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8 Days Chimpanzee Safari, Gorilla Trekking and Cultural Tour to Rwanda

This personalised 8-day safari to Rwanda with bunjee travel mart is an ideal way to discover the land of a thousand hills. The tour takes you to Nyungwe Forest National Park for an amazing primate trekking safari and then to Parc National des Volcans for gorilla trekking.
Bird enthusiasts will be treated especially well because both parks are home to a diverse range of bird species, some of which are uncommon or endangered. The journey begins and concludes in Kigali, Rwanda.

Highlights

Day 1: Arrival at Kigali

Day 2: Butare cultural tour and transfer to Nyungwe forest.

Day 3: Nyungwe Forest Primates walk

Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking (Nyungwe National Park)

Day 5: Nyungwe Forest – Kibuye

Day 6: Kibuye – Gisenyi Kinigi

Day 7: Gorillas in the mist; Parc National des Volcans

Day 8: Departure

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival at Kigali

When you arrive in Rwanda, you will be greeted by our experienced tour guide and sent to your hotel for a welcome lunch and a briefing on the Chimpanzee and gorilla trekking safari. Then you’ll go on a city tour in Kigali, stopping at the genocide memorials in Gosozi and Maramba, Nyamirambo’s ancient town, the new handicraft village, the Batwa pottery and dance centre, and the Kimironko fruits. Then back to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 1

Day 1: Arrival at Kigali

When you arrive in Rwanda, you will be greeted by our experienced tour guide and sent to your hotel for a welcome lunch and a briefing on the Chimpanzee and gorilla trekking safari. Then you’ll go on a city tour in Kigali, stopping at the genocide memorials in Gosozi and Maramba, Nyamirambo’s ancient town, the new handicraft village, the Batwa pottery and dance centre, and the Kimironko fruits. Then back to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 1

Day 2: Butare cultural tour and transfer to Nyungwe forest.

This morning, after breakfast, we go to Butare, Rwanda’s intellectual capital and the country’s second largest city. Visit Nyanza, now Nyabisindu, the historic Mwami’s palace (King’s palace) and feudal kingdom’s base.
Later, you will enjoy a spectacular performance of the national ballet with the Intore-dancers, followed by lunch in Butare. Connect to Nyungwe Forest National Park, where you will have supper and spend the night at your lodge.

Day 2

Day 2: Butare cultural tour and transfer to Nyungwe forest.

This morning, after breakfast, we go to Butare, Rwanda’s intellectual capital and the country’s second largest city. Visit Nyanza, now Nyabisindu, the historic Mwami’s palace (King’s palace) and feudal kingdom’s base.
Later, you will enjoy a spectacular performance of the national ballet with the Intore-dancers, followed by lunch in Butare. Connect to Nyungwe Forest National Park, where you will have supper and spend the night at your lodge.

Day 2

Day 3: Nyungwe Forest Primates walk

After an early breakfast, you will gather at the Uwinka tourist information office for a briefing before beginning your walk in the Nyungwe forest. The walk will expose you to the most frequent species, such as big communal troops of Angolan Colobus, which may number in the hundreds, and other bird species.
Although it is a tough trek, guides usually make it more fun and instructive by providing information about the plants and wildlife seen on the route. After lunch, the investigation continues through the several lovely trails accessible until arriving at the spectacular waterfall path of Gisakura, which is arguably the most exhilarating along the way.
The afternoon trip may take 2 – 3 hours and will introduce you to additional birds and primate species, including the endangered Angola Colobus Monkeys and Golden Monkeys. An encounter is a fantastic experience. Transfer to your lodge for Dinner and Overnight stay.

Day 3

Day 3: Nyungwe Forest Primates walk

After an early breakfast, you will gather at the Uwinka tourist information office for a briefing before beginning your walk in the Nyungwe forest. The walk will expose you to the most frequent species, such as big communal troops of Angolan Colobus, which may number in the hundreds, and other bird species.
Although it is a tough trek, guides usually make it more fun and instructive by providing information about the plants and wildlife seen on the route. After lunch, the investigation continues through the several lovely trails accessible until arriving at the spectacular waterfall path of Gisakura, which is arguably the most exhilarating along the way.
The afternoon trip may take 2 – 3 hours and will introduce you to additional birds and primate species, including the endangered Angola Colobus Monkeys and Golden Monkeys. An encounter is a fantastic experience. Transfer to your lodge for Dinner and Overnight stay.

Day 3

Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking (Nyungwe National Park)

After a less arduous walk, a trip into Nyungwe forest (a hikers’ paradise) allows for encounters with Chimpanzees, L’Hoest’s monkeys and blue monkeys around Uwinka. You will join the Bigugu Mountain trek, which leads to Nyungwe Forest’s highest peak at 3000m above sea level.
Bird fans will be in for a treat during the trip, as Nyungwe is home to several Albertine rift endemics that you will encounter on your way to Bigugu Mountain. Dinner and lodging at the lodge.

Day 4

Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking (Nyungwe National Park)

After a less arduous walk, a trip into Nyungwe forest (a hikers’ paradise) allows for encounters with Chimpanzees, L’Hoest’s monkeys and blue monkeys around Uwinka. You will join the Bigugu Mountain trek, which leads to Nyungwe Forest’s highest peak at 3000m above sea level.
Bird fans will be in for a treat during the trip, as Nyungwe is home to several Albertine rift endemics that you will encounter on your way to Bigugu Mountain. Dinner and lodging at the lodge.

Day 4

Day 5: Nyungwe Forest – Kibuye

After an early breakfast, we will go to Kibuye, passing through the verdant fields of tea plantations before enjoying the shorelines of Lake Kivu. Kibuye is the most attractive of Lake Kivu’s three settlements. You may spend the remainder of the day relaxing after your trip in Nyungwe.

Day 5

Day 5: Nyungwe Forest – Kibuye

After an early breakfast, we will go to Kibuye, passing through the verdant fields of tea plantations before enjoying the shorelines of Lake Kivu. Kibuye is the most attractive of Lake Kivu’s three settlements. You may spend the remainder of the day relaxing after your trip in Nyungwe.

Day 5

Day 6: Kibuye – Gisenyi Kinigi

After breakfast, take a speedboat ride to Gisenyi. You will visit Lake Kivu fishing communities and get the opportunity to engage with the residents of Idjwi Island, which is considered to be Africa’s biggest inland island and the world’s ninth largest. Idjwi is located around midway between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. Optionally, you can cross the border to Goma, Congo.
The explosion of the Nyiragongo volcano destroyed Goma. The Nyiragongo Volcano, which stands 3470 metres above sea level, erupted on January 17, 2002, destroying a portion of Goma. The eruption destroyed approximately 120,000 people’s houses and killed over 100 people. Your visit to this place will demonstrate the incredible capacity of the local inhabitants to overcome this natural upheaval! We drive to Kinigi and spend the night at the lodge.

Day 6

Day 6: Kibuye – Gisenyi Kinigi

After breakfast, take a speedboat ride to Gisenyi. You will visit Lake Kivu fishing communities and get the opportunity to engage with the residents of Idjwi Island, which is considered to be Africa’s biggest inland island and the world’s ninth largest. Idjwi is located around midway between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. Optionally, you can cross the border to Goma, Congo.
The explosion of the Nyiragongo volcano destroyed Goma. The Nyiragongo Volcano, which stands 3470 metres above sea level, erupted on January 17, 2002, destroying a portion of Goma. The eruption destroyed approximately 120,000 people’s houses and killed over 100 people. Your visit to this place will demonstrate the incredible capacity of the local inhabitants to overcome this natural upheaval! We drive to Kinigi and spend the night at the lodge.

Day 6

Day 7: Gorillas in the mist; Parc National des Volcans

After an early breakfast, drive to Kinigi Park Headquarters with a packed lunch and meet your ranger guide for a briefing about the greatest primates experience ever to see the only remaining Mountain gorillas in the world, the ones that may have led to the murder of an American zoologist Dianne Fossey as she attempted to research them and save them from poachers.
The Rwanda gorilla trek begins at the foothills of the Virunga volcanoes and is escorted by an expert English-speaking ranger guide. The guide will tell you not just about the gorillas, but also about the various flora and animals that you will see along the way.
The time it takes to follow gorillas is variable and relies on the gorillas’ movements. If the tracking concludes early enough, you will go on a brief trip to Lake Bulera and Lake Ruhondo. The vista of the Virunga Volcano Chain is spectacular from here. Return to your resort for supper and an overnight stay.

Day 7

Day 7: Gorillas in the mist; Parc National des Volcans

After an early breakfast, drive to Kinigi Park Headquarters with a packed lunch and meet your ranger guide for a briefing about the greatest primates experience ever to see the only remaining Mountain gorillas in the world, the ones that may have led to the murder of an American zoologist Dianne Fossey as she attempted to research them and save them from poachers.
The Rwanda gorilla trek begins at the foothills of the Virunga volcanoes and is escorted by an expert English-speaking ranger guide. The guide will tell you not just about the gorillas, but also about the various flora and animals that you will see along the way.
The time it takes to follow gorillas is variable and relies on the gorillas’ movements. If the tracking concludes early enough, you will go on a brief trip to Lake Bulera and Lake Ruhondo. The vista of the Virunga Volcano Chain is spectacular from here. Return to your resort for supper and an overnight stay.

Day 7

Day 8: Departure

This is the day to say goodbye to your fellow tourists, the guide, and a nation that has only been your home for a short while. After breakfast, you will travel to Kigali City, where you will transfer to the airport to catch your journey back home.

Day 8

Day 8: Departure

This is the day to say goodbye to your fellow tourists, the guide, and a nation that has only been your home for a short while. After breakfast, you will travel to Kigali City, where you will transfer to the airport to catch your journey back home.

Day 8