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Nyungwe canopy walk tourism,the first ever hanging platform which allows Rwanda birding, primates and chimp tracking safari enthusiasts to view different animal species in Nyungwe forest. This canopy walk tour is the first of its kind of tourism in East Africa and the third of its kind in Africa(as @April 2011)

The Nyungwe canopy platform is 50 meters above ground level and 90 meters long. It allows tourists viewing of butterflies, birds and blue monkeys that dwell in the upper scales of Nyungwe forest. The forest has 13 rare primate species, the world’s largest ever recorded arboreal troop of black/white colobus monkeys, over 300 species of birds and 100 types of orchid.

The dizzying platform is above a steep and deep valley trotting across massive forest.

This Rwanda safari tour will take you to Nyungwe Forest National Park which is a paradise for avid birders, chimp tracking enthusiasts, and those wishing to sampe canopy walk tourism in this awesome forest! You will explore extensively this wonderful rainforest where one can find 25 % of the primates on the African continent! This safari would not be complete without seeing the famous mountain Gorilla at Volcanoes NP to see the gorillas!

Day 1 Arrival at Kigali
Meet and greet at the Airport by your Habari Africa representative guide. Diner (D) is included in the package. Overnight at your Hotel.

Day 2 Kigali - Butare - Nyungwe Forest NP.

After breakfast you will depart for Butare the second largest city of Rwanda and is regarded as the intellectual city of Rwanda. It hosts the National Museum, several academic (University) and research institutions.

On your way to Butare you will visit Nyanza (currently Nyabisindu) the former Mwami's palace (King's palace) and the seat of the feudal monarchy. The palace has been reconstructed to its 19th century state and shows a traditional dome that can be compared with the Kabaka's palace of Buganda.

You will visit the National Museum which is one the well set-up if not the finest ethnographic museum of East Africa. It's a good source of information on the cultural history of Rwanda and the region.

After the visit of the museum you will have a spectacular performance of the national ballet with the Intore-dancers. The performance is regarded by many as one of the highlights of your safari. Lunch is foreseen in Butare and in the afternoon we will drive to Nynungwe Forest NP. Your driver-guide will stop at the Uwinka offices to have the last update on the presence of the semi-habituated groups of chimps and colobus monkeys. This will help you to prepare your activities of the next day. Overnight is foreseen at the Guest House of Gisakura. (B-L-D)

Rwanda has one of the finest traditional handicrafts of Africa. The ceramics, woodcarvings and basketry are found in the streets of Kigali and Butare.

Day 3 Nyungwe Forest NP

Nyungwe Forest NP is a paradise for hikers. The terrain is rugged and steep, and you will be at relatively high elevation. Wear good hiking shoes and bring warm clothing!

Your day will start with an early breakfast and a briefing at Uwinka tourist information centre. Depending on your personal interests you will have a choice of different opportunities to explore the largest high altitude rainforest of East Africa! Of a particular interest are the large social groups of Angolan Colobus (Colobus angolensis), which may be over 300 individuals. These are the largest troops of this species known in the world! Nyungwe forest counts 25% of the African Primates!

One of these groups is semi-habituated and we recommend to start your exploration with a guided primate walk in search of the Angolan Colobus monkeys (black and white Colobus)! Rangers will tell you approximately where the group is located and the hiking times may vary as the group is travelling continuously looking for food. Be prepared to have a more strenuous hiking!

Alternatively when if the chimps are nearby we recommend to have a chimp tracking experience in Nyungwe! There has been a remarkable improvement in their habituation with agrwing success in seeing them!

In the afternoon when there is time left you can continue your exploration. There are different beautiful trails available and the superb waterfall trail of Gisakura is probably the most rewarding. The hiking time is 2 up to 3 hours and is a very enjoyable hike accessible to everybody! If you missed the Angolan Colobus you can have another try near to the tea factory where another troop is hosted. Overnight at the Guest house of Gisakura. (B-L-D)

Day 4 Nyungwe Forest NP - Kigali - Kinigi

After breakfast you will be transferred to Volcanoes NP. You will stop in (Huy) Butare fort some shopping and have lunch in Kigali before heading to Kinigi. Arrival in the late afternoon. (B-L-D)

Day 5 Gorilla Trekking
After breakfast, you will depart for the Headquarters of the Park where your driver-guide will accomplish the necessary formalities for you. You will meet your ranger guide(s) for a briefing about the greatest animal experience ever!

Habari Africa rep will drive you to the slopes of one of The Virunga volcanoes for your trekking. After the trekking, if time allows lunch at Ruhengeri and an excursion to explore the beautiful lakes in the region (Lake Bulera & Ruhondo). Overnight at Kinigi. Your guide will make the necessary arrangements for the next day. (B-L-D)

Day 6 Second Gorilla trek or another activity

After breakfast, you will report to the headquarters for your second trek to a different gorilla group. If you love to hike and enjoy a great sense of achievement, we advise you to take one of the groups with a longer hiking distance. After the trekking, lunch and departure to Kigali. On your way to Kigali several stops will be made to admire the scenery. Rwanda is the country of the thousand hills! Overnight in Kigali at your hotel. (B-L-D)

The Sussa group with more than 30 members is the most challenging gorilla group to be visited in Rwanda. The gorilla group is located at the Karisimbi volcano about one hour drive from the park headquarters. The trekking usually last for the whole day. Good physical condition is recommended!

Day 7 Kigali visit and departure

The half day Kigali City trip (option) includes a visit to the Genocide Memorial Centre at Gisozi, which takes a few hours. It’s a touching visit! Transfer to Airport for departure. (B-L)
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