Nyungwe Forest Safari
About the 3 Day Nyungwe Forest Safari
Nyungwe forest safari offers you the chance to know more about the forest. You will get to interact with chimpanzees in Nyungwe. There are also other animals within the surroundings. On the Nyungwe forest safari you have different activities to be done. They include the canopy walk and birding.
Nyungwe Forest Safari Highlight:
- Chimpanzee trekking
- Primate trek
- Forest Walk
3 Day Nyungwe Forest Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Kigali – Nyungwe Forest National Park
You will be met by our Rwanda safari rep in the morning. This will be either from your hotel or airport. You will be briefed on this 3 days Nyungwe forest safari. This is to be followed by departure. You will be headed for the Nyungwe Forest National Park.
You will have a stop at the traditional Rwanda King’s palace in Nyanza. Another stop will be at the Cultural Museum in Butare. Later on drive past green tea fields which are scattered on the hillsides. You will go through the small wooden houses all the way to Nyungwe.
Your arrival will be in the evening where you will check into your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure. Your dinner and overnight will be at Nyungwe Forest Lodge.
About Nyungwe Forest National Park
Nyungwe is a true rain forest, typically receiving in excess of 2, 000 mm of precipitation annuary. It is also one of the oldest forests in Africa, which is one of the reason it boasts such a high level of diversity. Scientific opinion is that Nyungwe, along with other forests of the Albertine Rift, was largely unaffected by the drying up of the lowland areas during the last ice age, and thus become a refuge for forest plants and animals which have subsequently recolonised areas such as the Congo Basin.
One of the central planks in ORTPN’s tourism – diversification programme is Nyungwe National Park, 980 square kilometers of hilly jungle cloaked terrain in the country’s South – West, o the boarder with Burundi and the DRC, and surely one of the undiscovered gems of African environmental tourism.
Ranging between 1,600 and 2,950 meters in altitude, the park is contiguous with Kibira National Park in Burundi, together with the two protected areas form the largest block of forest in East Africa.
Nyungwe was originally set aside as a reserve in 1933, which although relatively effective, still saw it lose about 20 per cent as its area by 1984, when a coordinated forest-protection plan was implemented. It was elevated to national park status in March 2004.
Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest National Park
Start your Nyungwe forest safari with an early breakfast. You will depart for briefing at 0500hrs at the park headquarters. This is followed by the Chimpanzee tracking activity within the forest.
You will be in search for the man’s closest friends. You will be accompanied by an armed Forest Ranger. There will also be guides who will show you different forest trail. The chimpanzee trekking activity takes around 3-5 hours.
You will return to the lodge for lunch and some rest. In the afternoon, you will take a guided nature walk with in the forest. This will enable you to spot different bird species with in the forest. Look out for black and white casqued hornbill and Rwenzori Turacco. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Nyungwe Forest Lodge.
Day 3: Nyungwe Forest – Kigali
Your Nyungwe Forest Lodge starts with an early breakfast. You will depart for Kigali arriving in the early afternoon. You will have time for a city tour that goes to Kigali Genocide Center.
You will be dropped off at your hotel in Kigali. For those flying out enjoy a transfer to the airport. This is in time for your scheduled flight back home.
End of 3 Day Nyungwe Forest Safari
3 Day Nyungwe Forest Safari Costs:
What is included in the 3 Day Nyungwe Forest Safari cost?
- Accommodation in safari lodge in Nyungwe National Park on full board basis
- Transport in a 4 X 4 Safari vehicle with pop up roof
- Meals on full board basis while on 3 Day Nyungwe Forest Safari
- All park entrance fee
- All Government tax
3 Day Nyungwe Forest Safari cost excludes:
- Items of personal use
- Deviation from the above program
- Drinks and beverages
- Tips and porterage
What to Carry on the 3 Day Nyungwe Forest Safari
- Sun glasses
- Light and some few heavy clothing
- Rain Poncho
- Sun screen
- Insect repellant
- Comfortable hiking shoes