5 Days Virunga Gorillas and Nyungwe Chimpanzee Tour

5 Days Virunga Gorillas and Nyungwe Chimpanzee Tour is a fascinating primate tour that will start and end in Kigali Rwanda. During the safari, you will be able to visit two primate destinations that is Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo where you will engage in an exciting gorilla trekking activity and Nyungwe forest national park in Rwanda where you will engage in an interesting chimpanzee trekking and canopy walk. 

5 Days Virunga Gorillas and Nyungwe Chimpanzee Tour

Highlights of the 5 days Virunga gorillas and Nyungwe chimpanzee tour

  • Day 1: Pick up from Kigali and transfer to Virunga national park
  • Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Virunga national park and transfer to Gisenyi
  • Day 3: Transfer to Nyungwe national park
  • Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking and canopy walk
  • Day 5: Departure to Kigali 

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Pick up and transfer to Virunga national park, on the first day of the 5 days Virunga gorillas and Nyungwe chimpanzee tour you will be welcomed by the company representative who will brief you about the safari and then start the journey to Virunga national park which is located in the Eastern part of Congo.  On the way you will have en-route lunch and enjoy spectacular views of the countryside, rolling hills in Rwanda, beautiful scenery, views of Lake Kivu among others as you proceed to Goma Grande Barrier border to obtain your Congo visa and gorilla trekking permit. From Goma you will join the Virunga security convoy to connect to Bukima where you will check into the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Virunga national park and departure to Kigali

Gorilla trekking, after an early breakfast on the second day of the 5 days Virunga gorillas and Nyungwe chimpanzee tour you will carry packed lunch and meet up with your driver to transfer to the park headquarters for a briefing about the rules and regulations of gorilla trekking.  After the briefing you will be allocated a habituated gorilla family to trek and a park guide who is well conversant with trails in the jungle. Trekking of the mountain gorillas in Virunga national park takes about 30 minutes to 6 hours depending on where the gorillas slept the previous night because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. During trekking you will be able to view other wildlife species including bird species, other primates, mammals, different plant and tree species among others. Once the mountain gorillas are located you will be able to spend one hour with them in their natural environment which gives you an opportunity to watch them carry out their daily activities like feeding, breastfeeding, playing, grooming young ones, learn about their behaviors, take photos and record the incredible moments to show people back home. After the one hour encounter with the gentle giants you will trek to the park headquarters, meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Gisenyi passing via Goma Grande barrier. Upon arrival you will enjoy spectacular views of the sundowner, terraced farmlands, beautiful scenery and later check into the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Transfer to Nyungwe national park

After a relaxed breakfast on the third day of the 5 days Virunga gorillas and Nyungwe chimpanzee tour, you will meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Nyungwe national park. On the way you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the coffee plantations, traditional homesteads, local people, beautiful landscape, terraced farmlands among others and upon arrival in the park you will check into the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking and canopy walk

Chimpanzee trekking, after an early breakfast on the fourth day of the 5 days Virunga gorillas and Nyungwe chimpanzee tour your driver guide will pick you up from the lodge to transfer to the park headquarters for a briefing about the rules and regulations of chimpanzee trekking. After the briefing you will be allocated a chimpanzee family to trek and a park guide who is well conversant with trails in the forest. Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest takes about 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on where the chimpanzees are located, during trekking you will be able to view other primates, bird species, mammals, butterflies and many others. Once the chimpanzees are found you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their environment where you will be able to learn about their lifestyle, take photos, watch them carry out their daily activities, record videos among other. After the face to face encounter with the chimpanzees you will trek back to the starting point where you will meet up with your driver guide and return to the lodge for lunch.

Canopy walk, after lunch you will go for an adventurous canopy walk which starts at Uwinka visitors centre and goes through the huge trees. During the canopy walk you will enjoy aerial views of tree tops, animals, birds, primates like l’hoest monkeys, olive baboons, vervet monkeys, red tailed monkeys, butterflies and many others. After the canopy walk which takes about 2 hours you will trek back to the starting point where you will meet up with your driver guide and return to the lodge for an evening relaxation, dinner and overnight. 

Day 5: Departure to Kigali

After a relaxed breakfast on the last day of the 5 days Virunga gorillas and Nyungwe chimpanzee tour, you will check out of the lodge and meet up with your driver guide to transfer to Kigali. You will have en-route lunch on the way and upon arrival in Kigali you will go for a city tour where you will visit Kigali genocide centre, craft markets among others. After the Kigali city tour your driver guide will drop you off at Kigali international airport for your departure flight or drop off at the hotel in Kigali depending on your schedule.

End of 5 days Virunga gorillas and Nyungwe chimpanzee tour

Tour includes

  • Chimpanzee trekking permit
  • Canopy walk
  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • Kigali city tour
  • Services of an English speaking driver guide
  • Full board accommodation
  • Pick up and drop off
  • Vehicle and fuel
  • Bottled water

Tour excludes

  • Air flight tickets
  • Visas
  • Optional activities not included on the itinerary
  • Life insurance
  • Personal expenses like buying souvenirs, crafts, drinks, laundry services, tips among others.
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