5 Days Rwanda Golden monkeys and Chimpanzee trekking Safari

5 Days Rwanda Golden monkeys and Chimpanzee trekking Safari takes you to Rwanda’s gorilla trekking and chimpanzee destinations respective. Volcanoes national park is Rwanda’s home for the endangered mountain gorillas and Golden monkeys; this park is located on Virunga Mountains shared with Uganda and Congo. Apart from gorilla trekking, Volcanoes national park is also a home to the endangered golden monkeys and other a few more primates and about 200 different bird species and a Mountain hiking destination. Also features, Nyungwe forest national park which is home to the endangered chimpanzees and 12 other species of primates. Trekking chimpanzees in Nyungwe forest is one of the most scenic experiences under the montane rainforest and walking on a canopy above the forest is an added beautiful experience. 

5 Days Rwanda Golden monkeys and Chimpanzee trekking Safari

Safari highlights of the 5 Days Rwanda Golden monkeys and Chimpanzee trekking Safari 

  • Day 1: Transfer to Volcanoes national park
  • Day 2: Golden Monkey trekking
  • Day 3: Transfer to Nyungwe forest national park
  • Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking and canopy walk
  • Day 5: Return to Kigali

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to hotel

Upon arrival in Kigali, you will be meant by your safari guide and transferred to Volcanoes national park, it’s a 2-3 hours’ drive from Kigali. Upon arrival in Musanze, you will check-in into your hotel and then do an optional community tour around Ruhengeri for a Rwanda cultural experience or unwind and spend the evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight at 

  • Luxury option: 5 Volcanoes Gorilla lodge
  • Mid-range option: Le Bambou Gorilla lodge 
  • Budget option: Hotel Muhabura for budget

Day 2: Golden Monkey Tracking 

You will enjoy early morning breakfast and transfer to the park headquarters with your packed lunch and bottled drinking water for a briefing by the park ranger guides at 7:00 am. After the briefing about the golden monkeys and thereafter enter into the park taking the golden monkey tracking trail and on this experience other primates, birds, butterflies will be spotted. The trek takes 2-5 hours depending on the location of the Golden monkeys. Return to your lodge for relaxation dinner and overnight stay at lodge as above. 

Day 3: Transfer to Nyungwe forest national park

After breakfast, check-out of the lodge and transfer to Nyungwe forest national park. It is about 6 to 7 hours’ drive to reach the park with en-route lunch and views of the Virunga Mountains and Lake Kivu, you will also stop for pictures. Proceed to the Nyungwe and connect to your accommodation to rest and dinner and overnight stay at One and Only Nyungwe House hotel for Luxury/ Nyungwe Top Hill Hotel for Mid-range/Gasakura Guesthouse for budget option

Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking and Umuyove trail for birdwatching experience 

Wake up early for breakfast then drive to report at Nyungwe forest national park for briefing about your experience. Enter the forest through one of the leading trails for chimpanzees and bird watching that is the Unuyove trail. The chimpanzees in Nyungwe forest are not habituated so they tend to be shy and run away from tourists and that means the chances of seeing the chimpanzees and other primates like the Grey-cheeked Mangabeys are not guaranteed however the rangers usually do their best to ensure that you see the chimpanzees by all means. This trail also is best for bird watching as different bird species can be spotted. This trail will also lead you to the waterfalls where you can relax before you walk back to meet your safari guide. It takes about 3 to 4 hours to complete the trail. Drive back to your accommodation for relaxation, dinner and overnight stay at

  • Luxury option: One and Only Nyungwe Hotel
  • Mid-range option: Nyungwe Hill Top Hotel
  • Budget option: Gisakura Guesthouse
Chimpanzee trekking
Chimpanzee trekking

Day 5: Return to Kigali

After breakfast, embark on your journey back to Kigali with en-route lunch. You will either be dropped off at your own booked hotel or to Kigali airport for your return flight with memories.

End of the 5 Days Rwanda Golden monkeys and Chimpanzee trekking Safari 

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