Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park

Posted by on June 25, 2017

Rwanda’s Best Park for Chimpanzee Trekking

Rwanda beyond Gorillas – Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park


Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest, which is Rwanda’s best Park for tracking Chimpanzees.  There are two groups of habituated Chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest, the larger one is about 60 plus chimpanzee while the smaller group of 30 is tracked in Cyamudongo Forest area of the Park.

Nyungwe Forest, Africa’s largest Afro-Montane Forest is home to about 500 Chimpanzees and close to 100 that are habituated and used to Humans near them.  The forest is the Perfect Addon to a Gorilla Safari in Volcanoes National Park.


Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest begins early, Chimpanzee Trekkers begin to gather at around 4:30 am at  the appropriate reception center into this one of a kind forest that is home to 13 species of Primates.  Dawn comes in Rwanda around 5:30 am since the country is on Central African Time.  Pre-Trackers are ahead of you to find your habituated Chimpanzee Groups in the Forest.

Chimpanzees, like Mountain Gorillas, move daily and make their nests in a new area.  The Pre-Trackers start at the location where the Chimpanzees were the Chimpanzees were the day before and find today’s spot where the Chimpanzees have moved to.

While you are in search of your Chimpanzee Groups you will most likely see other primates that are residents of the forest such as the large groups of Colobus Monkeys. Add to that the sights and sounds of this rainforest when in the season, you can see Wild Orchids,  and plants and trees that make up this vast Rainforest.

Long before you see the Chimpanzees, you can hear their almost deafening screams, their hoots, and cackles.  Unlike with the Mountain Gorillas who are quite calm as you visit them, the chimpanzees are on the move both on the ground and in the Trees.  An amazing sight for the Trekkers who come to visit on that day.  You get one hour with the chimpanzees in Nyungwe, one hour that is quite memorable.

We suggest that you dress for the occasion.  Have a daypack with you, be sure to have plenty of wear with you like two liters of mineral water, wholesome snacks are also advised.  Wear a good pair of hiking boots, long trousers, long-sleeved shirt, have a light rain jacket that you can put into your backpack, add a hat that will keep the sun out of your face.

Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest for most is a memorable time, is seeing the chimpanzees a guaranteed thing here, the answer is no.  You might not see them, however, a trek in this Afro-Montane Forest is well worth it.