Chimpanzee Tracking In Nyungwe Forest National Park



Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe forest national park is the second-best done activity in Rwanda after mountain gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park which impresses a number of visitors. Nyungwe forest national park harbors more than 500 chimpanzees where tracking involves moving on foot in the deep forest while searching for the habituated chimpanzee families in their natural environment. 


Nyungwe forest national park is famous for its rich biodiversity which comprises over 1050 tree species, 120 butterflies, 200 orchids, 310 bird species, more than 85 mammals which include the 13 primates such as chimpanzees, blue monkeys, crowned monkeys, owl-faced monkeys, olive baboons, L’hoest monkeys, Dents Mona monkeys, vervet monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, and grey-cheeked mangabey among others.


Chimpanzee trekking is a top tourism activity in Nyungwe forest national park which starts with an early morning briefing regarding the rules and regulations to follow during tracking Chimpanzees.  After the briefing tourists start tracking in the forest in the company of an armed park ranger and a well-trained park guide who knows different chimpanzee tracking trails. 


Chimpanzee trekking permits in Nyungwe forest national park can be booked directly through the Rwanda development board or through a licensed tour operator like Devine African Safaris by email at


Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe forest national park can be best done throughout the year, although the best time to do chimpanzee tracking is in dry seasons also known as termed as the peak season in the months of June, July, August, and September and December, January, February, and march. During the dry season, low or less rainfall is received compared to wet seasons


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