Nyungwe Forest National Park Rwanda

Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe Forest National park has got some of the richest diversity in all of African continent. As compared with Kibale Forest in Uganda, Nyungwe is one of the oldest green expanses in the continent and also includes a very wide variety of the rare and endangered species that include the troops of chimps and many other primates.

 

About practicalities

This park can be visited year round and the chimps are also easier to find during the wet season of Mid-march to mid-May. It’s also an equatorial rain forest and the trails can get extremely wet and so muddy so it’s good to have good shoes and a rain jacket.

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Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest

The chimpanzees also share an estimated 94% of their DNA with the human beings and the many behaviors might also remind you of a close cousin. One of the main highlights of this safari to Rwanda is the chance to get up close and so personal with these apes in their natural environment. The habituation process is ongoing and there can be times when you cannot see them with your eyes, but you will know they are there from the hoots and hollers they make. Nyungwe also provides haven 25% of all African primates, and you are sure to come across at most one troop of Collobus monkeys during your stay in the forest.

The Canopy walk

You will also go for East Africa’s only canopy walk. This walk also runs along a ridge before climbing a 50m high platform and a deferred walkway above a steep and deep valley that stretching across the massive forest and lasts about 1 ½ hours. It also takes you through some of the beautiful foliage and animal species. You have a chance to spot blue monkeys and unique birds that live in the upper levels of the forest.

The waterfall Hike

This trail also begins from Gisakura Guest House and requires between 3 and 6 hours to finish as a round trip and depends upon how frequently you stop in addition to whether you drive or walk from the guest House. The first part of this trail is following the road to the vehicle park and then settles into the forest. You also have to cross various streams, ahead of a sharp descent to the base of the pretty however small waterfall. The monkeys are also usually seen along the way and the steep slopes that provide excellent views into the canopy