Rwanda Chimpanzee Safari – Nyungwe Forest National Park
Rwanda Chimpanzee Safari: Rwanda Chimpanzee safaris are usually conducted at Nyungwe Forest National Park. Rwanda chimpanzee tours are one of the best tours that you could ever do during Rwanda safari.
Chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda takes place at Nyungwe national park, which is located in the country’s south. Cyamudongo and Uwinka are the two sites in Nyungwe where chimpanzees may be tracked.
Your guide will direct you to the starting point of your journey and will provide you with a briefing before you begin. Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest national park begins early in the morning, with tourists expected to be at the briefing site in Uwinka at 5:00 a.m. to begin walking. After discovering the chimpanzees with the assistance of your ranger guide, you are permitted to spend one hour with them.
The Nyungwe forest national park is home to 13 primate species, including about 500 chimps. L’Hoest’s 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.
Cost of a Chimpanzee Permit in Rwanda.
A chimpanzee permit in Rwanda’s Nyungwe Forest National Park cost $90 per person for foreign non-residents, $60 for foreign residents and 5,000 RWF for Rwanda nationals.
Cost of a Rwanda Chimpanzee Safari.
The cost of a Rwanda Chimpanzee safari varies depending on whether you are a budget, mid-range or luxury traveller. A 2day budget Rwanda chimpanzee safari can cost $525 per person, while a 2 day midrange Rwanda chimpanzee can cost $625 per person and a Luxury Rwanda chimpanzee safari can cost $2,295 per person.
Best Time for Rwanda Chimpanzee Safaris.
Rwanda chimpanzee trekking safaris are available all year, although the best time is during the wet/rainy season, also known as the low season, which spans from March to May and October to November. The rainy season is ideal for chimp trekking since there will be plenty of fruits and food for the chimpanzees, which will limit their movements and allow them to be easily spotted when hiking.
There is less rainfall in the forest during the dry season, also known as the peak season, which lasts from June to September and December to February, causing chimps to migrate deeper into the forest in search of food, making hiking more difficult. The dry season, on the other hand, is great for canopy walk and primate tracking tours in the national park.
Activities to Combine with Rwanda Chimpanzee Safari.
Visitors on a Rwanda safari can always combine their Rwanda chimpanzee safaris with other interesting activities like; gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park, wildlife viewing in Akagera National Park, Canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest National Park, and golden monkey tracking in Volcanoes national park to name but a few.
Rules and Regulations to follow when on a Rwanda Chimpanzee Safari.
When visiting on a Rwanda chimpanzee safari, visitors are advised to bring the following equipment:
- Chimpanzee trekking permit is the most important thing for chimp trekking because without a valid permit, you will not be able to trek any habituated chimp family in Nyungwe Forest or Cyamudongo Forest.
- Hiking boots should be comfortable because you will be trekking for extended periods of time in the jungle.
- Long-sleeved shirt and trouser, the long-sleeved clothing will protect your body as you go through the forest full with thorny plants. You will also need long socks, which will be tucked into the long pants to keep safari ants out of your trousers when hiking.
- Garden gloves, which can come in in if you unintentionally touch a thorny tree while trekking. The garden gloves will also keep infections at bay, and they may be removed during the one-hour photo session with the chimps.
- Walking stick: When you go chimp trekking, you are given a walking stick to help you navigate the jungle, especially during the rainy season when the forest is muddy and hazardous.
- Visitors going on a Rwanda chimpanzee trekking safari should bring energy snacks such as packed lunch and drinking water since chimpanzee trekking can take several hours or even a whole day depending on their location, so the energy snacks will give you with the energy to continue trekking.
- Insect repellent, which will protect you from jungle insects such as tsetse flies, safari ants, and mosquitos, among others; porters, porters are always available to hire in the national park, and if you need someone to carry your backpack or give you a tug and a push while trekking chimpanzees in the forest, they will be there.
Chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda requires a minimum age of 15 years old, and permits cannot be returned or exchanged once acquired. We recommend obtaining permits as soon as possible, and please give us with the information of your activity arrangements so that we can assist with transports to and from the national park.