Rwanda Primate Trekking

14 species of primates!

If you thought I was going to start with Volcanoes National Park as the premier primate trekking destination, think again. With over 20% of Africa’s primates, Nyungwe Forest is the place to be. While only the Angolan Colobus Monkeys and the Chimpanzees are habituated, you may encounter the other 11 species of primates during a guided walk through the forest. Other species include: L’Hoest’s monkey, Hamlyn’s Monkey. the Golden Monkey and the Grey-cheeked mangabeys.

A unique feature of Nyungwe is the canopy bridge where it is possible to walk above the treetops giving you a very different perspective on the forest.

Volcanoes National Park is the premier gorilla trekking destination, but also offers Golden Monkey, white and black Colobus monkey treks. Some other species, which includes Mona and red-tailed monkeys, can also be seen.

The one drawback is that the current Gorilla Trekking fee in Rwanda is almost twice that of Uganda, making this an expensive option. On the plus side, Volcanoes National Park is a mere 2 hours away from Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda, making access easy and quick.


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