Day 1: Arrival - Nyungwe
Upon arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be met by our rep inside the Airport whom will assist you for customs clearance thereafter take a scenic drive to the South to Nyungwe via Butare with a stop for lunch at a local restaurant on own account.
Afterwards proceed to Nyungwe Top Hill View Hotel, check in with dinner and overnight.
It is approx 30 – 40 mins drive from the hotel to the Park offices in Nyungwe Forest National Park where most activities take place.
Day 2: Forest Trek & Tea Plantation Tour
After breakfast, transfer to the park HQs for a half day forest trek in search of the Angola Colobus monkeys which can be found here in troops of several hundred; the largest, can be up to 450 individuals.
This fair to moderate trek can be adapted to guests’ fitness and lasts up 6 hours. It's an absolutely amazing experience, to see so many Colobus monkeys at the same time; 50-60 at a given time. Besides their incredible numbers, Angola Colobus differ from the more common Eastern colobus by the extent of white hair and leaner frame.
Other primates likely to be seen during the trek include l'Hoest's monkey and the grey-cheeked mangabeys. The birds too are spectacular, though as in most tropical forests, one has to look harder. Giant hornbills, great blue turacos and red-breasted sparrow hawks are amongst the specials, 24 of them endemic to this section of the Rift Valley.
On the way back, proceed to the Canopy Walk
From the park information centre, descend the 40º slant via a zig-zag foot path to the first tower deep in the forest valley for the 1½ hr walk on the Canopy Walk’s suspension bridge. Besides being so high in such a picturesque location, the walk allows access to the upper parts of the forest, where one can see some unique ‘canopy’ species; apes, birds, butterflies, plants and insects, flowers, leaves and other animals that live in the roof of the forest which are otherwise invisible but can now be seen at eye level, or even from above. It is an unforgettable experience.
Back at the hotel for lunch then in the afternoon, tour a nearby tea plantation; an excellent way of interacting with the local farmers, know them, hear their stories and challenges, and make friends.
Day 3: Departure
In the morning drive back to Kigali proceed to the Airport for your departure flight.