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Nyungwe Forest National Park

Being with one of Africa’s most vast pristine rain forests, the National park is located in the South Western Part of Rwanda close to the border of Burundi covering an area of 1000 kms2 . The park is prominently known for its remarkable habituated chimpanzees that can be tracked by all tourists during the holiday as well as other 12 other primates i.e 400-strong troop of habituated Ruwenzori Black & White Colobus and bird species i.e 300 species with 16 being  endemic and 75 different species of mammal. Chimpanzee tracking is the most prominent safari activity carried out and requires prior booking so as to enjoy every encounter in the presence of these intelligent primates. You will transfer to the park headquarters where you will briefed about the Dos and Don’ts while in the presence of the intelligent chimpanzee species. After a while of briefing you will transfer in company of an experienced guide to the starting point where you will leave to penetrate the forest to track the chimpanzees from a period of 2-4 hours and when you find them, you are allowed an hour to stay around them. Other primate species that inhabit the forest include; the L’Hoest’s monkeys that usually roam around and close to the Uwinka Visitor’s center as well as the owl-faced monkey. The safari activities carried out in the park include;

  • Chimpanzee Tracking; this is such an amazing safari activity to take on while on holiday vacation in Rwanda. It is the most popular and involves tracking the primates for a period of 3-5 hours and when you meet them, you will spend an hour in their presence taking photos to keep for memories. The chimpanzee permit costs US $ $90 per person.
  • Bird watching; for birders all over the world, this is an ideal destination for you due to the number of bird species that inhabit the thick forest vegetation. The park is a habitat to about 310 bird species 27 of which are endemic to the Albertine Rift. The price of hiring a guide is US $50 per person due to the fact that these are well informed about the birds and their unique habitats. They are so helpful since they are experienced and familiar with the sounds of these different birds.
  • Hiking and Nature Walks; this is remarkable for all travelers looking to enjoy Rwanda’s nature to the fullest. The park has a network of trails
  • Canopy Walks; the experience is very remarkable to all kinds of travelers looking to encounter an adventure of moving at the top of the gigantic trees of Nyungwe. The canopy traverses from one point to another with a deep valley beneath filled rocks. It is located about 60 meters high and requires one to be physically fit to reach the top.