Rwanda is one of the few places where you can see chimpanzees in their natural habitat. These great apes are protected in two national parks; Nyungwe Forest and Gishwati Mukura Forest of Rwanda.
Go Chimpanzee Tracking in Rwanda
The second famous tourist activity after Gorilla trekking. Chimpanzee trekking in only done in Nyungwe National Park. You can access Nyungwe National Park from Kigali Airport/ city. Nyungwe National Park is the largest in Rwanda with 13 primate species. Its an isolated park but worth visiting.
Nyungwe national park is a high-altitude mountainous rain forest that is found in the southern part of Rwanda, and was conserved in the year of 2005.
Below are some of the reasons why you should trek chimpanzees in Rwanda:
- 13 primates in one park- if you are a primate lover, Nyungwe National Park is the best option to visit. The park is gifted with many primates including Vervet monkeys, Silver Monkeys, olden Monkeys, Mona monkeys, Colobus monkeys, chimpanzees and so on. If you fail to meet chimpanzees, you can’t miss to see another primate while in Nyungwe Forest.
- Virgin Forest – Nyungwe Forest is still among the virgin forests in East Africa and the world at large. Nyungwe Forest has received few interruptions from humans and great thanks goes to Rwanda Development Board (RDB) for Keenly safeguard the forest from extinction. The forest still has its unique and aged tree species.
- Chimpanzees – it’s the major tourist attraction in Nyungwe National Park and the second in Rwanda after Gorillas. It’s the only place to go chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda.
- Nyungwe National Park is accessible – Its 4-5hrs drive from Kigali to the park on clear roads. Guests can leave Kigali – drive to Nyungwe National Park- do activities and return to Kigali.
- It’s the only park with Canopy walk way in East Africa. The unique canopy walk exercise can supplement Chimpanzee trekking to make your safari enjoyable and memorable.
- Nyungwe National Park is safe and guarded by motivated security persons. Each visitor is thoroughly checked to ensure that no body enters with any weapon that can disrupt the peace of other visitors.