5 Days Chimps and Culture in Rwanda


Chimps in Nyungwe Forest. Cultural visit to the national museum Butare

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Culture, Guided Tours, Jungle, Trekking
  • Activity Level Ultimate
  • Group Size Large Group
All about the 5 Days Chimps and Culture in Rwanda.

The tour takes visits Nyungwe, in South West of Rwanda, a huge afro-montane forest. With over 10000sq.km in size, Nyungwe is the undisputed giant in Central Africa. The natural forest is renowned for its large troops of colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, butterflies and a rich variety of orchids. Over 300 bird species have been recorded. While there, stay at the modest Gisakura Guest House, or the Ibis in Butare or other Lodge nearby, depending on availability.

  1. Day 1: Arrival

    Arrive at Kanombe (Kigali) airport. Meet and greet before transferring to Kigali City. City tour in Kigali (optional) including a visit to the genocide sites, the art and craft centre.

  2. Day 2: To Nyungwe Forest

    Start for Nyungwe Forest National Park. Along the way, make stops at places of interest including local markets, the traditional palace of Rwanda’s Former King in Nyanza. In Butare, visit the Botanical Gardens and a cultural museum. Drive past green fields of tea scattered across the hillsides and the small wooden houses unique to the areas surrounding Nyungwe Forest. [Approximate driving time: 5 hours]

  3. Day 3: Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest

    Go chimp tracking, the largest in Central Africa.

  4. Day 4: Nyungwe Forest

    EITHER Go chimp tracking, OR Guided nature walk in the forest to see a variety of animals and some of the three hundred bird species found here, which include the Rwenzori turaco and black and white casqued hornbill.  Go on an escorted walk in search of large groups of colobus monkeys – sometimes as many as 400 in a group.  Picnic lunch. Return late afternoon.

  5. Day 5: Return and departure

    Return to Kigali. Fly out if you have any onward flight. [Approximate driving time: 4 hours]

Recommended Hotels and Lodges

ORTPN Gisakura Guest House (FB)

Hotel Chez Lando or Mille Collines Hotel (B-L-D).

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