Chimpanzee tracking is among the top leading activity enjoyed by tourists in Rwanda. Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest National Park gives an exceptional experience in life. Fortunately, the tour indirectly combines others such as bird watching and other species within the montane rain-forest in Southwestern of the Rusizi district. While on the safari, pictures, and videos are taken to share the memorable experience with the beloved ones.
The montane rainforest is reachable about 5-6 hours’ drive from Kigali capital city in a private car however, the hours are more in case of public transport. We consider a safe stay and drive while in Rwanda, we advise you to rent a good 4×4 safari vehicle at an affordable price. The National Park was launched in 2004 on a protected area of about 1000sq.kms and other wildlife includes 13 species of primates, 38 reptiles and, 32 amphibians.
Just like in trekking gorillas, a gorilla permit is very essential and so a chimpanzee tracking permit is very crucial for tracking chimpanzee. Chimpanzee tracking permit differs in the costs depending on your nationality. Foreign non-residents pay $100 and foreign residents pay $60 while East African citizens pay $10. Foreign students require $30 to purchase chimpanzee permits, Rwanda citizen students need RWF 2500 and the East African students will need $5 to reserve chimpanzee trekking permits in Rwanda.
It’s advisable to book the permit 3 months before the actual chimpanzee tracking to avoid any inconveniences. A safari for chimpanzee tracking differs in the costs due to different accommodations, rentals, and how long you will stay in Nyungwe Forest National Park. When planning for this tour, consider also some costs that will be used along with in the purchase of some interesting craft items. Another consideration, the cost of the tour operator since various companies charge different costs. For a comfortable and affordable tour, book your chimpanzee tracking permit with African Safari Journeys.
Best season to visit Nyungwe Forest National Park. The park is not restricted on the time to visit it however, there are months that are best for touring the park. Chimpanzee trekking is best done in dry months of the year when it’s simple to maneuver through the steep slopes. The months include; June, July, August, September, and December, January, February. Plan your next tour in Rwanda with us for better services. Specifically for bird watching in Nyungwe National Park is ideal in March, April, and May.
Accommodation while in Nyungwe Forest National Park. Bookings are done earlier if you wish to spend a night in the park. Costs of the hotels/lodges differ due to the different services offered. It’s always better to spend a night near the park for safety issues. Some of the famous lodges include; Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel, Nyungwe Zziza Eco Lodge, Gisakura Guesthouse, One&Only Nyungwe House.
You may decide to add more days of your trip to be spent in Nyungwe National Park as you enjoy other safari activities such as;
Birding. Nyungwe National Park is a heaven on earth for birders. There are over 310 bird species such as Kivu ground thrush, regal sunbird, mountain masked apalis, strip breasted tit. African paradise flycatcher, strange weaver, Rwenzori Nightjar, Rwenzori Batis, and Turacos. The cool weather conditions in this greener forest attract many bird species. To view the beauty of these birds endeavor to carry a pair of binoculars. They are best viewed during any time of the day, the park ranger may help you identify some of the bird nests.
Canopy walk. The canopy walk was established in 2010 (one of the newest experiences) in Nyungwe Forest National Park. It’s a fascinating experience to add on top of what you have visited already. It’s as long as a 50m suspended walk from the start to the end while enjoying the incredible sights of primates, birds, and the stunning wide canopy leaves. For a walk, it costs $60 in case you are a foreign non-resident, $50 if you are a foreign resident, and then $10 for the East African citizens. The canopy walk takes roughly, 2 hours for visitors to complete as they enjoy the scenery of the park.
Monkey tracking. Watching monkeys in space jumping from one to the other is so interesting and overwhelming in the Nyungwe Forest National Park. The jungle inhabits over 13 primate species including over 500 chimpanzees and other primate species (colobus monkeys, the blue monkeys, owlet face monkeys, vervet monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, L’Hoest monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys).
Nature walks. With the help of the park ranger, he guides you throughout the forest trying to expose you to different hidden treasures of the park like the floral with distinct inhabitants.