Remote pristine forest in the southwest corner of Rwanda. Rich in biodiversity Nyungwe Forest National park is home to over 1000 species. This is considered to be one of the most beautiful parks in Africa with misty hills, lush rainforest scenery and incredible hiking trails.
Nyungwe Forest National Park attracts travellers for many different reasons. Whether it’s primates, botany, birding or adventure that interest you, you are in the right place. Thirteen different primate species live in this region, including chimps and black & white colobus monkeys. Orchids are prevalent with 140 species recorded, growing alongside ferns and trees. The biodiversity of the flora attracts hundreds of butterflies and other insects and no fewer than 275 bird species – there is something for everyone.
- Chimpanzees: Nyungwe is Rwanda’s primary spot for tracking chimpanzees, a very different experience to a gorilla trek. Depending on what the chimps are doing when you come across them, this can be a frenetic, fast-paced trek through the forest if they are on the move. It’s as exciting as it is fascinating.
- Black and white colobus monkeys: A less strenuous activity is to hike to a group of semi-habituated black and white colobus monkeys. These can be found in large groups in the forest and spending time with them is amusing, fascinating, captivating and fun. You’re bound to get some good photos (if they stay still for long enough).
- Primates: In addition to the chimps and colobus monkeys, you could see L’Hoest monkeys, blue monkeys, owl-faced monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, vervet monkeys and the olive baboon, amongst a few others.
- Birding: The biodiversity of this ancient montane forest is key to the variety of bird species found here, over 300. Many endemic to the central African region. Keep your eyes peeled for the beautiful blue turaco.
- Flora: Not to be outdone by the biodiverse wildlife, the flora of the park is fascinating. This is the largest tract of pristine montane forest in East Africa. Giant mahogany trees tower over beautiful, delicate orchids and fragile ferns.
- Canopy Walk: If you’ve a head for heights, enjoy a walk in the tree canopy. Make your way along a 200m long series of steel walkways that tower 75m above the ground. This is the way to experience the forest from a bird’s perspective, high in the treetops.
- Hiking: There are around 13 different walking trails in the park ranging in length and difficulty. Seek out picturesque waterfalls and enjoy birding and spectacular views from various vantage points along the way.
- Scenery: The scenery in Nyungwe Forest does not disappoint, with verdant, lush rainforest at every turn. Mists rising, gently rising above the rolling hills shrouded in greenery stretch into the distance. It’s the scene from a fairytale.