6 Day Rwanda Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari

This 6 day Rwanda Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari starts and ends in Kigali. It involves visiting Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda for gorilla trekking. The scenery in the shadow of the volcanoes is one of the most breathtaking in Africa. You will visit Lake Kivu for relaxation and Nyungwe Forest National Park for chimpanzee tracking

Day 1: Head to Volcanoes National Park
Day 2: Gorilla trekking
Day 3: Transfer to Gisenyi town
Day 4: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park
Day 5: Chimpanzee tracking
Day 6: Depart for Kigali

Day 1: Head to Volcanoes National Park
After breakfast, carry out some shopping and a visit to Gisozi genocide memorial centre and later, drive north of the country to Volcanoes National Park. On arrival, you can decide to have an optional community walk for a good cultural experience of a true Rwandese culture in Ruhengeri, if time permits.

Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury), Le Bambou Lodge (Midrange), Kinigi Guest House (Budget) Meal Plan: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Gorilla trekking
Have an early morning breakfast and be transferred to the Park headquarters for a gorilla briefing before the trek. After this you will set out in the forest to search for these rare Mountain Gorillas. The time you will spend in the forest searching for the Gorillas is not predictable as it depends on where they spend the last night. After coming across the gorillas, you will spend one hour in their company while taking their photos, observing their behaviour and feeding patterns, before retracing your way back to the headquarters for certificate issuing. Return to the lodge for relaxation and if time allows, have a scenic drive to the twin lakes Burera and Ruhondo.

Accommodation: Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (Luxury), Le Bambou Lodge (Midrange), Kinigi Guest House (Budget) Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Transfer to Gisenyi town
After breakfast, you will depart Kinigi to Gisenyi town which is located on the shores of Lake Kivu. Upon arrival, have lunch and after you can take an optional visit at the Imbabazi Orphanage which provides education, skills training and income generating opportunities to orphans. Otherwise, you can relax on the beach as you wait for your dinner and overnight

Accommodation: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (Luxury), Stipp Hotel (Midrange), Paradis Malahide Hotel (Budget) Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park
After breakfast, drive along the road on the shores of Lake Kivu to Nyungwe Forest National Park. On your way, you will visit Kibuye town also found on the shores of Lake Kivu for spectacular sceneries. Have lunch and later proceed to Cyangugu town which is on the southern shore of Lake Kivu and also a gateway to Nyungwe Forest National Park. You will reach Nyungwe in the evening in time for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury), Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel (Midrange), Gisakura Guest House (Budget)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Chimpanzee tracking
Have an early morning breakfast and head fore chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest. This can take anything from a few hours to a full day depending on where the chimpanzees are. It should be mentioned that it is not guaranteed to see the chimps as they are unpredictable and can move long distances in one day. There are several other primates in Nyungwe such as the Rwenzori colobus, Hoest Monkey, silver monkey, owl faced monkey, red tailed monkey, vervet monkey and olive baboon and so many others. Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation after the trek.

Accommodation: Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury), Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel (Midrange), Gisakura Guest House (Budget)
Meal Plan: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Depart for Kigali
Have breakfast and later return to Kigali to find your departure flight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast

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