When people talk about Nyungwe, you’ll often hear them talk about the chimpanzees. There are chimpanzees here, but while you might just see a chimpanzee during your stay at Nyungwe you’re best off treating them as an added bonus unless you’re specifically trekking to see them. Instead, focus on what makes Nyungwe so wonderful- 13 kinds of primate scampering amongst the trees ( including the magnificent black and white colobus), giant tree ferns, tiny orchids, and some of the best birding in Rwanda. Hike through the forest, or take a stroll along the canopy walkway. If chimpanzee trekking is a real must, probably your best bet is to head nearby to Cyamudongo Forest, where the chances of spotting them is a little higher.
There’s just one, gorgeous, luxury lodge here, so this can work well for those who want a little relaxation and pampering before or after the exertions of a gorilla trek in Volcanoes National Park. (Thanks to Hanns Peter Kirchmann for the picture of this splendid fellow).