The Nyungwe rainforest is located in southwestern Rwanda, at the border with Burundi, to the south, and Lake Kivu and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. The Nyungwe rainforest is probably the best preserved montane rainforest in Central Africa. It is located in the watershed between the basin of the river Congo to the west and the basin of the river Nile to the east. One of the branches of the Nile sources comes from the east side of the Nyungwe forest.
Nyungwe Forest National Park was established in 2004 and covers an area of approximately 970 km2 of rainforest, bamboo, grassland, swamps, and bogs. The nearest town is Cyangugu, 54 km to the west. Mount Bigugu is located within the park borders.
What to do in Nyungwe Forest National Park?
- Chimpanzee trekking is one of the must-try activities to engage in. There are actually 3 starting points travelers have to transfer namely: Gisakura, Uwinka, and Katabi. Here, you can have a close encounter with the chimpanzees and it is highly noticeable that they possess some human-like characteristics and you will witness the way how they eat. The way how the mother chimpanzees nurse their babies is very much human-like. Also, note that you need to pass certain permits before you are able to interact with them.
- Nyungwe Forest National Park serves as home to almost 300 species of birds. Here you can witness really beautiful birds including Rockefeller’s sunbird, flycatcher, owlets and many others.
- This park is also home to 300 monkey species including L’ Hoests monkeys, black and white colobus, blue monkeys, and the red-tailed monkeys. Play with these adorable creatures that jump over across tree branches.
There are many other activities to try. Don’t miss any of them and witness the best Nyungwe Forest National Park has to offer.