Chimpanzee Trekking Safari Rwanda

This safari has been an interesting activity for many of our clients.

2 Days Chimpanzee Trekking Safari Rwanda

2 Days Rwanda Chimpanzee trekking safari in Nyungwe forest national park will give one of the most exciting experiences in Rwanda forests. This safari has been an interesting activity for many of our clients. Nyungwe forest is the largest Montaigne forest in East Africa located in the southwestern part of Rwanda in Rusizi. Nyungwe forest national park was opened in 2004 and it covers an area of about 970 sq. km comprised of rainforest, swamps, grassland, bamboo forests, and bogs. The forest is home to several 12 primates which are dent’s monkeys, grey checked mangabeys, golden monkeys, olive baboons, Hamlin’s monkeys, red-tailed, monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys, Angola colobus, silver monkeys, vervet monkeys, and the famous chimpanzees, over 75 mammals, 20 reptiles, 275 bird species, and over 400 tree species. Chimpanzees in Rwanda can only be found and tracked in Nyungwe forest national park.

2 Days Rwanda Chimpanzee Trekking Safari highlights

Day 1: Transfer to Nyungwe forest national park and canopy walk

Day 2: Nyungwe chimpanzee trekking and transfer back to Kigali

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Nyungwe forest national park and canopy walk

An English-speaking driver guide from Africa adventure vacations will be ready to pick you up in the morning from your hotel or residence / Kigali international airport and drive you to Nyungwe forest national park in the southwestern sector of Rwanda. Our driver-guide will have a short briefing with you about the safari. Your journey will then start to Nyungwe forest national park which takes 5- 6 hours. As you are approaching Nyungwe you have beautiful views of rolling hills, Kabira national park of Burundi, and Lake Kivu. You will continue to your booked lodge for lunch and relaxation as you wait for the canopy walk at 3:00 pm. The canopy walk is one of the most done activities in Nyungwe forest national park after being introduced in 2010. The canopy walk is about 160 meters, it’s categorized into three- 25 meters, 45 meters, and 90 meters. The canopy walk in Nyungwe forest gives you the maximum exploration of the parks’ wildlife, birds, surrounding hills, and the entire view of Nyungwe forest national park from about an elevation of 50 meters above the ground. After the canopy walk experience, you will drive back to your lodge for relaxation, dinner, and an overnight stay.

Meal plan: Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: One and Only Nyungwe Lodge- luxury, Nyungwe Top View Hotel – mid-range, Comoran Lodge – budget

Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking experience and transfer to Kigali

On your second day of Rwanda chimpanzee trekking safari, you will wake up early in the morning for a heavy breakfast at your hotel, our driver-guide will be ready to pick you up and transport you to Uwinka visitor’s center of Nyungwe forest national park for a simple briefing at 6:00 am with the park rangers about chimpanzee trekking. In the briefing, trackers are told about the dos and don’ts of chimpanzee trekking. After the briefing, trackers are grouped into 8 and they are given a ranger guide to head them into the forest in search of chimpanzees. Your ranger guide will communicate with the trackers who go early in the morning to know about the location of these giant apes. When you locate the chimpanzees, you will be given one hour to stay with these primates while observing their behaviors, watch them do their daily activities, and take pictures or record videos with cameras that don’t have flash. While searching chimpanzees there are opportunities of finding primates such as olive baboons, vervet monkeys, grey checked mangabeys, Rwenzori colobus, red-tailed monkeys, L’Hoests monkeys, silver monkeys. after chimpanzee trekking, you will get back to your lodge for relaxation and lunch before transferring back to Kigali to your hotel or airport to catch up with your flight.

Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch

Tour includes 

Chimpanzee trekking permit

Entrance fee

Canopy walk

Accommodation and meals


Service of the English-speaking guide

Drinking water

Tour excludes

International flights

Rwanda visa

Soft and alcoholic drinks


Tips to the porters and guides

What to pack for chimpanzee trekking and canopy walk in Nyungwe forest national park Rwanda

Rain jacket

Long-sleeved light clothes


Insect repellents


Waterproof boots

Sun hat and glasses


Best time for chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest national park

The best time for chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda is the wet season. The wet season happens from March to May and October to November. This time is the best because there is plenty of food for these primates so they don’t go deep in the forest to search for food. In the dry season which happens from June to September and December to February, these chimpanzees tend to go deep in the forest in search of food hence making trekking hard.

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