

Breakfast will be served early morning and after you will proceed to the park headquarters for briefing at 6:00 am. You will then assemble with the chimps trekking team and be briefed about the forest and the chimp conservation. You then enter the forest to trek the chimps and other primates in the forest. You will definitely encounter other primates species such as colobus monkeys, and forest birds along the trek. When you finally meet the chimpanzees, you shall be allowed one hour with them and the rangers will guide you to the finest viewing spots.

You will be back out of the forest at about 11 am. After linking up with your Rwanda tour guide/ driver, we shall embark on our 5 hours drive to Volcanoes National Park, where we shall be doing our gorilla trekking on the next day. 

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 undertook her pioneering studies of mountain gorilla behavior. 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

Top Luxury:  Virunga Lodge | The Bishop's House | Silverback Sabinyo  Lodge

Up-market: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Moderate: Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge 

Low Budget:  Hotel Muhabura

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 4: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Today is the day we shall be trekking Rwanda's most famous primates, the mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park is a pure life experience. There are only about 1063 mountain gorillas remaining on earth.   Getting a gorilla trekking permit that allows you an opportunity to meet face to face with a mountain gorilla group is an experience many only dream of.

Your Rwanda 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 encounter for 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

Top Luxury:  Virunga Lodge | The Bishop's House | Silverback Sabinyo  Lodge

Up-market: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge

Moderate: Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge 

Low Budget:  Hotel Muhabura

 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 4: Drive back to Kigali, and end the 4 days Rwanda trekking gorilla and chimps tour.

Leave for Kigali. Time permitting; go for a tour of the city including shopping. Transfer to the 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 Rwanda gorilla trekking permit in Volcanoes National Park
  • One Rwanda chimps trekking permit in Nyunwe National Park
  • Other parks' fees

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  • star rating  This was our second trip to Uganda with Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris in 9 months. My husband and I originally went for the wildlife (which is incredible) but quickly fell... read more

    Jet35625975716
    5th September 2022

    star rating  Ivan did an excellent job coordinating our trip and was very flexible through many changes due to Covid. He also was very accommodating to my dietary needs with our lodging... read more

    Sarah L
    12th August 2022

    star rating  We took a last-minute trip to Uganda in June 2022. Ivan helped arrange an amazing 9 day safari. Leaving by car from Kampala, we stopped at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison... read more

    TravisCrum
    9th August 2022

    star rating  We had a great trip in Uganda thanks to Ivan's organisation of our last-minute trip. He managed to ensure we had Gorilla tracking permits for my partners birthday, despite the... read more

    aajwenner
    13th July 2022
  • star rating  It was perfectly organized by Ivan. Ahmed, our driver/guide, drove us in a safe and professional way and saw to it, that every check-in and check-out at the lodges was... read more

    Ivy G
    29th June 2022

    star rating  What an amazing trip! I can’t say enough about the experience we had! My son and I did the 4 day gorilla trek, absolutely unbelievable experience! The following day I... read more

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    14th June 2022

    star rating  With GORILLAS AND WILDLIFE SAFARIS we did an eight-day expedition in Uganda. We arranged the program in advance from the Czech Republic and already at that time Ivan recommended and... read more

    Lukáš Z
    5th June 2022

    star rating  With GORILLAS AND WILDLIFE SAFARIS we did an eight-day expedition in Uganda. We arranged the program in advance from the Czech Republic and already at that time Ivan recommended and... read more

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    1st May 2022

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