Nyungwe Forest National Park Rwanda
Nyungwe Forest National Park Rwanda is a largely untouched, tropical rain forest with dense canopies. The ancient forest is found in the southwest of Rwanda. Nyungwe forest officially became a park in 2004. Visiting Nyungwe Forest National Park Rwanda however gives the visitor a once in a lifetime experience.
Nyungwe forest National park Rwanda covers over 1,020km² of rich forest. Therefore take the opportunity to try East Africa’s highest canopy walk with a metal bridge suspended 50 metres above the forest. The view is breath-taking with spreading ferns, old mahogany trees. Then see the vibrant animal life going about their lives oblivious to your presence such as; 310 bird species, over 75 different mammal species including 13 primate species.
The trek through Nyungwe forest can be a spiritually rewarding experience for many a first time visitor to Rwanda. One of the first national parks established in Africa, Nyungwe is also a veritable tropical paradise of flora and fauna. Ecologists believe Nyungwe National Park Rwanda survived the Ice Age intact. The stunning array of diverse plant species is the result.
Activities in Nyungwe Forest National park Rwanda
- Primate safaris. Nyungwe forest is famous for its variety of primate species such as the chimpanzees, owl faced and colobus monkeys. Therefore track the chimpanzees in their natural habitat. Furthermore the forest is home to about 400 Angolan colobus monkeys. In all, Nyungwe forest has 13 varieties of primates.
- Forest hiking; The forest has well maintained forest trails such as Igishigishigi trail and Bigugu trails. You will also be able to see wondrous waterfalls, springs and jutting trees that create soothing and cool canopies. The forest however receives more than 2000mm of rain a year; so the sky is prone to open up any time.
- Bird watching; There are about 310 bird species in Nyungwe forest national park Rwanda. The common bird to see while in the Nyungwe forest include; great blue turaco, giant horn bill as well as red breasted sparrow hawks
See traditional forms of agriculture, animal husbandry and apiary as you engage with the communities. Many of these communities have benefited from efforts by the Rwanda Development Board to channel these communities into conservation activities.
Accommodations in Nyungwe forest National park Rwanda;
The park has a number of accommodations near the park depending on the visitors budget. Nyungwe forest lodge, Gisakura guest house and Nyungwe top view hill hotel.