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Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest

Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest

Overview: Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest

Nyungwe is an ideal destination for lovers of primates and most visitors will go for at least one tracking experience, the most popular of which is chimpanzee trekking.

Sightings may not be as reliable or as clear as gorillas, since the chimps often remain in dense forest, so the sightings vary quite significantly. However, their engaging playfulness and human-like characteristics make the long day worthwhile. The best chance of seeing them is when they're high up in the trees before they come down to forage for food, so make sure you bring your binoculars!

Preparation for your chimpanzee trek:

You'll wake up very early to drive into the national park, meet your guide and rangers, then head down to the forest for dawn.

Your dedicated driver-guide will be with you for the duration of your trip in Rwanda – they’ll accompany you to the park headquarters, and introduce you to your gorilla trekking guide.

Age limit: You need to be at least 15 years old for this trek. This is strictly enforced and there is no flexibility.

The duration of your trek depends on the location of the chimps – this could take from 30 minutes to 2 hours to find them. Once you meet the trackers and are with the chimpanzees, as with the mountain gorillas, you’ll have an hour to observe them.

The maximum trekking group size is eight, accompanied by a guide and an armed park ranger. You’ll also have the choice to hire a porter to accompany you on the trek.

No meals are included with the trek, but you’ll be served a light breakfast at your lodge prior to trekking. If you wish, your lodge may provide a packed breakfast to take with you – ask the day before.
Do remember to take plenty of water with you for the trek – your guide will provide extra for you. You may also want to take a snack, for extra energy!

Please note: Expert Africa only books excursions as a part of a full, Expert Africa itinerary.

Start location
Any of Expert Africa's camps in the vicinity of the Nyungwe Forest National Park
End location
Back at your safari camp
Meals included
No meals included
Duration
Half day - one hour with the chimpanzees
Maximum group size
Eight people

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What to look forward to.


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Nyungwe Forest's chimpanzees.
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Our guides and one of our porters.

Nyungwe Forest's chimpanzees.

Our guides and one of our porters.

Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest reviews

40 independent first-hand comments from our travellers.


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Mr & Mrs L.fromLondon

5 Nov 2019

"Amazing experience"

"The chimpanzee trek was absolutely amazing and should not be missed …" Read Mr & Mrs L.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr KfromNew York

1 Jul 2019

"Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest review"

"Chimpanzee trekking was excellent. Well worth the early start. …" Read Mr K’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr F & familyfromBelgium

2 Feb 2019

"Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest review"

"Nice hike in the rainforest. …" Read Mr F & family’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Overall rating: Excellent

Mrs WinniefromGeneva

12 Jan 2019

"Nearly a now show "

"The forest was beautiful with a good guide and trackers …" Read Mrs Winnie’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Poor

Overall rating: Excellent

Dr HfromLancs

27 Aug 2018

"Shy Chimps"

Overall rating: Good

BJfromMinnesota

12 Aug 2018

"Very quick and saw about 4 chimps."

"Trek was not very hard... We saw about 4 chimps. …" Read BJ’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Average

H familyfromSeven Oaks

21 Jul 2018

"Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest review"

"The Trek was well organised [though] the Chimps stayed relatively distant …" Read H family’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Good

Overall rating: Excellent

See all Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest reviews

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