Chimpanzee Trekking Vs Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

Chimpanzee Trekking Vs Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda : For travellers interested in the primate safaris in Rwanda you may have a hard time choosing between gorilla trekking in Rwanda and chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda because of how rewarding the activities are. In this article, we shall help you understand more about the different activities and make it easy for you to choose between the two destinations in case you’re interested in only one activity. It should be noted that among the destinations in East Africa where you can track the chimpanzees and gorillas in Africa, Rwanda has the highest numbers of the mountain gorillas in the wild and the Nyungwe national park has over 1000 chimpanzees in the wild that can be seen in the wild making it the perfect destinations for chimpanzee trekking.

Chimpanzee Trekking Vs Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda
Chimpanzee tours

Price of the permits

While distinguishing between chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda and gorilla trekking in Rwanda, the price of the permits will help you to either participate in any of the two activities. For price sensitive travellers, the price of a gorilla trekking permit in Rwanda can lead them to choose chimpanzee trekking. It should be noted that a gorilla trekking permit can be obtains at a price of 1500 USD which is quite expensive compared to chimpanzee trekking permit in Rwanda that can be obtained at a price of 90USD all of which can be obtained from the Rwanda development board the tourism board of the country where you can also book permits for a number of activities in Akagera national park and activities in volcanoes national park and many other national parks in Rwanda.

What involves in the activity?

For gorilla trekking in Rwanda, travellers are expected to hike the Virunga mountains in Rwanda that is mount gahinga, mount bisoke mount muhabura, mount sabyinyo and mount karisimbi which is quite challenging for travellers that are not physically fit to hike the Virunga mountains to access the habituated gorilla families in the park. it should be noted that the gorillas can live up to 5000 metres above sea level which is quite hectic as compared to chimpanzee troops. Interesting about chimpanzee trekking is the fact that it is quite active which involves active movements of the chimpanzees as compared to gorilla trekking where the gorillas are quite gentle and limit their movements in the park, Chimpanzee Trekking Vs Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda.

Maximum number of people

For travellers interested in gorilla trekking the maximum number of people that visit a gorilla family is 6 people and the maximum number of people that visit a chimpanzee troop is 8 people making chimpanzee trekking the best alternative because it offers more chances for travellers on the other hand, there are two habituated chimpanzee troops in Nyungwe national park  and volcanoes national park has over 15 habituated gorilla families which give more chances for travellers interested in the gorilla safaris in Rwanda.

Chimpanzee Trekking Vs Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda
Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safaris


 The distance from Kigali city to Nyungwe national park is whereas the distance from Kigali city to volcanoes national park is 113km which takes about 3 hours which takes about. Making volcanos national park where you can take part in gorilla trekking in Rwanda accessible in the shortest time as compared to Nyungwe national park which takes about 7 hours to reach. once you reach volcanoes national park, you can have time to take part in the cultural tours around volcanoes national park because it is a shorter distance from Kigali city as compared to the primate hub, Nyungwe national park.

During your primate safaris in Rwanda, you can also take part in golden monkey trekking in volcanoes national park where you will get to access the endangered primate species endemic to the Albertine rift and these can also be seen in Mgahinga national park and Virunga national park. In Nyungwe national park you can participate in monkey trekking and get to watch a number of rewarding monkey species like; the Hamlyn’s monkey, dent’s monkey, silver monkey and many other rewarding monkey species.