This 2 day Rwanda Chimpanzee trekking safari in Nyungwe forest national park will give you an experience of Rwanda like no other. You will get to drive to the countryside and see more of Rwanda on this 6 hour journey. This is an alternative short tour to the 2 day Rwanda gorilla trekking safari for those on business trip and would like to see more of Rwanda. You have will have a short stopover at the ethnographic museum of Rwanda to learn more about the culture and history of the Rwandan people. You will soon be welcomed by the due from the dense Nyungwe forest which is one of the remaining expanse of forest cover in Africa as you drive on the winding roads leading you to your hotel near Nyungwe forest. You will take on the canopy walk after your chimp trekking experience before leaving for Kigali.
- Ethnographic museum
- Chimpanzee trekking
- Canopy Walk in nyungwe forest
Day 1: Drive from Kigali to the beautiful Nyungwe forest via Ethnographic museum in Huye
This morning we depart Kigali for a 2 day chimpanzee trekking safari in Nyungwe forest national park. We shall leave Kigali in the morning because of the stopover in Huye we are planning to have. In Huye, we will explore the ethnographic museum formerly the national museum of Rwanda – here you will learn more about the history and culture of the Rwandan people, after which we have our lunch. Depending on the arrival time in Huye we could have lunch before or after the museum visit. We shall them proceed for our chimpanzee trekking and canopy walk in Nyungwe forest. The drive to Nyungwe forest is rewarding with views several hills, Lake Kivu and Kibira national park in Burundi.
Journey time – 6 hours
Meal plan – Lunch & Dinner
- Upmarket – Nyungwe forest lodge
- Mid-range – Nyungwe top view lodge
- Budget – Gisakura guest house
Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest national park
Early morning at about 5.00 am depending on location of your lodge, your driver guide will pick you up and transfer you to the briefing point at the Uwinka visitors center in Nyungwe forest before you can start your chimpanzee trekking. The forest is rich in botanical diversity hosting over 200 species of trees and flowering plants and about 300 bird species.
The forest is also home to 13 species of primates including Olive baboons, L’Hoest’s monkeys, Ruwenzori colobus, Vervet monkeys, silver monkey, Grey-cheeked manga-bey, red-tailed monkey etc. You will most likely sight some of these forest inhabitants on your chimpanzee trekking.
After receiving a briefing and depending on the number of people present for the chimp trek you will be divided into two groups. One will track starting at he Uwinka center and another starting at Cyamudongo – which will require your driver guide to transfer you to the starting point. Your range guide will be in communication with the trackers who live early morning to locate where the chimpanzee nested the previous night. You are allowed to stay with the chimps for only 1 hour after locating them, photography is allowed but be reminded that the flash is prohibited. After Chimpanzee trekking experience, you have an option of taking the canopy walk for great forest views.
Meal plan – Breakfast and Lunch
- Chimpanzee tracking permit
- Canopy walk
- Ground transport
- Bottled water
- Full board accommodation for one night
- Service of an English-speaking driver guide
- All mentioned activities except for the optional ones
- Extras at the accommodation i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
- Tips to porters and driver/ guide
What to bring
- Rain jacket
- Water proof hiking shoes
- Trousers and long sleeved shirts
- Insect repellent
- Sun hat