Chimpanzee Groups in Nyungwe National Park

There are two Chimpanzee Groups at Nyungwe National Park, which are well habituated and trekked by visitors at Nyungwe forest. The two chimpanzee groups are located in the Uwinka section and Cyamudongo section. The Uwinka group is located near the park reception while the Cyamudongo group is roughly an hour drive away from the park reception, further south of the park.

Chimpanzee groups
Chimpanzee groups in Nyungwe

The Cyamudongo group consists of about 40 individuals, which are always feeding around the Cyamudongo area. At certain times, though, visitors might be taken to see a second habituated group, the Uwinka group, which is the largest with around 65 individuals. That said, this group, which is usually found within 12km of the Uwinka Reception Centre, is harder to access.

Both groups are habituated and one can easily visit for the chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe National Park. The Cyamudongo group however is the more preferred of all the two groups, for the trekking adventure, as their chimpanzees are more habituated and friendly to the visitor’s.

One can as well go for chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda at Gishuati National Park, which is a newly introduced primate park that has 20 chimpanzee individuals that have been habituated for chimpanzee trekking. You can combine chimpanzee trekking and gorilla trekking easily as there is a great road that connects both parks, making accessibility easy, for one to easily reach either park.

Other than chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe National Park, in either Cyamudongo or Uwinka, one can still enjoy other primate trekking such as the colobus monkey trekking. Nyungwe National Park, has over 12 primates in the Nyungwe forest, in addition to chimpanzees, so do not be surprised as you trek the chimpanzees and you encounter other primates along the trek as they all may share the same feeding ground which is Nyungwe forest.