5 Days Rwanda Gorillas & Chimpanzee Tracking
The “land of a thousand hills,” also known as Rwanda, has gone from being a nation scarred by one of the bloodiest genocides in recent memory to a symbol of optimism, peace, and effective government in Africa. The countryside is characterized by lovely rolling hills and verdant plantations, while the capital city Kigali features clean city streets, five-star hotels, and good road networks. Large institutions like the National University of Rwanda and national museum are located in Butare, Rwanda’s second-largest city, which is referred to as “the intellectual center of Rwanda.” Since embracing industrialization, agricultural modernization, mining, and tourism, the nation’s wealth has expanded.
Day 1: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park
When you arrive in Kigali, you will be picked up from the airport or your hotel and taken north to Ruhengeri, the main town for the Volcanoes National Park, where you will perform the PCR test by mid-morning.
Go to the lodge to check in, eat lunch, and spend the evening at your leisure.
Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge (moderate) or Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel are two options for the night (Luxury)
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking Rwanda
Lunch will be packed, and breakfast will be served early. The briefing starts at 7 a.m. Your guide will go over the main points and specifics of the gorillas’ way of life that you will be tracking. The duration of the hike might range from one to seven hours.
Finding the gorillas hidden in the bush after trekking across the rocky, bamboo-covered slopes is an amazing and privileged experience. When you arrive to the gorillas, you are given an hour to spend with them while standing six meters away.
After this extraordinary experience, you will be driven back to the lodge, where you can unwind in the afternoon or take a second walk to see one of the nearby settlements.
Day 3: Transfer to Nyungwe National Park
After breakfast at your lodge, we leave Nyungwe for Volcanoes national park right after breakfast. We will drive will partly along the Congo – Nile trail with views of Lake Kivu and its Islands on our way, arriving at Gisenyi where we visit the fishing village, visit DRC-Rwanda border (Gisenyi town) and relax at the lakeside till afternoon.
This will offer the much-needed rest before you embark on the journey to Volcano National Park. Arrive at volcanoes national park in the evening and check in at your lodge.
Day 4: Chimpanzee Tracking & Canopy Walk
We go for the park headquarters for chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe forest after an early breakfast. There are 13 kinds of primates living in the forest, including chimpanzees, Lhotse’s monkeys, and Colobus monkeys. The forest is also rich in floral diversity. Your ranger guide will give you a briefing before you begin your 3-6 hour trip into the dense jungle in search of these monkeys.
You will take the canopy walk in the afternoon to experience the forest in a new way. Later, return to the resort for lunch.
Day 5: Transfer to Kahuzi-Biega National park- DRC.
Early in the morning after your breakfast at your lodge, you will be picked up by your driver guide ready to set off to Cyangugu south of Rwanda.
You will cross to the Democratic Republic of Congo and drive from the Cyangugu border to Kahuzi-Biega and check in at your lodge.
Enjoy your breakfast at your leisure before setting out for Kigali, where you’ll arrive in time for lunch. If your aircraft is running late, you can use the extra time to tour the genocide memorial center before you leave Rwanda. You will be dropped off at the airport by the driver plenty of time before you must check in.