4 Days Nyungwe Chimps And Kahuzi-Biega Gorilla Safari

4 Days Nyungwe Chimps And Kahuzi-Biega Gorilla Safari

Visit the two primate national parks in two countries that is Nyungwe national park in Rwanda for Chimpanzee tracking and then Kahuzi-Biega national park for the low Land gorilla trekking. Each activity will offer you a chance to spend an hour with these beautiful primates known as our fellow human cousins since they share 98% of blood DNA.

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Visit the two primate national parks in two countries that is Nyungwe national park in Rwanda for Chimpanzee tracking and then Kahuzi-Biega national park for the low Land gorilla trekking. Each activity will offer you a chance to spend an hour with these beautiful primates known as our fellow human cousins since they share 98% of blood DNA.

The low land gorillas are the largest primates on planet earth hence larger than the mountain gorillas. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes in these two countries covered with green vegetation, different hills and mountains, small and larger creatures/animals as you dine in the favorable accommodations and served with organic foods.

  • Day 1. Transfer to Nyungwe national park from Kigali Rwanda

  • Day 2. Chimpanzee tracking and cross to Bukavu in DR Congo

  • Day 3. Low land gorilla trekking and leisure

  • Day 4. Cross back to Kigali Rwanda and drop-off at the airport

  • Departure

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1. Transfer to Nyungwe national park from Kigali Rwanda

The driver guide well dressed in our company uniform pick you from the airport or any agreed point in Kigali Rwanda, first takes you through briefing and then transfer Nyungwe forest national park. This amazing tourist destination is a home to 13 primates and the chimpanzees becomes the most outstanding ones. Enjoy the beautiful scenery like the green lush vegetation, different hills and the beautiful Rwandese. Arrive and check in at the booked accommodation.

Day 2. Chimpanzee tracking and cross to Bukavu in DR Congo

Wake up on breakfast and later on head to the park offices for briefing concerned about chimpanzee trekking. This exercise is done with a help of the park guide as he/she explains on the historical background of the forest, its inhabitants, proper dressing attire to use while on tracking, the rules and regulations to follow like feeding animals is prohited, keep distance from the chimpanzees and many more.

Start the search with a park guide well-armed for protection in case of wild animal attack but remember that you have high chances of spotting other wildlife the bird species, big mammals, small primates like the black and white colobus monkeys, varvet monkeys, red taled monkeys and many more others. Meet the community/group of chimps and follow it for an hour, learning about their behaviors as you record memories.

Later on, have lunch at the lodge and transfer to Kahuzi-Biega national park crossing the Bukavu border to DR Congo. In late evening, check in the booked accommodation facility and have dinner.

Day 3. Low land gorilla trekking and leisure

Like the previous day, breakfast will commence the day and then drive to the park offices for briefing. This will not be different from that of chimpanzee tracking and later on be guide by the park ranger to begin the search. The walk will not be tiresome since it involves walking in low land areas.

Meet a family/group of low land gorillas and spend an hour with them where you get to learn about their behaviors and movements. The overall experience can take about 3 to 8 hours depending on where these gorillas are located. Head back to the lodge for leisure evening.

Day 4. Cross back to Kigali Rwanda and drop-off at the airport

Breakfast will be served early morning to get enough time to prepare for your departure flight and this will be followed by a transfer back to Kigali Rwanda. A Drop-off will be at Kigali international Airport to mark the end of the tour.

Included in The package/Price:

  • Transfers in a exclusive 4×4 Customized jeep
  • All Airport Transfers.
  • 3 Night Accommodation
  • All Activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 1 Gorilla Permit per person
  • 1 Chimp Permit per person
  • 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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