2 Days chimpanzee trekking tour Nyungwe Forest National Park Rwanda

chimpanzee in nyungwe forest

2 days chimpanzee trekking tour to Nyungwe forest national park in Rwanda is one of the best short trips to take on a weekend away from Rwanda’s capital Kigali. The Chimp trekking adventure offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit wild chimpanzees in their natural setting and get up close and personal with our cousins. Nyungwe forest National Park is located in the southwest of Rwanda, roughly 5 hours drive from Kigali. One of the oldest afromontane rainforests of millions of years, Nyungwe is a primate haven hosting up to 13 species of primates including a large population of chimps numbering over 500 individuals and with two habituated troops the park offers good opportunities for chimpanzee trekking tours.

Along the way to Nyungwe Forest National Park we will visit the ethnographic museum in Huye/Butare for an opportunity to learn about the history and culture of Rwandan people.

Trip specifications

  • Group size: minimum one traveler
  • Age restrictions: must be at least 16 years of age to track the Chimpanzees in Nyungwe, no exceptions
  • We have selected the lodges basing on the proximity to the one of the reception centers, level of comfort, high standards of hospitality, and eco-friendliness
  • The itinerary focuses on the chimpanzee trek in Nyungwe but also includes a stopover at a tourist site along the way
  • Professional Rwandan driver/guide and a 4by4 tour vehicle

Itinerary for the 2 day Nyungwe chimpanzee trek tour

Day 1: Drive from Kigali to Nyungwe Forest National Park via Butare/Huye

After early breakfast, the tour driver shall pick you from the hotel and drive south to Nyungwe forest national park. You will stop over in Huye (formerly Butare) town for lunch after which you will visit the ethnographic museum, formerly national museum of Rwanda, and learn about the history and culture of the Rwandan people. Later continue to Nyungwe forest national park where you will arrive in the evening. Check into your lodge situated at the edge of the awe-inspiring Nyungwe forest!


* Journey time: 5 hours

* Meal plan: Lunch, Dinner

* Accommodation:

Luxury: Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Moderate: Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel

Budget: Gisakura Guest House

Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe National Park and Return to Kigali

We will have very early breakfast and transfer to the reception center by 5am where we meet the ranger guides and from there drive to the point where you start the hike into Nyungwe/Cyamudongo forest. It may take between thirty minutes and two hours to locate the chimps, and after spending the one hour of following them closely in the forest you will return to lodge for lunch and thereafter drive back to Kigali.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch

Tour includes:

  • Chimpanzee tracking permit
  • Transport – tour vehicle, driver guide, fuel
  • Visits to sites along the way to park
  • Full board accommodation for one night
  • All meals
  • Bottle water

Tour Excludes

  • Port fees
  • Tips
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Souvenirs and other curios shop purchases
  • Visa fees
  • Phone bills, laundry, and other personal expenditures
  • Luxury drinks, e.g beers, soda, wines and spirits

What to bring

  • Rain jacket
  • Hiking shoes
  • Long trousers & shirt
  • Cap/hut

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