5 Days Volcanoes and Nyungwe Primate Safari

5 Days Volcanoes and Nyungwe Primate Safari

Our 5 Days Volcanoes and Nyungwe Primate Safari takes you to two of the best primate destinations in Rwanda-Nyungwe Forest National Park and Volcanoes National Park. Take this chance and embark on a wondrous gorilla trekking safari in Volcanoes national park which has the most habituated gorillas in the world. You also visit Nyungwe national park where you will track habituated chimpanzee groups in the park and also hike to and from the famous Nyungwe Canopy Bridge. These 5 days Volcanoes and Nyungwe primate safari begins and ends in Kigali, Rwanda.

Summary for 5 Days Volcanoes and Nyungwe Primate Safari.

Day 1: Pick-up and Transfer to Volcanoes National Park.

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking and Iby’iwacu Community Tour.

Day 3: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Day 4: Chimpanzee Trekking and Canopy Walk.

Day 5: Transfer back to Kigali.

Detailed Itinerary for 5 Days Volcanoes and Nyungwe Primates Safari.

Day 1: Pick-up and Transfer to Volcanoes National Park.

Pickup & Transfer to Volcanoes: You will be picked up by our company representative upon arrival at Kigali International Airport. You will have a short tour of the Kigali Genocide Memorial Site and Caplaki market in Kigali. Have lunch before proceeding with your transfer to Volcanoes National Park. Later in the afternoon, you will transfer to Ruhengeri town for dinner and overnight stay at Muhabura Hotel/ Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge/ 5 Volcanoes Boutique Hotel.

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking and Iby’iwacu Community Tour.

Gorilla Trekking: Breakfast early in the morning and drive to the park headquarters in Kinigi by 7 a.m. When you arrive at Volcanoes National Park, you will be greeted by the park’s chief ranger, who will inform you and provide you with instructions to follow while tracking gorillas and in their presence. After that, you’ll be divided into tracking groups, each of which will include eight people.

Activities for gorilla trekking in Volcanoes begin at 8 a.m., and you will be escorted by armed park guards, professional guides, and porters if you have luggage to transport. Remember to bring a packed lunch on this day, since gorilla trekking can take anywhere from 2 to 7 hours to discover the gorillas.

Iby’iwacu Community Tour: Later in the afternoon, you’ll go to the Iby’iwacu village to learn more about Rwanda’s fascinating culture. You will get the opportunity to engage with the locals, see their daily lives, and attend dance performances by the local intore dance company. While you’re there, you’ll hear about how majority of the people in the Iby’iwacu village were previously poachers who were rehabilitated and now work in the national park’s conservation initiatives. Hiking to the Musanze caverns and exploring them is also a possibility. You’ll learn about the caverns’ history as well as its cultural significance in Rwanda’s past.

5 Days Volcanoes and Nyungwe Primate Safari
Iby’iwacu Community Tour

Later return back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Transfer to Nyungwe: Breakfast will be served early and you will transfer to Nyungwe forest national park with a stop at the King’s Palace in Butare and lunch en-route. Dinner and overnight stay at Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel/ Gisakura Visitor Centre

Day 4: Chimpanzee Trekking and Canopy Walk.

Chimpanzee Trekking: Enjoy breakfast and go for briefing before entering the forest, searching for the active and playful fellows in Nyungwe forest. The Chimpanzees are the easy to spot, as they jump from one tree to another, chattering and laughing. Chimp tracking usually takes about 3 hours. You will then return to your accommodation for lunch.

Canopy Walk: 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. Before night fall, you will return to the hotel for dinner and overnight same as above.

5 Days Volcanoes and Nyungwe Primate Safari
Canopy Walks in Nyungwe

Day 5: Transfer back to Kigali.

Transfer back to Kigali: Take your breakfast at leisure and then drive back to Kigali City. You then proceed with a tour of Kigali City if you want, depending on when your flight back home departs. While on your Kigali city tour, you can visit places that you missed out touring on Day 1 of your trip. End of Safari.

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