Rwanda primate safaris are the most interesting trips one can ever experience in a lifetime. One thing that is so unique with these tours is that a visitor spends some quality time with some of the hard-to find primates like the mountain gorillas, Golden Monkeys and Chimpanzees. Tracking these rear species is a thrilling adventure involving penetrating through the ever-green thick forests of Volcanoes National Park and Nyugwe National Park. Rwanda is one of the few blessed countries where one can be assured of viewing the primates in their natural habitats and a classic exposure is guaranteed while trekking them. However, the uniqueness of a primate trip to this East African country makes it more rewarding and incomparable. This explains why Rwanda Safaris have increased in the past few years as many people jet into the country to have a glance at its wonderful primates.
Below is a simple write up about some of the activities which can make a primate safari to Rwanda look even more colorful.
Gorilla tracking: This is the leading tourism activity in the country attracting the highest number of visitors from different continents. Rwanda is among the 3 countries in the world which harbor the remaining mountain gorillas with an estimate of 380 primates. This quite a huge ratio when compared to the world’s total of 900 mountain gorillas and therefore this country is undoubtedly the best destination for those interested in a successful gorilla safari. In Rwanda, they are found in the forests of Volcanoes national Park which is 2hrs drive from Kigali, the capital city. One key point to note for those planning to go and trek the primates in Rwanda is that a mountain gorilla tracking permit is required before being permitted to enjoy the activity. This permits costs USD750 and its issued by the Rwanda Development Board at their offices. Interestingly, this activity can be done within one days because Volcanoes National Park is near Kigali (only 2hrs drive), meaning that one can save the costs associated with spending more days on a safari.
Golden Monkey Tracking: In Volcanoes National Park, there is another set of rare primates called the golden monkeys. These are interesting to watch as they play and jump from one tree to another in the tropical rainforest of Volcanoes. While moving through the forests of volcanoes, one stands a chance of encountering with these primates as they roam about the whole area. This is a dream come true especially for nature lovers as they spend almost the whole day in the jungle with these hard-to find monkeys witnessing some of their rare characteristics.
Chimpanzee trekking: Chimp trekking is one of the most interesting activities one can enjoy while on a Rwanda Safari. Also termed as “man’s closest mammals”, chimpanzees are so intelligent with some behaviors related to those of human beings. They have their own setting which relate to those of human beings and this makes a trek even more rewarding and enchanting. In Rwanda, they are found in Nyungwe National Park and they are well organized to be tracked. While on the trek, one enjoys a breathtaking nature experience and wonderful views of different plant species.
The above tour activities involve primate watching in Rwanda and therefore they offer the best experience to visitors.