Day 1: Drive from Kigali to Nyungwe forest
In the 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 known as the national museum of Rwanda. You can have lunch at this spot and then proceed to the park. In the afternoon, you can take a canopy walk in Nyungwe forest. The drive to Nyungwe forest is rewarding because it gives views of several hills, Lake Kivu and Kibira national park in Burundi.
Journey time – 6 hours
Meal plan – Lunch & Dinner
- Upmarket – Nyungwe forest lodge
- Mid-range – Nyungwe top view lodge
- Budget – Gisakura guest house
Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest national park
Early morning your driver guide will pick you up from your hotel or lodge and transfer you to the briefing point at the Uwinka visitors center in Nyungwe forest. 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 as they move around the forest.
After receiving a briefing 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 of your 2 day chimpanzee trekking safari. Your range guide will be in communication with the trackers who live early morning to locate where the chimpanzee nested the previous night so that it is easy to track the chimpanzees. 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.
Meal plan – Breakfast and Lunch