Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Ruhengeri
Your driver / guide will be waiting to welcome you at Kigali International airport or pick you up from your hotel in Kigali and show you around the city; you will visit Kaplaki crafts village, Kimironko market and the Gisozi genocide memorial site.
Have lunch and later in the afternoon;depart Kigali and transfer to Ruhengeri town arriving in the evening. Have dinner and stay overnight at Le Bambou Gorilla Lodge, Five Volcanoes Lodge or Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
Day 2: Trekking with Gorillas on Mind – Volcanoes National Park
Treat yourself to a heavy breakfast and a short drive to the park headquarters at kinigi for briefing and preparing you for an epic primates encounter. You will then set off for the gorilla trekking with the park ranger guide and porters – for those that may need them.
You will trek through the rugged terrain for 3 to 6 hours until you have the gorillas in sight. You are granted a full hour to observe and take pictures of the Gorillas and later walk back out of the forest / mountain back to the starting point for your Gorilla trekking certificate!
In the afternoon you may go for an optional village tour for a cultural experience with a resident local guide. Return for dinner and overnight stay at your lodge of choice as above.
Day 3: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park
Have breakfast and transfer to Nyungwe forest park with lunch en-route and arriving Nyungwe forest late afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay at Nyungwe Forest Hill View Hotel
Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking& Canopy Walk.
Enjoy breakfast and go for briefing before entering the forest, searching for the active and playful fellows in Nyungwe forest. The Chimpanzees in Nyungwe are not easy to spot as they jump from one tree to another, chattering and laughing. Chimpanzee tracking usually takes about 3 hours. You will then return to your hotel / lodge for lunch.
After lunch, you will go on a walking trail that will take you to the Canopy Walk at Uwinka; 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 as above
Day 5: Return to Kigali& Departure
Enjoy breakfast at your pace and transfer back to Kigali. If the city tour wasn’t possible on the day of arrival, you will have a brief city tour and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.