Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe National Park

Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe National Park

Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe National Park

Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe National Park: Chimpanzee trekking is the most popular activity in Nyungwe National Park. There are around 1000 people in the national park, with approximately 60 habituated persons in Nyungwe forest alone and 30 habituated individuals in Cyamudongo forest, which is next to Nyungwe forest.

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 roughly 5:00 a.m. with a briefing, so guests should get up earlier for breakfast and then move to the starting location.

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.

When going chimp trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park, guests should have a packed lunch and drinking water to keep them energized during the journey. Following training 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 travel from one spot 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.

This is an exciting activity because chimps are joyful, lively, noisy, mobile, and playful in comparison to mountain gorillas, which are peaceful. On your chimp trekking adventure, 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.

Cost of a Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park.

During your Rwanda Safari Tours, it is advisable that you book your Rwanda chimpanzee  permit through a trusted tour operator company like Explore Rwanda Tour. A chimpanzee 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.

Best Time to do Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Chimpanzee  safaris in Nyungwe national park is possible at any time of year, but the optimum 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 great for chimp trekking because there will be enough of fruits and food for the chimps, limiting their movements and allowing them to be readily identified during trekking. The wet season is also ideal for bird watching in the national park.

Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe National Park
Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe

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 travel 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 excursions in the park.

Where to stay when doing chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe National Park.

When on a chimpanzee trekking tour in Nyungwe Forest National Park, you can book accommodation in the following facilities; One & Only Nyungwe House, Gisakura Guesthouse or Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel.

How to book a chimpanzee trekking permit in Nyungwe Forest National Park.

A chimpanzee permit in Rwanda’s Nyungwe national park may be obtained directly from the Rwanda Development Board by contacting them via email or phone calls. In Nyungwe Forest National Park, a chimpanzee permit 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 via info@nyungweforestnationalpark.org is the best choice since we will spare you the trouble of booking a chimp trekking permit. You can even combine your trip with a gorilla trekking safari in Kahuzi Biega National Park in Congo, and get an opportunity to track the rare eastern lowland gorillas.

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