Nyungwe Forest National Park.
Location and Access.
The Nyungwe forest national park is located in the southwest part of Rwanda covering over 970 km. It is the largest forest in Rwanda covered with montane rainforest. Nyungwe forest park is a home of various primates which are already accustomed to human presence. Some of these primates include; chimpanzees, black and white colobus, mangabey, L’hoests monkeys, . The forest is blessed with a lot of fauna including unique plant species. For example, Nyungwe forest has 100 orchids, 120 butterfly species. Nyungwe forest park has 275endangered bird species making it a suitable destination for those that love birding.
Tourists’ activities in Nyungwe NP;
Before you travel to a destination the question on your mind is always, what willI do there ? On that note therefore below we have provided you with information on what you can do in Nyungwe park. Nyungwe forest being one of the oldest forest on the African continent, this means it has a lot of flora and fauna, this making it a nice place of nature walks. There are a number of activities that you can participate in whilst in Nyungwe park and below we have listed some.
The Nyungwe National Park is known to be the only place in the world where you can find more than five primate species like the Chimpanzee and Mountain monkeys, the Angolan black as well as the while colobus monkeys and this makes Nyungwe one of the greatest places that can be very useful in the boast of a unique phenomenon in primate tourism because of it has a high population of habituated primates ranging from 400 to 500 of them in just one group.
Primates walk includes having a nature walk into the forest as you search for primates in the jungle. You can expect to see more than primates including baboons, black and white colobus monkeys and so much more. Nyungwe forest park has about 10 different primate species.
Bird watching in Nyungwe
Nyungwe National Park is blessed with numerous bird species more than any other protected area found in the Albertine Rift. Therefore, for those that are very interested in birding, Nyungwe forest park is the best to visit in Rwanda whilst on a Rwanda safari. This is because, it will provide you with an opportunity to see more species especially those whose range is restricted to the mountain forests of the Albertine Rift.
There are over 280 bird species and 27 of them are restricted to the Albertine Rift like the great blue turaco an outlandish blue, red and green bird thus making the greatest place for birding.
The best thing about Nyungwe National Park is that has also got a well maintained and rare network of nature walkways. These were developed to enable tourists to view unique rainforest features and experiences Nyungwe forest park as a whole.. These walkways meander the gentle hills of Nyungwe park accessing various attractions such as waterfalls and interesting over-the-canopy views.
- Canopy walk
The canopy walk is done two times a day and it takes about 30 to 1 hour. The views from above the canopy and extra ordinary, and if you are lucky you might spot some chimps, above the canopy of the famous forest- Nyungwe forest national park.
Nyungwe forest national park is just three to hour s hours drive away from Kigali. Therefore, we recommend that you try our our 3 days Nyungwe Chimp Safari Rwanda.