10Day Best of Nyungwe forest National Park in Rwanda

  10 Days 9 Nights


This 10Day Safari Package option takes you to Nyungwe forest National Park in Rwanda. First day is for transferring to Nyungwe National Park via the genocide memorial and later proceed to Nyungwe You will have Lunch enroute and then stay nine nights in Nyungwe doing several amazing activities. you will then be transferred back to Kigali on day 10 to end the tour and fly out back home

This 10 Day Best of Nyungwe National Park tour can be tailor made for you. Enquire with the Encounter Africa Safaris’ team of experts to make sure you get your desired safari package – including the right accommodation, Permits, transportation, meals and activities.

Tour Summary

  • This tour starts and ends in Kigali (Rwanda
  • You’ll visit Nyungwe National Park
  • Activities: chimpanzee trekking, Canopy walk experience, Colobus Monkey trekking, Isumo waterfall walk, Congo Nile trail Hike.
  • Getting around: 4X4 safari Vehicle
  • A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included
  • Additional accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for extra cost

Things To Consider

  • Accommodation is Inclusive
  • Small Group Safari:
  • Tour can Depart any day
  • Tour can be customized
  • Age Limit: 15 years and above for chimpanzee trekking

Detailed Itinerary


    • You’ll be picked up from the airport (or hotel)
    • Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for extra cost

Day 1: Pick up from your hotel/Airport Kigali and drive to Nyungwe forest National Park

Upon your arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be welcomed by our professional tour guide who will take you for a city excursion in and around Kigali. This is to enable you orient yourself with this great country of ‘a thousand hills. After this excursion, you will proceed to Nyungwe forest National Park, Nyungwe is rich in biodiversity and spectacularly beautiful. The mountainous region is teaming with wildlife, including a small population of chimpanzees as well as 12 other species of primate, including the L’Hoest’s monkey endemic to the Albertine Rift.

Main Destination: Nyungwe forest National Park

Accommodation: Nyungwe top view Hotel / One and only Nyungwe hotel

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

Drinks: Drinking Water

Day 2: chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe National Park

Have an early morning tasty breakfast at the lodge, you will start your exciting morning drive to the Nyungwe National Park Headquarters to begin your trek into the indigenous forest in search for the amazing chimpanzees. This trek gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself into the strange but intimate part of the rain-forest where you will hear live calls of colorful birds, chattering of the monkeys, you will spend one hour when you meet the chimpanzees, take Photography’s and observe as they live their life. You will later return and procced to have lunch at the lodge and later relax at the lodge to chill from the tiresome and exciting activity of the day.

Main Destination: Nyungwe forest National Park

Accommodation: Nyungwe top view Hotel/ One and Only Nyungwe hotel

Meals: All Meals Included

Drinks: Drinking Water

Day 3: Canopy Walk experience in Nyungwe forest

Today, Morning, you head out for the canopy walk experience. Suspended above a ravine in the lush montane rainforest of Nyungwe National Park, the canopy walkway provides an exhilarating perspective on the ancient treetops and wildlife. The 160m long and 70m high suspension bridge is accessible as part of a guided tour along the Igishigishigi trail, or to those hiking the Imbaraga or Umuyove trails. Along the hour’s walk to the canopy walkway from the Uwinka Reception Centre, you will see countless butterflies, orchids and colourful birds, including many endemics to the region. There are 8am / 10am / 1pm /3pm canopy walk sessions in Nyungwe.

Main Destination: Nyungwe forest National Park

Accommodation: Nyungwe top view Hotel/ One and Only Nyungwe hotel

Meals: All Meals Included

Drinks: Drinking Water

Day 4:  Colobus Monkey trekking in Nyungwe

Trekking Black and White Colobus Monkeys starts from Uwinka Park Headquaters, you can do Tracking a huge group of more than 500 magistrates. Tracking is done from 8am and 3pm, Nyungwe forest is a home to stronghold troops of Colobus monkeys often times called Rwenzori Colobus or Black and White colobus Monkey. Rwandan development board has habituated some of the troops for tourists to track, you are only allowed one hour with the monkeys once you find them. On the day of the trek, you will be briefed at the Park Headquarters on the Dos and Don’ts. other monkeys that you will often see amble along the roadside as you walk past them include Red tailed monkeys, the Grey Cheeked Mangabey, and the Handsome L’Hoest monkeys. the most exciting experience is to see the baby Black and White Colobus monkeys.

Main Destination: Nyungwe forest National Park

Accommodation: Nyungwe top view Hotel/ One and Only Nyungwe hotel

Meals: All Meals Included

Drinks: Drinking Water

Day 5:  Isumo Water fall Hike and Gisakura tea Plantation visit

Isumo Waterfall hiking trail is a 10.6 km trail amongst tea plantations and lush green vegetation. Along the route, you will encounter exotic primates (Vervet and Black & White Colobus Monkeys) and the opportunity to spotting and an array of bird species such as the Rwenzori Turaco. You will surely be amazed by the breathtaking views and the sound of birds, insects, and butterflies.

After Breakfast, you will head into the forest with your guides for yet a memorable experience. The Isumo waterfall trail that starts by the lodge and descends into the forest proper, following flat contour paths through a succession of tree-fern-covered ravines, and crossing several streams, before a sharp descent to the base of the pretty but small waterfall. It takes four hours to cover as a round trip, depending on how often you stop. After lunch you will have a guided tour of Gisakura Tea plantation and factory. Tea is Rwanda’s largest export, and you can see it in the landscape. Tea leaves cover the mountains and give a dark green contrast to the blue skies, dirt roads and sunshine

Main Destination: Nyungwe forest National Park

Accommodation: Nyungwe top view Hotel/ One and Only Nyungwe hotel

Meals: All Meals Included

Drinks: Drinking Water

Day 6 to 8: Hiking Congo Nile trail in Nyungwe forest for three days

Today, you will start your Hiking , the Hike can take more than 4hours per day.  The Congo Nile Trail is a hiking and biking trail in in Rwanda. The Congo Nile Trail traverses a series of interconnected single paths, dirt roads and hiking tracks through the tropical Kivu Belt Region on the shores of Lake Kivu. As it stretches along the scenic shores of Lake Kivu, hikers on the Congo Nile Trail trek by some of Africa’s few remaining tropical rainforests, vast coffee plantations and hidden beaches. This trail is scattered with unexplored experiences, often hosted by locals along the trail. For those looking for a genuine, yet safe hiking or biking experience in Africa away from the beaten path, Rwanda’s Congo Nile Trail is a hiking trail waiting for you to challenge her on foot, by bike or by kayak and is one of the most iconic and best hiking trails in Africa.

The trail is a wonderful way to soak up daily life in traditional villages, tour a historic church, swim and paddle on the lake shore or sip coffee where it’s made. With twelve coffee-washing stations, three tea plantations, three cities, dozens of villages, and innumerable beaches, coves, waterfalls, valleys and vistas, the winding path of the Congo Nile Trail offers some of the finest hiking to be had anywhere in east and central Africa.

Main Destination: Nyungwe forest National Park

Accommodation: Nyungwe top view Hotel/ One and Only Nyungwe hotel /Kinunu Guest House / Rushel Kivu lodge

Meals: All Meals Included

Drinks: Drinking Water

Day 9: Resting Day

Today, you will relax and rest at your hotel, as it will be the last you will have in Nyungwe forest National Park,

Main Destination: Nyungwe forest National Park

Accommodation: Nyungwe top view Hotel/ One and Only Nyungwe hotel /Kinunu Guest House / Rushel Kivu lodge

Meals: All Meals Included

Drinks: Drinking Water

Day 10: Drive back to Kigali for drop off at the Hotel/Airport

After breakfast, you will drive back to Kigali city for your flight out to end your memorable Nyungwe forest National Park  experience.

End of Tour

      • Additional accommodation can be arranged for extra cost
      • You’ll be dropped off at the airport (or hotel)

This safari is available on private basis so you can contact us for a quote. Provide us with details of how many people you will be in a group, when you intend to travel and one of our specialists will respond to you as soon as we receive your email

Safari Vans


Our standard mode of transport is by road and we use 4×4 Safari Vans customized for game viewing and photography. Each safari van comes with a professionally trained driver guide and fuel for the whole safari. Our Safari vans have viewing hatches and each client is entitled to a window seat. Our Vans can take up to eight people. We also have 4×4 Super Customs very comfortable and stable on the road. These carry up to 5 people with their luggage. We also have 4×4 RAV 4 for a group of two people

Safari land cruiser


We have luxury latest Land cruisers each driven by professionally trained driver guides and fuel. They have pop-up roofs for proper game viewing and photography. They come with a small fridge for cooling your drinking water while on safari (which is always included while IN THE VEHICLE). They have inverters for charging small gadgets such as your smartphones and cameras. They can seat five to a maximum of seven people and each client is guaranteed of a window seat.

New Normal Travel Guidelines (SOPs)

At Encounter Africa Safaris our core value is to provide you with an authentic safari experience during these new and changing times when the whole world is alert about the ongoing pandemic of the Coronavirus. Encounter Africa Safari Travel SOPS have been put in place to ensure the wellbeing, safety and health of our clients and as such guidelines and measures have been put in place as we return to the new normal post covid-19. All these are in line with advice, guidelines and procedures for a post covid-19 traveler put in place by WHO, UNWTO, UWA, AUTO, UTB and Civil Aviation.

General recommendations for personal hygiene, cough etiquette and keeping a distance of at least one meter from persons showing symptoms remain particularly important for all travelers and even those without symptoms. These include:

                                                                  • Perform hand hygiene frequently, particularly after contact with respiratory secretions. Hand hygiene includes either cleaning hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand rub. Alcohol-based hand rubs are preferred and are not easily soiled. All travelers are advised to carry with.
                                                                  • Cover your nose and mouth with a flexed elbow or paper tissue when coughing or sneezing and disposing immediately of the tissue and performing hand hygiene; the recommended type of mask is the N95.
                                                                  • Refrain from touching mouth, eyes and nose, in general areas of the face.
                                                                  • Postponing travel plans in cases of illness, and avoiding contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections, hence social distance of at least one meter apart and if you are not sure of your health then postpone travel until you feel

On arrival at the airport or any entry point

                                                                  • Mandatory temperature screening using non-contact infra-red thermometers at the key tourism gates at the Airport.
                                                                  • Clients are required to have tested for the Virus prior to travel dates and should carry with medical documents supported by medical evidence and consistent with health best practices.
                                                                  • A non-contact system (digital travel) has been introduced at the Airport for clients to check in and out and at visa points, you will be attended to by someone behind a glass shield and they will also wear face masks and protectors to maintain as little contact as possible.
                                                                  • It’s now a must for all travel bags to be wrapped in plastic bags for travelers who are checking in at the Airport.
                                                                  • Mandatory hand washing / sanitizing at all entrances of the Airport for all travelers and staff.
                                                                  • Face masks are a must for all travelers, the recommended mask is an N95.
                                                                  • Tours should not exceed more than 4 in a group to maintain social distancing and walk marks in place around the airport.

In the vehicle while traveling.

                                                                  • Regular communication of safety protocols and responsibilities to clients, and to keep them informed and reminded to stay vigilant while enjoying.
                                                                  • Onboard sanitizing tissues and/or fluids to clients (travelers) and staff (driver guides and the like) will be available and we encourage you to use them.
                                                                  • Making stops along the way for gas, food, or bathroom breaks can put you and your traveling companions in close contact with other people and surfaces. Hence we will minimize the stops and set designated stopping areas that we prove to be safe for our health and we will encourage a takeaway food system to seating in hotels during stops. We rather encourage picnic eating along the way.
                                                                  • Cleaning all surfaces more frequently, using products and disinfectants that meet requirements with special attention to high-touch surfaces like vehicle door knobs, picnic boxes, hand rests, refrigerators, etc.
                                                                  • Redesigning all processes towards a more digital and touchless approach in all possible touch-points. Like cashless payment points as money has been found to spread the virus.
                                                                  • Reduce the number of objects on board. Limit luggage quantities while traveling to only what is enough for your tour.

At the lodge.

Encounter Africa Safaris is working with only those lodges that have proven to uphold the health of our clients first and practicing as per the guidelines of WHO as below;

                                                                  • Our partner hotels, lodges and restaurants are those that have increased the frequency of cleaning in common areas and contact surfaces and rooms. The lodges have also gone further to put hand sanitizers in both the common room and in bedrooms.
                                                                  • Social distancing is a must in lodges we use of at least one meter which is the standard around the world.
                                                                  • Upon arrival standard safety protocols will be outlined and how the lodge is practicing them to prevent spread of the virus in case a person is found to be sick.
                                                                  • Our partner hotels and lodges keep spare rooms for possible sick or quarantine guests that are suspected to have the virus and later inform authorities about it.
                                                                  • The hotels and lodges we use have implemented contactless check-in and provide guests with a hygiene welcome kit where possible (this may include gloves, masks, and sanitizers).
                                                                  • Where possible temperature will be taken using a contactless infra-red thermometer as a basic standard for checking the common symptom of covid-19.
                                                                  • The partner lodges have adopted new services such as room service or picnic takeaway to reduce convergence in the common dining area at the lodge and also you are encouraged to avoid buffets while ordering for meals as these attract many people.
                                                                  • Our partners lodges and hotels foster flexibility in all their operations, such as those that can amend bookings if clients are not able to make it at suggested times and those that can keep credit for the client until when they are fit to travel.

At the national parks.

                                                                  • All Staff and visitors shall wear the right face masks that have been prescribed by Ministry of Health (Visitors will carry their own masks an N95).
                                                                  • Staff of Uganda Wildlife Authority will inform the visitor of the general government approved covid operational guidelines. They will explain to the visitor the UWA safety COVID measures (DOs and DONTs) during their tour and stay within the protected areas.
                                                                  • The tourists shall be required to provide a certificate that shows that they are COVID negative, either provided by our Ministry of Health or the relevant authority from the country most recently visited.
                                                                  • Temperature screening will be done at the key tourism gates of the different National Park. Those with temperatures above 37.6 degrees Celsius shall not be allowed into the protected areas and shall be advised to seek medical help through the mechanisms set up by authorities to get to the nearest quarantine location.
                                                                  • Every tourist shall have wash and disinfect their hands at all entry points to the protected areas. Sanitary alcohol sanitizer dispensers as well as hand washing facilities with soap shall be installed at all entry points.
                                                                  • There will be regular disinfecting of common areas with heavy tourist contact before, during and after visiting hours. These include information counters, service desks, waiting areas, park offices and toilets. Toilets in particular should be cleaned at least every 2 hours
                                                                  • Where applicable, transparent screens will be fitted at all, park gate counters. The staff manning the gate will only allow visitors who have the prescribed face masks and who have washed/ sanitized to enter the park

Tourist vehicles and boats within the national parks

                                                                  • The National guidelines issued by MoH shall be enforced by tourists while in visiting the National Parks i.e
                                                                    • Saloon cars – 3 persons (This does not include the guide, where one is requested and paid for)
                                                                    • Buses, mini buses and omnibuses – Half capacity
                                                                    • Overlanders – Half capacity
                                                                    • Concessionaire delivery vehicles, pick-ups and lories – 2 persons
                                                                    • Private boats and launches – Half capacity
                                                                    • Tour operator game drive vehicles and UWA owned game drive vehicles – 6 persons
                                                                  • Social distancing should be observed within the vehicles
                                                                  • Tour operators and service providers will be regularly reminded to disinfect their cars regularly
                                                                  • UWA owned vehicles will be washed every day before use and disinfected daily through spray pumps
                                                                  • Every protected area shall provide a safe location where this spraying can be done, and where they tour operators can also park their cars to disinfect them
                                                                  • All tour operators shall be encouraged to provide their drivers with an alcohol rub/hand sanitizer for frequently or alternatively wear gloves. Caution should however be taken to remove this sanitizer whenever the car is parked
                                                                  • All other precautionary measures have to be enforced ie washing hands, social distancing and cautiously using masks

Key Tourism Activities

Briefing of tourists

                                                                  • Before engaging in any tourism activities, the tourists shall be given the usual briefing regarding the activities they are about to engage in. In addition to this, the guides shall remind the tourists about the risk / looming dangers of covid and brief them on the general preventative measures government has instituted and the measure they will be expected to abide by while in the Protected Areas, and remind them that it’s both for their safety and that of the wildlife.
                                                                  • These guidelines and measures shall also be printed and displayed in key visible areas within the park such as the briefing areas, the gates, the information centres, the canteens, to mention but a few.

Gorilla and Chimpanzee Tracking

                                                                  • The existing gorilla and chimpanzee tracking rules and guidelines (see annex) will remain in force to prevent any human to animal transmissions. These include
                                                                    • 8 and 6 tourists will be allowed to track the gorillas and chimpanzees respectively
                                                                    • The tourists must keep 7m away from the gorillas and chimpanzees
                                                                    • Tourists who during the briefing are observed to be overly coughing shall not be allowed to track
                                                                    • Tourists who during the briefing are observed to be sick shall not be allowed to track. These include tourists with signs flu, and those who report to have diarrhoea and stomach upsets, malaria etc
                                                                  • While the forests are dense and don’t have any specific trails for tracking, the assigned UWA guides shall try as humanly possible to ensure that there is social distancing among the tourists while the tracking takes place
                                                                  • The tourists shall be encouraged to carry light equipment to minimise the need for potters while they undertake the tracking. This will be communicated to potential tourists through the tour operators and other fora
                                                                  • Due to the reported side effects of putting on masks for long periods and in high altitudes, the number of breaks during the tracking shall be doubled to give tourists time to breathe fresh air.
                                                                  • During these breaks, social distancing should be observed

Game Drives

                                                                  • The regular park rules shall apply
                                                                  • The vehicle guidelines above shall also apply
                                                                  • Where a guide is requested, the guide shall sit at the front and shall continuously remind the tourists about the need to social distance
                                                                  • Masks shall be worn at all time
                                                                  • Where a tourists gets side effects due to putting on a mask for a long time, the tourist shall inform the guide who will find a safe and secure place to park the vehicle and allow for the tourists to get fresh air while maintaining social distance

Boat Cruises

                                                                  • The regular park rules shall apply
                                                                  • The boat and launches guidelines above shall also apply
                                                                  • The UWA owned boats must be cleaned and disinfected every day before any boat cruise activity
                                                                  • The concessionaire shall also be required to clean and disinfect their boats every day before any boat activities
                                                                  • The guide shall enforce social distancing while on the boat.
                                                                  • Masks shall be worn at all time while on the boat
                                                                  • Where a tourists gets side effects due to putting on a mask for a long time, the tourist shall inform the guide who will find space within the boat for this client to get some fresh air for a few minutes. This shall be away from the other tourists

Anticipated travel needs for anyone traveling post Covid-19

                                                                  • Bring enough of your medicine to last you for the entire trip.
                                                                  • Pack enough alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) and keep it within easy to reach.
                                                                  • Bring a cloth face covering to wear in public places. Mask N95 is recommended while traveling to Uganda.
                                                                  • Prepare food and water for your trip where possible and avoid eating at places providing buffets.
                                                                  • Limit the number of people you get in contact with while on safari.

For more information about safety and healthy responses and updates on Covid-19 in Uganda and East Africa, do not hesitate to contact Encounter Africa Safaris

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