7 Day Rwanda Gorilla & Chimpanzee Tour
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7 Day Rwanda Gorilla & Chimpanzee Tour

7 Day Rwanda Gorilla & Chimpanzee Tour

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7 Day Rwanda Gorilla & Chimpanzee Tour

(Kigali – Vulcanos – Nyungwe – Kigali)

Tour Highlights

  • The 7 Day Rwanda Gorilla & Chimpanzee Tour begins with Hiking through mountain forests of Parc Nationale des Volcanoes to discover and enjoy the thrilling, mesmerizing, magical and awesome sensation of looking into the eyes of the world’s largest living primates (gorilla trekking as commonly known) in their natural habitat as well as other primates.
  • Visiting Musanze cave for a unique experience of seeing different types of bats and to enjoy views of the twin lakes and wildlife attractions.
  • Hiking to the grave and site of Dian Fossey‘s research station at Karisoke to pay homage to the legendary American zoologist who became famous for her dedication to studying and protecting endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda.
  • Tracking the famous chimpanzees and the Colobus monkeys in Nyungwe Forest, experiencing the canopy walk and witnessing beautiful birds in the Nyungwe Forest National Park.
  • Taking a guided nature walk in the forest to see a variety of other animals and primates found in Nyungwe Forest.

TOUR DETAILS

Itinerary

Day 1: Travel to Parc Nationale Des Volcanoes

We start the 7 Day Rwanda Gorilla & Chimpanzee Tour with an early breakfast and drive to Parc Nationale des Volcanoes. You will check in at the lodge of your booking for lunch and spend the rest of the day sightseeing and relaxing around the hotel till dinner time.

Accommodation options:
Up-market: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge / Gorillas Nest Lodge
Midrange: La Palme Hotel
Budget: Kinigi Tourist Guest House
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Gorilla trekking

You will have an early breakfast and report at the Park Headquarters for a briefing on the rules to be observed during Gorilla trekking. You will be allocated a Gorilla family to track and guides to lead you to the Gorillas. Gorilla tracking will take 2-5 hours. Once found, you will spend a maximum of one hour observing the gorillas in their natural setting. After the tracking you will be returned to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options:
Up-market: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge / Gorillas Nest Lodge
Midrange: La Palme Hotel / Volcanoes Gorilla Lodge
Budget: Kinigi Tourist Guest House / Muhavura Lodge
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Visit to Musanze cave, Dian Fossey

You will after breakfast transfer to the Musanze cave where you will have a unique experience of seeing different types of bats and to enjoy views of the twin lakes and wildlife attractions. You will have lunch and take a hike to Karisoke Research Centre established by Dian Fossey, an American primatologist who dedicated all her life conserving the primates. You will after being taken around this remarkable centre return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation options:
Up-market: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge / Gorillas Nest Lodge
Midrange: La Palme Hotel / Volcanoes Gorilla Lodge
Budget: Kinigi Tourist Guest House / Muhavura Lodge
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park

You will have an early breakfast and relocate to Nyungwe Forest National Park. You will have lunch at the hotel of your booking after which you will be taken for a guided nature walk in the forest to see a variety of animals and some of the three hundred bird species found here, which include the Rwenzori turaco and black and white casqued hornbill. You will also be able to spot large groups of colobus monkeys.

Accommodation options:
Up-market: Nyungwe Lodge
Midrange: Top Hill View Lodge
Budget: Gisakura Guest House
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest

You will wake up very early in the morning (5.30am) to start the fifth amazing day of the 7 Day Rwanda Gorilla & Chimpanzee Tour, report at the Nyungwe Park headquarters for the 6.00am briefing on the chimpanzee tracking rules. You will after the briefing start the trek in search of the chimpanzees in the verdant rain forest. During the trek you will have the chance to see other primates such as the Rwenzori colobus, Silver monkey, the Grey cheeked Mangabey, L’hoests monkey and the Owl faced monkey. You will return to your Hotel for a late lunch and relaxation.

Accommodation options:
Up-market: Nyungwe Lodge
Midrange: Top Hill View Lodge
Budget: Gisakura Guest House
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Colobus hiking in Nyungwe Forest

You will have breakfast and set off with your guide to search for the Colobus monkeys in Nyungwe Forest. The forest is said to be home to the biggest troops of Angola Colobuses in the world numbering over 400 troops. The hike to where these primates stay is a thrilling experience as the guides explain the behaviour, activities and intelligence gimmicks of the primates. A walk in the forest is a whole learning experience about the botany, ornithology and ecology of the forest.

Accommodation options:
Up-market: Nyungwe Lodge
Midrange: Top Hill View Lodge
Budget: Gisakura Guest House
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7: Guided nature walk and transfer to Kigali for departure

You will have an early breakfast and go for a guided nature walk in the forest to see a variety of animals and various species of birds. This forest habours about three hundred bird species including the rare Rwenzori turaco and the black and white casqued hornbill. You will after the nature walk travel to Kigali where you will have lunch and later transfer to the Airport for your departure and end the 7 Day Rwanda Gorilla & Chimpanzee Tour.

Meal plan: Breakfast and Lunch

END OF SAFARI!

The safari package includes:

  • Transportation by 4 WD vehicle
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Services of an English speaking driver/guide
  • Meals as per the Itinerary
  • Park entrance fees
  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • Chimpanzee trekking permit
  • Nature walk
  • Visit to the Museum

The safari package excludes air ticket, personal travel insurance, visa fees, drinks, cigarettes, tips, souvenirs and any other items of a personal nature.

When to go gorilla tracking - gorilla trekking in Uganda & RwandaBEST TIME TO GO

Gorilla Viewing: Gorilla trekking can take place at any time of year with April/May and November being wetter. However, be aware that rain occurs all year round. For general game viewing safaris, the best time to go is during the dry season (between June and September).

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