The suspended bridge gives you a nice aerial view of the landscape of the Park. Nyungwe forest also offers other fun activities such as canopy walks, the only one in Eastern Africa and not very common in other African destinations. The park has habituated two chimpanzee groups one comprising of thirty and the other sixty chimpanzees all of which you will be able to see and come across in their natural habitats and watch them go about their day. You will also experience the largest troop of both white and black Colobus monkeys.
Nyungwe is one of the oldest rainforests in Africa
Day 1: Pick up from Kigali – City tour – Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park – Canopy Walk
You should wake up early enough and prepare to meet our Guide/Driver for a briefing about the tour. The pickup will be at your residence, hotel, or at airport. After the briefing, the Guide will take you for a short tour of the city of Kigali. Kigali is small but one of the cleanest cities in Africa. The trip will include a visit to the genocide memorial Centre, the city market, and the former presidential palace.
The Guide/Driver will then start the journey to Nyungwe forest but with a stopover at the museum in Butare. This Museum is one of the best places to learn about the cultural heritage of the people of Rwanda. You will have an opportunity to buy local crafts and souvenirs. If time permits, you can also stop at the palace of Nyanza King Palace Lunch will be at Huye. After that, you will continue the journey through the beautiful Rwanda countryside. You will know why Rwanda is referred to as a land of a thousand hills.
Once you arrive at your hotel, you will have lunch and then be taken to the Uwinka visitors center to start hiking along the Igishigishigi trail which leads to the canopy walkway. While at the Igishigishigi trail, you will spot several species of trees, birds, and primates for about thirty minutes. You will then step into the canopy walkway for even more amazing views of the forest. The walkway is 60 meters suspended metallic bridge that is built on top of the trees. It offers an aerial view of the forest and its creatures like birds, colobus monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, baboons, and countless species of plants. After the canopy walk, you will go and relax by the waterfalls. The canopy walk takes about 2 hours depending on your pace or that of your group.
Dinner and overnight at Gisakura Guest House (budget) and One&Only Nyungwe House (Luxury). Other hotel options include Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel (Luxury) and Emeraude Hotel (Budget).
Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking – Transfer back to Kigali
You should wake up early a take your breakfast as you prepare for an adventurous day tracking the primates. Chimpanzee trekking starts at 5 am. The reason why the activity starts early is that meeting the primates is not guaranteed. Starting early increases your chances of finding the primates.
The Driver will take you to the park offices and visitor center in Uwinka for briefing and meeting the Park Rangers/Guides who will be leading you into the forests. The Guides/Rangers will brief you about the rules and requirements for chimpanzee trekking. If there are many travelers booked for the day, you will be divided into two groups – One will start the trek from the Uwinka Visitor Centre and the other from the Cyamudongo area. There are about 500 chimpanzees in the Nyungwe forest. As you enter the forest, you will be welcomed by beautiful jungle noises of birds, primates, and insects. Chimpanzee trekking in the Nyungwe forest is just as unpredictable as gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes National Park. The activity can take up to 4 hours depending on the location of the primates that day. Chimpanzees move as they wish and you will have to follow them through the forest. They are different from gorillas which generally stay in one place for longer periods of time. The good thing about chimps is that they are very vocal. Because of the constant loud screams, hoots, and barks made by chimps, it is easy to pinpoint their location even before seeing one.
As you continue your search for the chimps, you will continue to encounter more beautiful scenery, birds, insects, butterflies, primates, waterfalls and so much more. The nature lover and birder will be very impressed even before finding the chimps. Once you find them in a stationary position, you will only be allowed one hour with them. This one hour excludes the time spent following them as chimpanzees can be very mobile. In that one hour with the primates, you should see them feed, play, build nests, mate, and tease each other. Chimpanzees are our closest relatives – even more than gorillas. Each individual chimp has a unique character. Some are more aggressive while others are calm and mind their own business. The Park Ranger will let you know which individuals to keep away from.
Planning an excursion may be difficult but African Travellers Ltd will make it simpler for you. We are dedicated to serving all tourists in Rwanda both international and local at affordable rates. We offer packages for both economy and mid-range classes and help you acquire quality accommodation that is in line with your expectation. Nyungwe Forest Park is well known for chimpanzee trekking which is carried out in the park. The park is located in southwestern Rwanda.
Canopy walk in the Nyungwe
We provide you with guides who will take you through your excursion in the Nyungwe forest and ensure that you’ve made the most out of it. It hosts 13 primates thus considered the home of primates in Rwanda. The park has habituated two chimpanzee groups one comprising of thirty and the other sixty chimpanzees all of which you will be able to see and come across in their natural habitats and watch them go about their day. You will also experience the largest troop of both white and black Colobus monkeys. The park’s landscape is also an attraction factor since it consists of rainforest, marshes, swamps, heath, bamboo thicket, and open woodland these enable the park to host various species of plants, birds, and animals. You will have the best bird watching experience in Nyungwe Forest since it has over 300 bird species hence named the bird paradise.
The suspended bridge gives you a nice aerial view of the landscape of the Park. Nyungwe forest also offers other fun activities such as a canopy walk, the only one in Eastern Africa and not very common in other African destinations. Nature walks in the park also give you a chance to experience nature more intimately. Hiking and camping are also carried out at the park. There are also lavish hotels around the park where you can wine and dine.