3 Days Chimpanzee trekking Rwanda – Nyungwe National Park Safari


Nyungwe National Park, one of the largest national parks that have helped Rwanda’s tourism industry grows and generates millions of dollars each year. The main activity that is carried out in the Nyungwe forest is chimpanzee tracking and trekking, which is a popular place for Rwanda chimpanzee safaris. Only two chimpanzee groups have been habituated in the National Park, and the tiny group of 30 chimpanzees is tracked in the park’s Cyamudongo Forest area. There are roughly 60 habituated chimpanzees in the larger group. Africa’s largest Afro-Montane Forest is Nyungwe Forest (Rwanda Chimpanzee Trekking Area), and one of the park’s most well-known activities is the Canopy Walk, which allows visitors to go to the tops of the trees and cross hanging bridges while they take in the grandeur of the forest.

The forest is situated southwest of Rwanda, close to the Burundi border, south of Lake Kivu, and west of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In the South Western region of Uganda, in the District of Rusizi, Nyungwe National Park may also be found. On the east bank of the Nile and west of the Congo, the Rusizi district is home to both the park and Africa’s largest river. The park headquarters are in Uwinka, which is 219 kilometers away and takes 4 hours to drive. The climatic conditions in Rwanda have been greatly influenced by the forest. About 1000 animal, bird, and plant species call Nyungwe Forest National Park home. The western Great Rift Valley is home to Nyungwe National Park, which runs from Lake Albert to Lake Tanganyika. Many mountains and lakes in the Rift drain westward into the Congo River basin. The Albertine Rift is renowned for its rare species of animals and flora in addition to its stunning terrain.

Nyungwe provides various distinctive activities, such as canopy walks, that are not only uncommon throughout all of Africa but are also not found in anyplace else in East Africa. The best aerial view of the forest canopy is provided by the hanging bridge. Three visitor centers are located within Nyungwe Forest National Park: the first is in Kitabi, close to the park’s entrance; the second is at Uwinka, in the park’s center; and the third is at Gisakura. The Nyungwe Forest National Park offers some affordable camping options, and Uwinka has a tent camping area. There are currently no hotels built inside the park, although you can locate them nearby.

You will have a great time in the forest on our 3-day Nyungwe National Park safari. A visit to a tea estate, a canopy walk, nature hikes, stops at some intriguing historical sites, and chimpanzee trekking through the Nyungwe forest are all included in the program. At the end of the journey, we are confident that you will be awestruck by the country’s natural beauty and all that it has to offer. Starting and finishing in Kigali, the three-day safari through the Nyungwe forest. A 2 Days Nyungwe forest tour is available if you’d prefer a shorter safari.

Tour highlights

  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Forest Canopy walk
  • Nature Walk
  • Kigali City Tour
  • Visiting Gisakura tea estate
  • Visiting historical and cultural sites along the way

    Price Includes:

  • Chimpanzee permits
  • Canopy forest walk
  • Transport and a Guide/Driver with good English speaking skills
  • Visiting Kigali city, cultural and historical sites
  • Full board accommodation for 2 nights
  • Airport pick up and drop off

    Price Excludes:

  • International
  • Rwandan Visa
  • Medical and Travel insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenditures on Tips, alcoholic drinks, laundry and international phone calls

Itinary in details

Get up really early and complete all hotel or house business while you are waiting for the company guide. You’ll be given a quick tour of Kigali by the tour guide (the genocide memorial center, the central city market, former presidential palace and artisan shops). The trip to Butare continues with breathtaking views of Rwanda’s numerous highlands after the city tour. There will be halts at the Murambi Genocide Memorial, the National Ethnographic Museum in Huye, Kamegeri’s Rock, and the former King’s Palace. A variety of antiquities and anthropological items from Belgium, Rwanda, and other countries are kept in the museum. A large portion of the museum displays all of the cultural facets of the nation and its people. We’ll eat lunch at a restaurant on one of the locations. A hotel or lodge near to the park is where the six-hour journey’s final leg comes to a finish. After checking in, you’ll sign up for the canopy walk.

The breathtaking canopy walk takes you on a hanging platform that passes over Nyungwe’s tall, imposing trees. The 200-meter-long hanging platform is constructed 50 meters above the earth. With an aerial view of the forest, you will be able to see more monkeys and birds grazing on the tops of trees or leaping from one to the next.

Dinner and overnight accommodations are available at Gorilla Nest, One & Only Nyungwe House (ultra-luxury), Nyungwe Forest Lodge (luxury), Nyungwe Top Hills Hotel (mid-range), and Gisakura Guest House (budget) (budget).

Get ready for a full day of activities by rising early for breakfast at the resort. The briefing will be held in Uwinka and will begin at 5:30 am. The driver will transport you there. Because of the chimpanzees’ greater mobility, chimpanzee tracking in Rwanda begins sooner than chimpanzee trekking in the Kibale forest of Uganda. The Uwinka Trail and the Cyamudongo Trail are the two chimpanzee trekking routes in Nyungwe Forest. In accordance with the number of participants, park staff will assign you one of the paths after the briefing. The beginning place of the walk will be driven to by each group.

The closest related creatures to humans are chimpanzees and bonobos. They have 98% of our DNA. They have a high level of intelligence, can learn sign language, and can use particular tools. You can anticipate seeing people grooming, breastfeeding, mating, and playing while you’re with them. Chimpanzees, unlike mountain gorillas, spend a lot of time perched in trees, which makes it difficult to get excellent pictures of them. Also, unlike gorillas, they rarely stay in one spot for an extended period of time. The fact that they make a lot of noise and are easy to hear even in dense woodland is a plus.

Expect to see 12 different kinds of smaller primates when monitoring chimpanzees, such as Hamlyn’s Monkeys, owl-faced Monkeys, Golden Monkeys, Dent’s Mona Monkeys, Angola Colobus, Silver Monkeys, Olive Baboons, Red-tailed Monkeys, Grey-cheeked Mangabeys, Vervet Monkeys, and L’hoest’s Monkeys. One of the best areas for birding in Rwanda is Nyungwe forest. Expect to see birds like the Rwenzori Turaco, big blue Turaco, paradise flycatcher, and forest hornbills among others, in addition to small primates. The park guides will provide details about each species visited, including information on their behavior, feeding, and reproductive patterns, throughout the program. It is crucial to remember that, despite the likelihood being only 89 percent, there is no assurance that you will observe chimpanzees in Nyungwe forest.

You will have lunch at the hotel after seeing the chimpanzees. Your tour guide will take you on a nature walk to see more birds, smaller primates, and waterfalls after you’ve had some refreshments from the hotel. Around 14 trails for nature treks may be found at Nyungwe National Park. The pathways are made to let visitors explore the park’s vegetation and animals. It takes three hours to traverse the waterfall route, which is well-liked. You might be brought to follow the Angola Colobus in Gisakura if there is time. Due to the fact that Colobus monkeys reside at the edge of the forest, tracking them takes much less time than following any paths or going chimpanzee trekking.

Dinner and accommodations at One & Only Nyungwe House (ultra-luxury), Nyungwe Forest Lodge (luxury), Nyungwe Top Hills Hotel (mid-range), and Gisakura Guest House are all available (Budget)

While you wait for the guide or driver, get up early and have breakfast. You’ll be driven to Gisakura Tea Estate so you can take a tour of the plantation and facility. You can discover how tea is grown, prepared, and packaged at the factory while visiting the tea plantation. The long trip to Kigali will then continue. If there are any locations you didn’t visit on the first day, the driver will stop there. Either the airport, your hotel, or other lodging in Kigali will be your final stop. You should return home from your three-day trip of the Nyungwe Forest Chimpanzees with wonderful memories, we hope.

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