Rwanda Gorillas and Chimps
5 NIGHTS GUIDE PRICE £9,950
Trek through the thick jungle to meet these majestic giants in Volcanoes National Park before travelling to the Nyungwe Forest with the chance to also view chimpanzees in their natural habitat. Permits are limited, so ensure you book yours early!
Guide Price & Inclusions
Rest night in Kigali with tour, 2 nights Volcanoes National Park All Inclusive, 2 nights Nyungwe All Inclusive would cost £9,950 per person sharing including flights, private transfers and Gorilla and chimp permits and park fees for one visit (more economical accommodation available on request).
Rates subject to travel dates and accommodation selection.
Extend your time in Rwanda with a stay in Akagera National Park for some more traditional game viewing or add on a beach extension with a stay in a hotel on the white-sand shores of Zanzibar.
Best Time to Travel
The gorillas can be seen year round, although can be harder to access due to muddy conditions during the rainy season (March – May and November). However this time of year can be best for spotting chimps as food is plentiful so they don’t need to head deep in to the forest to forage.
Tips for Families
The minimum age for both gorilla and now also chimp trekking is 15 years, so this is a trip to take with older teens or young adults.
- Spend a night in Kigali, this surprisingly calm and clean capital of Rwanda
- Trek through the jungle to spend unforgettable time with the Mountain Gorillas
- Option to spend time with the playful Golden Monkeys
- Learn more about chimpanzees, man’s closest relatives, in their natural surroundings
- Have the opportunity to spot some amazing birdlife, there many hundreds of different species in Nyungwe
Day 1 | Fly to Kigali
Today take your overnight flight to Kigali, with Rwandair Express.
Day 2 | REST AND VISIT THE GENOCIDE MEMORIAL
Today rest at your hotel after an early check in, whilst this afternoon visit the Genocide memorial, the final resting place of over 250,000 people. Established to remember the victims of this tragic period in Rwandan history, it also has a visitor centre providing a place to learn about the events proceeding it, in the hope of preventing such an horrific event happening again.
DAY 3 | JOURNEY TO VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
This morning take the scenic, winding road up to Volcanoes National Park, a journey time of approximately 2 – 3 hours.
Settle in to your Lodge in advance of an exciting day tomorrow!
DAY 4 | SEARCH FOR MOUNTAIN GORILLAS
This morning rise early for your transfer to the Volcanoes National Park Offices. Your adventure starts with a briefing from the Rangers at around 7:30am before participants are divided into groups and assigned to a particular gorilla family (there are about a dozen, accounting for half the world’s population).
Trekking to see them commences across fields and then the planting becomes more dense. Some families are only a few hours walk from the Park Offices, others are harder to reach so those less fit are generally assigned to the former.
When you reach your family, you should be able to spend around an hour or so with them watching them interact and hopefully a few younger members play! Whilst you’ll be asked to keep your distance, they are curious so may pass very close by, so it’s important to listen to your guide and stay calm.
After your once-in-a-lifetime experience head back to the Park Offices and transfer back to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure.
DAY 5 | GOLDEN MONKEY VISIT AND TRANSFER TO NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK
This morning there is the option of adding an easy trek to see the endangered Golden Monkeys in the Park (permits are much less, usually USD 100). The group of lively inhabitants are fun to watch munching on their favourite food of bamboo shoots and playing in the branches all around you.
Return to your Lodge and set off for Nyungwe, a journey time of 4 – 5 hours.
DAY 6 | CHIMP TRACKING
At the break of dawn, your expert guide will lead you into the heart of the jungle, on the trail of chimpanzees. There’s something incredibly special when you spot a chimp gazing down from the fig trees, or perhaps you’ll spot them on the move or socialising. Every trek is different, and the jungle’s charismatic inhabitants are full of surprises.
The park is made up of one of Africa’s oldest Afro-montane forest and forms a water catchment area that supplies several rivers including the mighty Congo and those around the Nile basin. This creates the perfect conditions for an incredibly rich biodiversity so it’s no surprise that it’s home to 13 species of primates including the biggest ever known family of colombus monkeys (more than 400), 85 mammals, over 1000 different of plant types and hundreds of bird species!
DAY 7 | DEPARTURE
This morning take a guided tour around the lush Gisakura Tea Estate, one of the most famous of Rwanda’s plantations blessed with the most spectacular setting.
After lunch, set off back to Kigali, a journey time of 4 – 5 hours, in time to connect with your overnight flight home.
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