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5 Days Nyungwe Forest Experience

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5 Days Nyungwe Forest Experience entails great opportunities to visit and stay with the Chimpanzees as well as enjoy a 2 hours hike exploring the 70 m-long canopy walk, this is a combination of cultural and historical heritage together with nature in one of the most ancient tropical rain forests on the African continent. Enquire Now

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5 Days Nyungwe Forest Experience

DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT KIGALI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be welcomed by our meet-and-greet lounge host who will help you through fast-track assistance with VISA and luggage collection. After immigration and luggage collection, you will then be handed over to our driver guide who will transfer you to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Dinner and overnight at Kigali Serena Hotel (Luxury), Hotel Des Milles Collines (Midrange), Urban Park suites hotel (Budget)

DAY 2: CULTURAL HERITAGE TOUR- TRANSFER TO NYUNGWE – 5 Days Nyungwe Forest Experience

After breakfast on this exciting day amalgamating a series of cultural and historical heritage, your driver guide will pick you up and take you through a 2-hour scenic drive to Nyanza King’s palace museum which offers a detailed look into the Rwandan monarchical system and its abolition in the early 1960s. Among the most amazing and impressive icons here are the enormous, doomed structures that are handcrafted entirely with traditional materials. This tour will be 2 hours long followed by lunch in Butare. Later in the afternoon, you will visit Huye Ethnographic Museum for an extensive look at ancient Rwanda’s history for 2 hours. Thereafter, you will proceed and drive for about 2 hours to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Upon arrival at the park, you will proceed to check in at your lodge followed by dinner and overnight.

Dinner and overnight stay at One and Only Nyungwe house (Luxury), Mantis Marina Bay(Midrange) Emeraude Kivu resort (Budget)

DAY 3: CANOPY WALK EXPERIENCE – COLOBUS MONKEY TRUCKING – 5 Days Nyungwe Forest Experience

After breakfast at 06h00, you will drive to the park office for a briefing before you undertake the canopy walk experience at Uwinka Park Reception.  You will hike to the suspending 60m-long bridge giving you a panoramic view of the forest and a glimpse of birds. The Canopy walk experience features unmatched marvelous scenery. Suspended above a ravine in the lush montane rainforest of Nyungwe National Park, the canopy walkway provides an exhilarating perspective on the ancient treetops and wildlife. Nyungwe forest is a hotbed of biodiversity. Along the hour’s walk to the canopy walkway from the Uwinka Reception Centre, visitors will see countless butterflies, orchids, and colorful birds, including many endemics to the region. After this exhilarating activity, you will return to the lodge for lunch. After lunch, you will head back to the park reception for Colobus Monkey trekking some of which are endemic tothis region including the Rwenzori Colobus Monkey. This hike will usher you into the world of the Grey-Cheeked Mangabeys, L’Hoest Monkeys, Owl-Faced Monkeys, Blue-Monkeys, and Mona Monkeys. Further into the forest and off the beaten track of the trails and accompanied by a guide you will run into a group of up to 200 Rwenzori Columbus Monkeys.

Dinner and overnight stay at One and Only Nyungwe house (Luxury), Mantis Marina Bay (Midrange) Emeraude Kivu resort (Budget)

DAY 4: CHIMPANZEE TREKKING – GIHAYA ISLAND AND COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE

After breakfast at 05h00, your guide will drive to Cyamudongo visitor reception to experience the misty rain forest of Nyungwe. You will drive for one hour to the park office for a briefing before you undertake on the chimpanzee trekking activity After an interesting and memorable search for the chimpanzees in the forest, you are privileged to spend 1 hour with them taking photographs and videos and return to the hotel for a lunch. Later in the afternoon at 15h00,you will engage in 2 hours community experience at Gihaya Island. This visit will incorporate a 1-hour boat ride through lake Kivu to and from the island offering unique folk songs, music and cultural dances.

Dinner and overnight stay at One and Only Nyungwe house (Luxury), Mantis Marina Bay (Midrange) Emeraude kivu resort (Budget)

DAY 5:  CROP TO CUP TEA TOUR – RETURN TO KIGALI – 5 Days Nyungwe Forest Experience

Following a luscious breakfast, you will be taken through the tea plantation tour experience at Gisakura tea experience from crop to cup. The Gisakura tea plantation stretches into hundreds of hectares and farmers can be seen planting, tending or harvesting tea depending on the period of visitation which an enthusiastic traveler may also wish to divulge into.  After this breath-taking activity, your guide will lead you back to Kigali with a lunch stopover at Butare. Upon arrival in Kigali, you visit a local market for your souvenir shopping or other last-minute arts and craft shopping at caplaki tourist market. You will be dropped off at your accommodation or airport for your return flight.

Included

  1. All Chimpanzee trekking permits.
  2. All ground transportation in a 4WD Vehicle.
  3. All other activities indicated in the itinerary.
  4. All Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary.
  5. English-speaking Experienced Safari-guide.
  6. Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  7. Refreshments and snacks in the vehicle.

Excluded

  1. All Tips to Hotels/Lodges/Camps staff and Safari Guide.
  2. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks that are not accompanying meals.
  3. International flight/s and departure taxes and other taxes.
  4. Visa fees. Visas are available online or at arrival at all Entry points.