Nyungwe forest National Park


Nyungwe Forest National Park
Nyungwe forest trails
Nyungwe forest trails

Nyungwe forest National Park covered by a natural rain forest located southwest of Rwanda, believed to be one of the first Africa’s forest staying evergreen through the ice age.

It’s filled with biodiversity covering up 1000 sqaure kilometers and largest in central Africa. It’s a habitat to the habituated chimpanzees and 12 primate species like the 400 strong troop of habituated Ruwenzori black and white colobus monkeys.

More to that, other species like monkeys, olive baboons, grey cheeked mangabye and 325 bird species recorded 75 different species of mammals.

There are different activities at the forest like Nature wildlife experience, canopy walk, bird watching, relaxing at the water falls, ibyachawa culture village, Chimpanzee tracking and vegetation.

It’s one of the shortest trips in the capital city of Rwanda and more enjoyable in the wildness of the wild chimpanzees.

Nyungwe Forest National Park was established in 2004. It is recorded to be occupying an area of approximately 970 km2 of rainforest, bamboo, grassland, swamps, and bogs.

Nyungwe is recorded to be one of the Africas biggest park with different primates species, it’s estimated to have 25% primate species.

Nyungwe forest monkeys
Nyungwe forest monkeys

These include, 1068 plant species, 85 mammals, 275 bird species, 38 reptile species and 32 amphibian. These are restricted-range species and can be found in the Albertine Rift montane forests.

It is recorded very clear, that this forest harbors the most number of primates of all the montane forests found in the Albertine.

This forest reaches its maximum altitude of 3000 meters above sea level, And is of particular interest for the presence of colonies of chimpanzees and Angola colobus , the latter now extinct in Angola for the intense hunt to which they were subjected.

Expected wild life to see here; Red-throated Alethe, Ruwenzori Apalis, Kungwe Apalis, Ruwenzori Batis, Stripe-breasted Tit, Ruwenzori Nightjar , Archer’s Robin-chat , Dusky Crimson Wing, Shelley’s Crimsonwing, Red-collared Babbler, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Regal Sunbird, Handsome Francolin, Neumann’s Warbler.

Transportation means: Other than the main road through the forest there are no (public) roads or vehicle tracks in the park, everything is on foot

The main entrance is at Uwinka on the main Cyangugu – Huye road and it’s about 55 km’s from Cyangugu and 90km’s from Huye. The road is mostly in good condition.