Safari activities to do at Nyungwe forest national park
Safari activities to do at Nyungwe forest national park: Nyungwe forest national Park is a remarkable tourist destination and the most important catchment area for Rwanda situated in south west region of Rwanda , the park hosts the largest remaining tract of montane rain forest extending 1,015 square kilometers in the mountains of southwest region . Nyungwe forest national park is a renowned home for primates in East Africa coming second to kibale national park of Uganda, the park hosts 13 species of primates such as chimpanzees, rwenzori colobus monkey, L’Hoest monkey, silver monkey, golden monkey, owl faced monkey, red-tailed monkey, Den’t mona monkey, olive baboon, vervet monkey, bush baby and grey checked mangabey. The forests is also a home to 120 butterfly species, 1,050 plant species, 85 mammals, 310 bird species, 38 reptiles and 32 amphibians.
THE CANOPY WALK
Canopy walk is one of the thrilling and adventurous safari activities offered in Nyungwe forest national park, canopy walk introduced in the park in 2010 is done on a high suspended bridge of 160 meters long and 70 meters high above the tropical afro montane forest canopy. canopy walk is accessible and part of the Igishigishigi trail and it is divided into three categories that is 25 meters which is the smallest walk, 45 meters the second long walk and 90 meters which is the longest walk. Canopy walk in Nyungwe forest national park is a thrilling adventure of approximately 2 hours and it is done in sessions which include morning session starting at 8:00 am ending at 10:00 pm and afternoon session starting at 1:00 pm and ends at 3:0 pm.
Canopy walk experience offers a tourist a bird’s eye view of the green forests of Nyungwe, primates like bush babies, chimpanzees, olive baboons, vervet monkey, red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, and many bird species such as Ruwenzori batis, kungwe Apalis, dwarf honey guide, red throated Alethe, handsome francolin, montane double collared sun, crested flycatcher, crimson wings Ruwenzori and many more. For security proposes tourists below the age of 6 are not allowed to take part in canopy walk experience .
Chimpanzee tracking is the highlight activity o Nyungwe forest national park and one of the reasons why the park is a famous tourist destination, the forests of Nyungwe forest national park are a home to 25% of Africa’s population of privates with over 13 types of primates. in the forests there lives primates species like chimpanzees, olive baboons, vervet monkeys, grey checked monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, mangabey, bush babies and many more. Chimpanzees in Nyungwe forest national park are habituated thus being comfortable with the presence of human beings, chimpanzee tracking experience is done on various trails running through the forests and as you are looking for chimpanzees you get to see other primates living in the forests of Nyungwe. Chimpanzee tracking experience starts as early 5 am in the morning with briefing with a maximum of 8 people per group, the experience takes approximately 2-4 hours and offers you one hour of being in the presence of these chimpanzees watching them play with each other, cuddle, pick fruits and swinging on tree branches.
Nyungwe Forest Bird walks
Nyungwe Forest national park is one of the important birding areas and a top birding destination in Rwanda, the forests are a habitat to over 310 bird species including Albertine endemics, forest endemics and migratory bird species. Bird species living in forests of Nyungwe forest national park include Great Blue Turaco, Re-Throated Alethe, chimpanzees, rwenzori colobus monkey, L’Hoest monkey, silver monkey, golden monkey, owl faced monkey, red-tailed monkey, Den’t mona monkey, olive baboon, vervet monkey, bush baby and grey checked mangabey, Regal Sunbird and many more.
Bird watching in Nyungwe forest national park is done following various trails running through the forests of Nyungwe and is headed by a birding professional guide, on your walk you will spot many beautiful and colorful birds and also be entertained by melodic sounds of the birds singing on top of the trees. For a more entertaining experience and easy spotting of the birds it is advisable for you to call a pair of binoculars as they help you spot the birds from a distance.
Nyungwe forest national park is a naturally gifted tourist destination hosting various species of forest and plant species, 13 species of primates that is chimpanzees, rwenzori colobus monkey, L’Hoest monkey, silver monkey, golden monkey, owl faced monkey, red-tailed monkey, Den’t mona monkey, olive baboon, vervet monkey, bush baby and grey checked mangabey. The forests also habit numerous species of birds such as Re-Throated Alethe, Paradise Flycatcher, Gigantic Forest Hornbill, purple breasted, blue headed sunbird, Rockefeller’s Sunbird, Green Pigeons, Ross’s Turaco, Red-Breasted Sparrow Hawk, White Headed Wood Hoopoe, Francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, Red-Faced Woodland Warbler, Collared Apalis, Mountain Masked Apalis and many more.
Forest hiking in the forests of Nyungwe forest national park is a thrill done on numerous trails such as Buhoro trails, Igishigishi trail, Imbaraga trail, Umuyove trail, Ngabwe trail, Bigugu trail, Kamiranzovu marsh trail, Muzimu trail, Irebero trail, Umugote trail, Rukuzi trail, Uwinka trail and Congo Nile divide trail which lead numerous attractions while on your hike.
Hiking in the trails running through Nyungwe forest takes duration of 1 to 8 hours depending on the trail you are hiking, Igishigishi trail is the shortest trail to hike and Bigugu trail is the longest trail to hike in the forests
How to get to Nyungwe forest national park
Nyungwe forest national park is situated in the south west region of Rwanda close to the border of Rwanda with Burundi, the park is accessed by both road and air.
By road: by road Nyungwe forest national park is situated in a distance of 217 kilometers from Kigali and there is many routes connecting from Kigali city to Nyungwe forest national park using either private or public means of transport.
By air: domestic flights are offered by Rwanda Air from Kigali international airport to Kamembe international airport which is in a distance of 49 kilometers which is 1 hour of drive to Nyungwe forest national park.