Nyunwe National Park

Nyungwe National Park

Located in the south west, extending for 970kms across the majestic hills of southeast Rwanda, Nyungwe National Park is the largest Afro-montane forest in East and Central Africa and one of the most ancient, dating back to before the Ice Age. The forest supports over 250 types of trees and shrubs and a vast range of plants, amongst whih are over 100 species of orchid and giant lobelia. Nyungwe also harbours 13 species of primates; these include chimpanzees and the handsome Black and White Angolan colobus monkeys. It is also home to habituated species such as the Mangabeys and the Blue Monkeys. Nyungwe forest has its own Canopy walk which is 50 meters above the ground level and 90 meters long. The dizzying platform is above a steep and deep valley trotting across massive forest. You will be at "eye-to-eye level" with different primate species, and many bird species, all of which are fond of inhabiting the upper scales of the forest. 

This variety, Pan Troglodytes Schweinfurthi, is long-haired and lives in those forests where there is a rich, all year round food supply.

 

Species.

-       A uniquely rich centre of floral diversity, the forest has more than 200 different types of trees, a myriad of flowering plants, the worldly giant lobelia and a host of over 100 varieties of orchids.

-       Nyungwe is most alluring for its primates: 13 species in all, including the chimpanzee, as well as l'Hoest's / 'Hoest's monkey and hundred-strong troops of the Angola colobus / Rwenzori colobus. The colobus live in large groups, including a four hundred-strong semi-habituated group thought to be the largest troop of arboreal primates in Africa. The long-haired Pan Troglodytes Schweinfurthi, which only lives in those forests where there is a rich, all year round food supply.

-       Nyungwe is most important ornithological site in Rwanda, harbouring about 275 bird species 24 of which are regional endemics restricted to the montane forests on the Albertine Rift. The avian highlight of Nyungwe is the great blue turaco - an outlandish blue, red and green bird which streams from tree to tree.

-       Butterflies are other attractions

 

Activities. An extensive network of walking trails leads through the forest to various waterfalls and viewing points. The main attraction is the guided walk to view large groups of black and white Angolan Colobus monkeys or chimpanzees. The starting point is the information centre and Head Quarter at Uwinka