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Rwanda Chimpanzee Trekking Tour


Trip duration

3 days/ 2 nights

The Rwanda Chimpanzee Trekking Tour can be combined with our Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Tour to form our famous Rwanda Great Apes Safari.


We shall start our Rwanda Chimpanzee Trekking Tour from Kigali and head towards Nyungwe Forest on a very scenic journey. Most guests prefer to arrive a day earlier, to acclimatize with the local weather and time. This is often a great idea and allows you to maximize the next few days when our Rwanda Chimpanzee Trekking Tour will be taking place.

On the way to Nyungwe Forest National Park, we shall enjoy the local ways of life; where our experienced safari guide will keep sharing commentary. The cultural diversity of Rwanda is very rich indeed. The landscapes of Rwanda are always very beautiful and the experiences we enjoy on this route will make the drive very rewarding. Rwanda is indeed known as the “land of a thousand hills”.

We shall arrive at our lodge in the afternoon, where we shall enjoy the local weather and beautiful sounds of birds and insects.

Night in Nyungwe.


Departing our lodge early, we shall head into Nyungwe Forest, where the Chimpanzee trek will take place today. On the drive, we may encounter several primate species such as Red-tailed Monkeys; who often love to feed along the roadsides.

We shall head to the park headquarters where our Chimpanzee trek will commence. We shall all meet for a briefing from the local rangers at the visitors centre. We shall then be assigned our guides and head into the forest using our vehicle. On arrival, we shall embark on a nice trek deeper into the forest where our primate friends await- the Eastern Chimpanzees. This is indeed the top highlight of our Rwanda Chimpanzee Trekking Tour. We shall spend time enjoying these beautiful animals as we learn more about their Biology from our very experienced guides.

Photography is allowed here and we can take as many photos as we would like to. There is a restriction regarding flash-photography, where we are always required to keep our cameras out of flash mode. Flash bursts often scare these lovely great apes, therefore we are required to avoid camera flash to ensure we enjoy a nice time with the chimpanzees.

The Nyungwe Forest National Park is also inhabited by many other different primate species. The common primates here include Johnston’s Grey-cheeked Mangabey, L’Hoest’s Monkey, Rwenzori Angola Colobus Monkey and Olive Baboon.

In the afternoon, depending on how tired we are, we shall have the option to enjoy the scenic canopy walk in the forest. This is often a nice spot to enjoy monkeys, birds and the flora of Nyungwe Forest National Park.

We shall spend the night in Nyungwe.


On this day we shall head to Kigali after breakfast. We shall enjoy the nice roadside views as we cruise back towards the capital of Rwanda, Kigali. On the roadsides, we often meet many bicycle and motorcycle riders; carrying passengers from one location to the next. Sometimes these bicycles are laden with a local brew known as the banana beer. Evening flights from Kigali will mark the end to our lovely Rwanda Chimpanzee Trekking Tour.

For those flying late in the evening, we can organise local afternoon activities in Kigali City.

Habitats covered

Lowland Tropical Forest, Rural Countryside

Photographic opportunities


Special moments

Chimpanzee Trekking, Chimpanzee Conservation Talk