Tourist Activities in Nyungwe Forest National Park Rwanda:
The diverse attractions that thrive in Nyungwe Forest National Park pose a rich ground for various activities that Rwanda safari undertakers can participate in.
Nyungwe Forest National Park has 13 primate species of which common chimpanzee is among. These Chimpanzees have been habituated and are well set for chimpanzee trekking experience. The chimpanzee trekking encounter in Nyungwe involves traversing this prehistoric jungle full of amazing flora, birds and amazing landscapes before approaching the thrilling chimps as they swing through tree branches, gather fruit, play around with one another and make pant hooting calls. This activity tends to take 2 – 6 hours including 1 full hour of direct encounter with them where you are free to take pictures to keep memories of your encounter with man’s closest relative.
Colobus Monkey tracking:
Nyungwe Forest National Park contains the largest grouping of colobus monkeys in Africa. It is such amazing encounter when you come across a forest tract full of these monkeys dressed in their black and white attire playing hide and seek tactics that will lure you into a thrilling mood. The activity tends to last 2 – 5 hours including 1 hour of direct encounter with them.
Nyungwe Canopy walk is the first of its kind in East Africa and the third in Africa which was established in October 2010. The canopy walk is established on a firm platform that is 50m from the ground and 90m long providing an opportunity to explore a range of bio-diversity which thrive in the higher tree branches and in the canopy. Its raised height offers impressive views of the entire forest landscape and the canopy. The canopy walk is arranged at Uwinka visitor and is best done in te morning and in the afternoon taking 1 – 2 hours.
Nyungwe Forest National Park has 278 species of birds of which 26 are restricted to the Albertine rift thus providing firm ground for birding safaris in Rwanda. The birding encounter can be arranged for a full day commencing early in the morning or can have a brief evening bird walk.
Nyungwe Forest National Park has 13 forest trails that are designed to enable Rwanda safari undertakers to explore the offerings of this prehistoric forest. These trails include among others; Bugufi, Igishigishi, Mount Bigugu, Umugote, Umuyove, Kamiranzovu swamp, Imbaraga, Rukuzi, Uwinka via swamp, Karamba, Congo Nile divide, Isumo, Rukungu, Irebero, Mwumba, Rutovu and Ngabwe. Some can be highlighted below;
The colored trails. The colored trails are 7 in number and are marked by different colors. They are designed to explore different parts of the forest with encounters of primates, birds and scenery. They range from the 1km short grey colored trail to 10km red trail.
The waterfall trail. The Water fall trail takes 3 – 6 hours to traverse with provision for stops en route. The falls are popular grounds for birds and primates like monkeys not forgetting the scenic beauty.
Kamiranzoru trail. Kamiranzoru trail is 4km in length and goes for 3 hours traversing the boggy areas marked by swamp vegetation offering sights of swamp birds and beautiful orchids.
Bigugu trail. Mount Bigugu is the highest point in Nyungwe Forest National Park at 2,950m above sea level. This landscape can be explored by taking the Bigugu trail which gives impressive scenic views of the area after reaching the apex.
Nyungwe Forest National Park has 154 orchid species of which 8 of these are restricted to Rwanda. The orchids are very impressive and worth encountering on orchid ogling activity in the forest of Nyungwe.