This 2 Days Nyungwe Chimpanzee Tour 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 a 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 expanses 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.
Departure & Return Location
Kigali International Airport
- Chimpanzee tracking permit
- Canopy walk
- Ground transport
- Service of an English-speaking driver-guide
- All mentioned activities except for the optional ones
- Airfares & Rwanda Visa
- Luxury drinks/Alcoholic drinks
- Tips to local guides
- Personal insurance and shopping
- Entrance Fees
- Karisoke research center tour
- Gift shops
Day 1: Drive from Kigali to the beautiful Nyungwe forest
This morning we depart Kigali for a 2-day chimpanzee trekking safari in Nyungwe forest national park. There is an optional stopover in Huye at the ethnographic museum formerly the national museum of Rwanda – You will then have lunch an proceed to the park. In the afternoon, you will take on the canopy walk in Nyungwe forest. The drive to Nyungwe forest is rewarding with views of several hills, Lake Kivu, and Kibira national park in Burundi.
Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest national park
Early morning at about 5.00 am depending on the 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 the 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.