Safari Overview of the 5 days gorilla safari in Rwanda to Volcanoes national park and Nyungwe canopy walk
These 5 days gorilla safari in Rwanda to Volcanoes national park and Nyungwe canopy walk features a canopy walk in Nyungwe forest national park and gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park. You will have the chance to look into the reddish eyes of the gentle giants and move 50m into the air in one of the oldest Afromontane forests in Africa. Rwanda is positioned as one of the beautiful countries of East Africa within the Albertine rift valley.
Volcanoes national park is the only home to mountain gorillas in Rwanda along with other mountain gorillas in Virunga national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park in Congo and Rwanda respectively. All the three are within the Virunga massif. About 10 habituated gorilla families are blessed to live of which you will surely see one during your safari in Rwanda.
Situated south west of Rwanda is the only best spot for a canopy walk in Rwanda. The walk is a 2 hours memorable walk that will take you through the fresh air of Rwanda with several bird species, you might need to keep your eyes up to avoid getting scared. Nyungwe forest national park offers a great safari activity option in Rwanda that you can’t dare miss.
In these 5 days you will do 2 of the best safari activities in Africa within a single safari within the land of a thousand hills.
5 days gorilla safari in Rwanda to Volcanoes national park and Nyungwe canopy walk safari highlights
Day 1: Arrival at Kigali international airport and transfer by road to Nyungwe forest national park.
Day 2: You will do chimpanzee trekking in the morning then do a canopy walk in Nyungwe forest national park in the afternoon.
Day 3: Drive from Nyungwe forest national park to Volcanoes national park
Day 4: You will do gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park
Day 5: Go for a Kigali city tour then transfer to Kigali for departure
Details of the 5 days gorilla safari in Rwanda to Volcanoes national park and Nyungwe canopy walk
Day 1 of the 5 days gorilla safari in Rwanda to Volcanoes national park and Nyungwe canopy walk
From the moment you set foot in Kigali international airport, your professional driver guide will pick you up to start your safari. Your driver guide will drive you to Nyungwe forest national park from Kigali international airport. The park is 193km away from the airport and this distance offers the best drive time for sightseeing as you cruise past various lush hillslopes.
Day 2 of the 5 days gorilla safari in Rwanda to Volcanoes national park and Nyungwe canopy walk
After a memorable breakfast from your accommodation facility in Nyungwe forest national park, you will head to the park headquarters for chimpanzee trekking. Chimpanzees are our closest relatives sharing about 99% DNA with humans. You will be stunned by the way the chimps play around the trees with their human like characters. Passing through the jungle, hiking in the steep slopes amidst several sightings will offer you the best 2-5 hours chimpanzee trekking.
In the afternoon after your lunch, you will now visit the canopy of the forest that you explored early in the morning. Walking 50m above the ground for 200meters is a breathtaking experience you cannot compare to any other canopy experience. These 2 hours walk to and from starts and ends at the Uwinka tourist reception center at the park headquarters. While your up there very many bird species will be passing by but just keep your eyes up to avoid getting scared from the height.
Day 3 of the 5 days gorilla safari in Rwanda to Volcanoes national park and Nyungwe canopy walk
After your last breakfast in Nyungwe forest national park, your driver guide will drive you to Volcanoes national park. After arriving at your booked accommodation in Volcanoes national park, you will relax, have dinner and an overnight at the foothills of the gorilla land.
Day 4 of the 5 days gorilla safari in Rwanda to Volcanoes national park and Nyungwe canopy walk
Remember to wake up early such that you can’t miss any moment on this day of your Rwanda gorilla safari. Gorilla trekking briefing starts at 8:00am at the park headquarters therefore you have to be there before this time. During the briefing, you will be allocated a gorilla family to trek and informed about the gorilla trekking etiquette. Gorilla trekking lasts about 2-5 hours though you can only gaze the gorilla life style for only 1 hour. If the trek ends early, you can go for a Musaze cave exploration and get amazed at how these natural houses are crafted.
Day 5 of the 5 days gorilla safari in Rwanda to Volcanoes national park and Nyungwe canopy walk
Since every great moment comes to an end, this last day of your safari ends with a visit to the Dian Fossey exploration centre. Dian Fossey is popular as the American primatologist who dedicated her whole life in mountain gorilla conservation. The Dian Fossey centre offers the best chance to understanding more about gorillas and paying a tribute visit to Dian Fossey tomb. After lunch, your driver guide will drive you back to Kigali international airport for departure.
Two extra ordinary activities in a single safari! You can’t afford to miss this, start planning today and tell a lifetime story.