Amazing Primate Safari in Rwanda 2024 : Primates safari in Rwanda will give you an opportunity to sight the major apes in Rwanda which include Mountain Gorillas discover in Volcanoes National Park, Golden monkeys located in Gishwati Mukura Forest National Park and Volcanoes National Park and Chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest National Park, all the mentioned national parks are also home to various species of Monkeys and other ape’s species which can also be seen during trekking in the forest. Ape’s safaris are one of the safaris mostly booked by travelers visiting Rwanda and many have revisited the experience as unforgettable, magical, life-changing, and worth the money spent.

What to expect on a Primate Safari in Rwanda?

Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

Gorilla trekking has become a top bucket list adventure activity for most travelers who regard seeing mountain gorillas as a life changing wildlife experience. This is because of the fact that these apes are less than 900 single living in the wild. These live in limited span of habitats of Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park (Uganda) and the Virunga Mountains shared by Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo. Mountain gorillas also shares 95% of their DNA with human beings hence appear to be man’s closest cousin. This makes them very risk to contract human infectious diseases such as colds/influenza and diarrhea because tourists trek every day and spend some time with gorillas in the forest

Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Around 500 chimpanzees dwell in units of varied sizes under the deep canopy of trees that dominate Nyungwe Forest.  Two of them are habitual to people, albeit not as calm as the mountain gorillas. The largest unit, numbering roughly 60 individuals, lives in the main forest- Nyungwe, where the landscape is rather tough. The second group, the Cyamudongo forest, is roughly half the size of the first and lives just outside in a smaller tract of forest

Black and White Colobus Monkey Trekking in Nyungwe Forest.

Nyungwe Forest’s battalions of Rwenzori black-and-white colobus monkeys, Colobus angiogenesis Rwenzori are the largest in Africa, often totaling several hundred individuals. They live, dine, and sleep high in the trees, making them difficult to view, yet this is one of the few sites in the world where sightings are almost assured. The deep forest canopy that dominates Nyungwe Forest is home to extensive troops of colobus that can number 300 or more individuals, however the group visited on this hike is smaller. With their black fur and flowing white hair, they can produce quite a sight, which is accentuated by the colorful forest bird species.

Tracking Golden Monkeys in Volcanoes National Park.

While mountain gorillas in Rwanda give our clients with a calm experience in the rainforest, you may also want to finish out your primate safari in Rwanda with a high-paced primate activity. Unlikely Rwanda is home to a number of smaller species that will keep you entertained with their tricks and staunch activity in the treetops, such as the rare and endangered golden monkeys, a subspecies of the more widespread Sykes’ or blue monkeys.

Amazing Primate Safari in Rwanda 2024
Golden monkey tracking

What is the cost of a Primate Safari in Rwanda?

The cost of a primate safari in Rwanda depends on type of ape’s you are interested in sighting, days to spend and places where to see primates on your primate safari in Rwanda. The permit price shares a much more cost for any primate safari in Rwanda on top of other services like transport, lodging and guiding. A gorilla trekking permit costs 1500 dollars for a foreign non-resident and this permit gives you an opportunity to spend 1 hours encounter with the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. A Chimpanzee trekking permit costs 90 dollars for a foreign non-resident and this permit gives you an opportunity to spend 1 hours encounter with the Chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest National Park.

How to book a primate safari in Rwanda?

You will need to have your permit annex in earlier to verify that you are reserved for a primate safari in Rwanda. Previously you have your planned dates of travel verified, we will need you to send us an email here so that we confirm for availability of trekking permits online with the Rwanda Development Board earlier we verify permits are available for your planned dates we will let you know so that we can send you an invoice for you to make payment for the permits. Eelier  the payment is done and we have received it on our account we will go ahead and purchase your permits immediately and send you a scanned copy of the permits for your records and perusal, this will verify that  you are booked for a primate safari in Rwanda. It is recommended to book your permits in advance at least 2-3 months proceeding to your visit given the fact these sell out very quickly on first come first serve basis.

Best time to see primates in Rwanda

The best time to see primates in Rwanda is during the months of June to October and December to March during this time, it is a dry season in Uganda with mild rainfall making it easy for the treks in the Forests, as well during this time the greenery is not fully grown and it is easy for viewing the ape’s offering great sights for photographs. During the other months of March, April, May and November which is usually a wet season in Rwanda this makes the greenery grow high making the spotting unclear though during this time the treks tend to be shorter considering the fact that ape’s don’t move long distances looking for food, food is freely available in the forest correlated to the dry seasons. Spotting primates in Rwanda is achievable throughout the year considering the fact that it is a very well organized activity and you have 99% chances of seeing them in their natural habitats.

For a memorable and unforgettable experience get in touch with us and let us arrange your remarkable gorillas, Chimpanzees and wildlife safari in Rwanda and Uganda for unforgettable adventure moments.

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