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6 Days
Kigali - Volcanoes National Park - Nyungwe Forest
Nyungwe Forest - Kigali

6 Days Rwanda Gorilla and Chimpanzee Tour Overview

Join us on a whirlwind 6 Days Rwanda Gorilla and Chimpanzee Tour through Rwanda, a land of incredible wildlife, lush forests, and vibrant culture. From gorilla encounters in Volcanoes National Park to canopy walks in Nyungwe Forest, every day is packed with awe-inspiring experiences. Get ready for a journey of a lifetime.

Safari Summary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kigali
  • Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park
  • Day 3: Golden Monkey Trekking and Cultural Experience
  • Day 4: Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • Day 5: Canopy Walk and Nature Walk in Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • Day 6: Departure

6 Days Rwanda Gorilla and Chimpanzee Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kigali

Your 6 Days Rwanda Gorilla and Chimpanzee Tour begins with your arrival at Kigali International Airport. As you step off the plane, you’ll be greeted by the stunning Rwandan landscape, setting the stage for your adventure. You’ll meet your knowledgeable tour guide. They’ll provide you with a warm Rwandan welcome and brief you on the upcoming experiences, ensuring you’re well-prepared for the journey ahead.

You’ll then embark on a scenic drive to your Kigali hotel. At the hotel, you can relax, recharge, and unwind in your comfortable room or explore the amenities. In the afternoon, your guide will take you to the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, providing insight into Rwanda’s history, including the 1994 genocide. This visit is essential to your journey, offering a deeper understanding of Rwanda’s past and its path toward reconciliation. After this, you’ll return to your hotel, preparing for the exciting wildlife encounters in the coming days.

3 Days Luxury Rwanda Gorilla Tour

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

After a hearty breakfast, your day kicks off with a journey to Volcanoes National Park. This drive offers scenic views and builds excitement for the gorilla encounter ahead. Upon arrival at the park, you’ll receive a comprehensive briefing on gorilla trekking etiquette and safety measures. This ensures a respectful and responsible experience.

The real adventure begins as you venture into the forest with experienced guides and trackers. Trekking through dense vegetation and rugged terrain, you’ll be on the lookout for the elusive gorillas. Your perseverance pays off when you encounter a gorilla family. You’ll have a precious hour to observe and photograph these incredible creatures in their natural habitat, forming a unique bond with them. Post-trek, you’ll visit the Diana Fossey Memorial, honoring her dedication to gorilla conservation. Additionally, you can explore the serene beauty of the twin lakes, Burera and Ruhondo.

As the day winds down, you’ll head back to your lodge in the Volcanoes National Park area. Enjoy a delicious dinner, share your gorilla experiences with fellow travelers, and prepare for another exciting day ahead.

Day 3: Golden Monkey Trekking and Cultural Experience

Begin your day with a hearty breakfast, followed by a journey to Volcanoes National Park, setting the stage for more wildlife encounters. Upon reaching the park, you’ll receive a briefing on golden monkey trekking, ensuring a safe and respectful experience. Guided by experts, you’ll trek through the forest, seeking the playful golden monkeys amidst the captivating scenery. Witness the lively antics of these unique primates during an hour-long encounter, capturing memories through photos.

Immerse yourself in Rwandan culture with a visit to the Iby’iwacu Cultural Village. Interact with locals, experience traditional dances, and gain insights into Rwandan traditions. As the day winds down, return to your lodge for a delightful dinner, sharing stories of your day’s adventures. Rest well, as more exciting experiences await in Rwanda.

Day 4: Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before embarking on a scenic journey to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Upon arrival, receive a briefing on chimpanzee trekking rules and conservation guidelines from park rangers. Venture into the ancient rainforest of Nyungwe, guided by experts, in search of chimpanzee communities. Encounter these intelligent primates in their natural habitat. Spend a captivating hour observing and photographing them, forming a memorable connection.

After an exhilarating day, return to your lodge in Nyungwe Forest National Park for a delicious dinner. Rest up for more thrilling adventures that await in Rwanda’s lush rainforest.

Day 5: Canopy Walk and Nature Walk in Nyungwe Forest National Park

After breakfast, you’ll head to Nyungwe Forest National Park, enjoying scenic views along the way. Begin your day with an exhilarating canopy walk, offering a unique perspective of the lush forest from high above. This experience unveils the canopy’s hidden world and its diverse inhabitants. After the canopy walk, explore the forest on foot, guided by experts. Encounter primates like colobus monkeys and grey-cheeked mangabeys, as well as a variety of colorful birds, immersing yourself in Nyungwe’s rich biodiversity.

As the day concludes, return to your lodge in Nyungwe Forest National Park for a satisfying dinner. Rest well, as you prepare for the final day of your unforgettable Rwandan safari.

Day 6: Departure

Leave Nyungwe Forest behind as you journey back to Kigali, reflecting on your unforgettable safari experiences. Explore Rwandan history and culture at the Kings Palace Museum, discovering artifacts and regalia from the country’s monarchy. Enjoy some last-minute souvenir shopping at a local market, selecting mementos to remember your Rwandan adventure.

Your guide will accompany you to Kigali International Airport for your departure, concluding your incredible safari with memories of Rwanda’s natural beauty and rich heritage.

Important Notes:

– Rwanda Gorilla trekking permits cost USD 1500, a Rwanda chimpanzee trekking permit is $90 and a Rwanda Golden Monkey trekking permit is USD 100 per person per trek. You will need to obtain the permits in advance, which can be purchased through Laba Africa. However, the Rwanda Development Board gives a 30% ($1050) discount on gorilla permits if you are to visit other parks in Rwanda during November and May. Rwanda does not offer discounts on Golden Monkey trekking permits.

– The best time to visit Rwanda is during the dry seasons of December to February and June to September, offering comfortable weather and better accessibility to the gorillas. However, during this season there are high visitor numbers hence you will experience a hike in the prices of amenities and services.

– It’s essential to be physically fit and have suitable trekking gear for the expedition. Pack essentials like water, snacks, hiking shoes, and a rain jacket. A small fee can be paid to porters to help you carry luggage during the trek hence reducing the burden.

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