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Rwanda: 5-Day Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking Tour

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Duration

5 days 4 nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

6 people

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Overview

Go chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe National Park and gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park. Have an experience like no other on this 5-day, all-inclusive nature adventure.

Not suitable for
  • Children under 15 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Insect repellent

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • A good level of fitness is required and participants must be used to walking.
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Come face-to-face with gorillas in Volcanoes National Park
  • See chimpanzees in their natural habitat in Nyungwe Forest
  • Take a beautiful canopy walk through Nyungwe Forest
  • See the beautiful Twin Lakes, Burera, and Ruhundo
  • Visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial and Education Center

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Spend 5 days immersed in Rwanda's wilderness. With experienced guides, see its forests, lakes, and canopies, and take part in a thrilling adventure: chimpanzee and gorilla tracking, which will allow you to come face-to-face with the country's most magnificent animals.

Day 1 – Kigali to Nyungwe National Park

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Nyungwe Forest, one of the largest in East and Central Africa. This forest contains 13 species of primates and over 310 recorded bird species, making it a great bird-watching destination. Have dinner and overnight at the lodge (Emeraude Kivu Resort).

Day 2 – Chimpanzee Tracking and Canopy Walk in Nyungwe Forest

After a very early morning breakfast (4:30 AM), head to the chimpanzee trekking trail for an experience you’ll never forget. Hike through the forest’s secret paths with a professional tracker to look for the population of chimpanzees and to observe them in their natural habitats.

In the afternoon, go for a 1.5-hour canopy walk, which takes place above a deep gorge cutting across a massive forest. Explore the beautiful foliage and animal habitats, and keep your eyes peeled for blue monkeys and unique birds that dwell in the upper levels of the forest canopy.

Day 3 – Nyungwe to Volcanoes National Park

After an early morning breakfast at the lodge, visit Lake Kivu and enjoy the morning breeze at its shores. Spend an hour there before getting back on the road to head to Volcanoes National Park (with lunch en route). In late afternoon, you’ll arrive at the park and head to your lodge to relax, have dinner, and stay overnight (at La Locanda).

Day 4 – Gorilla Tracking in Volcanoes National Park

After breakfast, drive 30 minutes into the park to the Office Rwandais du Tourisme et des Parcs Nationaux. There, your guide will divide you into groups based on interest and fitness. From here, take an exciting journey into the forested slopes, entwined vines, bushes, and bamboos to reach the gorillas’ location. Your guide will point out signs of previous gorilla activity, including dung, nests, and chewed bamboo shoots. Once the gorillas have been located, spend a maximum of 1 hour with them. Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla is a humbling and emotional experience.

Day 5 – Twin Lakes, Transfer to Kigali

After breakfast, visit the Twin Lakes of Burera and Ruhondo. These magnificent lakes (and the swamp, Rugezi), are excellent photogenic, serene, and scenic places for bird watching activity.

Later on, your guide will transfer you back to Kigali. Depending on your departure flight, you can visit the Genocide Memorial and Education Center, which opened in 2004. Your guide will then take you to the airport for your flight home.

Included/Excluded

  • Gorilla permits
  • Chimps permits
  • Canopy walk fees
  • Accommodation for 4 nights on full board
  • 4x4 safari vehicle
  • Water en-route
  • Guide
  • Park fees
  • International flights
  • Drinks
  • Visa fees

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