Rwanda Gorillas and Chimps

Explore pristine rainforest in search of Africa’s diverse but endangered primate species. Rwanda is home to the rare mountain gorilla, as well as chimpanzee and many monkeys. This 7-day journey through the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’ combines two gorilla treks with a visit to the unspoilt Nyungwe Forest, home to chimpanzees and 12 different monkey species. Tracking chimpanzee can be arduous, even more so than gorilla trekking, so you need to be relatively fit and prepared to hike deep into the rainforest (between 2-4 hours).

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7 days/6 nights
Lodges
Departs daily ex Kigali

Highlights:

  • The ultimate wildlife encounter with the last remaining wild mountain gorillas
  • Trek through the stunning Parc National des Volcans
  • Explore Rwanda’s bustling capital, Kigali

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Rwanda Gorillas and Chimps

Sample Itinerary

7 days/6 nights

Day 1

Kigali
Met on arrival in Kigali and transfer to Kigali Serena Hotel for overnight. D

Days 2/3

Nyungwe Forest
Morning city tour. Time permitting, visit the Genocide Museum and the Royal Palace at Nyanza before departing by road (6hrs) to the Nyungwe Forest National Park. Next morning depart before dawn for a full day in the forest, searching for chimpanzees as well as troops of colobus monkeys and other primates. Overnight at the superb One&Only Nyungwe House. BLD

Days 4/5

Parc des Volcans
Drive through the Rift Valley and along the scenic shores of Lake Kivu towards the foothills of the Virunga Volcanoes and the Parc des Volcans. Early next morning commence your guided gorilla trek from park headquarters. In the afternoon, explore the scenic rural countryside. Overnight at the luxurious Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge. BLD

Day 6

Kigali
Another early morning start for your second gorilla trek. After lunch drive back to Kigali. Overnight Kigali Serena Hotel. BLD

Day 7

Tour ends
After breakfast transfer to airport. B

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Rwanda Overview

Why should I travel to Rwanda? Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcans (Volcanoes National Park) is one of the best places to see the last remaining mountain gorillas. The majority of habituated family groups in the Virunga Volcanoes can be found in this park. Gorillas treks can also be combined with chimpanzee trekking in the Nyungwe National Park. The country also has a good tourist infrastructure with some excellent lodges.

When is the best time to visit Rwanda? Rwanda can be visited any time of the year; however during the long dry season between Jun-Sep the ground is drier and dirt roads are more accessible, enabling easier passage to visit the gorillas and chimpanzees.

What is the climate in Rwanda? Although Rwanda is on the equator, the altitude keeps temperatures down (25°-28°C), and the mountain areas where gorillas are found can be cool to cold. Rain falls throughout the year but is heaviest from Mar-May and Oct-Nov.

What can I combine with Rwanda? Gorilla trekking in Rwanda should be combined with a traditional big game wildlife safari in the parks and reserves of neighbouring Kenya or Tanzania.

How to get to Rwanda? Rwanda’s capital Kigali is easily reached by air from Nairobi in Kenya, Entebbe in Uganda, Serengeti or Arusha in Tanzania. From Kigali, you would take a road transfer to the Parc National des Volcans.

Do I need a Visa for Rwanda? Please call us on 1300 363 302

Do I need vaccinations for Rwanda? Please call us on 1300 363 302

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