7-Day Chimpanzee and Gorilla Quest: Rwanda Chimps and Gorillas

7 Days

Trip Facts

  • Landcruiser, Minivans
  • 5-50
  • Physical
  • Hotels, lodges
  • June-Oct, Dec-Feb
  • Fully Guided
  • Instant Booking
  • 15-99 yrs
  • Private & Group


Embark on a breathtaking 7-day journey through Rwanda’s most captivating landscapes and wildlife habitats. From the vibrant city of Kigali to the dense rainforests of Nyungwe and the majestic Volcanoes National Park, this expedition promises a blend of natural beauty, wildlife encounters, and cultural experiences.

Your adventure begins with a warm welcome in Kigali, where you’ll explore the city’s vibrant markets and cultural sites. Journey to Nyungwe Forest National Park for an exhilarating chimpanzee tracking expedition, immersing yourself in the lush tropical rainforest teeming with wildlife.

Next, head to Volcanoes National Park, home to the renowned mountain gorillas. Trek through the dense forest to encounter these gentle giants in their natural habitat, an experience that will leave you in awe.

As your journey unfolds, you’ll also have the opportunity to embark on a golden monkey trek, explore the picturesque shores of Lake Kivu, and engage with local communities to learn about Rwanda’s rich culture and heritage.

Each day offers new adventures and unforgettable moments, from close encounters with wildlife to the serene beauty of Rwanda’s landscapes. This 7-day expedition is designed to immerse you in the wonders of Rwanda, leaving you with memories to last a lifetime.

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Trip Highlights

  • Exciting chimpanzee tracking adventure in Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • Breathtaking views of Rwanda's countryside during scenic drives
  • Memorable gorilla trekking experience in Volcanoes National Park
  • Unique wildlife encounters, including golden monkey trekking
  • Cultural experiences, including visits to local communities and cultural centers
  • Opportunity to explore Kigali and learn about Rwanda's history and culture
  • Receive a certificate to commemorate your gorilla trekking experience


Upon your arrival at Kigali International Airport, a representative from Likana Safari Uganda will greet you and assist with your transfer to your accommodation in Kigali. Depending on your arrival time, you may have the opportunity to explore Kigali, visit local markets, or relax at your hotel. Overnight stay in Kigali.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park, located in southwestern Rwanda. En route, enjoy picturesque views of Rwanda’s countryside. Upon arrival, check-in at your lodge and enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, you may choose to relax at the lodge or explore the nearby area. Overnight stay near Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early in the morning, head to the park headquarters for a briefing on chimpanzee tracking guidelines and safety precautions. With the assistance of experienced guides, embark on a thrilling chimpanzee tracking adventure in the dense tropical rainforest of Nyungwe. Trek through the forest in search of chimpanzee troops, encountering other primates and wildlife along the way. Spend an hour observing and photographing these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat. After the trek, return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. In the afternoon, you may opt to participate in additional activities such as canopy walks or birdwatching. Overnight stay near Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, depart for Volcanoes National Park, home to the renowned mountain gorillas. The journey offers scenic views of Rwanda’s landscapes. Upon arrival, check-in at your lodge and enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, you may choose to relax at the lodge or explore the surrounding area. Overnight stay near Volcanoes National Park.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, embark on a memorable gorilla trekking experience in Volcanoes National Park. After an early breakfast, head to the park headquarters for a briefing before venturing into the forest with experienced guides. Trek through the lush vegetation in search of mountain gorillas, encountering other wildlife and bird species along the way. Spend a magical hour observing and photographing a gorilla family in their natural habitat. After the trek, return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. In the afternoon, you may choose to participate in optional activities or simply unwind at the lodge. Overnight stay near Volcanoes National Park.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, embark on a golden monkey trek in Volcanoes National Park, offering another unique wildlife encounter. Marvel at the playful antics of these endangered primates as you observe them in their natural environment. After the trek, enjoy lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, immerse yourself in Rwandan culture with visits to local communities, art galleries, or cultural centers. Enjoy a traditional Rwandan dinner accompanied by cultural performances. Overnight stay near Volcanoes National Park.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, check out of your accommodation and transfer back to Kigali. Depending on your departure time, you may have the opportunity to do some last-minute shopping or sightseeing in Kigali. You’ll be transferred to Kigali International Airport for your departure flight or onward travel arrangements, marking the end of your unforgettable chimpanzee and gorilla quest in Rwanda.



  • Accommodation: Hotels, lodge or tented camp, (depending on package)
  • All Meals as per Itinerary
  • Transportation: Airport transfers, transfers between destinations
  • Professional safari driver/tour guide
  • Bottled water during activities
  • All park entrance fees and taxes


  • International airfare
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional meals and drinks not specified (available to purchase)
  • Optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary (available to purchase)


What should I pack for this safari?

It is recommended to pack comfortable, lightweight clothing that can be layered, as temperatures can vary throughout the day. Sturdy hiking boots, a waterproof jacket, sunscreen,  and a hat are also essential. Binoculars and a camera with extra batteries are recommended for wildlife viewing.

What is the fitness level required for gorilla trekking and chimpanzee tracking?

Gorilla trekking and chimpanzee tracking can be physically demanding, as they involve hiking through dense forests and steep terrain. Participants should be in good physical condition and able to hike for several hours at a moderate pace.

What is the best time of year to visit Rwanda for this safari?

The best time to visit Rwanda for gorilla trekking and wildlife safaris is during the dry seasons, from June to September and December to February. During these months, the weather is more predictable, and the trekking conditions are generally better.

What is the accommodation like on this safari?

Accommodation on this safari includes from budget friendly options to luxury lodges and hotels near Nyungwe Forest National Park and Volcanoes National Park. These lodges offer a range of amenities, including en-suite bathrooms, dining facilities, and stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.

Can I extend my stay in Rwanda after the safari?

Yes, you can extend your stay in Rwanda after the safari. There are many other attractions in Rwanda, such as Akagera National Park, Lake Kivu, or cultural sites in Kigali that you can explore. Our customer support team can help arrange any additional trips or activities.

What is the currency in Rwanda, and should I bring cash or use credit cards?

The currency in Rwanda is the Rwandan Franc (RWF). While credit cards are accepted at some hotels, restaurants, and major stores in Kigali, it’s advisable to carry some cash (in local currency) for smaller purchases and transactions in more remote areas. ATMs are also available in major cities for cash withdrawals.

How difficult is the gorilla trek?

The difficulty of the trek can vary depending on the location of the gorilla group you are tracking. Some treks may be more challenging than others, but the park rangers will do their best to match you with a gorilla group that suits your fitness level.

Are there any age restrictions for gorilla trekking?

Yes, gorilla trekking in Rwanda is only open to individuals aged 15 and above. This restriction is in place to ensure the safety of both the trekkers and the gorillas and to ensure that trekkers possess the physical stamina necessary to navigate challenging terrain and cope with the often-unpredictable conditions of the rainforest.


How close will I get to the gorillas during the trek?

The distance between trekkers and the gorillas is regulated to minimize the risk of disease transmission. However, you will still get a close and unforgettable encounter with these magnificent creatures.

Are there any health precautions I should take before gorilla trekking?

It is recommended to consult with your healthcare provider before traveling to Rwanda. Additionally, all trekkers are required to undergo a health screening before embarking on the trek to ensure they are not carrying any contagious diseases.

Can I wear perfume or other scented products during the gorilla trek?

No, it is recommended to avoid wearing perfume or other scented products, as they can disturb the gorillas and interfere with the natural behavior of the animals.

Can I customize the safari?

Yes, you can customize the safari according to your preferences. Whether you want to add extra activities, extend your stay, or tailor the itinerary to suit your interests, our Likana customer support team will work with you to create a personalized safari experience.

Are there any cultural considerations I should be aware of during the safari?

Rwanda has a rich cultural heritage, and it’s important to respect local customs and traditions. Dress modestly, especially when visiting local communities or cultural sites, and ask for permission before taking photographs of people.

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7-Day Chimpanzee and Gorilla Quest: Rwanda Chimps and Gorillas
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