Rwanda / Game Viewing
Rwanda is all about primates. Many visit the country specifically to see the endangered Mountain Gorilla in Volcanoes National Park or Chimpanzees in Nyungwe National Park. Both these great apes share more than 97% of our DNA and encounters with them are awe-inspiring and cause for much reflection. There is much else besides our closest relatives though.
In Volcanoes National Park we highly recommend an hour spent with a habituated troop of bamboo specialist Golden Monkeys, while in Nyungwe National Park, aside from chimpanzee, it is possible to see a host of smaller primates, from L’Hoest’s and Dent’s Monkeys to Johnston's Grey-cheeked Mangabey and the highly gregarious Ruwenzori Colobus which occurs in troops numbering up to 300 individuals. Others include Red-tailed and Silver Monkeys, while your opportunity to find and view exciting bird species endemic to the Albertine Rift (Ruwenzori Turaco; Red-throated Alethe) is best here.
Even Akagera, the savannah national park, offers sightings of two diurnal primates: Olive Baboon and Vervet Monkey. In Akagera though most visitors focus on large mammals like Hippo, Buffalo and Elephant, as well as a host of plains game like Giraffe, Zebra, Eland, Topi and Defassa Waterbuck making Rwanda a great all round destination for an African safari.