3 Days Chimp Trekking Tour In Rwanda

3 Days Chimp Trekking Tour In Rwanda

Spend these 3 Days exploring the beautiful Nyungwe forest national park as you take part in the mighty chimpanzee tracking experience where you spend an hour in the presence of our cousins and then take a canopy walk that lasts for 2 hours. This tour is all about discovering the primates mainly the chimpanzees but if time allows, you will visit some of the notable attractions in the Kigali city like the genocide memorial center, local markets, art and gallery centers and many more.

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Spend these 3 Days exploring the beautiful Nyungwe forest national park as you take part in the mighty chimpanzee tracking experience where you spend an hour in the presence of our cousins and then take a canopy walk that lasts for 2 hours. This tour is all about discovering the primates mainly the chimpanzees but if time allows, you will visit some of the notable attractions in the Kigali city like the genocide memorial center, local markets, art and gallery centers and many more.

  • Day 1. Pick up from Kigali, short city tour and transfer to Nyungwe NP
  • Day 2. Chimpanzee tracking and canopy walk
  • Day 3. Head back to Kigali-Rwanda

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1. Pick up from Kigali, short city tour and transfer to Nyungwe NP

Pick from either the airport or hotel in Kigali Rwanda and a short city tour where places like the genocide memorial ground of Kigali, local markets, art and craft centers and many more others will be visited. Later on, head to Nyungwe canopy forest national park a home to different animals including the 13 primates, large mammals like the forest elephants, duikers and many more others. Arrive and check in the booked accommodation.

Day 2. Chimpanzee tracking and canopy walk

Wake up and enjoy a well spiced tea and then a short drive or walk to the park offices at the briefing/starting point. The park guide ranger well-armed will take you into the different matters like proper dressing code while in the forest, guidelines to follow like feeding wild animals is not advised, don’t litter the park premises, don’t mimic or respond to the voice of chimps because you don’t know what they are saying and many more.

Begin the trek as you spot other primates like the red tailed monkeys, Lhoest monkeys, Black and white colobus monkeys and many more others. Meeting a group of chimpanzees grants you a chance of spending an hour in their presence taking photos and recording videos. Chimpanzees are lively animals, they keep jping from one tree to another, communicating m, grooming young ones, feeding and many more.

Have lunch after the experience followed by an afternoon canopy walk in this beautiful forest with 13 primates, over 350 birds and more. The canopy is a bridge-like structure made of ropes and wood suspended in the air of 70m high and 160m long. Take a 2 hours walk exploring the aerial view of the forest and different wildlife creatures jump from one side to another. Later on, head back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 3. Head back to Kigali-Rwanda

Have a leisure breakfast and then transfer back to Kigali city a journey that will last for about 4 to 5 hours hence lunch enroute. Be dropped at the airport to mark the end of 3 days chimp trekking tour in Rwanda.

Included in The package/Price:

  • Transfers in a exclusive 4×4 Customized jeep
  • All Airport Transfers.
  • All Activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 1 Chimp Permit per person
  • City Tour
  • Bottled water on safari

Excluded in the Package

  • Personal International flight
  • Visa (USD $50 or $100 for east African tourist visa
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of personal nature
  • Laundry service
  • Tips

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F.A.Q.

There is no standard price for Uganda, Rwanda or Congo gorilla permit –each country has its rates. In Uganda, the charges vary depending on the visitor category. The foreign non-residents are charged USD 700 to have their gorilla permits booked, USD 600 for foreign residents and Ugandans (East Africa citizens) pay shs. 250,000 per person. To have a gorilla permit secured/booked, you need USD 1500 for Rwanda and this is most ideal for luxury/high-end travelers interested in visiting the endangered mountain gorillas.

When booking a gorilla permit, it is also a good thing to have a destination of your desire in mind. The key places to consider a must-visit on gorilla tour include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park –these are gorilla trekking destinations for tourists on a tour in Uganda. In Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park is where you can locate habituated mountain gorilla families and crossing the D.R. Congo, you can explore Virunga National Park.

It is a good thing to also understand when best to book your gorilla permits to avoid having issues on actual date of gorilla trekking. Considering our experience, we always recommend our clients to have their permits booked early enough at least 2-4 months. This can save you from last minute stress, especially if you plan to travel during the dry season also considered to be the peak season. The peak months of the year fall around June, July, August to September, and December, January to February.

Gorilla permits are among the relevant documents visitors must have to be allowed to track gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Not any gorilla permit should be presented on actual gorilla trekking adventure but a valid one. Booking gorilla permits is part of making the entire gorilla trip complete and should be done early enough before the actual visit to see mountain gorillas or eastern lowland gorillas.

To have your gorilla permit booked, there is a process one should undergo through and is generally tedious. Considering your tight schedule back home, you may wonder how easier you can have your permit booked in advance to avoid last minute stress.

The easiest way to secure your gorilla permit in Uganda or Rwanda is by dealing with a recognized tour operator/company on the ground. This is where our reservation team comes in. As part of your gorilla safari requirement, our team being on ground will ensure that your permit is booked early enough and everything else that is needed for gorilla trekking is put together.

The beauty about dealing with local safari company such as ours is that we have knowledge on the different gorilla groups and surrounding communities plus various accommodation facilities for your night stay. This is in addition to making the entire gorilla permit booking process easier on behalf of our clients.

There is also an option of booking the permit directly through the reservation team of respective park authorities. But the challenge is that you must undergo through the long process to have your permit booked and this may not favor you depending on your schedule. Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is an organ in charge not only for conservation of wildlife in the Pearl of Africa but also sets prices for tourism activities in the parks including gorilla permits. In Rwanda, you can contact Rwanda Tourism Board/Rwanda Development Board to have your permit booked.

The East African tourist visa is a joint visa that permits one to travel to specific countries within East Africa, namely Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda only. A joint tourist visa can be used several times for various purposes as long as it’s not overdue. 

Tourists should therefore find it important to always remember that the tourist visa lasts for only 90 days.  Processing the tourist visa takes a maximum period of two working days. It is also important to note that the tourist visa prohibits employment.

The process of applying for a tourist visa has been made easier since it can be done with the help of a tour operator or by the individual themselves online through the Ministry of Internal Affairs immigration portal. Visitors are required to log in to the portal, go ahead and accept the terms and conditions for the tourist visa, select the Visa / permit type, the subcategory and category, complete the application form and upload the required documents. 

A reference number will be generated and sent to you through your email, submit it and proceed to payment. It’s important to note that the payment can be made using Visa cards.  An approval letter will be sent to your email after the above process.

Report at the immigration office or border post for the biometric capture with all the necessary documents, receipt of payment, approval letter and your passport. Visitors should regard it as important to enter through the home country issuing the visa.

The East African tourist visa costs a fee of $100 only, meaning that it can be obtained by all travelers ranging from the budget to luxurious ones.

  • Persons aged 15 years and above are allowed to trek gorillas.
  • Avoid sneezing in the presence of gorillas.
  • Always stay away from gorillas by observing distance
  • Do not try to feed gorillas
  • Do not chew in the presence of gorillas
  • Do not take photos with flash light on.

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