Frequently asked questions about Chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda : Chimpanzees are man’s closest relatives. They share many of our traits and are arguably the most intelligent primates after us humans. They are known to live up to 60 years in captivity. In Rwanda, chimpanzees can be found in three main places such as Nyungwe National Park particularly in Nyungwe and Cyamudongo forests and Gishwati-Mukura National Park.  Nyungwe National Park has the highest population of Chimpanzees of over 400 individuals and other Apes of over 13 species in total. Two chimpanzee communities have been partially habituated in Nyungwe National Park. Most of them live in Nyungwe forest of over 60 individual while the rest are found in Cyamudongo Forest with estimated 30 individuals. Other species include blue monkeys, silver monkeys, owl-faced monkeys, the Dent’s monkey, black faced ververt monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, baboons, grey-cheeked Mangabey, Rwenzori colobus, black and white colobus monkeys.  Here am today to explain some of the most frequently asked questions about Chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda in this article. And they include;

What is chimpanzee trekking?

 Chimpanzee trekking is an activity which involves walking of following habituated chimpanzees in their habitant. Chimpanzees are the closest relatives of man having about 98% human DNA. They live in communities under the leadership of an Alpha male who is democratically elected by the members. The females have a great influence on who is elected as alpha male so candidates have to create an impression on them to be elected into leadership

Where can i trek the chimpanzees in Rwanda and which country can also be interesting to trek the chimpanzees from?

Nyungwe National Park is the home of Chimpanzees in Rwanda. It has its headquarters in Uwinka. Other chimpanzees in Rwanda can be trekked from Cyamudondo which is at the periphery of Nyungwe National park and Gishwati-Mukura national park. Different trails lead you into the forest to have that one allowed hour with these chimpanzees. Rwanda chimpanzees are semi-habituated but very exciting to follow too. You may get to spot other primates too like blue monkeys, olive baboons, grey-cheeked mangabey, blue monkeys, black and white colobus, and others.

Chimpanzee can also be trekked in Uganda.  In Uganda chimpanzees Chimpanzee trekking is one of the best activities that is sought after by many tourists who come to Uganda. Just like gorilla trekking, it involves trekking through the forest in search of the chimpanzees that keep on swinging from one tree to the next. Trekking might take a few hours or less but once you get to the chimpanzees, every group gets to spend an hour with them before trekking back to the camp.

There are several chimpanzee destinations in Uganda and each one of these has a group of chimpanzees that you can trek. Chimpanzee trekking is mainly done in the Kibale Forest National Park and other destinations where you can go for the chimpanzee trek include the Budongo forest which is found in the Murchison Falls National park, Kyambura gorge in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Semuliki wildlife reserve, and Kalinzu forest found in Bushenyi.

Chimpanzee trekking starts very early in the morning and every trek begins with the tour guides giving tourists the guidelines and rules that need to be followed. While trekking, you will be able to see other primates and wildlife like the red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, and a variety of bird species among others.

How difficult to trek the chimpanzee?

As I highlighted it early that the chimpanzee trekking is the process which involves hiking or walking though the forest. Chimpanzee trekking altitude in Nyungwe ranges at an elevation of about 1600-2950 m above the sea level in Nyungwe Forest National Park. The trek takes 3-4 hours, it starts at 8am and ends by 1pm and this requires trekker to be physically fit.

Do chimpanzees eat people?

No, chimpanzees do not eat people. They are herbivorous animals so they feed on fruits, tree stems, shoots and small insects. However, if you disturb their peace during your trekking experience. The animal can fight you and leave you for dead.

What is the minimum age of gorilla trekking?

15 years is the minimum age limit considered when it comes to chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda?  This is because a person aged 15 years is considered to be mature and able to manage and handle moving along the jungles and straining trails while trekking chimps. Also a person of 15 years can understand the dos and don’ts regarding the chimpanzee trekking procedures and to follow instructions including minimizing on the noise levels.

What other safari activities can I do with chimpanzee trekking?

Well depending on your time, you can have a chimpanzee trekking safari and do other activities in the same place you had the chimpanzee experience or in another place. Other safari activities you can do after the chimpanzee trekking activity includes bird watching, forest walk, nature treks, community tours and sightseeing.

What is the best time to go for chimpanzee trekking?

Frequently asked questions about Chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda
Chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda

The best time to go for chimpanzee tracking is during the dry season for example June to September and December to February. This is because roads to Nyungwe national park during the dry season are easy to use and access. Also chimpanzees are easy to see during the dry season in Nyungwe unlike during rainy season when they hide for warmth.

What are the best Accommodation facilities for chimpanzee trekking?

This is another frequently asked questions most trekkers who go to Nyungwe national park. Well! Travelers on a chimpanzee trekking safari to Nyungwe National Park have several accommodation facilities to choose from. The facilities come in form of budget, mid-range, luxury and super-luxury hotels. The Luxury hotels offer very high quality services that are comparable to any in East Africa. Some of the hotels include Gisakura guest house, Inzozi beach hotel, Nyungwe forest lodge, Nyungwe top hill hotel the super luxury Nyungwe House

Do chimpanzees eat people?

No, chimpanzees do not eat people. They are herbivorous animals so they feed on fruits, tree stems, shoots and small insects. However, if you disturb the chimpanzee’s peace during your trekking experience? The animal can fight you and leave you for dead.

How much does chimpanzee permit cost?

Chimpanzee permits cost $100 per person. One also has to pay $100 as park entrance

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