Nyungwe Forest National Park
Nyungwe Forest National Park is one of the most visited safari destination in Rwanda. The park is situated in the western region of Rwanda and it is ranked as one of the world’s most beautiful and pristine rain forests. It features a series of mountains, originating in the northern region of Uganda and Congo. Nyungwe runs south through the Rwenzori ranges, western Rwanda and Burundi to the shores of lake Tanganyika.
A tour to this national park offers you great opportunity to enjoy the scenic views over Lake Kivu and at times the Virunga ranges on a clear day. The forest has an intriguing extensive network of well maintained walking and hiking trails taking you to various waterfalls and more viewing points of here beauty. The star activities in Nyungwe Forest National Park are chimp trekking, canopy walk, birding and the colobus monkey trekking.
Wildlife in Nyungwe forest national park
Nyungwe National Park is a proud home to 75 different species of mammals where most of the animals are small and at the same time nocturnal thus making it difficult for sighting during day hours. However it is the place to see chimpanzees in Rwanda and this is the main key attraction in the forest. Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest is done daily early in the morning hours. The forest also hosts impressive numbers of monkeys thus there about 300 colobus monkeys or more roaming in the trees branches which gives visitors to the forest a double adventure as well an extra engaging activity. Some of the exciting primate species recorded here include, golden monkeys, chimpanzees, silver monkeys, Vervet monkey, olive baboon, grey checked Mangabey,blue monkey among others.
Birds in Nyungwe forest national park
Nyungwe forest National Park is another birder’s paradise in Africa. It has over 300 beautiful bird species with about 16 endemics whilst 27 Albertine rift endemics and 121 forest species. The bird species include olive and Eliot’s woodpeckers, great blue and Ruwenzori turacos, purple breasted, chestnut owlet,handsome francolin mountain masked, black faced, white headed wood hoopoe,chapin’s flycatcher,barred long tailored cuckoo, and regal sun birds, chestnut throated, collared Apalis, Rwenzori Batis among others.
Activities In Nyungwe Forest National Park
As earlier mentioned, chimpanzee trekking is the main activity and key attraction in Nyungwe Forest. The park has two wild chimp communities that has been habituated and open for chimpanzee tourism in the country. One of the chimpanzee community is found in the Cyamudongo section of the forest whilst survives around the Uwinka area of the forest. Generally, the Nyungwe forest is home to over 400 chimpanzees population. Chimpanzee trekking here gives you great opportunity to learn more about these amazing creatures and their natural habitats from your guides. Chimps are mostly likely to be seen early in the morning and they tend to move here and there thus it requires one to be active as you follow after them. However weather you want to view the chimps or not, the experience in the forest is rich as you watch other primates, butterflies, several trees and above all the freshness of the air.
Bird watching in Nyungwe national park
Nyungwe Forest National Park is situated in high altitude areas with in mountain forest that ranges between 1600-2950 meters. The birds in Nyungwe forest can be sighted in the trees, in shrubs and on the ground at the edges of the forest close to the tea plantations. Although some birds are shy and therefore more easily hardly than seen like in many forest birds. Some of the wonderful species found in Nyungwe include; great blue and Rwenzori turaco, the Rwenzori nightjar, kivu grounds thrush white tailored flycatcher, the handsome francolin, dwarf honey guide, montane double collared sun and the red throated alethe. The forest has well maintained trails which you will take on your birding safari and trained birding guides that are based at the Nyungwe forest.
Canopy walk in Nyungwe forest national park
The canopy walk in Nyungwe forest is done along the Igishigishi trail. The walkway is accessible with a specialized guided tour along the trail. The canopy walk stands 60 meters above the forest floor between giant trees and towers, which provides stunning view of the park.
Nature and hiking walks in Nyungwe forest
Nyungwe forest features steep landscapes and extensive network of hiking trails making it a perfect destination for hikers. The trails have different in length and easy to hike. You are therefore advised to ask the ranger guides for advice on which trail to take according to the attractions you are seeking. The trails are the best and the most scenic way of exploring the forest.
Cultural tours in Nyungwe forest national park
To make your trip complete in Nyungwe forest, add on your safari a visit to the community and get a chance to enjoy the rich Rwandan culture. The communities along on the edges of Nyungwe forest have co existed with the natural forest. These communities to large extent take part in the conservation since they do understand the importance to the forest. Although there has been efforts to launch community based experiences to preserve the culture of Rwanda and offer the visitors a rich experience. Once you visit these villages, grab a chance participate in some of the traditional cultural activities like the dance ceremonies, banana beer production and bow and target shooting, traditional medicine making maize grinding and many others.
To book a tour to Nyungwe Forest National Park this season, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our safari experts to assist you book a tailor made adventure to this park. You can combine your gorilla tour in Volcanoes National Park with a visit to Nyungwe Forest National Park for chimpanzee trekking experience if you are a primate lover seeking for a lifetime primate tour in the Land of a thousand hills.