Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe Forest National Park

Overview

Tucked away in the southwestern corner of Rwanda is this sea of green which is believed to be the biggest mountain rain forest in East or Central Africa. Straddling a vast 1,020km², Nyungwe Forest National Park is an important biodiversity site in Rwanda with legends ascribing the park longevity through the ice ages. Be that as it may, this preserved piece of earth is a shining example of conservation and boasts of more than 1000 plant species, including the old mahoganies, ebonies, and towering tree ferns, wild orchids etc. The park is also home to 13 species of primates, including the habituated chimpanzees, and the endangered owl-faced monkey and the golden monkey,75 species of other mammals, at least 275 species of birds and an astounding 120 species of butterflies. Receiving a bountiful 2000mm of rain a year, the park also serves as Rwanda’s primary water catchment and is responsible for conserving more than two-thirds of all of its waters. The primitive forest offers many opportunities to immerse yourselves in its wilderness through its 13 hiking trails spread over 130 kilometers of the forests besides biking opportunities and nature walks. Though chimpanzee tracking is a major attraction, the canopy walk suspended 50 metres above the forest on a metal bridge throws open a whole new perspective of the vastness of the forest. Nyungwe Forest is the sanctuary of nearly a quarter of Africa’s primate population and L’Hoest’s monkey, Silver monkey, red-tailed monkey, Dent’s Mona monkey, crowned monkey, Vervet monkey, and Grey-cheeked mangabey aren’t tough to sight but spotting the Giant hornbills, great blue turacos and red-breasted sparrowhawks among the 310 species of birds, of which 27 are endemic will take some doing in maze of the dense vegetation.

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