NYUNGWE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
This 1000 sq. km. jungle in the south of Rwanda is the largest and most ancient Afro-Montane forest remaining in the East & Central Africa, dating back to the last ice age.
One of Africa's best kept secrets, the forest is interspersed with well marked and maintained trails and boasts 13 rare primate species, the world's largest ever recorded arboreal troop of black/white colobus monkeys, over 300 species of birds and 100 types of orchid. Nyungwe Forest and chimpanzee tracking is the ideal compliment to any gorilla safari.
Size: 1019 KM2
Distance: 225 Km from Kigali, 90 Km from Butare and 54 Km from Cyangugu.
Altitude: 1600 M-2950 M above sea level with temperatures varying between 0°C and 30°C; average day temperatures 15°C.
Rainfall: 1800-2500 mm per year. Rainy season is September to May. Dry season June to August with some dry weeks in December and January.
- Largest montane rain forest remaining in Africa
- Mt. Bigugu (2925M)
- Kamiranzovu marsh (13 Km2)
- In the vicinity Cyamudongo community forest with resident population of Chimpanzees.
- 260 species of trees and shrubs
- Over 140 species of orchids and giant lobelias
- 13 recorded species of primates (25% of Africa's total) including chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes), Ruwenzori colobus (Colbus angeolensis ruwenzori) l'Hoest's monkey (Cercopithecus l'hoesti), silver monkey (C.mitis doggetti), golden monkey (C.mitis kandti), owl-faced monkey (C.hamlyni), red-tailed monkey (C.ascdanius), Den't mona monkey (C.mona denti), vervet monkey (C.aetiops), olive baboon (papio anubis), grey-cheeked mangabey (Cercocebus albigena) and three species of bushbaby
- Leopard, golden cat, serval cat, side stripped jackal, Genet, African civet, slender and marsh mongoose represents the carnivores
- Other mammals include three species of duikers, two species of flying squirrels, tree hyrax and Congo clawless otter
- 120 species of butterflies
- 275 bird species with 24 endemic to the Central African Highlands (Albertine Rift)
- Reptiles including three species of horned chameleons
- Bird walks
- Primate trekking
- Excursions to Kamiranzovu Marsh
- Excursions to Lake Kivu and Gisakura tea factory
- Scaling Mt. Bigugu (2925M)
Chimpanzee tracking starts at 06:00 Hrs. Visitors are advised to book chimpanzee tracking in advance. (Not for children under the age of 15).
This massive montane forest, in southern Rwanda , the largest in Central Africa , has thirteen species of primate including chimpanzee, Rwenzori colobus and l'Hoest's monkey.
The colobus live in large groups, including a four hundred-strong semi-habituated group thought to be the largest troop of arboreal primates in Africa .
Around 300 bird species, 24 of which are regional endemics and over 100 varieties of orchids and butterflies are other attractions ..
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