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5 Days Ultimate Gorilla Trekking and Chimpanzee Tracking Safari in Rwanda

Nyungwe Hilltop view Lodge, Rwanda

Guided Gorilla Trekking Rwanda

Enjoy this five-day Rwanda ultimate safari to experience remarkable gorilla trekking tours at Volcanoes National Park situated in Ruhengeri District Musanze Rwanda with Active African Vacations. Rwanda gorilla trekking is an ultimate encounter no traveler from all over the globe to miss out on due to the amazing wildlife safari adventures it offers. Witness gorillas, chimpanzees, and variety of birds in the country of rolling hills and stay in some of the accommodation facilities offered to enjoy the best vacation holidays in Rwanda.

Key information

  • Group safari
  • Minimum group size: 1 person
  • Maximum group size: 8 persons (in case it is not a family, customers should be willing to share things like transport)
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 15 years old are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting point and ending point: Kigali International Airport (KGL)
  • Languages: English speaking guides
  • Gorilla trekking permit, Chimpanzee tracking permit, and all park fees are included.

Highlights

  • 2-4 hours group Chimpanzee tracking with a skilled park ranger
  • 3-5 hours group mountain gorilla trekking with an experienced ranger guide
  • Hike to the Dian Fossey Tomb and cultural encounters at Iby’iwachu Cultural Village
  • Scenic boat cruise along Lake Kivu to view green islands, birds, and beach
  • Visit the Murambi Genocide Memorial and the Museum of Natural History
  • 4 nights lodge accommodation with meals
  • A comfortable 4x4 safari vehicle
  • Free airport transfers

Styles


5 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer included: Kigali International Airport
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in Nyungwe Hilltop view Lodge in Nyungwe National Park, Paradise Malahide in Gisenyi, and Davinci Lodge in Volcanoes National Park. Rooms will be in single and double occupancies.

Program

Safari overview

  • Day 1: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking and Lake Kivu
  • Day 3: Boat cruise then transfer to Volcanoes National Park
  • Day 4: Gorilla trekking and Iby'iwachu cultural village experience
  • Day 5: Dian Fossey hike then departure

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park

On arrival at the Kigali International Airport (KGL), you are picked up by a skilled driver-guide who transfers you to the stunning Nyungwe Forest National Park. En-route, visit the Murambi Genocide Memorial and the Museum of Natural History to learn more about the victims that survived the tragic Genocide in which many lost their dear lives. Afterward, break off for lunch then transfer to check-in your lodge/ hotel for dinner and overnight.

  • Accommodation: Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel

Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking and Lake Kivu

Wake up early have breakfast then transfer to the Park headquarters for a briefing on the dos and don'ts around the chimpanzees then later transfer to the Cyamudongo Forest where you track the chimpanzees. Track the chimpanzees for two to four hours in groups of eight with a skilled park ranger and when you meet them, only an hour is allowed in their presence. En-route, watch various other primates like the L'Hoest monkey, Grey-cheeked Mangabey and numerous birds. Dinner and overnight.

  • Accommodation: Paradise Malahide

Day 3: Boat cruise on Lake Kivu then Volcanoes National Park

Wake up, have breakfast then transfer to enjoy a boat cruise along the beautiful Lake Kivu which offers you scenic views of the green islands at a distance, bird species as well as the beach. After the cruise, embark on your transfer to the stunning Volcanoes National park and when you get there, proceed directly to check in your lodge/ hotel for dinner and overnight.

  • Accommodation: Davinci Lodge

Day 4: Gorilla trekking and Iby'Iwachu cultural village

Wake up early have breakfast then transfer to the park headquarters for briefing on the dos and don'ts around the mountain gorillas then in groups of eight with an experienced ranger guide, enter the forest to track the mountain gorillas for three to five hours and when you meet them, only an hour is allowed to stay in their presence taking numerous photos to keep for memories. After trekking, break off for lunch then later transfer to the Iby’iwachu Cultural Village located a few kilometers outside the park to enjoy remarkable cultural encounters from the local Rwandese. Dinner and overnight.

  • Accommodation: Davinci Lodge

Day 5: Dian Fossey hike and departure

Wake up have breakfast then transfer to hike to the Dian Fossey Tomb located along Mount Bisoke Volcano. You hike in groups with a skilled park ranger and when you reach there, learn about the life of a dedicated primatologist who gave up her life to save that of the mountain gorillas that were illegally hunted at the time. After your hike, transfer back to the headquarters to embark on your transfer back to Kigali International Airport (KGL) to board your flight back home.

Included excursions

Murambi genocide memorial site

At this memorial site, about twenty-seven thousand people were killed at this school which led to relocation of a big number of people to other secure places. Due to the growth of the tourism industry the school has been renovated into a demonstration to give a clear picture of what really happened at the time with huge burial grounds that have corpses of the deceased and these were preserved for tourism and memories.

Natural history museum

Situated about 10 kilometers from Kigali International Airport, the museum is devoted to Dr. Richard Kandt, a German doctor and traveler who got himself involved in the study about the source of the Nile and the history of Rwanda in 1897. This museum also called ‘Kandt House’ was constructed so as to clarify Rwanda’s affluent nature, culture, and norms. It also displays a variety of samples and models of likely sensations of Rwanda.

Iby’iwacu cultural village

Iby’iwacu cultural village is situated in Kinigi Nyabigoma cell near Parc National des Volcanoes which is a candid village that represents the true taste of Rwanda’s culture and only requires one only 20 minutes to reach this destination from the District of Musanze. In the local language, "Iby’Iwacu" means "a masterpiece of our home"; hence, the village presents the exact treasure behind the evolution of the Rwanda nation.

The village exposes how the people of Rwanda i.e the Tutsis, Hutus, and Batwa interact and get together despite their differences in terms of traditions, values, and cultural backgrounds. The village’s main objective is to ensure that the community acquires the necessary needs and requirements as well as show how tourism could benefit the community due to the fact that projects were begun amongst the people of the community hence improving their standards of living and increasing the number of tourists that visit to experience the culture of the Rwandese.

Dian Fossey's hike

Dian Fossey devoted her entire life to see that the endangered species of Mountain Gorillas would be preserved/conserved for future generations. Unfortunately, she was killed after some time and this was due to her dedication of protecting these endangered primates which were often hunted and poached for meat and trade at the time.

At Volcanoes National Park, one can embark on a hike to Dian Fossey’s graveyard which is located at an altitude of 3,000 meters and while here, they will learn a lot about this brave zoologist who gave up her life in order to save the endangered species of Mountain Gorillas.

The hike will take about three hours from the base to the top. You can also transfer to her scientific research camp called Karisoke located near the park headquarters where you will learn more about her and the lives of these primates. Today, you will find scraps of the camp bestrided in between Mount Visoke and Karisimbi.

Location

Nyungwe National Park

Nyungwe Forest National Park is located in the southwest of Rwanda and consists of a thick reserved tropical green rain forest, a raised dense canopy and was founded as a National Park in 2004 due to its beautiful vast biodiversity that includes giant mahoganies, fauna, ebonies, tree ferns, orchids and other epiphytes on various branches.

There are many different species of birds that inhabit the forest and enjoy their habitat wholly due to their consistent movement from one destination to another in search for food, fruits, nuts, ants, insects, etc. Reaching this destination requires one a four-to-five hours drive from Kigali along wandering roads where you can stop over at some points to visit tourist destinations like the Nyanza King's Palace and the National Museum of Rwanda.

The park's location is suitable due to the fact that it gets more than 2000 mm of rain per year that helps in filling the rivers like the Nile which flows along the Eastern and western regions of Congo. Many different activities can be carried out at Nyungwe Forest National Park and these include Chimpanzee tracking, canopy walking, birding, Golden Monkey tracking, etc.

Volcanoes National Park

Situated in the northwestern region of Rwanda and founded by a very prominent primate activist called Dian Fossey, Volcanoes National park is a prominent Gorilla safari destination overlooking Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo in the west and Mgahinga National Park Uganda in the northeast. The park is prominently known for offering remarkable Gorilla trekking tour adventures to all kinds of travelers from all over the globe that visit Rwanda for Gorilla adventures.

Volcanoes National Park offers remarkable Gorilla trekking adventures to all travelers around the world. There are various Gorilla family groups that can be tracked i.e 10 groups which include Susa group, Umubano, Ugenda, Sabinyo, Hirwa, Karisimbi, Amahoro, Bwengye, Kwitonda and Group 13 “Agasha group”.

Food

All your meals are included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • A comfortable 4x4 safari vehicle
  • Full-time English speaking professional driver-guide
  • Agreed upon accommodation and meals stated
  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • Chimpanzee tracking permit
  • All activities mentioned
  • Entrance fees
  • Airport transfers

What's not included

  • Airfares to Rwanda
  • Entry visas and airport taxes
  • All personal expenditure such as laundry and drinks

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kigali International Airport (KGL). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Active African Vacations will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Kigali International Airport Airport transfer included: Kigali International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Pricing information

For bigger groups, the rates are as follows:

  • A group of 7 persons: 3.513 USD per person (total: 24.591 USD)
  • A group of 8 persons: 3.409 USD per person (total: 27.272 USD)

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