Chimp trekking in Rwanda is in Nyungwe national park in the south of Rwanda. The two areas where chimps can be trekked in Nyungwe are Cyamudongo and Uwinka. Your guide will guide you on the location you are expected to trek from and you will be given a briefing before you can start the trek. Chimpanzee trekking begins early morning with visitors expected to arrive at the briefing point in Uwinka to start trekking at 5:00 am. You are allowed to stay 1 hour with the chimps after locating them with the help of your ranger guide.
Nyungwe forest is home to 13 primate species and over 500 chimpanzees reside in the forest. The other primates include, L’Hoest’s monkey, Angola colobus – delightfully acrobatic monkeys which move in large troops of over 400 individuals, Rwenzoricolobus, silver monkey, golden monkey, owl-faced monkey, red-tailed monkey, Den’tmona monkey, Vervet monkey, olive baboon, grey-cheeked mangabey and three species of bush baby.
Chimpanzee trekking tips
- You have to be 15 years and above to be allowed to trek chimps
- Trousers and long sleeved shirts are recommended
- Water proof boots or hiking shoes
- Insect repellent
Carry bottled water for drinking