5 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour & Chimpanzee Tracking Safari

5 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking & Chimpanzee tracking safari is a primate tracking Tour to Volcanoes National Park & Nyungwe Forest National Park of Rwanda.

On an adventure of 5 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking & Chimpanzee tracking safari, you will have a chance to experience Rwanda’s best activities that is Gorilla trekking at Volcanoes National Park and chimpanzee trekking south of Rwanda in Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Gorilla trekking, as well as chimpanzee trekking, are the top primate tracking experiences in Rwanda as you search for these primates within their natural habitats on a trek. Having this 5 days safari in Rwanda will offer the ultimate experience of these two species.

Activities on this 5 Days gorilla trekking Rwanda primates tour include Gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee trekking, Nature walks, Community walks, Kigali city tour, and Visiting Lake Kivu.

Detailed 5 Days gorilla trekking Rwanda primates tour

Day 1: Arrival, pick up and Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Depending on your time of arrival at Kigali International Airport, your guide will pick you up from the airport or in Kigali and have a direct transfer to Volcanoes National park.

On meeting with the guide, you have briefing of the trip thereafter you will begin the trip, through the terrace hills of Rwanda to Volcanoes National Park, home to the endangered mountain Gorilla.

On arrival you head straight to your lodge to check in. later have dinner and relax. Overnight at accommodation of your preference.

Accommodation Options:

  • Luxury: Sabyinyo silverback lodge
  • Mid-range: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge
  • Basic: Hotel Muhabura
  • Meal Plan: lunch and dinner
Day 2 of the 5 Days Rwanda gorillas & chimpanzee trekking tour: Gorilla Trekking Experience

After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the park headquarters- Kinigi for a briefing about the endangered mountain gorilla trekking by the park warden.

Along with your trekking gear enough drinking water, and packed lunch, the driver will drop you off at the starting point to trek the gorillas together with the ranger guides. This activity may take between 1-6 hours searching for the gorilla depending on their movement.

However, upon sighting them, it is so rewarding and you will spend a maximum of an hour with the up close in their natural habitat, take your time observing them as you study them go on with their daily life. Take as many pictures and videos as your camera film can hold

After spending your time with this fascinating mountain gorillas, return to the base or starting point and meet up with your driver to take you back to your lodge for lunch or refreshment.

After lunch depending on the time, you got done with trekking, you may opt for a cultural walk to Iby iwachu Cultural village a Non-profit Umbrella Organization that aims at improving the lives of reformed poachers and communities around Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park through provision of conservation incentives, supporting community, enterprise development and livelihoods-based projects.

It’s a rewarding place where you will be guided around the place as you enjoy the Kinyarwanda traditions including the Intore dance, traditional ceremonies and guided community walk. Return to your lodge and refresh. Later have dinner and overnight

Meal Plan: full board

Day 3 of the 5 Days Rwanda primate tracking tour: Stopover at Lake Kivu and Transfer to Nyungwe National Park

After an early breakfast at the lodge, you will check out and transfer to Nyungwe National Park with stopover at Lake Kivu. Enjoy the morning breeze at the shores of the lake.

Spend approximately an hour there and then return on the road to proceed with your 4-5 hours drive to Nyungwe National Park with lunch en route. Nyungwe forest is the oldest and largest rain forest in East Africa.

Arrive in the park in the late afternoon and head to your lodge to check in. you will have time to relax as you reminiscence for the tomorrow’s events. Later have your dinner and rest.

Accommodation Options:

  • Luxury: Nyungwe forest lodge
  • Mid-range: Nyungwe top view hill hotel
  • Basic: Gisakura guest house
  • Meal plan: full board
Day 4 of the 5 Days Rwanda gorilla trek & chimpanzee trekking tour: Chimpanzee Trekking and Afternoon Canopy Walk

After an early breakfast, get ready for another tiresome yet exciting experience. Go for briefing about the endangered chimpanzee before entering the forest in search of the active playful fellows in Nyungwe forest.

The chimpanzees are much easier to spot as they jump from one tree to another, chattering and laughing. Chimpanzee trekking usually takes 3 hours. On sighting them, spend an hour while taking pictures and videos.

You will then return to the starting point and meet up with your guide to drive you back to your lodge for lunch and refreshment. After lunch, you will go on a walk-a swing bridge 50 meters in length that is suspended from large trees.

You will be able to see the amazing rain forest with a bird’s eye view, spotting wildlife moving about below you. Before night fall, you will return to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Meal plan: full board

Day 5 of the 5 Days Rwanda gorilla trekking & chimpanzee tracking tour: Transfer Back to Kigali or Airport for drop off

Wake up before check out time and have breakfast. Check out of the lodge and embark on 4 hours drive back to Kigali with an en route visit to Nyanza King’s Palace and Rwanda National Museum in Huye and Murambi genocide museum.

Arrive in Kigali and also visit the craft shops and the Kigali genocide memorial. Have lunch and go to your hotel or transfer to the airport for your flight.

Meal Plan: breakfast and lunch


Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Day 3: Stopover at Lake Kivu and transfer to Nyungwe National Park

Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking and afternoon canopy walk at Nyungwe

Day 5: Transfer back to Kigali

Important things to consider when planning for Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking

  1. Good hiking boats with good traction but comfortable
  2. Thick cotton gloves to protect your hands from scratches
  3. A light raincoat in case the weather is not good
  4. Packed snack and drinking water
  5. Porters to help with heavy backpack

Safari Inclusions and Exclusions

Safari Cost Includes:

  • Transportation in a tour van/Landcruiser
  • Service of an English -speaking tour guide/driver
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Park Entrance fees
  • Accommodation for 4 nights
  • Entrance fees to all destinations as per the program
  • Transfer to and from the airport

Safari Cost Exclusions

  • All activities not mentioned in the program
  • Phone calls bills
  • Tips
  • International transfers
  • Gratitude to tour guides
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal effects of any nature
  • Hotel fees before and after the safari

End of the 5 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking & Chimpanzee tracking safari to Volcanoes National Park and Nyungwe National Park


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