Top Activities To Do In Nyungwe Forest National Park

top activities to do in nyungwe forest national park


Nyungwe Forest National Park is set in the southwest party of Rwanda just bordering Burundi, DR Congo in the west, and south of Lake Kivu. Nyungwe forest national park protects diversified species with over 85 mammal species, 1000 plant species, 300 bird species,38 reptiles, and 120 butterfly species. Nyungwe forest national park bird species include 29 endemics. Nyungwe forest biodiversity is enriched with beautiful landscapes such as swamps, bamboo thickets, heath, and open woodlands. Nyungwe forest national park is best known as a primates’ paradise, Nyungwe primate species include chimpanzees and huge troops of black and white colobus monkeys. Nyungwe forest national park offers a number of top tourism activities to be participated in by travelers but these activities all requires everyone to have a permit that can purchase from Rwanda’s National Park Authorities or Rwanda Development Board.


Top activities to do in Nyungwe Forest National Park?


Nyungwe national park chimpanzee Trekking?

Nyungwe Forest National Park's chimpanzee population comes second in Africa after Kibale Forest National Park protects the highest chimpanzee population, Nyungwe forest national park offers different trails to walk through while searching for the great apes, while trekking chimpanzees you will have a greater chance of seeing chimpanzee swing on tree branches, mother chimpanzee cuddling the baby chimpanzees. Chimpanzee trekking begins very early in the morning and this means travelers should be very early at the trekking starting point, chimpanzee trekking starts with the morning briefing about the do’s and don’ts while in the presence of chimpanzees in the forest. Every traveler interested in trekking chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest National Park requires a Chimpanzee permit which can be purchased with the help of Devine African Safaris or directly with the Rwanda Development Board.


Bird watching safaris in Nyungwe Forest national park?

Nyungwe Forest National Park is considered a top best birding destination in Africa at large. Nyungwe forest national park protects over 300 bird species which include the 29 Albertine endemic species, Nyungwe forest bird species include the Great Blue Turaco, White-headed Wood Hoopoe, Red-Breasted Sparrow Hawk, Re-Throated Alethe, Green Pigeons,  Paradise Flycatcher, Gigantic Forest Hornbill, Francolin, Ross’s Turaco, Rwenzori Turaco, Red-Faced Woodland Warbler, blue-headed sunbird, purple breasted, Rockefeller’s Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Ruwenzori Batis,  mountain masked Apalis, and Stripe-Breasted Tit, Collared Apalis. Nyungwe forest national park gives travelers a chance to spot the above various bird species with an experienced tour guide.


Nyungwe Forest Canopy walk?

Nyungwe Forest stands on 1015sq Km which makes it one of the largest remaining areas of Tropical Afro Montane tropical rainforest in East Africa. Nyungwe Forest Canopy walk takes approximately 3 hours thriller within the 200 meters long trail that is about 50 meters above the forest, Nyungwe forest canopy walk counts is an amazing tourist activity that shouldn’t be missed out during everyone’s visit to Nyungwe forest national park. Nyungwe forest canopy walk offers a wonderful view at the top of these trees that gives you a lifetime eye experience of Nyungwe forest as well as an opportunity to view endless primate species as they swing on tree branches and different bird species.


Hiking within Nyungwe Forest National Park?

Nyungwe forest offers different trails for hiking that gives you a chance of viewing various plant species, bird species, butterfly species, primate species, and mammal species. Nyungwe forest national park hike takes between 1 to 8 hours.


Nyungwe forest national park Colobus Monkey tracking?

Nyungwe forest offers over 13 primate species ranging from the monkey dominant specie and also The Rwenzori Colobus monkey is endemic to Nyungwe forest. Other monkey species you may spot include the Grey-Cheeked Mangabeys, Owl-faced monkeys, Blue-Monkeys, L’Hoest Monkeys, and Mona Monkeys.


How to access Nyungwe Forest National Park?

You will drive to the south from Kigali town via Lake Kivu as you proceed southward to Nyungwe National Park. The distance covered from Kigali to Nyungwe National Park is about 225 kilometers which may take approximately 4 to 5 hours to get to Nyungwe forest national park by road.


By Bus: Travelers can as well as get a bus heading to Ruzizi from Nyabugogo Bus Park which is situated in Kigali, and get off from Uwinka Center, the bus ride can also take more than 5 hours drive.


By Private Car: travelers are free to Hire a private car which can be much more comfortable, and convenient and which can take a shorter time compared to the Bus to get to Nyungwe forest national park. Hiring a private car may cost you between 100-and 150 dollars depending on your budget per day, hiring includes a driver as well.


By Air: RwandAir provides 9 domestic flights in a week from Kigali to Kamembe International Airport which is located 32km from Nyungwe Forest National Park. Flights are the fastest means of transport to get to this national park. You will require a pick up from the Kamembe international airport and transfer to your booked safari lodge.


Nyungwe Forest national park best time for Chimpanzee tracking? 

Nyungwe forest national park chimpanzee trekking can trek throughout the year, but the best time for chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest is during the dry seasons from June to August yearly during the dry months the fig trees are bearing fruits which chimpanzees feed on commonly as a family which makes locating them so easy. Nyungwe forest national park offers only two chimpanzee troops open for trekking each troop allows only 8 tourists meaning only 16 chimpanzee tracking permits are issued daily, which means travelers interested in chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest National park will need to book their Safari prior to their travel date.


Top things to pack for Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest national park? 

Nyungwe forest national park chimpanzee trekking takes place in the forest, where travelers can encounter stingy trees, and insects, so we strongly advise you to wear a long sleeve cotton shirt and long trousers that can protect you from the undergrowth, biting ants, and stinging nettles.  Suggested Nyungwe Forest National park another packing list for Chimpanzee trekking include Insect Repellent, Torch/Flashlight with Spare Batteries, camera, Wet Wipes, and comfortable hiking boots & socks, Water Bottle, and lenses.


Where to stay for Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park?

Nyungwe forest national park offers a number of Lodges ranging from Budget lodges, mid-range lodges, and luxury lodges that include Nyungwe Forest Lodge, Gisakura Family Hostel, one and only Nyungwe, Nyungwe House, and Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel. Contact us for more information regarding your accommodation inquiries.

Why book with Devine African Safaris while planning to visit Nyungwe Forest National Park

Devine African Safaris offers personalized services or tours with all the details that a customer may need to know about their trip to either Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Congo, or Tanzania. Our tours are dedicated to the safety and full enjoyment of our guests. We are fully committed to the well-being of all the staff and clients as well as positively impacting the local communities and wild places that our services reach out to.