Mountain Gorilla & Chimpanzee Trekking Tour in Rwanda
Day 1: Arrival for Rwanda Mountain Gorilla and Chimp Tracking Tour
On arrival at the airport, you will be received by your guide then transfer to the hotel for check in.
Day 2: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National park for Chimps and other Primates Viewing
Have breakfast then transfer to Nyungwe Forest the home of primates, we pass by Murambi Rwanda Genocide Memorial Museum and Rwanda National Museum.
Nyungwe forest is situated in south-west Rwanda between Lake Kivu and the international border with Burundi. Nyungwe is divided north–south by a line of mountains that reach 2,600–2,900m and which form part of the Congo–Nile watershed. As a result, Nyungwe is composed of two areas differing in pedology, vegetation, water-flow and biodiversity.
Day 3: Rwanda Chimpanzee Tracking and Primate Walk Tour – Rwanda Primates
We spend the morning session tracking man’s closest relative the Chimpanzee and the other moments of the day be spent looking for the other 12 species of primates namely; L’Hoest’s Monkey, Owl-faced Monkey, Mona Monkey, Blue Monkey, Golden Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, Vervet Monkey, Greycheeked Mangaby, Black and White Colobus, Eastern Needle-Clawed Galago, Greater Bushbaby, Dwarf Galago, and Olive Baboon. Other mammals expected to nail include; Giant Forest Squirrel, Mountain Sun Squirrel, Boem’s Squirrel, Lord Darby’s Flying Squirrel, Giant Forest Hog, Bush Pig, Tree Hyrax, Lestrade’s Duiker, Black-fronted Duiker, Yellow-backed Duiker, Leopard, Golden Cat, Serval Cat, Wild Cat, Side-striped Jackal, African Civet, Two-spotted Palm Civet, Genet Servaline, Large-spotted Genet, Slender Mongoose, Marsh Mongoose, Ichneumon Mongoose, Congo Clawless Otter and many more.
Day 4: Rwanda Gorilla Tour to Volcanoes National Park
After breakfast, we transfer to the home of the endangered Mountain Gorillas.
Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans) is located in the north-west Rwanda, on the joint border with Uganda and DR Congo, where it is contiguous with Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (Uganda) and Virunga National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo).
The park is best known for Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei) and popular for being the base for the American naturalist Dian Fossey to carry out her research into the Mountain Gorillas. She arrived in 1967 and set up the Karisoke Research Centre between Karisimbi and Visoke. From then on she spent most of her time in the park, and is widely credited with saving the Mountain Gorillas from extinction by bringing their plight to the attention of the international community. She was murdered by unknown assailants at her home in 1985, a crime often attributed to the poachers she had spent her life fighting against. Fossey’s life later was portrayed on the big screen in the famous film “Gorillas in the Mist”, named after her autobiography. She is buried in the park in a grave close to the research center, and amongst the gorillas which became her life.
Day 5: Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Tracking Tour
The main activity today will be Mountain Gorilla Tracking. Mountain gorillas are the largest living primates and the world’s most endangered apes with an estimated population of less than 880 left in the wild of the whole world and none in zoos. The Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei), was not yet known to scientist until 1902. They are the next closest living relatives to human beings after the two chimpanzee species, sharing 98.7% DNA with us.
After Gorilla Tracking we transfer to Kigali .
Day 6: End of Tour – Transfer to the Airport for Departure