Nyungwe Forest National Park, Chimpanzee Tracking Tours in Rwanda
Located in the South Western part of Rwanda bordering Burundi in the South, Lake Kivu and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the West, Nyungwe Forest National Park is located within the watershed of River Congo and River Nile and a very prominent Chimpanzee Tracking Destination in Rwanda. The park covers an area of 1000 kms2 of Bamboo, Grassland, Rainforest, Bogs and Swamps.
The Park comprises of Mount Bigugu and 13 different primates i.e Blue Monkeys, vervet monkeys, Ruwenzori colobus,L’Hoest’s monkey,Silver monkey, Golden monkey, Hamlyn’s monkey, Red-tailed monkey,Dent’s mona monkey,Olive baboon, Grey-cheeked mangabey with the Chimpanzees being the most prominent.
Activities to do in Nyungwe Forest National Park
Chimpanzee Tracking is the most prominent Safari Activity carried out in Nyungwe Forest National Park and requires you to transfer into the forest with an experienced ranger guide to track the rare species of chimpanzees in their habitat for 3-5 hours and when you meet them, only an hour is allowed to stay in their presence.
Hiking and Nature Walks
Nyungwe Forest National Park is a very ideal safari destination with numerous hiking and Nature Walks trails. These offer you views at the various wildlife animals, birds as well as the green terrain vegetation and they include; the Bigugu trail, Ngabwe trail, Kamiranzovu Marsh Trail, Igishigishigi Trail, Isumo Waterfall Trail, Source of the River Nile Trail, Karamba Birding Trail, Muzimu Trail, Imbaraga Trail, Umugote trail, Irebero Trail, Rukuzi trail, Umuyove Trail, the Congo-Nile Divide Trail.
Monkey trekking is another safari activity carried out in Nyungwe Forest National Park and requires travelers transferring from one place to another in the forest tracking the stunning Black and White Colobus Monkeys in their forest habitat. En-route, have beautiful views at other monkeys, birds and the green terrain vegetation.
Canopy Walking is a very prominent safari activity carried out in Nyungwe Forest National Park and this requires travelers to traverse the walkway raised at 60 meters Above Sea Level from one point to another. Below the walkway is a sharp valley with rocks and this is usually hit by lightening during the rains. En-route to the canopy, watch the various bird species, monkeys, terrain vegetation.
Bird watching is very ideal for all birders around the world that transfer to Nyungwe Forest National park due to the various vibrant species that inhabit the beautiful forest vegetation around the Park. The bird species you will watch include; Red-throated Alethe, Ruwenzori Turaco, Strange Weaver, Ruwenzori Batis, Regal Sunbird, Purple-breasted Sunbird, the Grey Crowned Crane, Stripe-breasted Tit and Martial Eagle.