2 day Nyungwe forest safari

The 2 day Nyungwe forest safari will take you to Nyungwe forest National Park for an adventurous experience. During the tour, you will hike the Igishigishigi trail, take a canopy walk and later, go for chimpanzees trekking

The wonderful trip will start in Kigali however other startup locations within Rwanda can be considered. You will be driven by an excellent tour guide that has great experience in Nyungwe tours.

Nyungwe forest is Rwanda’s largest forest which is located in the southwestern border of the country.  The forest is spread along the Burundi and Congo border with Rwanda. There are many wildlife species that are resident in Nyungwe.

Apart from the famous chimpanzees; there are olive baboons, red-tailed monkeys, Golden monkeys, vervet monkeys, L’hoest monkeys, Grey cheeked Mangabey and many more different species.

For tourists who are not in Rwanda, we shall pick you up from Kigali International airport to your hotel before the start of the tour.

Day 1: Transfer to Nyungwe forest National Park.

The road to Nyungwe Forest National park is approximately 5 hours.

On this day, our tour guide will pick you up from the hotel and later, you will be driven to Nyungwe forest National Park.  Along the way, you will have an optional stop at the Museum in Butare where you will learn several cultural aspects of the Rwanda people.

Another stop will be at the Nyanza King palace, if you have enough time. Upon arrival in Nyungwe, you will check in your lodge where you will be served with wonderful day and afterwards, you will visit the Uwinka visitors center such that you begin the Igishigishigi trail, this trial lead up to the canopy walk.

The Canopy is suspended 60 meters from the ground. The canopy is a wonderful metallic bridge built on top of the trees. During the canopy walk, you will have a remarkable game viewing experience.

You will have the birds’ eye view and you will witness several species within the forest.  The walk can take up to 2 hours. After this wonderful walk, you will return to the lodge where you will be served with dinner and overnight

Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking.

Early in the morning, you will be driven to the Uwinka visitor center for briefing and afterwards, you will be escorted by the armed park ranger into the forest while searching out for chimpanzees.

it is possible to spot the chimpanzees thanks to their loud hutting sounds that they make. In Nyungwe, there are about 500 chimpanzees.

The chimpanzee trekking experience can take up to 4 hours. These animals don’t stay for longer hours in one place like the gorillas. As you are searching for the chimpanzees, you will witness various primates, insects and many more. After spotting the chimpanzees, you will be allowed to spend 1 hour with them.

Within the one hours, you will see them exhibit different wild behaviors such as mating, teasing each other,swinging from branch to branch, feeding, building nests, and many more behaviors. Later, you will return to the Uwinka visitor centers where you will meet the tour guide who will drive you back to Kigali.

The tour rate in USD per Person starts from $1800.

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The history of Nyungwe Forest National Park in Rwanda is a fascinating tale of ecological preservation, biodiversity conservation, and the protection of a unique montane rainforest ecosystem. The park’s history spans decades and is marked by a series of changes, challenges, and successful efforts to safeguard this remarkable natural treasure.

Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda offers a range of exciting and unique tourism activities that allow visitors to explore its lush montane rainforest, diverse wildlife, and breathtaking landscapes. Whether you’re an adventure seeker, a nature enthusiast, or someone interested in cultural experiences, Nyungwe has something for everyone.

Chimpanzee Tracking.

One of the highlights of Nyungwe is its population of wild chimpanzees. Chimpanzee tracking allows you to embark on a guided trek through the rainforest to observe these intelligent primates in their natural habitat. The park is home to several communities of chimpanzees, and guided treks offer insights into their behaviors and social interactions.

Canopy Walk.

The Nyungwe Canopy Walk is a unique and thrilling experience that takes you high above the forest floor. Suspended bridges and walkways offer panoramic views of the treetops and the lush vegetation below. The canopy walk provides a different perspective of the rainforest and is an excellent opportunity for birdwatching and wildlife spotting.

Guided Nature Walks.

Numerous well-maintained trails crisscross Nyungwe National Park, allowing visitors to explore its diverse ecosystems. Guided nature walks range from short strolls to longer hikes, catering to various fitness levels. These walks offer opportunities to discover the park’s flora, fauna, waterfalls, and scenic viewpoints.


Nyungwe is a paradise for bird enthusiasts, with over 300 bird species recorded. Guided birdwatching walks provide opportunities to spot various species, including colorful turacos, hornbills, and the handsome black and white colobus monkey.

Colobus Monkey Tracking.

Nyungwe is famous for its large troops of black and white colobus monkeys. Guided tracking experiences offer the chance to get up close to these fascinating primates, known for their striking appearance and acrobatic behaviors.

Cultural Experiences.

Experience local Rwandan culture by visiting nearby communities and engaging in cultural activities. Learn about traditional practices, participate in crafts workshops, and interact with local residents to gain insights into their way of life.

Waterfall Exploration.

Several waterfalls are nestled within Nyungwe’s rainforest, offering picturesque settings for relaxation and photography. Guided hikes can take you to these natural wonders, allowing you to enjoy the serenity of the rainforest and the beauty of cascading water.

Photography and Nature Observation.

The diverse landscapes, wildlife, and natural beauty of Nyungwe provide excellent opportunities for photography and nature observation. Capture stunning shots of primates, colorful birds, lush vegetation, and scenic vistas.

It’s important to note that some activities, such as chimpanzee tracking and the canopy walk, may require advance booking and permits. To make the most of your visit to Nyungwe National Park, it’s advisable to plan your activities in advance and consider the duration, fitness level, and interests of your group. Whether you’re seeking adventure, wildlife encounters, cultural immersion, or serene nature experiences, Nyungwe offers a range of activities that will make your visit unforgettable.

Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda is home to a diverse range of animal species, many of which are unique to its montane rainforest ecosystem.



Black and White Colobus Monkeys

L’Hoest’s Monkeys

Blue Monkeys

Grey-Cheeked Mangabeys

Olive Baboons

Golden Monkeys (found in the nearby Volcanoes National Park)


African Forest Elephants

Duikers (various species)


Giant Forest Hogs

African Civets

Leopards (elusive and rarely seen)

African Golden Cats (rare)

Rodents and Bats.

Potto (nocturnal primate)

African Giant Pouched Rats

Various Bat Species


Albertine Rift Endemics (e.g., Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Rwenzori Turaco)

Great Blue Turaco

Red-collared Mountain Babbler

Ruwenzori Nightjar

Handsome Francolin

Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo

Reptiles and Amphibians.

East African Gaboon Viper

Three-horned Chameleon

Albertine Rift Tree Frog

Butterflies and Insects.

Various Butterfly Species

Praying Mantises

Stick Insects

Tour Inclusions.

Bottled Mineral Water.

Park Entry Fees.

Transport in a 4×4 car.

Full board Accommodation.

Professional English Speaking Driver.


Tour Exclusions.


Flight ticket.

Tips to Staff/drivers.

Personal Expenses such as Souvenirs,crafts and beverages.

Packing List.

A hat to protect you from the sun during the hot season.

Sunglasses to protect you from rays during the hot season.

Anti-Malaria tablets to avoid getting sick.

Inspect Repellents to keep away Mosquitoes and other insects.

Rain coat especially during the cold season.

Backpack to keep your belongings.

Long sleeved shirts and trousers to protect you from Insects.

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