Chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda is the best experience that enables you to explore Nyungwe forest National park. It gives you a chance to watch various primates which are residents of the park.
Nyungwe forest National park covers an area of approximately 1000 sq.km, the park is one of the world’s most beautiful and pristine mountain rainforests. It’s believed to be one of Africa’s oldest forests, staying green even through the Ice Age, which explains its diversity.
The park is home to habituated chimpanzees and 12 other primates species (including a 400-strong troop of habituated Ruwenzori Black and White Colobus), it’s also a birder’s haven with over 300 species, plus 16 endemics, and 75 different species of mammal.
This majestic rainforest is filled with nature and wildlife experiences for you to emerge self-love. Hiking the beautiful terrain, tracking the famous chimpanzees, experiencing the canopy walk, watching beautiful birds, and relaxing by waterfalls are the peak activities offered by Nyungwe forest national park.
The trekking starts from three reception centers; Kitabi, Uwinka (main) and Gisakura where tourists meet the park ranger guides. Expected time to be at the reception center is as early as 4.30am and at 5 am the drive to the starting point of the trek into the forest starts.
The chimps make new nests every night, and therefore there are trackers who go ahead of the trekking group to find them and communicate with the ranger guides.
Tourists spend only one hour with the chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest National Park and get to observe them closely going about their lives. They will also see the human-like features and behavior that make them our closest relatives with 98.7% DNA.