Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe starts very early in the morning in-order to find the chimpanzees in their nest and to also increase your chances of viewing the chimpanzees since they are wild. The actual trek starts at 5am and therefore, you should be at the park head quarters for briefing by 4:30am.
Nyungwe forest national park is home to a great number of primates, birds and also butterfly species. The park has over 400 chimpanzees, boosting two wild chimp communities located in Uwinka and Cyamudongo A group of well -trained guides lead the clients into the forest in search for the chimpanzees. Despite the fact that chimpanzee viewing in not guaranteed, these guided walks through the forest will teach you alot more about the different creatures and wildlife that Nyungwe forest habours.
How long does is the Trek ?
Trekking time ranges between 2 to 6 hours round trip. This includes the 1 hour of viewing and following the chimpanzees whilst taking pictures. In some cases, it might go for a long as 8 hours, so one should be prepared for anything. Chimpanzee Trekking does not require one to be an experienced hiker, because the pace is determined by the slowest person in the group.
How to book Chimpanzee trekking?
To book your chimpanzee trekking experience, you will book and pay for the permit through the Rwanda Development Board RDB. The permit fee only includes guides and park rangers, but does to include transfers and accommodation prior to the trek. Alternatively, contact tour operators who can arrange the entire experience for you.