8 Day Nyungwe and Volcanoes Safari

Canopy walks in Nyungwe forest

Tourist taking part in the Canopy walks in Nyungwe forest.

 

From primate safari’s to trekking the famous mountain gorillas, canopy walks, this is a trip that will take you to explore the forest national parks here in Rwanda. These include Cyamudongo forest, Nyungwe forest and Volcanoes national park.

Day 1: Arrive at Kigali International Airport
On arrival you will be received by our team who will take you to Kigali serena hotel to rest and relax after the long journey. Kigali is the country’s capital and it has been since the country gained its independence from the colonialists back in 1962. It is spread out on a number of highlands the reason it is called ‘land of a thousand hills’. It is a beehive activities allover the city but this has not compromised its tidiness and it is arguably the cleanest city in the whole of Africa.
After you have rested you may want to take a stroll around the city and see this for yourself.

Day 2: Kigali – Nyungwe Forest National Park
You will leave Kigali on day 2 and head to Nyungwe forest but first stopping at nyanza royal palace for an informative visit. Nyanza was Rwanda’s capital before Kigali and this was between 1958-1962. This palace was built for King Mutara III Rudahigwa who passed on sadly before he could reside in it so it was found deserving to turn it into a museum.

From here you will also drive to Butare to visit the country’s national museum where you will see different historical of Rwanda before driving to Nyungwe forest. The drive is a very scenic one as you drive past several neat farmlands and lots of green vegetation. The park is one of Africa’s largest primal and biodiverse forests.rich mosaic of habitats range from open marshes, bamboo groves, dense jungle vegetation and tracts of giant lobelia. Nyungwe contains the famous Congo-Nile divide and is the primary water catchment area for the region. You will then reside at Nyungwe forest lodge.

Day 3: Nyungwe Forest Lodge
You will go for a chimp trek in the morning in Cyamudongo forest that is nearby. It is a small forest that has been connected to Nyungwe forest historically and it has a great collection of bird species that are typical of the Albertine Riftvalley system. Because of its small size it is better to see chimps here than in Nyungwe forest; it has resident habituated chimps therefore be sure to catch them anytime here.
In the afternoon you will then enjoy a canopy walk in Nyungwe forest which is a suspended walkway that hangs over the treetops and it has stunning views of the forest life. Get your adrenaline moving as you move high above land. After lunch you can also return for a nature walk where you will enjoy birding, seing butterflies and waterfalls too.

Day 4: Nyungwe Forest National Park
This day will be spent forest hiking on the trails of Nyungwe forest. The park has a rich floral diversity and hosts a great number of Albertie Rift endemic birds as well as 13 tppes of primates. These primates include golden monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, chimpanzees, black and white Colobus monkeys which are over 400 here. This hike is like no other and you will enjoy every bit of it.

Day 5: Volcanoes National Park
We shall leave Nyungwe and head to Volcanoes national park in Kingi. This is approximately an 8 hour drive that is full of scenic views of the richly blessed Rwanda. The Virunga volcanoes is a chain of mountains made upof 8 peaks that rise high up to 4500m. They straddle Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC but 5 of these are found here in Rwanda. The slopes are covered in thick blankets of green vegetation including a thick rain forest that fades into alpine moorland and montane grassland.

Day 6: Gorilla trekking at Volcanoes National Park
Probably the most interesting activity of the whole trip is today when we get to trek mountain gorillas. We shall gather at the headquarters for a brief about what to expect, assigned guides and gorilla families to visit. The time you take to get to your gorilla family ranges between 2-6 hours and when you get it, you are given a maximum of 1 hour with these gorillas exploring, learning and loving these incredible creature. Enjoy every second you are with these animals and do not forget to capture every moment. It is very important. In the afternoon you will visit the twin lakes of Ruhondo and Burera in case the weather is good or visit the local markets in Musanze. You will relax and have a good time at Sabyinyo silverback lodge

Day 7: Second gorilla trek at Volcanoes National Park
This day is just like the first one to grow your bond with these amazing famous mountain gorillas. You will be assigned a different family this time and it will be interesting to find that their behaviour is uniquely different.

Day 8: Volcanoes National Park – Departure
Depending on the time of your flight you may leave very early in the morning or later in the day.