The unique Mountain Gorillas are not the only primate you are going to meet in Rwanda that is interesting to watch while performing man like behaviors, but there is another iconic primate in Rwanda who shares 98% of their DNA with humans, chimpanzees of Rwanda.
The only place where you can spot the chimpanzees is in Nyungwe national park in South Rwanda. There are 2 prime places in Nyungwe national park where most of the chimpanzee groups can be tracked that are in Cyamudongo and Uwinka.
The Chimp tracking in the Nyungwe national park usually starts early in the morning around 5 am and the tourists are allowed to stay up to 1 hour with the chimps groups after locating them.
Highlights of Rwanda Chimps:
- Chimpanzees have large bodies and have 4 limbs.
- This human like species shares 98% of their DNA with humans.
- Chimpanzees give birth in every 4 to 5 years.
- Chimpanzees live on their own after they reach up to 10-12 years old.
- Like Mountain, Gorillas Chimpanzees use many tools like rocks to break nuts sticks to fish for termites and make sponges from leaves to soak up water for drinking from the hole in trees.
- Chimpanzees are quite intelligent and organized and can hunt monkeys and antelopes.