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Travel Planning Guide For Nyungwe Forest Park
Navigation Tip - Go Directly To Safari Prices, Reviews, Maps, Photos, Videos & Room Rate Guide For NyungweThe stunningly beautiful Nyungwe National Park is situated in the southwestern corner of Rwanda and is part of the Albertine Rift eco-region, making it a great part of your wilderness primate vacation in Africa. Its mid-elevation forests are among the last of their kind on the African continent as well as important conservation sites. They host a high concentration of endemic flora and fauna, within an incredibly diverse biome. Travel through the 970 square kilometers of this woodland reserve and you will be introduced to some of the 310 avian species present here - a field day for avid birdwatchers in Rwanda. You may be lucky enough to spot white-headed wood hoopoes, paradise flycatchers, purple-breasted sunbirds, Ruwenzori turacos, and red-collared mountain babblers, to name just a few.
The mountain forests serve as a catchment area, supplying 70 percent of Rwanda’s water. The highest mountain, Mount Bigugu, serves as the southernmost source of the mighty Nile River. Runoffs from these forests on the east side eventually flow into the Nile, while those on the west feed another great African river, the Congo. Discerning holidaymakers often compare Nyungwe Park to Eden, since it has such an abundance of smaller fauna, including 13 species of primates, but no large and dangerous predators (read more on best time to visit). You can spend long hours exploring the forests by following the varied trails that run through them. The expert guides that accompany you will offer up their specialized knowledge about the trees—some 240 species— and 1068 documented varieties of plants, among them an unbelievable 140 types of gorgeous orchids.
Hiding away in the undergrowth are small mammals, insects, 120 species of colorful butterflies, reptiles, amphibians, and tiny invertebrates. The forest ranger will show you how to spot them in the camouflage that they use to hide from danger. Look up, way up, in the trees and you may spot some of the many apes and monkeys that Nyungwe National Forest is famous for. The blue monkey, Rwandan black and white colobus monkeys, owl-faced monkey, and perhaps even the golden monkey can be seen here. You can also keep an eye out for chimpanzees and other primates as you tour the forest. While the chimps are used to human presence, they tend to remain in the higher trees, and your guide will ask you to approach their habitat with care.
Perhaps the best way to experience this wonderland is by way of the Canopy Walkway. Strung high among the treetops is a sturdy steel bridge, built much like a traditional rope bridge but incredibly strong. From its high vantage point, you can look down towards the forest floor to spot the many varieties of birds and monkeys present at this elevation. From time to time your path along the Canopy Walkway will pause at viewing decks that offer a 360-degree view of the greenery, often partially enveloped in mist. You can also enjoy the park’s distinct scenic waterfalls or explore its dense bamboo forests. Before completing your trip, you’ll want to take the opportunity to spend time with the people of Nyungwe Forest National Park and immerse yourself in ancient Rwandan culture. Enjoy traditional dance and music forms and take a good look at the exquisite crafts they create.
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WHERE TO STAY IN NYUNGWE
Nyungwe has a limited supply of lodges. The two main accommodations are Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel (value option) and the premier One&Only Nyungwe House, formerly known as Nyungwe Forest Lodge.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN NYUNGWE
Nyungwe Forest is known for the 13 species of primates including chimpanzees that flourish. Hidden away in this incredible biome are also small reptiles, amphibians, and 310 species of magnificent birds.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT NYUNGWE
Nyungwe Forest Park has a pleasant climate that makes it perfect for a hiking safari vacation in Rwanda during the dry season. it has a cool, temperate climate that visitors generally find pleasant.
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When visiting Nyungwe, we recommend combining it with a gorilla and primate safari to Volcanoes (Parc National de Volcans), Akagera and a city tour of Kigali. You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Gishwati-Mukura ending with a beach vacation at Lake Kivu or even extending out to the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.READ MORE
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