Head off on thrilling nature encounters in remarkable primate habitats, with rainforest hikes in search of chimpanzees.
Suggested route & duration
4 nights Kigali round-trip
• Kigali 1 night
• Nyungwe Forest 2 nights
• Kibuye 1 night
About this independent tour
This itinerary operates on a private basis but you’ll join groups of up to 8 when trekking. It includes travel between destinations in a 4x4 vehicle.
NYUNGWE FOREST This mountainous rainforest reserve is rich in flora and fauna, with over 260 species of trees and shrubs, and over 100 types of orchid and giant lobelia alone. As well as incredible biodiversity, the park has breathtaking views. During your time here you may also spot colobus monkeys and migratory birdlife such as the Ross’ turaco and grey-cheeked hornbill.
CHIMPANZEES The Rwandan chimpanzee population is thought to consist of approx. 400-500 individuals, confined to the Nyungwe National Park. You’ll set off on exciting hikes in search of these endangered chimpanzee communities. Prepare to hear the excitable primates before you see them, as their pant-hoots travel through the deep forest. In small groups you’ll typically trek for around an hour and then spend an hour in the chimps’ company. You may get to see young chimps playing; adults feeding high up in the fig trees; others swinging effortlessly between the vines.
ACCOMMODATION One & Only Nyungwe House offers a touch of luxury at the edge of the Nyungwe Forest, with an infinity pool that seems to float in the treetops.
KIBUYE The drive back from Nyungwe Forest to Kigali will take you via the ‘beach city’ of Kibuye, around halfway down the eastern shore of Lake Kivu. Home to rocky beaches and peaceful islands, it’s a lovely stop for the night.
Tailor your tour
This itinerary is completely flexible, so you can choose your own number of nights, change camps, add excursions, and extend your holiday. It can easily be combined with Volcanoes & Gorillas to form a 7-night ‘Majestic Rwanda’ itinerary. Just ask one of our Personal Travel Experts to help.
Good to know
Luggage must be in soft bags weighing a maximum of 15kg. Minimum age 16 years. Primate habitats are at high altitude. Nyungwe’s rainy season is September to May, with the main dry season June to August, and some dry weeks in December and January.