Nyungwe National Park Rwanda

Nyungwe National Park – Found in the Southern-Western hemisphere of Rwanda, Nyungwe is one of the few rainforests in the world that successfully outlived the ice age. That’s why it is revered as one of Africa’s oldest rain forests Africa. It covers over 1,000sq km that stretches in Burundi.

It is a must-visit destination for the thrill of tracking chimpanzees and a variety of monkeys; Colobus Monkey, L’Hoest’s Monkey, Golden Monkey, and Blue Monkey. No other place in Rwanda receives as much rainfall as it in a year, over 2000mm. This massive rainfall creates astonishing waterfalls that add to the beauty of the park. During your time here, you will inhale pure oxygen without any air pollutants, the forest is so pristine.

On the part of hiking, there are several trails of varying lengths and gradients. There are options for both enthusiasts of tough hiking challenges and those in need of trails for a leisurely stroll.

Chimpanzee tracking – Nyungwe National Park

If lady luck sides with you, you might come across 3 different types of monkeys all on a single hike. To get better sightings of them, tag along with a pair of binoculars or a camera with a powerful zoom. As you delve deeper into the forest, you will see a variety of flowery vegetation and gigantic redwoods with roots as thick as your body.

Nyungwe National Park

Nyungwe National Park

By the end of this experience, you will leave very impressed by the whole set up, the professionalism of the staff, the organization, and the processes in place.

The family you will track consists of a dominant alpha male, subordinate alpha males, adult females, juveniles, and babies.

They are fully habituated and your presence won’t interfere or influenced their behavior at all.

They are a very active family and play a lot and sometimes fall off trees especially when they don’t calculate their strides. In most cases, this doesn’t seem to harm or worry them.

To stop them from wandering out of sight during the one hour you will spend with them, keep quiet and stay calm while in their presence.

During the one hour, you will be with them, the ranger guide in charge of your group will keep reassuring them that you are not dangerous. He will achieve this by making low grunting sounds. He will also clear branches obstructing your photography without causing any discomfort to the chimps.

Canopy walk –  Nyungwe National Park

Nyungwe offers a world-class canopy walk high in its lusciously green and towering trees with gigantic sizes.

The climb starts gradually and takes you to the top of the forest, 60 meters above the ground. Its midpoint will provide you with a view like no other. You will dreamy views over the southern region and look into the depths of the park. You will feel a refreshing breeze sweep over you, leaving your skin feeling more alive than ever.

For better views of the birds, keep your eyes open and pay attention to branches cracking in the distance.

The canopy tour starts at Igishigishigi trail and Umuyove trails. It is done at any time of the year at a fee of $60. The bonus of the trip is the great probability of encountering at least 40% of the 310 recorded species, 27 of which are Albertine Endemics like Green Broadbill.

Best time to visit – Nyungwe National Park

Chimp trekking in Nyungwe Forest is much fun in the wet season when the primates are feeding in more predictable territories. This cuts across April-March-April.

Travel Tip

Temperatures in Nyungwe can drop as low as 150C. Carry with you enough clothing. During your tour with Umoja Motherland Safaris, we shall book you into lodges with efficient heating systems.