7 Day Rwanda Gorillas and Nyungwe Forest
This 7 Days Rwanda Gorillas and Nyungwe Forest takes you to the Nyungwe Forest National Park, a birders paradise with more than 300 species recorded, where you can also do chimpanzee tracking and walk tree-top high across the forest on a canopy. This safari will also take you to the volcanoes national park which offers the perfect inhabitant for mountain gorillas found in northern Rwanda on the border with Uganda. The route to this park takes you through the communities where you get to meet the Rwandan people and experience how they live their life. Gorilla trekking is a very memorable activity that one needs to experience while in Rwanda.
Besides Rwanda, Uganda and DRC are the only other countries that are home to the endangered Mountain gorillas. Besides trekking Rwanda gorillas, you may choose to go for a kigali city excursion, golden monkey tracking among other optional activities.You should not miss out on the golden monkey trekking and canopy walk in Nyungwe National Park.
Day 1: Arrival in Kigali City & Transfer to Volcanoes NP
On the first day of your 7 Days Rwanda Gorillas and Nyungwe Forest, our representative will collect you at the airport and after a short stopover in Kigali, you will start off your safari driving through the scenic and panoramic landscapes to the Parc National des Volcanoes
Accommodation: Mid-range lodge – Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Meals & Drinks: Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included)
Day 2: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park
Today, the Rwanda gorillas day of the 7 Day Rwanda Gorillas And Nyungwe Forest– you have the once in a lifetime opportunity to venture on an exhilarating visit to the Mountain Gorilla’s natural habitat Volcanoes National Park of shady bamboo thickets with sensational views of lush green tropical bamboo and rainforests, alive with the calls of tropical birds. Nothing, however, can be compared to the experience of encountering a mountain gorilla close up, twice the size of an average man, yet remarkably gentle and tolerant of human visitors.
Accommodation: Mid-range lodge – Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Meals & Drinks: All meals included
Day 3: Golden Monkey Tracking in Volcanoes National Park and transfer to Lake Kivu
Volcanoes National Park is a haven for the rare and endangered mountain gorillas and is home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga, and Sabyinyo peaks) which are covered in rainforest and bamboo. The park was also the base for world-renowned zoologist Dian Fossey. Today you venture into the forests of Volcanoes National Park to track the rare Golden Monkeys.
Dian Fossey Trekking is an optional activity and comes at an extra cost for those interested in the scientific work of Dian Fossey. Engage in a trek to her former Karisoke research center based in the saddle area between Mount Visoke and Mount Karisimbi and add a relevant historic dimension to your gorilla tracking adventure.
After this optional trek, you head to Lake Kivu
Accommodation: Mid-range – Hotel Paradis Malahide, Meals & Drinks: All meals included
Day 4: Lake Kivu transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park
Your journey continues through scenic landscapes of green fields of tea and coffee plantations to Gisenyi on the shorelines of Lake Kivu – which is situated at 1.461 m above sea level and therefore Africa’s highest lake – where you can enjoy your day on beaches lined with tropical gardens. Lake Kivu is the ideal location for all those interested in water activities such as sailing, windsurfing, and sport fishing. There is also the local cuisine to explore as well as dance, drum performances and other cultural activities that represent local communities.
Later that day, your journey continues to the Nyungwe Forest National Park.
Accommodation: Mid-range lodge – Nyungwe Top View Hotel, Meals & Drinks: All meals included
Day 5: Chimpanzee Tracking in Nyungwe Forest National Park
Nyungwe Forest National Park is a vast tropical rainforest with a high, dense canopy and spectacular biodiversity. At the heart of Nyungwe is a dense tropical forest straight from a fairy tale, with tall old mahogany and ebony trees adorned with giant ferns towering above you and orchids, lichens and ferns clinging to every branch. Tropical birds flit about and butterflies are everywhere and you may even encounter larger forest primates such as chimpanzees. Nyungwe also features East Africa’s highest canopy walk with bridges suspended 50 meters above the forest floor.
Accommodation: Mid-range hotel – Nyungwe Top View Hotel, Meals & Drinks: All meals included
Day 6: Chimpanzee Tracking in Nyungwe Forest National Park and Transfer to Kigali
Your adventure in the Nyungwe Forest reserve continues today with the following activities which are included in the price for this itinerary:
Chimpanzee Tracking: Here, you have the opportunity to track chimpanzees in their natural habitat and relish sensational views of lush green rainforests, alive with the calls of tropical birds. In addition to chimps, there are also black and white as well as red Colobus monkeys as well as hundreds of tropical bird species.
Nature Walk: Thereafter you venture on one of the longer nature trails in the Nyungwe forest such as the Umuyove, Imbaraga, or Uwinka Trails. And the opportunity to encounter any one of more than 270 species recorded, makes Nyungwe the perfect bird watcher’s paradise.
Canopy Walk: One of the highlights of your visit is the highest forest canopy walk in East Africa with walkways built as high as 50 meters above ground level and the opportunity of close encounters with many rare bird species such as the Great Blue Turaco.
Accommodation: Luxury hotel – Hotel Des Mille Collines, Meals & Drinks: All meals included
Day 7: Kigali City Tour and Departure
Enjoy a city tour of Kigali before your departure with a visit to the Genocide Memorial Centre and the renowned Hotel De Mille Collines is an option for all those interested in historic narrative. Time to say goodbye to the Land of the Thousand Hills as you transfer to the airport.
End of the 7 days Rwanda Gorilla and Nyungwe forest.