Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park
Chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda takes place in Nyungwe Forest National Park. There are two groups that are habituated in this forest with the large group having 60 chimpanzees and the smaller one having 30 chimps, these are tracked in Cyamudongo Forest area of the park. The forest is Africa’s largest Afro montane forest and is home to about 500 chimpanzees and 100 of these are habituated and used to humans near them.
Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe forest starts at around 4:30am at the reception centre. The day in Rwanda begins by 5:30am since the country is on central African time. The pre trackers are always ahead to find your habituated chimpanzee groups in the forest. These move daily and make their nests in new area, the pre trekkers start at the location where the chimps where the previous day before. As you such for the chimps, you will most likely see other primates that are the residents of the forest like the large groups of Colobus monkeys. You can as well see wild orchids, plants and trees that make up the large rain forest.
These primates are always on the move both on the ground and in the trees. Once you meet with them, you get one hour with the chimps in Nyungwe but this is really a unique experience. A good dress code is advisable since the weather is unpredictable. Have a day pack with plenty of water with you since you might get thirsty along the way. Always wear good hiking boots, long sleeved shirt, long trousers, have a light rain jacket, insect repellent as well as a hat that will protect your skin from direct sun. This activity is the most memorable time as you are guaranteed of watching these primates for an hour. A chimpanzee permit in Nyungwe Forest National Park costs $ 90 per person per day.
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