nyungwe forest safari

Trip overview

The 3 Days Nyungwe forest chimpanzee tour package takes visitors for both chimpanzee tracking and forest canopy walk through the woods of Nyungwe Forest National Park. Visit and trek the endangered chimpanzees in Rwanda with Lets Go Tours Rwanda one of the reliable travel agencies in Rwanda. Located in south western Rwanda, Nyungwe Forest National Park is one of the best preserved montane forests in Africa. The park covers a land area of 1,019 square kilometers comprised of montane forests, swamps, orchids, gnat lobelias and bamboos among others. The park was established in 2004 purposely to conserve the endangered chimpanzees and diversify tourism in Rwanda. Chimpanzee trekking is the popular touist activity in this montane forest at $90 per permit. In addition to chimpanzees, Nyungwe Forest national park is also home to other primates which include Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Vervet Monkeys, Olive baboons, Blue Monkeys, Angola Colubus, Ruwenzori Colobus and Silver Monkeys among others. More so, Nyungwe Forest National park is the number one Important Birding Area in Rwanda sheltering over 300 bird species some of which are not found anywhere else in the world. Some of the notable birds in Nyungwe Forest include African Paradise Flycatcher, Chinspot Batis, Long Crested Eagle, Blue headed sunbird, Handsome Francolin, Regal Sunbird, Strange Weaver, Red collared babbler, Ruwenzori Turaco, Ruwenzori Batis, Ruwenzori Francolin and Dusky Crimson Wing among others. The 3 Days Nyungwe chimpanzee tour also entail a canopy walk where travelers walk on a suspended bridge 60 meters above the forest. Canopy walk offers you great aerial views of the main forest, virunga volcanoes and neighboring local communities. The major activities done in Nyungwe Forest National park include chimpanzee trekking, canopy walk, bird watching, monkey trekking, nature walks and waterfall hiking among others. Since october 2020, Afrcan Parks took over management of Nyungwe Forest National Park after signing 20 years agreement with Rwanda Development Board.

Trip Summary

Day 1: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest NP
Day 2: Chimps Tracking and Canopy Walk
Day 3: Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park

On your arrival at Kigali International Airport, our company tour guide will welcome you and transfer you to Nyungwe forest NP; driving south east, en route, visit the Murambi genocide memorial site, Nyanza King’s palace. Dinner and overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury), Nyungwe Top View Lodge (Midrange) and Gisakura Hotel (Budget).

Day 2: Chimps Tracking and Canopy Walk

3 Days Nyungwe Forest tourAfter breakfast, you will assemble at the Nyungwe Forest Park offices to be briefed on the chimpanzee tracking expedition. Expect to view other wildlife species like velvert monkeys, baboons, among others during this search; enjoy an hour with the chimpanzees observing their behavior before retrieving to the starting point for your return to the lodge. In the afternoon, engage in a guided Canopy walk (and it’s not for the light hearted). Dinner and overnight at Nyungwe Forest Lodge (Luxury), Nyungwe Top View Lodge (Midrange) and Gisakura Hotel (Budget).

Day 3: Departure

Enjoy your breakfast and get ready for your return trip to Kigali and with an early arrival, engage in an amazing Kigali City Tour to Gisozi Genocide Memorial Site, National Museum a few to mention before drop off at a hotel / Kigali International AIRPORT.
End of the tour

What is included

– Our Quotes offered in USD
– Full Board Accommodation
– Bottled Mineral water
– All meals on safari
– Gorilla Permits
– 4×4 safari vehicle with driver/guide
– Park Entrance fees
– Chmps permit

What is excluded

– Visas
– International / domestic Flights
– Alcoholic beverages
– Tipping
– Laundry

About Rwanda Tours

Rwanda is one of the most rewarding spots to explore while visiting Africa mostly because of her popular sought after mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes national park. Rwanda tours
The country offers you a guarantee to come face-to-face with families of man’s closest relative sharing 98% DNA
The country is one of Africa’s fast growing economies, making bold decisions and ambitious plans to transform its self into a hotspot destination in Africa.

Apart from gorilla tours, Rwanda offers chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe National Park – one of the largest unspoiled montane rainforest in Africa, visit Kigali’s bustling markets, Gisozi genocide museum – a wealth of history, savannah wildlife viewing in Akagera national park and finally relax at the shores of lake Kivu after your gorilla trek.

Rwanda has a generally pleasant whether all year-round owing to her altitude. The country has two dry seasons between June-September and December-February are said to be the best times to travel there, but the two rainy seasons — March-May and October-November are also pleasant and green
How to Prepare for your gorilla tour

Carry plenty of water since you will be hiking on high altitudes have about 4 liters at least, snacks, bug spray like Deet 30, a light rain jacket, and go for the walking stick given at the briefing point.

Dress in long socks to tuck in your pants
Hire a porters to help carry your pack as well as a way to support the local community
Carry some shall bills and id possible some local currency (shillings) for tipping / gratitude. Carry recent dollars from 2013 and in good conditions without rips or old edges
Porters, rangers, guards and the rest of other staff are usually tipped $5 – $15 Per Person

For visitors very unfit, you have an option to be carried unto the gorillas and can negotiate the rates with the porters going to carry you. In addition, you can inform your tour operator to inform the park about your situated and they organize accordingly.
Please note, to trek gorillas successfully, you need to be fit, or an active person and not necessarily very fit.
Facts about Mountain Gorillas

As their name defines, mountain gorillas live high in the steep mountain forests. gorilla trek BwindiAs their name defines, mountain gorillas live high in the steep mountain forests. They live at elevations of up to 8,000 to 13,000 feet (1,500m- 4000m).
They live at elevations of up to 8,000 to 13,000 feet (1,500m- 4000m).
Please note that, In all 3 different national parks where gorillas are located, there are families which live on the lower elevation and those found in the middle and those located much higher.
This gives opportunity to all all types of travelers to fulfill a life long dream of trekking mount gorillas and meeting our relatives.

Mountain gorilla live in families/ groups/ tribes of 10 and above members headed by a silverback gorilla which is a oldest male gorilla in the gorilla with a silverback.

Over 950 mountain gorillas are surviving in central and East Africa gorilla trek Bwindi in Uganda – Bwindi forest and Mgahinga national parks, Rwanda – Volcanoes national park and Democratic Republic of Congo – Virunga national park
With each year, the numbers are growing thanks to the dedicated conservation team, and the tourists who fund the conservation projects through purchase of gorilla permits

Gorillas are identifies apart by their nose prints. For trackers who watch over them each day, they easily identify them and give them names.

All gorilla tours are guided by well trained professional park guides, ready to answer all your questions! All groups of 8 tourists who set out to trek for a gorilla family are escorted