Nyungwe Forest National Park, Chimpanzee Tracking Tours Rwanda
Nyungwe forest National Park is situated in the southwestern part of Rwanda with a conserved tropical green rainforest with a high, dense canopy. The park was officially established as a national Park in 2004 due to its spectacular biodiversity which includes the elevated mahoganies, ebonies, giant tree ferns, orchids and other epiphytes that hang onto every branch.
Within the forest are vibrant colored birds flying from one point to another with butterflies everywhere as well as wildlife and other primates like the monkeys, chimpanzees. Getting to Nyungwe Forest National Park requires one a 4-5 hour drive from Kigali along winding roads and while travelling, you can visit some of Rwanda’s ancient attractions like the Nyanza King’s Palace and the National Museum.
The park receives more than 2000mm of rain annually and this fills the magnificent rivers like River Nile with lots of water that flows both on the eastern part and western side in Congo.
Safari Activities to do in Nyungwe Forest national Park
Chimpanzee tracking at Nyungwe forest national park is the most activity done by tourists worldwide and is a memorable experience since one has to trail through the thick forests to spot these primates in their habitats. The Chimpanzees live in groups of 10 individuals and above oftenly relocating from one place to another jumping among the tree branches.
Tracking these primates costs $100 per person. There is no time limit on how long one has to spend with these for they can interact with them for as long as they wish. These are not fully habituated hence are shy when approached by humans although portray a lot of curiosity and eagerness every time a human gets closer/ intact.
Birding watching in Rwanda occurs in a variety of places like in Volcanoes National Park, these are found in the Albertine Rift an area with dense forest vegetation and mountains that act as habitats to these different species which include more than 700 species i.e the shoebill stork, rare acacia and papyrus species like the Red-faced Barbet, Bennett’s Woodpecker, Papyrus Gonolek, White-headed, Black and familiar Chats, Carruther’s and Tabora Cisticolas, White-winged and Broad-tailed, Warblers and Miombo Wren-Warblers,
Around Gisakura Guest house and the RDB Tourism & Conservation Campsite at Uwinka are good forest tracks that can be followed while bird watching. While here, you will spot lurking species like the Red-throated Alethe, Archer’s Robin-chat, Kivu Ground Thrush, Collared Apalis, and Shelley’s and Dusky Crimsonwing. You will also spot other species like the White-bellied robin-chat, Doherty’s and Lagden’s bush-shrikes, White-tailed Blue Flycatcher, Great Blue Turaco, Barred long-tailed cuckoo and White-bellied crested flycatcher.