3 Days Rwanda Chimpanzee Trekking
3 Days Rwanda Chimp Trekking: Chimpanzees are the second most sought after primates after the rare mountain gorillas. Quite a number of chimpanzees in Rwanda have been habituated, which means that they are accustomed to being in the presence of humans. These 3 days Rwanda Chimpanzee trekking safari takes you to Nyungwe National Park located in the western part of Rwanda. This 3 day Rwandan Safari starts and ends in Kigali city.
Highlights for 3 Days Rwanda Chimp Trekking Safari.
- Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Nyungwe National Park.
- Day 2: Chimpanzee Trekking and Visit Gisakura Tea Estate.
- Day 3: Nyungwe Canopy walk and Transfer back to Kigali.
Detailed Itinerary for 3 Days Rwanda Chimp Trekking Safari.
Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Nyungwe National Park.
Pickup & Transfer to Nyungwe: On Day 1 of your 3 Days Rwanda Chimp Trekking Safari, you will be picked up by your guide from Explore Rwanda Tours upon arrival at Kigali International Airport. After a brief meet and greet session with your guide, you will then proceed with your transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park in the southwestern part of Rwanda. Nyungwe national park covers a total surface area of 1020 square kilometers of tropical rainforest. The national park is also part of the famous Nyungwe rainforest which is the largest tropical rainforest in both Central and East Africa. The forest is also the largest water catchment area in Rwanda, holding approximately two thirds of the country’s water supply. You will have lunch enroute to the national park. It is about a 5-6 hours’ drive from Kigali city to Nyungwe national park.
Upon your arrival in the park, check into your accommodation facility/lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Chimpanzee Trekking and Visit Gisakura Tea Estate.
Chimpanzee Trekking: Have an early breakfast and then head to the Park’s headquarters in Uwinka where you will be briefed by the park’s head ranger and placed in trekking groups of 8 members per group. Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest national park begins at exactly 8am, so endeavor to keep time and make sure you are at the Uwinka center by 7am. Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest national park can take between 4 to 6 hours or more depending on how long it will take you to locate the chimpanzees. You will only be given an hour to spend with the chimpanzees once they have been spotted. After your chimpanzee trekking experience, you will be given time to have your lunch in case you packed some from your lodge. Alternatively, you can choose to head back to your lodge where you will have your lunch and relax for a while.
Visit Gisakura Tea Estate: Later in the evening, you can head to Gisakura Tea estate. Here, you will be taken through the process of tea growing, harvesting, processing and packaging. You will even get to taste the delicious taste of the final product.
Return back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Nyungwe Canopy Walk and Transfer back to Kigali.
Nyungwe Canopy Walk: Wake up early in the morning, have your breakfast and head back to the park’s headquarters at Uwinka Centre. This is where you will begin your hiking trip, which will lead you to the Canopy Walkway. The Nyungwe Forest Canopy Walk is the most exciting and adventurous activity in Nyungwe National Park. This activity is not for the faint of hearts as it involves walking along the canopy walkway, which stretches 160 meters long and extends 70 meters above the forest ground. The Canopy walkway in Nyungwe national park gives visitors a chance to explore the national park from above, as visitors along the canopy walkway can get a panoramic view of the forest canopy. In addition to this, visitors also have an opportunity to see wildlife in the park such as; monkeys, chimpanzees, butterflies and different bird species. Head back to your lodge for lunch and drive back to Kigali.
Transfer back to Kigali: Later drive back to Kigali City. You can have you driver drop you off at your preferred hotel or at Kigali International Airport where you will catch your next flight back home. End of Rwanda Safari Tour.