Chimpanzee Trekking in Rwanda

Chimpanzee Trekking in Rwanda

Chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda takes place at Nyungwe national park, which is located in the country’s south. Cyamudongo and Uwinka are the two places in Nyungwe where chimps may be hiked. Your guide will direct you to the starting point of your walk and will provide you with a briefing before you begin. Chimpanzee trekking begins early in the morning, with guests expected to be at the briefing site in Uwinka at 5:00 a.m. to begin walking. After identifying the chimps with the assistance of your ranger guide, you are permitted to spend one hour with them.

The Nyungwe forest national park in Rwanda is home to 13 primate species, including around 500 chimps. L’Hoest monkey, Angola colobus – delightfully acrobatic monkeys that move in large groups of over 400 individuals, Rwenzori colobus, silver monkey, golden monkey, owl-faced monkey, red-tailed monkey, Dent mona monkey, Vervet monkey, olive baboon, grey-cheeked mangabey, and three species of bush babies are among the other primates.

Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park-Rwanda

Chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda’s Nyungwe forest national park begins early in the morning, at 5:00 a.m., and ends at 2 p.m. Visitors who want to undertake monkey tracking in Nyungwe National Park are first briefed by the park’s head ranger. Visitors are then divided into hiking groups of no more than six people. Trekking begins at approximately 5:00 a.m. with a briefing, so tourists should get up earlier for breakfast and then travel to the starting site.

Nyungwe forest national park is home to the most chimps in Rwanda, with around 60 habituated individuals in Nyungwe forest and 30 habituated individuals in Cyamudongo forest, a tiny relict forest located in Nyungwe forest. Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park begins at one of three visitor centres: Uwinka, which also serves as the park’s headquarters, Kitabi, and Gisakura.

Chimpanzee Trekking in Rwanda
Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe National Park

When going chimp trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park, tourists should have a packed lunch and drinking water to keep them energised during the trip. Following a brief on the regulations and expectations for chimp trekking, guests are divided into groups of eight and then meet the park guides as they proceed into the forest for trekking.

Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park takes between 2 and 6 hours, depending on the position of the chimps, as they tend to wander from one site to another in quest of food. Visitors spend one hour with the chimp families in their natural environment, documenting the moments, taking photographs, watching the chimps play with each other in the trees, watching them feed, mothers breastfeeding and nursing young ones, and so on.

Chimpanzee trekking is an interesting activity because chimps are joyful, lively, noisy, mobile, and playful in comparison to mountain gorillas, which are peaceful. On your chimpanzee trekking expedition, you will see chimps playing and jumping up in the trees, moving long distances in search of food, fighting with each other, and many other things.

During your chimpanzee trekking safari in Nyungwe forest national park, you will be able to see other primates such as l’Hoest monkeys, vervet monkeys, red tailed monkeys, Rwenzori black and white colobus and various bird species such as yellow eyed black flycatcher, Rwenzori batis, Rwenzori apalis, purple breasted sunbird and others, making your chimp trekking safari enjoyable and rewarding.

Chimpanzee Trekking in Rwanda
L’hoest-monkey in Nyungwe

How much is a chimpanzee trekking permit in Rwanda?

A chimpanzee trekking permit is a formal document that allows people to hike a chimp habituated family in Nyungwe Forest National Park. A chimp trekking permit costs $90 for foreign non-residents and $60 for foreign residents in Nyungwe Forest National Park. The one-day chimp trekking ticket permits you to spend one hour with the chimps in their natural habitat. The chimp trekking permit in Nyungwe Forest National Park covers, among other things, the services of a park guide and the park admission cost.

How to book your Chimpanzee Trekking Permit in Rwanda.

A chimpanzee trekking permit in Rwanda may be obtained directly from the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), a tourist organization in Rwanda, by contacting them by email or phone calls. A chimp trekking permit in Rwanda may also be obtained by contacting a reputable tour operator, such as Explore Rwanda Tours, who will book the permit on your behalf. Contacting us at  is the best choice since we will spare you the trouble of booking a chimpanzee trekking permit.

When you use Explore Rwanda Tours, you will contact us with the dates, month, and year you want to trek the chimps, and we will check the availability of the permits. Once they are available, you will be asked to make a deposit on the chimp trekking permit and send scanned passport details that will be used to obtain a permit. We will acquire a chimp trekking permit for you and give you scanned copies of the permit as confirmation once the funds have been received.

A chimpanzee trekking permit in Rwanda, on the other hand, should be obtained well in advance of the trekking date to prevent disappointment, since they are limited and competitive, and so sell out rapidly.

When is the best time to do chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda?

Chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda is possible at any time of year, but the ideal time is during the wet/rainy season, also known as the low season, which runs from March to May and October to November. The rainy season is good for chimpanzee trekking because there will be enough of fruits and food for the chimps, limiting their movements and allowing them to be readily discovered during trekking. The wet season is also ideal for bird watching in Nyungwe forest national park.

During the dry season, also known as the peak season, which lasts from June to September and December to February, there is less rainfall in the forest, which causes chimps to go deeper into the forest in search of food, making trekking more difficult. The dry season, on the other hand, is ideal for canopy and wildlife hikes in Nyungwe National Park.

What you should pack for chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda.

When going for your chimpanzee trekking safari in Rwanda, make sure to pack the following essential items; your chimpanzee trekking permit, hiking boots or gumboots, long sleeved shirt and trouser, a pair of long stockings, snacks/lunch, rain coat /jacket, camera and extra batteries.

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