Rwanda is a land of absolute remarkable beauty characterized by glorious towering milieu and décor. Its a country shrouded in endless greenery of mountainous landscape and on this safari you will track Chimpanzees in Nyungwe forest and explore Lake Kivu.
Rwanda is a land of absolute beauty characterized by glorious towering milieu and décor from the rolling hills hence known as the “Land of a thousand hills”. At just 26’338 sq.km, Rwanda is small but stunningly beautiful and worth exploring on an African safari. It's popular for its signature gorilla trekking adventures but more to that are the Chimpanzee tracking safaris in Nyungwe forest.
On this 6 days Rwanda African safari, you will go for Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe forest and also explore Lake Kivu in the western part of the country. It is one of the Great Lakes of Africa.
At approximately 1’000 sq.km, Nyungwe Forest national park is undoubtedly the biggest mountain rainforest in Eastern Africa. It extends into Burundi’s Kibira National Park and mainly known for its primate variety and density. The park shelters over 500 Chimpanzees and primates like the L’Hoests, Blue monkeys, Owl-faced and Colobus Monkeys among others. The highlight of your safari will be the adventurous Canopy walk, where you knees will shake 60 meters high above a dense jungle canopy.
You will enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Kivu; one of East Africa's Great Lakes located in the Albertine Rift region.
Note: Welcome to the Land of a Thousand hills! Meet and Greet with the company guide on the day you arrive at Kigali International airport. You will then be transferred to your overnight accommodation in Kigali.
Depending on time of arrival and how you may be feeling, you may do a city tour around Kigali. Visit places like the Genocide memorial and/or the Presidential Palace museum (optional).
Overnight (o/n):Kigali Serena hotel (Luxury)/ Gorillas Golf Hotel (Midrange)/ City Center Hotel Kigali (Standard) Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast
Depart Kigali after breakfast and hit the road on a drive southwest of the country to Nyungwe forest national park located just near Cyangugu town in the west. The journey through this part of the country is profoundly beautiful and scenic. You will have some stops en-route; to the Genocide Memorial of Gikorongo or to Nyanza King’s Palace at Nyabisindi. Continue to the park and check-in at the booked accommodation where you will have dinner and overnight stay.
Meal Plan: Half Board [HB], O/n: One & Only Nyungwe Forest (Luxury) /Nyungwe Top View Hotel (Midrange) /Gisakura Guest House (Standard).
Have a hearty breakfast at the lodge/ hotel and transfer to the park headquarters/ reception area with your packed lunch boxes, here you will meet with the park guide who will take you through briefing then start off the adventurous hike.
The 2.4 km Igishigishigi trail lasts about 3hours; and on this hiking adventure, you encounter lots of wildlife species like birds and primates such as the L’Hoest Monkeys, Silver Monkeys, and Mangabeys among others. This is the most interesting of the trails originating from Uwinka reception because it includes the exciting Canopy Forest Walkway and this is the highlight of this grand Rwanda safari.
Meal Plan: Full Board [FB], O/n: One & Only Nyungwe Forest (Luxury) /Nyungwe Top View Hotel (Midrange) /Gisakura Guest House (Standard).
Start off the day with a hearty breakfast, then transfer very early to the reception area where you will receive briefing and set off for Chimpanzee tracking. The trek through this forest is extremely adventurous due to the un-parallel nature of the forest. Tracking the Chimpanzees may take quite a long time due to the wider movements and coverage of these primates, however, it is worth moving through this remarkable forest. An hour is given to you once you meet the Chimps.
In the afternoon, depending on time and how you would be feeling, you may decide to embark on an adventurous trek of the 2.3km Isumo Falls trail originating from Nyungwe Forest lodge. The walk along the trail leads you to an encounter with the falls, tea fields, and wildlife.
O/n: One & Only Nyungwe Forest (Luxury) /Nyungwe Top View Hotel (Midrange) /Gisakura Guest House (Standard). Meal Plan: Full Board (FB).
Depart Nyungwe forest national park after breakfast at the lodge, and embark on the drive northwest of the country to Lake Kivu at Kibuye town.
You will enjoy the lovely moments you will have on one of the Great Lakes of Africa, check-in at the booked accommodation on arrival.
In the afternoon after your lunch break, you will enjoy a breathtaking boat trip to explore part of the waters of Lake Kivu, you will visit the Napoleon Island commonly known for its resident Bats and other wildlife.
O/n: Moriah Hill Resort (Luxury)/ Bethany Hotel Kibuye (Mid-range)/ Rwiza Village Guesthouse (Basic). Meal Plan: Full Board [FB].
Have an early breakfast at the lodge, checkout and continue northwards past the beautiful countryside to Gishenyi town near Lake Kivu where you will enjoy the pleasant waters of the Great Lakes of Africa.
In the afternoon, you enjoy the ambience around this resort side of the lake, the boat cruise along the majestic waters and relaxing at the beach will highlight your stay.
(Optional activities available here include, windsurfing, and paddling).Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
O/n: Lake Kivu Serena Hotel (Luxury)/ Paradise Kivu(Midrange)/ Paradise Malahide (Standard). Meal Plan: Full Board [FB].
After breakfast, enjoy the safe waters of the lake as you partake in a fun filled Kayaking experience. The water is tested to be bilharzia free therefore, enjoy the idyllic waters to the maximum, utilize the best of your time on this activity.
Later embark on a journey back to Kigali arriving in the evening. Drop off at the hotel or at the airport for your flight back home.
Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch. End of Safari
* Tour Starts and Ends in Kigali City
* Please book flights departing KGL after 2000hrs
*Chimpanzee tracking Permit and Park entrance fees
*Activity fees as detailed in the itinerary unless labeled as optional
*Round trip airport or hotel transfers*
Professional English Speaking guide/driver and Ground Transportation in 4x4 Safari land cruiser
*Drinking mineral water in the car and Meals as the itinerary describes
*Accommodation on Bed & Breakfast Basis on day of Arrival and during the tour
*Necessary Government tourism VATs
*AMREF Air Evacuation cover
*Tourist Visa fees (visa can be arranged on request)
*Post Tour Accommodation [can be arranged on request if necessary]
*International Airline tickets [can be arranged on request]
*Tips, Gratuities and expenses of personal nature
*Personal Travel insurance
*Meals and Beverages outside the meal plan.