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USD 4,120

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  • 7 Days

Elly Mwesiga

Pinnacle Safaris Africa

Africa Gorilla and Wildlife Safari Company

  • Local time:18:02


The tour takes visits Nyungwe, in South West of Rwanda, a gigantic afro-montane forest. With over in size, Nyungwe is the undisputed giant in Central Africa. The natural forest is renowned for its large troops of colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, butterflies and a rich variety of orchids. Over 300 bird species have been recorded. The terrain in Nyungwe Forest is rugged and steep, and you will be at relatively high elevation, and it can rain at any time of the trek so come with appropriate clothing. Visit some cultural sites en route - the Museum in Butare and the local king’s palace at Nyanza.


On your arrival at the airport, you will and greet with our driver guide who will then brief you on your tour. Overnight: Chez Lando hotel for Mid range Or: Hotel des Mille Collines for upper range, Bed & Breakfast OR: Kigali Serena Hotel (high level), Bed & Breakfast


Kigali - To Nyungwe Forest

After breakfast you will depart for Butare the second largest city of Rwanda and is regarded as the intellectual city of Rwanda. Along the way, make stops at places of interest including local markets, the traditional palace of Rwanda’s Former King in Nyanza. Drive past green fields of tea scattered across the hillsides and the small wooden houses unique to the areas surrounding Nyungwe Forest. In Butare, visit the Botanical Gardens and a cultural museum. Butare hosts the National Museum, several academic (University) and research institutions. On your way to Butare you will visit Nyanza (currently Nyabisindu) the former Mwami's palace (King's palace) and the seat of the feudal monarchy. The palace has been reconstructed to its 19th century state and shows a traditional dome that can be compared with the Kabaka's palace of Buganda. You will visit the National Museum which is one the well set-up if not the finest ethnographic museum of East Africa. It's a good source of information on the cultural history of Rwanda and the region. The National Museum in Butare was donated in 1989 by the Belgium government and gave back a part of the ethnographic collection acquired during the colonial period. The design and concept of the museum was realized in co-operation with the Royal Museum for Central Africa of Tervuren, Belgium. The modern building has different sections and displays a wide collection of monochrome pictures, traditional artefacts and objects, tools and different craft products. Ethnographic objects are grouped together according to theme giving excellent information on the daily life. Traditional ceramics and basketry are still manufactured and belong to the finest handicrafts of the region. The National Museum remained surprisingly untouched during the civil war of 1994. Depart for Nyungwe Forest National Park. [Approximate driving time: 5 hours] O/N: Nyungwe Top View Hotel for Mid range, OR: Nyungwe Forest Lodge for high level (B, L, D) Read more

Nyungwe Forest National Park

Butare Cultural visits

More activities in Butare. Visit the Botanical Gardens. Visit the locally revered hot springs in Rugarama. Lunch at Butare and later we will drive to Nyungwe Forest NP. Your driver-guide will stop at the Uwinka offices to have the last update on the presence of the semi-habituated groups of chimps and colobus monkeys. This will help you to prepare your activities of the next day. O/N: Nyungwe Top View Hotel for Mid range, OR: Nyungwe Forest Lodge for high level (B, L, D) Read more


Primates in Nyungwe Forest

Early morning visit to Nyungwe Forest. In Nyungwe Forest NP: optional guided nature walk or primate treks. Of a particular interest are the large social groups of Angolan Colobus (Colobus angolensis), which may be over 300 individuals in a group. These are the largest troops of this species known in the world! Nyungwe forest counts 25% of the African Primates! O/N: Nyungwe Top View Hotel for Mid range, OR: Nyungwe Forest Lodge for high level (B, L, D) Read more


Chimpanzee tracking in Nyung

Go chimp tracking (optional), in the largest forest in Central Africa. O/N: Nyungwe Top View Hotel for Mid range, OR: Nyungwe Forest Lodge for high level (B, L, D)

Nyungwe Forest National Park

Birding in Nyungwe Forest

MORE Optional activities: EITHER Go chimp tracking, OR Guided nature walk in the forest to see a variety of animals and some of the three hundred bird species found here, which include the Rwenzori turaco and black and white casqued hornbill. Picnic lunch. Return late afternoon. O/N: Nyungwe Top View Hotel for Mid range, OR: Nyungwe Forest Lodge for high level (B, L, D) Read more

Nyungwe Forest National Park

Return to Kigali and departure

Return to Kigali. Fly out if you have any onward flight. [Approximate driving time: 4-5 hours] Tour Ends.



Day in trip
Day 1
Location Kigali
Day 2
Location Nyungwe
Day in trip
Day 1
Location Kigali
Day 2
Location Nyungwe Forest National Park


Package Includes

  • • Daily breakfast, except of first day
  • • Meal plan as listed in the itinerary (BB in Kigali, FB on tour)
  • • Accommodation on a shared basis, as listed in the itinerary
  • • All fees for parks, and entrances
  • • Mineral/bottled water in vehicle
  • • All transfers, fuel with vehicle
  • • English speaking driver-guide all along the tour
  • • Cultural visits where available

Package Excludes

  • • Meals in Kigali
  • • Optional activities as shown: chimp fees, primate fees, nature walks, canopy walk, birding
  • • Extra drinks at lunches and dinners
  • • Air tickets
  • • Personal Expenditures; phone calls, laundry
  • • For Single rooms, the Supplement (SRS) has to be paid.
  • • Visa fees for Rwanda

More Information

  • The costs indicated ranging from 2 to 6 travelers are strictly on per person basis and they exclude fees for chimps, gorillas and other primate tracking activities.


5 Reviews

Silvia and Andrea Gotti , United States

Amazing experience, great organization and very professional personnel. Pinnacle safaris exceed our expectations. They fit our way to think about travel. Very professional staff, amazing accommodations. Eco-friendly and population/ambient Respectfully. They make out honey moon unforgivable! Thanks! I strongly recommend pinnacle safaris to all my traveller friends! Read more

Michael and Antje, Germany

The experience was so amazing and wonderful - we will keep it in our hearts forever!!! From our point of view the safari was performed very professionally and enthusiastically!!

Sandra Bayer, Austria

I went Rwenzori Trekking + Queen Elizabeth + Gorilla trekking - the whole organization was perfect - the guides were very friendly!


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