These cousins to humans can be found and tracked in Nyungwe National Forest. A beautiful hike through the forest will lead you to these fascinating creatures where you can see them up close. Chimpanzee tracking can be done year-round in Nyungwe Forest, and while it is never guaranteed that you will see them, sightings are very common and guides are skillful in tracking them. The experience differs from gorilla tracking as the chimps are running around, so the sightings are a bit more sporadic and rushed, but worthwhile nonetheless.
Permits for chimpanzee tracking can be acquired through the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Trekking in search of grey-cheeked mangabey and Rwenzori colobus monkeys is also on offer in Nyungwe Forest, the latter of which can be found here in troops of several hundred. And there’s no need to trek far to see l’Hoest’s monkeys – you will often see them ambling along the roadside as you drive past.