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Things to do in Nyungwe Forest national park.

Things to do in Nyungwe Forest national park.

Things to do in Nyungwe forest national park are the activities that tourists partake in to liven up their safari. Spanning about 1019km2, Nyungwe forest national park is located in the South Western part of Rwanda and stands as Africa’s oldest protected rainforest. Due to the presence of a thick forest, the park harbours a variety of flora and fauna, including 85 mammals, 12 primates, 1000 plant species, 120 butterflies and 300 bird species, 29 of which are peculiar to the Albertine Rift. All of these combine to provide a variety of activities including the incredible chimpanzee trekking, thrilling canopy walks, hiking, birding, nature walks, primate trekking among others as described beneath.

Chimpanzee trekking

The most popular activity offered by the park is chimpanzee trekking. Only eight individuals per group are allowed to trek through the park, which is home to more than 60 habituated chimp individuals. During this search, guests comb through the underbrush in search of chimpanzees, and once they locate them, they get an hour to spend with them. There are two places you could practice this exercise of Cyamudongo and Uwinka. On a chimp excursion, visitors can see chimpanzees feeding, mating, and breastfeeding. Besides chimps, this activity presents viewpoints on a variety of primates, including baboons, monkeys and birds. You ought to be prepared with the right clothing’s like a rain poncho, hiking boots, long sleeved shits and trousers so that the weather does not affect you incase it changes.

Columbus monkey trekking

Here is another opportunity to observe the monkeys in their native habitat. The park is home to over 300 different species of monkeys, including silver monkeys, blue monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys, vervet monkeys, and white colobus monkeys, so be sure to have a great time with the help of a guide. By participating in this activity, you can observe monkeys having fun and swinging from tree to tree, providing you with unique memories of your trip to the park.

Canopy walks

This thrilling activity is not for the weak willed. It involves crossing a 50-meter-high bridge that is separated into three sections that are 90, 45, and 25 meters long while moving through a forest. This two-hour activity offers overhead panoramic views of several birds, primates and plant species. East Africa does not have this, and children under the age of six are not permitted to participate in this activity for safety purposes.


More than 12 hiking trails extend over 140 kilometers through the Nyungwe forest. In the jungle, there are several hiking paths where tourists can spend some time learning about various habitats. An individual must be in decent physical condition to hike for at least eight hours. We can arrange a shorter hike just for you if you are unable to hike for the whole eight hours. Numerous primates, in addition to flowers, plants, butterflies, trees and more can be seen while hiking.

Bird watching

On any Rwandan safari, a treat awaits the birders on their visit to Nyungwe forest national park. The park is home to around 300 different bird species, 29 of which are exclusive to the Albertine Rift. The Rwenzori nightjar, magnificent Francolin, Chapin’s Flycatcher, miniature honeyguide, and other birds can be seen when bird watching in the park. The exercise can be finished in the morning with the help of the guide.

Nature walks

Participate in nature hikes to learn more about the forest. They lead you over a variety of paths, including the lengthy Congo Nile Trail, Bigugu (6 hours), Isumo Waterfall (4 hours), Ngabwe Trail, Karamba Trail, Umugote, Imbaraga, and Uwinka, all of which have their own unique characteristics. Views of tea plantations, birds, different flowers, tree monkeys, chimpanzees, mahogany trees, and other things can be seen on nature walks.

Gisakura tea plantation tour:

Join the Gisakura tea plantation activity, which departs from the park’s edge, to collect tea for the baskets on your back. Discover more about the growth, processing, and production of tea. This black tea is available for you to sip because a presentation would not be complete without it.

Cultural tours:

In order to really appreciate the Nyungwe forest, make travel plans to the area where you can encounter the unique Rwandan culture. Local population learned to coexist with the forest and made contributions to its preservation after they realized how crucial this forest was to Rwanda’s eco system. In order to maintain Rwandan culture and provide visitors with a rich experience, efforts have been undertaken to promote community-based activities. When you go to the village, you can participate in things like dancing rituals, making banana beer, shooting bows and arrows, developing folk cures, and grinding grain among other things.

Camping: This is yet another activity carried out in the park when it comes to accommodation. Since are limited accommodation facilities in Nyungwe forest national park, camping is the only way for those who want to stay inside. The campsite is set next to the parks reception, Uwinka.  It goes as low as 40 USD for those without tents and 30 USD for those with their own tents.

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