Chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest, Rwanda
Chimpanzees in the Nyungwe Forest are the major tourist attraction. The Forest is an habitat for other primates like olive Baboons, Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Mona Monkey, Vervet Monkey, Owl- Faced Monkeys, Red Tailed Monkeys, Angola Colobus Monkey, Blue Monkey, L'Hoest Monkey among others. The most selling activity in Nyngwe forest is Chimpanzee trekking, followed by colobus monkey tracking, then Canopy walk, birding and so on.
The chimps are regarded as our closest cousin, shares 94% of its DNA with human beings. Chimpanzees are socially, communicably and above all so intelligent because they are capable of using tools like sticks, stones and so on.
Guests will set off for the park headquarters to register for the chimpanzee tracking excursion. After a short briefing, start your walk in search of the resident chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest - there are more than 500 chimps in the forest, but sightings are not guaranteed - you have around a 65% chance of spotting them. If you are lucky enough to encounter them, you will spend a really enjoyable hour watching them leap from branches, build nests from leaves in the treetops, and play and groom each other.
Often, you can hear their loud calls through the forest long before you see them face to face, which really adds to the excitement of the trek.
As well as the chimpanzees, Nyungwe Forest is home to a vast number of other animals and birds, 120 species of butterfly, 278 species of bird, serval cats, side-striped jackal, giant forest hog and wild cat. This makes any walk through the Nyungwe Forest a really incredible wildlife experience.