Chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda

Chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda; this is an amazing and interesting safari activity that takes place on a Rwanda safari. This is where the trekkers get the chimpanzee trekking permit and thus engage themselves in the safari activity. Chimpanzee trekking safari in Rwanda takes place in Nyungwe forest in Rwanda. Nyungwe forest national park is highly mountainous rainforest located in the southern part of Rwanda.

Chimpanzee trekking takes place in Ngungwe forest national park where the park is famous for the large numbers of the primates that are over 13 different primate species including over 500 chimpanzee species and other primate species like the Vervet monkeys, olive baboon, red-tailed monkey, Grey-cheecked mangabeys, Dent’s Mona Monkey, L’Hoest’s and others that are found in the forest. Chimpanzees are the closet cousins to the human being that is sharing 99% DNA genes with the human beings, hence that makes chimpanzee trekking safari the most treasured safari activity. That is during the chimpanzee trekking that’s when the travelers get the chance to sight what is called the ‘’human behavior’’ as these animal species do communicate with the ear deafening screams, loud hoots and others that makes the safari activity the spectacular one after finding these creatures.

Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Chimpanzee trekking starts in the morning with a briefing about the rules, regulations and expectations about gorilla trekking. Chimpanzee trekking starts from mainly three reception centers and they include Kitabi, Uwinka which is the main center and Gisakura. This is where the tourists meet the park guides. After the briefing you can be divided into different groups where each group can be allocated to a guide and head you to look for the exact location of the chimpanzees in their habitants.

Along the way looking for the chimpanzees in the forest the tourists can come across the other attractions on the way including the primate species like the Vervet monkeys and others and variety of bird species, that’s where also the tourists get to spot the plant species that are found in the forest. Chimpanzee trekking safari in Nyungwe Forest National Park takes a period of about 30 minutes to 6 hours depending on the location of the chimpanzees.

Chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda

Chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda

And once the chimpanzees are spotted you can be given one hour being with the presence of the chimpanzees. That’s the period when you watch these primates the they live, identifying all their characters that makes them to be identified as our closest relatives, that is according to the research the chimpanzees have got 99% original DNA of the human beings. That’s when you watch the chimpanzees play, feed, the old ones grooming the young ones, and in that one hour that’s when you take them the pictures, and also recording them the videos.

After that one hour you trek back to the starting point where you started from the safari activity and that’s where you receive your chimpanzee trekking permits for taking part in the chimpanzee trekking activity in Nyungwe Forest national park.

Cost of chimpanzee trekking permit in Nyungwe forest national park.

The cost of the chimpanzee trekking permit in Nyungwe forest national park is 90 USD for the non-foreign residents and foreign residents of Rwanda, then the East African citizens do pay 60 USD in order to participate in the safari activity.

Vital tips for carrying out chimpanzee trekking safari in Nyungwe forest national park.

You must present a chimpanzee trekking permit inorder to take part in chimpanzee trekking safari in Nyungwe forest national park.

You must be above 16 years of age.

During chimpanzee trekking you advised to put on the protective clothing like the hiking shoes, majorly the boots, pants, long sleeved shirts and rain jackets. Then you are also required to come along with the liters of drinking water and snacks that will give you energy.

Where to stay in Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Tourists who come to trek the chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest national park are provided with the accommodation facilities that are ranged in the various categories that is budget, mid-range and luxuries that includes Nyungwe Top view hill hotel, Inzozi beach hotel, Nyungwe Nziza Eco lodge, Chimpanzee lodge, Gisakura Guest House, Nyungwe forest lodge and among others.

Not only Rwanda being the chimpanzee trekking safari destination there are other safari destinations where chimpanzee trekking takes place like Kibale forest national park, Budongo forest, Kalinzu forest, Kyambura Gorge in Uganda then Gombe stream National Park, Mahale mountains national park in Tanzania and among others that gives tourists the excellent chimpanzee trekking safari experience.

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