Nyungwe Forest National Park: An Incredible Primate Encounter

Nyungwe Forest National Park: An Incredible Primate Encounter Amidst the East African lush and diverse landscapes, in the land of thousand hills known as Rwanda, rests a sanctuary of unparalleled beauty and ecological significance known as Nyungwe Forest National Park. As dawn breaks over this awe-inspiring expanse, a symphony of bird calls echoes through the […]

Aug 26, 2023

Nyungwe Forest National Park: An Incredible Primate Encounter

Amidst the East African lush and diverse landscapes, in the land of thousand hills known as Rwanda, rests a sanctuary of unparalleled beauty and ecological significance known as Nyungwe Forest National Park. As dawn breaks over this awe-inspiring expanse, a symphony of bird calls echoes through the mist-laden trees, making foundations for a day of discovery and wonder.

Spanning about 1,019 square kilometres, Nyungwe Forest stands as a living testament to the natural treasures in the land. Its ancient trees and roots date back in centuries, connecting the modern world to the primordial past. Towering trees, form a canopy that embraces the forest floor while protecting the diverse wildlife that thrives there.

In the southwestern region of Rwanda, rests the Nyungwe Forest along the border with Burundi, where it is contiguous with Lake Kivu and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. The Nyungwe rainforest is one of the best naturally preserved montane rainforest in Africa. The forest is situated in the watershed between the basin of the river Congo to the west and the basin of the river Nile to the east.

From the east side of the Nyungwe forest comes as well one of the branches of the Nile sources. Established in the year 2004, Nyungwe National Park spans over an area of approximately 1,019 km2 of rainforest, bamboo, grassland, swamps, and bogs. The nearest town is Cyangugu, 54 km from the west.

Attractions in Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe National Park is an awe-inspiring wonderland in Rwanda teeming with a wide range of wildlife and various attractions.

Primates

Over 13 primate species inhabit and call this natural sanctuary their home including chimpanzees, golden monkeys, silver monkeys, grey checked manga bey, red tailed monkeys, L’hoest monkeys, owl-faced monkeys, Rwenzori black and white colobus, vervet monkeys, olive baboons and bush babies.

Primates in Nyungwe forest national park are the leading attraction and tourists come from all around the world to witness these incredible creatures in their natural habitat.

Chimpanzee in Nyungwe

Birds

Nyungwe forest is a natural habitat to over 300 bird species. With over 120 forest bird species, 29 bird species endemic to the Albertine rift and 16 bird species endemics to Nyungwe forest national park. Bird in here include white tailed blue flycatcher, red collared mountain babblers, Ruwenzori turaco, purple breasted sunbirds, dusky crimson wing, handsome francolin, Rwenzori batis, red-throated alethe, black and white casqued among others.

Mammals

Nyungwe forest is as well a home to various mammal species such as leopards, giant forest hogs, golden cats , duikers, serval cats, side stripped jackal civet among others.

Plants

With over 1,068 plant species in Nyungwe Forest, these plant species act as food for animals such as chimpanzees. The sub-alpine vegetation in the park is mainly dominated by shrubs and bamboo. Other plants species include orchids, Talenna Rwandesis, Mahogany, Miliantus holistic, flowering plants, orchids, giant lobelia among others.
Canopy
The canopy in Nyungwe Forest National Park is over 50 meters and 200meters above the ground and this inspired the Rwanda Development Board to build a metallic walkway which is the first of its kind in East Africa and the third of its kind in the whole of Africa.

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