The overview of the 3days Rwanda safari to Nyungwe national park
Nyungwe National Park on 3 days Rwanda safari takes you on the ultimate chimp tracking and canopy walk excursions in Nyungwe Forest, East and Central Africa’s largest complete stretch of mountain forest.
In this pristine rainforest, you can participate in wild chimp tracking on foot and canopy walk excursions and have the opportunity to see a diverse assortment of uncommon and rare animals, birds, plants, and small creatures.
The highlights of the 3days Safari
- Canopy walk
- Chimpanzee tracking
- Visit to Huye’s ethnographic museum
- Gisakura tea Estate exploration
- Nature-guided walk on the Isumo trail
The detailed Itinerary to Nyungwe national park
Day 1: Pick up from Kigali and Transfer to Nyungwe for an afternoon Canopy Walk
After breakfast, our driver guide will pick you at your Kigali hotel and drive you to Nyungwe Forest National Park in Rwanda’s southwest. The drive between Kigali and Nyungwe is about 225 kilometers and it takes about 5 to 6 hours. A short stop at Huye’s ethnographic museum which is also Rwanda’s national museum, exhibits historical and cultural features of Rwanda over the years. It offers tools and information to help you learn about Rwanda’s rich culture and history. After lunch, proceed to Nyungwe National Park to check into the lodge for some rest.
In the afternoon, take a walking trail that leads to the Canopy Walk, a 50-meter-long swing bridge attached from enormous trees. You will be able to enjoy the magnificent view of the jungle from above, witnessing creatures moving about below you. After dinner, return to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Meal plan: All meals are included
Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking and Gisakura tea Estate exploration
Following an early breakfast, go to the Park’s headquarters in Uwinka, in which you will be briefed by the park’s head ranger and assigned to trekking groups of 8 people each. Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park starts early. Following a briefing, embark on a 2- to 6-hour trek into the bush in search of these primates. Nyungwe Park is home to approximately 80 habituated chimps. Other primate species you may encounter while tracking chimps in the bush include the black and white colobus monkey, red-tailed monkey, golden monkey, and other monkey species. When you find the chimps, you will be allowed to spend an hour with them in their natural habitat, witnessing how they feed and behave. Return to your accommodation for lunch and an afternoon rest
Later in the evening, you travel to the Gisakura Tea Estate where you will be taken through the tea growing, harvesting, processing, and packaging processes. You’ll even get to sample the finished product’s delectable flavor.
Return to your lodge for dinner and an overnight stay later.
Meal plan: All meals are included
Day 3: Morning guided walk on Isumo trail and transfer back to Kigali
Today, after an early breakfast, embark on a guided nature walk trek in Nyungwe Forest National Park to see more birds, smaller primates, and waterfalls. There are around 19 trails for nature treks in Nyungwe National Park. The pathways are intended to provide visitors with an opportunity to learn about the park’s flora and animals. You will hike the Isumo waterfall path, which takes around three hours round trip.
After return to the lodge for lunch then check out of your hotel to drive back to Kigali. Depending on the time of your scheduled your flight back home, you will be left off at any hotel of your choosing or immediately at the airport, bringing this safari to a close.
Meal plan: Breakfast and Lunch
Brief information about Nyungwe national park
Nyungwe Forest National Park is one of the largest national parks in Rwanda, generating millions of dollars in revenue each year. The forest is situated southwest of Rwanda, near the Burundi border, south of Lake Kivu, and west towards the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Rusizi district is home to the park as well as Africa’s big river on the Nile’s east side and the Congo’s west side. Uwinka, the park’s headquarters, is around 219 kilometers and 4 hours driving away from Kigali.
The Nyungwe Forest National Park was founded in 2004 and is home to more than 1000 animal, bird, and natural species. It is also located in the western Great Rift Valley, which extends from Lake Albert to Lake Tanganyika. There are around 1,068 plant species in Nyungwe Forest, including over 200 tree species and 248 orchid species, with new species being discovered every year.
In addition, there are roughly 85 animal species in Nyungwe, including 13 primates. Nyungwe is home to over 300 bird species, 29 of which are endemic to the Albertine Rift. As a result, Nyungwe has been dubbed the “Birds Paradise” by many.
Nyungwe National Park is home to only two chimp groups, one of which is a small group of 30 chimps that is tracked in the park’s Cyamudongo Forest section. The Canopy route in Nyungwe Forest National Park allows visitors to ascend to the tops of the trees and walk across hanging bridges while admiring the beauty of the forest.