South west of the smallest country in East Africa, Rwanda, is where you find the tropical rainforest of Nyungwe. First established as a forest reserve in the 1930s, the Nyungwe forest national park is one of the country’s finest destination if you were to visit Rwanda, being one of Africa’s pure tropical natural rain forests, the park is well protected and well gazzeted to just suit your experience. It is located in the Albertine rift and just of late, the park received a national park status making it the largest high altitude rain forest in East Africa that is protected.
With over 300 bird species, Nyungwe is one of the best and magnificent bird destinations still remaining on the continent with approximately 280 bird species, 25 of which are facing extinction, their beautiful and wonderful features and sounds just comfort you and make you feel at home while in this forested amazing park. The species include the great blue turaco, the green naked weaver, the blue headed hornbill, the brown headed horn bill as well as all other bird species that are a must watch while at the park.
Nyungwe is also home to one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of man’s closest friends and that is none other than the great chimpanzees with their beautiful light brown coloureed face, coupled with a variety of other primates for example the colobus monkeys and white haired monkeys,The most amazing of the monkeys are the magnificent golden monkeys and the owl faced monkey, actually if you are looking for where to find these extinct creatures, then look nowhere else but the Nyungwe national park, their playful moves and stunning noises just wrap up your experience in this tropical gazzeted climate.
While at the park, you can have a handful of stunning activities that will just make your visit to the park a must tell when you return home, have yourself the;
Nature walk and the Community based eco-tourism.
The wonders in the in the park are the most amazing while in the park and you will have a must to tell experience when you go for a nature walk and community based tourism with in the forest while viewing a variety of beautiful butterflies, orchids, monkeys and wonderful insects as well as other stunning animals. Of late the park also has 4 Cultural villages that provide wonderful experiences that just even go beyond wildlife viewing where you will be able to experience the mixture and love of people with their culture.
Another stunning activity in the park is the primate watching, this begins early morning after enjoying your morning breakfast at your favorite lodge where you will be able to see the thirteen species of primates that appreciated Nyungwe Forest to be their home, what will be a must see are the closest relatives to man, the chimpanzees, the owl-faced guenons and Angolan black and white colobus monkeys that will come your way and tracking these creatures is acceptable to 4 to 6 people per track just making a memorable experience.
Since the place is covered with thick vegetation coupled with tall tropical trees what would you expect? Of course beautiful birds that harbor in these trees,Nyungwe is home to almost 278 bird species, 25 of which are endangered and running out of existence .well prepared with your binoculars and your protective gear, you will have to see and listen to the sweet sounds of the Great Blue Turaco, the Crowned Hornbill and the Blue-Headed Sunbird, green headed weaver and other astonishing birds.
Here we are, at the top of your experience ,the place also offers almost 13 hike trail and the most amazing one is the“Igishigishigi”, just as you hear its name so funny and unique, the experience you will get while hiking is also fun as its name after hiking for 1.7 km beginning near the Uwinka Reception Centre. The name Igishigishigi is in Kinyarwanda but translated in English, it means a tree fern. The trails range from fair to complex and from 1.7 kms to 10.6 kms in their length and if you really want to describe Rwanda, then go for hiking in the Nyungwe forest national park.
Accommodation will just wrap up your experience at the park and you will leave to tell when you have your stay in the Nyungwe forest lodge, Gisakura guest house and their beautiful and wonderful rooms and services.