5 Days Nyungwe Forest National Park

5 Days

Overview

5 days’ tour into Nyungwe Forest National Park which has the only canopy walks in all East African Parks. One night stay in Kigali City, a 35 min flight on RwandAir from Kigali to Kamembe Airport then on to One & Only Nyungwe House for next 3 nights. This Park is known for being the only one with Canopy walk in East Africa, a Botanist haven and location for 15 trails. 

One of the oldest rainforests in Africa, rich in biodiversity and spectacular beauty. Last day you have an option of an approx. 6-hour drive from Nyungwe Forest back to Kigali with a stop at Huye for lunch before a transfer to the airport for your out bound flight.

Trip Highlights

  • Kigali Highlight Kigali Genocide Memorial standing amid beautiful rose gardens and fountains. It also plays a vital role in educating Rwanda’s new and future generations about the genocide.
  • Rwanda, known as the Land of a Thousand Hills, is one of the best places to see mountain gorillas.
  • Kigali a city once under German colony, was founded in 1907, and gained independence in 1962.
  • Rwanda was awarded among the 10 top safest countries in the World and the safest in Africa for solo traveler’s.
  • Nyungwe Forest National Park is one of the oldest rainforests in Africa and a Botanist haven with 1,068 plant species and 140 orchids.
  • Nyungwe House is the perfect view for astronomers and stargazing novices alike.
  • Nyungwe National Park is the only park in East Africa with a canopy walk on a suspended bridge 70m high above the great Nyungwe forest.
  • Visit of Tea Plantation.
  • Primate Tracking.
  • Home to East Africa’s rare chimpanzee populations.
  • Birdwatching among the best in Africa with 322 bird species.
  • 75 known mammals include Mongoose, Congo clawless Otter, Western Tree Hyrax and leopard to mention a few.
  • Home to Troops of Colobus Monkeys.
  • Nyungwe is the major catchment area in Rwanda, supplying 70% of water to the country.
  • Nyungwe has 15 trails

Itinerary

Met on arrival at the Kigali International Airport by our partners in Rwanda, you will be transferred to The Retreat a 20min drive away, this 20-room luxury boutique hotel created by the American owners of Heaven, designed by Italian architects, brought to life by an extraordinary team of Rwandan builders and technicians. This will be your overnight stay. Once assisted to check-in, you have the afternoon at leisure, dinner and overnight at the Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast & dinner. Overnight at the Retreat.

Early morning departure from the hotel with a snack box to the Kigali International Airport for your RwandAir flight (one flight in a day) to Kamembe Airport. Our partners from One & Only Nyungwe House will at the airport to meet you and transfer you to One & Only Nyungwe House a 54 min (36.5 km/22.6 mi) drive away.

Arrive at the House for a light breakfast and check-in, followed by lunch. A brief siesta before your transfer to the park headquarters for a tour briefing at 14h30 before the Canopy walkway at 15h00. The Canopy walkway is (1.5 -2 hrs.) consists of three bridges and three towers total of 200m in length.

This is embedded in a guided tour along the Igishigishigi Trail, the specialized Park Guide will show you the forest canopy and explain why it’s an integral part of the tropical rainforest ecosystem.

Here you will learn what the major characteristics of rainforest and its canopy are and the importance of Nyungwe Forest for Rwanda. Return to the House for dinner.

Meals: lunch, dinner and overnight at One & Only Nyungwe House

After breakfast, at 07h30 you will set off for the park headquarters with the house driver guide, in time for a briefing before the waterfall hike begins at 09h00. The Trail is about 10.6 km long and takes 4-5 hours to complete the hike, starting from Gisakura side of the park, you will be rewarded with wildlife, bird species, beautiful views and the Iumo waterfalls.

The waterfall is the biggest highlight of this hiking experience, ending down steep hillsides through primaeval looking ‘Hollywood’ style rainforest, where trees are festooned in vines and the air is heavy and damp. Ascend the waterfall at midday, as you walk back to the park office to rejoin your driver-guide at the park office and return to the House for lunch with a siesta following.

Another guided walking tour begins at 15h00 to the Gisakura tea plantation where you discover what makes the perfect cup of tea, experience and learn the art of picking the leaves with a chance to sample some beautiful black tea grown in this area. Return to the House where you will participate in a tea ceremony. Dinner at the House.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight at One & Only Nyungwe House

*If you choose to return by road, it’s a 7-hour drive we will have our partner’s driver leave Kigali a day before to Nyungwe (empty run).

An early rise at 05h00 with a drive to the park headquarters in time for the guided chimpanzee walk at 06h00. The park is rich in biodiversity and spectacular beauty, with mountainous region teaming with wildlife, including a small population of chimpanzees, 12 other primates and the L'Hoest's monkey endemic to the Albertine Rift. The two chimp communities are in Cyamdungo and Uwinka.

Chimpanzee tracking is popular in Nyungwe during the summer when the park’s trees are in full bloom. The well-trained guides will lead you through the forests, however to see the chimpanzees are not guaranteed, you will enjoy learning about them and their natural habitats.

After the trail is over, you will proceed to the House for a late breakfast, lunch at the House and relaxation by the outdoor pool. Take part in one of the complimentary activities like Boot camp spear throwing, Conservation Walk, Umuganda Community Participation, exploring on bicycle or Nyungwe Nocturnal Walk. Dinner at the House.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight at One & Only Nyungwe House.

Breakfast at the House and check-out, our partners’ driver will pick you on a 2 hr 50 min drive to visit the Ethnographic Museum in Butare, a gift from Belgium’s King Badouin in late 1980s. The Museum now houses one of Africa’s finest ethnographic collections giving visitors a rich insight into Rwandan culture.

Lunch in Huye at either The Boni Consilii or Stanford Restaurant 3mins drive(1.3km). Proceed on to Kigali International Airport a 3 hr 7min (135km/83.8mi), our partner’s driver will bid you farewell as you check in for your out bound late flight.

Road trip from Nyungwe Forest National Park to Kigali International Airport is approx. 6-7 hrs. drive.

Accommodations

  • Kigali: Kigali Marriott, Four Points by Sheraton Kigali. 
  • Nyungwe Forest National Park: Nyungwe Forest Lodge.

Activities

Kigali City

  • To The Genocide Memorial groups larger than 15, please book one week before your visit.

Available at One & Only Nyungwe House (Nyungwe Forest National Park): –

  • Boot Camp
  • Fitness Centre
  • Spa
  • Spear Throwing
  • Conservation through Tree planting
  • Chef’s Garden
  • Umganda Community Participation
  • Tea Planation Visit
  • Signature Nyungwe Nocturnal spotlighting and stargazing tour
  • Hilltop archery
  • Exploring by bicycle
  • Imigongo painting
  • Guided Birdwatching

Trip Inclusions / Exclusions

Trip Includes

  • Services of meet and greet by our representative in Kigali from the International Airport, and partner driver guide as per itinerary.
  • Transfers on arrival to the hotel, and departure in Kigali as per above itinerary.
  • Activities driven in luxurious V8 Land Cruiser and as per itinerary
  • Excursions entrances, visits, park entrance, hiking permit fees at the National Park as per itinerary.
  • Guests are welcomed at Kamembe Airport for a 45-minute journey by luxurious V8 Land Cruiser.
  • 1 night on bed & breakfast and dinner, accommodation at The Retreat, Kigali, Rwanda
  • 3 nights on full board basis in One & Only Nyungwe House.
  • Departure day: Visit to the Ethnographic Museum on option of road trip back from Nyungwe, lunch at Boni Consilii Restaurant or Stanford in Huye then transfer to Kigali International Airport.
  • Amref Flying Doctors cover whilst on this safari aimed at providing quality and affordable Air and Ground Ambulance evacuation services.

Trip Excludes

  • International flight ticket, Travel documents, Visa
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance from your insurer back at home.
  • Specific excursions and services not indicated on the ‘included’ incurs additional charge when booked.
  • All personal expenses, telephone calls, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks not indicated by lodge/camp as included, laundry charge may be extra in some or our partner’s properties.
  • Tips and gratuities for staff and driver/guide at our partner properties.

FAQs

What attractions are available at Nyungwe Forest National Park?

Guided Chimpanzee Trekking
Canopy Walkway
Waterfall hike
Gisakura Tea Estate
322 bird species
75 known Mammals
Helicopter Tour
Over 1,068 plant species and 140 Orchids
Among the best bird watching in Africa

What should I carry to wear on this safari?

Water proof shoes – hiking or boots as the trails are mostly muddy or waterlogged.
Warm jacket or sweater
Rain jacket
Hat, sun protection, insect repellent (as you will walk in the forest)
Long sleeve shirt and long pants.
Waterproof outer-wear.

How many hours is the chimpanzee trekking?

It takes two to six hours guided trekking.

When is the best time to go on the chimpanzee trekking?

Nyungwe is open all year round, however its best to visit during the dry season as its easier to get around on the hiking trails. During the rainy season, the fruits in the forest make the chimps easier to be found.

Which electricity outlet sockets are used in the Republic of Rwanda?

Here one of the two European standard electrical socket types are used:
The “Type C” Europlug and the “Type E” and “Type F” Schuko.
You will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. Electrical sockets (outlets) supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC.

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5 Days Nyungwe Forest National Park

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Treasures Adventure House was founded as a result of passion, love of nature and conservation related issues and its support. Locally owned and managed by a small team who are dedicated with …

About Us

Treasures Adventure House is founded on passion, love of nature, conservation support, and related issues. Owned locally, and managed by a small team with …