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Chimps & Gorillas 7 Days

This trip combines extraordinary primate tracking in Nyungwe Forest National Park and mountain gorillas in Volcano National Park with a stay at the Gorilla Nest Hotel ...

Day 1: Arrival in Kigali

On arrival at Kigali International Airport you will be received by the representative and driver / safari guide from Africa Nature Trekkers and will transfer you to Hotel des Mille Collines for check in; and overnight stay.

Day 2: Kigali – Nyungwe Forest National Park

After an early morning breakfast, transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park en route visiting the traditional palace of Rwanda’s former emperor in Nyanza. Drive past green fields of tea scattered on the hillside slopes and the small wooden houses unique to the areas surrounding Nyungwe Forest. This drive may take you approximately 6 hours. Overnight at Gisakura Guest House

Day 3: Guided Nature Walk

After breakfast, set out for an escorted early morning guided nature walk. This spectacular exercise will enable you spot a variety of bird species in Nyungwe forest. If bird watching is your obsession, you will not miss amazing varieties. Two hundred eighty avian species have been identified in the forest. You will enjoy spectacular sights of the Rwenzori Turaco and Black, White Casqued Hornbill, etc. There is guaranteed sightings for large troops of colobus monkeys along the different forest trails. In the afternoon, go for chimpanzee tracking. Overnight at Gisakura Guest House

Day 4: Transfer Back to Kigali

After breakfast drive back to Kigali. Along the way, in Butare, enjoy a relaxing stopover at the Botanical Gardens. Get into the city in time for lunch. After lunch, set out for a rewarding scenic drive towards Kinigi via Ruhengeri. The beautiful scenery of the rolling hills for which Rwanda is well known will make the journey interesting to look at. Overnight at Gorilla Nest Hotel

Day 5: Gorilla Trekking in Volcano National Park

After a morning breakfast transfer to Kinigi Park Headquarters for a briefing from the rangers and then immediately set out for the gorilla trek in Parc National des Volcans. Overnight at Gorilla Nest Hotel

Day 6: Parc National des Volcans

This is a full day guided adventurous gorilla tour where you will visit to the grave of Dian Fossey, track Golden Monkeys, You may choose mountain climbing of the Visoke Volcano and Karisimbi, tour of the lakes Ruhondo and Burera. Cave exploration – visit Musanze cave and natural bridge. This is also incredible. Your encounter with the gorillas is the highlight of any Rwanda safari. Time taken to encounter these gentle apes ranges between 2 to 8 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas on that particular day. You cannot miss the colourful birds. Overnight at Gorilla Nest Hotel

Day 7: Kigali – Departure

Depart for Kigali after breakfast and depending on your flight schedule, you can take a city tour in Kigali, visit the genocide memorial sites, art and crafts shops and local markets, after which you proceed to the airport for your flight back home.

End of Safari!

What To Bring
• Comfortable safari boots / shoes
• Right travel clothes
• Sun block
• Sunglasses
• Hat
• Photo /Video Camera
This safari itinerary is a proposal trip that can be gladly customized to suit any personal changes, times, dates and other specifications.

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