5 Days Congo Lowland Gorillas & Nyungwe Chimpanzees
Involve yourself on the 5 Days Congo Gorilla tour and Nyungwe Chimpanzees to experience Congo’s finest treasures in Kahuzi Biege national park and Nyungwe’s unique creatures the rare species of Chimpanzees an exceptional experience that should not be missed.
Day 1: Transfer-Nyungwe Forest NP
Wake up early in the morning take breakfast your hotel in Kigali then transfer southwards to Nyungwe Forest National Park to have an encounter with the chimpanzees. On your way you will stop over to visit the King’s palace in Nyanza which is the final operating dominion known to have had two ruling strong Kings i.e King Musinga and King Rudahigwa. The palace has a good customary hut with beautiful ancient architecture, King’s equipment/ materials and the traditional Inyambo cows and these represent Rwanda’s unique cultural norms. After here, you will proceed with your journey to Nyungwe then you will make a stop at Butare town for lunch then later transfer to visit the famous National Museum of Rwanda with more than 800,000 artifacts exhibiting the history, culture and heritage of Rwanda. After this, you will continue with your journey and you will reach Nyungwe forest National Park in the evening for relaxation dinner and overnight.Nyungwe Forest Lodge-luxury, Gisakura Guest House-Budget, Nyungwe Hill top lodge-mid range.
Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking-Nyungwe NP-Canopy walks
Wake up early in the morning and have breakfast at exactly at 4am so as to embark on your journey at 5:00 am for chimpanzee tracking in kyamudongo forest. When you reach the forest you will go straight for briefing about the Dos and Don’ts while with the chimpanzees and this is done by experiences park rangers/ guides. Later on you will enter the forest to search/ track the chimpanzees and on your way you will spot other primates like the black and white Colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys etc. Tracking these may take 5-8 hours and only an hour is allowed to interact with them. After the tracking process you will proceed for lunch and relaxation. After lunch you will transfer to take on the 2 hour afternoon canopy walk that starts at the Uwinka Visitor center and on this you will have very scenic views at the vegetation terrain that includes very gigantic trees, golden monkeys as well as different bird species. After the walk you will transfer back to your lodge/ hotel for dinner and overnight. Nyungwe Forest Lodge-Luxury, Nyungwe Hill top Lodge- Mid range, Gisakura Guest House- Budget.
Day 3: Transfer-Bukavu Congo
Wake up take breakfast then proceed with your journey towards the Cyangungu border post so as to cross the border to Bukavu town where you will leave for Kahuzi Biege National park to track the lowland Gorillas. On your way, you will have lunch in Bukavu and after lunch, you will transfer to learn about the prominent Mbayo Tea Plantation. Here you will be informed/ taught about the processes taken to grow good tea and how the plantation has benefitted the community at large. After this, you will proceed back to your lodge/ hotel for dinner and overnight. Orchid Safari Lodge- Midrange/ Luxury, Hotel Horizon-Budget.
Day 4: Lowland gorilla trekking-Kahuzi Biega NP
Rise up early in the morning take breakfast then later on after embark on wonderful experience of tracking the low land gorillas found in the prominent Kahuzi Biege National Park. When you reach the park, you will proceed to the briefing point where you will be told about the Dos and Don’ts around these primates. After briefing, you will proceed into the forest to track these in groups of 8. Tracking takes 1-4 hours and when you meet them, you will be allowed an hour to interact with them. These are bigger in size and live in large groups compared to the endangered Mountain Gorillas. After the tracking, you will proceed for a nature walk in the Park to discover the beautiful Tshibati falls that will give you exceptional views of Bukavu town. After the nature walk, you will return back to your hotel/ lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight. Orchid Safari Lodge-mid range/ luxury, Hotel Horizon-Budget.
Day 5: Transfer-Kigali
Wake up early in the morning take breakfast then embark on a drive back to Kigali and en-route, you will stop to visit Murambi genocide memorial to discover living testimonies of the 1994 horrific ethnic conflict between the Hutu and Tusti. After this, you will transfer straight to you lodge/ hotel for relaxation or airport for your flight back home.