Other than Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda, Chimpanzee tracking is done in one of the most popular tourist locations, Nyungwe Forest National Park in Rwanda, which is second in popularity only to Volcanoes National Park. It is one of the biggest and oldest national parks in Africa, and Nyungwe Forest is located in Rwanda’s southwest.
The chimpanzee trekking experience in Nyungwe Forest National Park is the most well-known in Rwanda, but it is also home to a variety of other wildlife species and birds, including huge forest hogs, serval cats, golden cats, African civets, duikers, amphibians, butterflies, and reptiles. Other primates include blue monkeys, silver monkeys, grey-checked mangabeys, olive baboons, red-tailed monkeys, Lhotse’s monkeys, and black and white colobus monkeys.
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In addition to gorilla trekking, which is a must-do activity for all visitors to Rwanda, chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park is another well-known adventure sport that visitors shouldn’t skip while in the country, as is golden monkey trekking in the Volcanoes National Park.
Why Go Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest?
Among the more than 500 chimp populations that make up Nyungwe Forest National Park, 90 habituated chimp communities are open to tourists all year round. The habituated chimpanzee populations can be found throughout the park, including the Nyungwe Forest, which is home to about 60 habituated chimpanzee communities, and the Cyamudongo Forest, which is home to about 30 habituated chimpanzee communities.
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Nyungwe Forest National Park chimpanzee trekking begins with an early morning briefing at around 5:00 a.m. Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park begins in one of three sections: Kitabi, Gisakura, and Uwinka, also known as the park’s administrative center. Visitors are divided into eight groups during the briefing session, and they are assigned to several park ranger guides who will lead them when they go chimpanzee trekking in the jungle.
Chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest National Park are known to move from one location to another from tree to tree as they search for food of the day in the forest; it will take travelers approximately 2-6 hours to reach a chimp colony there. Chimpanzee trekkers in Nyungwe Forest National Park are only permitted to spend an hour with the chimpanzee population after first meeting it. During the one-hour encounter, visitors are permitted to take pictures with the chimpanzees as they de-nest and feed.
What is the cost of chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park?
The chimpanzee trekking permit is a legitimate card or certificate that enables visitors to the Nyungwe Forest National Park to go chimpanzee trekking. The Rwanda Development Board, a federal organization in charge of tourism in Rwanda, issues licenses for chimpanzee trekking.
For all foreign nonresidents visiting Nyungwe Forest National Park, chimpanzee trekking permits cost $100 USD per person per day, compared to 60 USD for foreign residents. A maximum of eight people are permitted to interact with the chimpanzee family, and they are only permitted to do so for an hour. The cost of the chimpanzee trekking ticket includes the cost of park entry fees, park ranger guides, and the journey itself.
What is the best time to go chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park?
Tourists can go chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park throughout the year; the experience will depend on where the traveler is willing to go. The optimum time to do a chimpanzee safari in Nyungwe Forest National Park, however, would be during the dry season, when there is little chance of rain interfering with a jungle hike. The dry season occurs from December to February and June to mid-October, and during these months, a lot of tourists arrive to enjoy their holiday safaris, making this a busy time of year in Africa.
Because the tropical rain forest that makes up Nyungwe Forest National Park receives rain all year, visitors are advised to bring a waterproof rain jacket. This will help them if it starts to rain while they are trekking through the chimpanzee family.
The hiking trails are muddy, wet, and slippery during the rainy season, making it challenging to hike when trekking. To ensure secure footing on the ground when trekking, it is advisable that all passengers who go during this season pack sturdy gum boots and long socks. The low season, also known as the rainy season, is the best time to travel on a tight budget since hotels lower the cost of their rooms to entice people to reserve them so they can get by during the low season. The months of March, April, May, mid-October, and November are when this occurs.