Where to go, what to do while in Rwanda.
NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK
Formed around the Nyungwe forest, Nyungwe National park boasts of having one of the oldest rain forests in Africa. Covering over 1000 square kilomtres, Nyungwe is surely one of the world’s most beautiful and pristine mountain rainforests.
Largely populated with more than 12 species of primates including a 400-strong troop of habituated Ruwenzori Black & White Colobus), this park is a beauty to behold; with spectacular mountainous landscape. Nyungwe is also a bird’s paradise with over 322 bird species including the rare Red-collared babble.
Exploring through the green thick forest, travelers witness nature in its true sense with the lush green mountains offering a cooling effect to our safari.
Attractions/ what to see and do
- Primate Tracking
With 15 trails through the green forest, this is the most enjoyable activity at Nyungwe. Chimpanzees are far from the only creature that will fascinate wildlife lovers in Nyungwe as with thirteen recorded species, the park is home to East Africa’s most diverse primate population.
Lucky enough, you will bumb into the rare L’Hoest monkey here. Another rare animal you might also run into is the owl-faced monkey, an Albertine Rift endemic that inhabits Nyungwe’s southern forests.
- Cultural tours
The Buhanga Ecopark offers a lovely cultural journey for visitors. The location is built on an ancient sacred site that was used for coronation rituals of Rwandan kings.
The tours provide guests the opportunity to participate in activities such as local food tasting and basket weaving and if you are fortunate, you might able to attend a traditional wedding ceremony and learn about traditional medicine.
- Bird watching
According to ‘Visit Rwanda”, Nyungwe is home to about 322 different bird species including the Red-collared babble. The park is described by Birdlife International as “the most important site for biodiversity conservation in Rwanda.’ Butterflies are also very common here with more than 120 beautiful species.
- Canopy Walkway
Memorable moments will include walking up the Isumo waterfall or along the canopy walkway on a suspension bridge. Hanging 60 meters above the forest floor between giant trees and towers, East Africa’s only Canopy Walkway provides a stunning view of the park’s amazing wildlife and nature.