5 Days Nyungwe and Volcanoes Tour

This 5 Days Nyungwe and Volcanoes Tour takes you on a remarkable travel experience as you explore two you Rwanda’s leading primate national parks; Nyungwe and Volcanoes national park. During these 5 Days Rwanda primate safari, you will enjoy chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park and also do gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park. This tour offers you the best opportunity to combine both chimpanzee and gorilla trekking in Rwanda.

Highlights for 5 Nyungwe and Volcanoes Tour

Day 1: Pickup from Kigali & Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park

Day 2:  Chimpanzee Trek and canopy walk

Day 3: Guided hike in Nyungwe Forest and Transfer to Volcanoes National Park.

Day 4: Gorilla Trekking and Iby’iwacu Village Tour

Day 5: Transfer Back to Kigali

Detailed Itinerary for 5 Days Nyungwe and Volcanoes Tour

Day 1: Pickup from Kigali & Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park

In the morning, you will be picked by the driver from your hotel in Kigali and embark on a 6 hours’ drive to Nyungwe national park. You will have a stopover visit to the King’s Palace in Nyanza and national museum in Butare and then have lunch enroute to the park. Arrive in Nyungwe in the evening and connect to your accommodation to spend the evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Day 2: Chimpanzee Trek and Canopy walk

Enjoy breakfast and go for briefing before entering the forest, searching for the active and playful fellows in Nyungwe forest. The Chimpanzees are easy to spot, as they jump from one tree to another, chattering and laughing. Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe forest national park usually takes about 3 hours. You will then have your packed lunch and later return back to base where you will meet up with your driver guide. After having your packed lunch, and head back to base where you will find your driver guide waiting to take you back to your lodge. (Remember to carry your packed lunch from the lodge before you leave).

After lunch, you will go on a walking trail that will take you to the Canopy Walk-a swing bridge 50 meters in length that is suspended from large trees. You will be able to see the amazing rainforest with a bird’s eye view, spotting wildlife moving about below you. This hike takes between 1-2 hours depending on your pace. Before night fall, you will return to the lodge for dinner as above.

Day 3: Waterfalls Hike & Transfer to Volcanoes National Park (Approximately 4-5 hours’ drive)

Have breakfast early in the morning then drive to the park for a guided nature walk to one of the Isumo waterfalls in the park. This is a 4 hours hike to and from and you will get to see a lot of wildlife and bird species during your hike.

After your hike, have lunch and then transfer to Volcanoes national park where upon your arrival, you will check into your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4: Gorilla Trek and Ibyi’wacu Village Tour.

Wake up early and have breakfast at your lodge. You will then grab your packed lunch which the lodge prepared for you and head out to the park’s briefing point in time for your morning brief. (In case you don’t want to have packed lunch, you can have hot lunch at your lodge; however, kindly pack some snacks in case you get hungry during your gorilla trek.

You will then head into the forest in search for gorillas which can take between 1-6 hours or more depending on the location of the gorilla family. Once you have located a gorilla family, you will be given an hour to spend with the gorillas. Have lunch and then proceed for a cultural tour at Ibyi’wacu Village where you will spend time with the locals who are also famously known as the ‘Gorilla Guardians.’

5 Days Nyungwe and Volcanoes Tour
Iby’iwacu cultural tours

Later have dinner and overnight stay at your lodge.

Day 5: Transfer Back to Kigali.

Wake up in time to have breakfast at your lodge. You will then check out of your lodge, meet up with your driver guide and transfer to Kigali where your driver/guide will drop you off at a hotel of your choice or Kigali International Airport where you will you will board your flight back home. If a city tour was not possible on your first day, then you can opt for a short tour of Kigali city.

End of 5 Days Nyungwe and Volcanoes Tour

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