5 Days Rwanda Gorillas & Chimpanzee Tracking

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Day 1: Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

You will be picked up from the airport on arrival or your hotel in Kigali and embark on your journey northwards to Ruhengeri – the base town for Volcanoes National Park where you will arrive by mid-morning and do the PCR test.

Proceed to the lodge where you will check in, have lunch and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Overnight: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge (mid-range) or Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel (Luxury)

Meals: Full Board

Day 2: Gorilla Trekking Rwanda

Breakfast will be served early and lunch will be packed. The briefing is at 7 am. Your guide will give you highlights of specific details about the way of life of the gorillas you will be tracking. The hike can take anything from one to seven hours.

Trekking through the steep, bamboo slopes and then finally getting in sight of the gorillas camouflaged in the open vegetation is an inspiring and privileged moment. Once you reach the gorillas, you are allowed to spend one hour with them standing just 6 meters away.

The maximum one hour with the Gorillas is usually fast spent! You will then return to the starting point from where you will receive your trekking certificate, meet your driver/guide and return to the lodge where you can relax in the afternoon or go for another walk to visit one of the communities around the park.

Overnight: Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge (mid-range) or Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel (Luxury)

Meals: Full Board

Day 3: Transfer to Nyungwe National Park

Have breakfast and embark on the journey to Nyungwe Forest National Park arriving in time for lunch and evening relaxation.

Overnight: Chimpanzee Lodge Nyungwe (mid-range) | Nyungwe Top Hill View Hotel (Luxury)

Meals: Full Board

Day 4: Chimpanzee Tracking & Canopy Walk

Have an early morning breakfast and head out for chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest national Park at Cyamudongo.

This lasts between 3 and 6 hours and later return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, you will go for the canopy walk where you will experience the forest from the tree tops level.

Overnight: Chimpanzee Lodge Nyungwe (mid-range) | Nyungwe Top Hill View Hotel (Luxury)

Meals: Full Board

Day 5: Kigali and departure.

Enjoy breakfast at leisure and embark on the drive to Kigali arriving in time for lunch. If you have a late flight, you may take time off to visit the genocide memorial centre before you depart Rwanda. The driver will drop you off at the airport well in time for your check in.

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