Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe Forest National Park.

nyungwe-national-parkSituated in the south western direction of Rwanda, Nyungwe rainforest borders Burundi in the south, Lake Kivu and Democratic Republic of the Congo on the western side. It is an ancient rain forest which has stood the test of time compared to the similar tracts in the highlands of Central Africa. Nyungwe forest is believed to be a catchment area for some tributaries that feed into the sources of the Nile River. Gazetted in 2004, Nyungwe forest national park consumes over 970km2 of the rain forest land, bamboo, grassland, swamps and bogs.

The adjacent town of Cyangungu is approximately 54 km in the western direction while the Mountain of Bigugu is situated within the park boarders. Being a biodiversity hot spot, Nyungwe is considerd a conservation priority in Africa. The park contains over 13 primate species including; Chimpanzee, L’Hoest’s Monkey Silver Monkey, Adolf Friedrich’s Angola, Golden Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, Hamlyn’s Monkey, Dent’s Mona Monkey, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Vervet Monkey and Olive Baboon; 1068 plant species as it is one of the surviving pre historic montane forests even during the last ice age, 85 mammal species, 275 species of birds marked as an important bird area by the bird international – some of these species include; Turacos such as the Rwenzori Turaco, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Kungwe Apalis, Red-throated Alethe, Apalis argentea, Purple-breasted and Blue-headed, Ruwenzori ApalisAlehe poliophrys, Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill,  Ruwenzori Batis, Stripe-breasted Tit Batis diops, Parus fasciiventer, Ruwenzori Nightjar among others; 32 species of amphibians and 13 reptile species.

The park is known for Primate/chimpanzee tracking/trekking, Forest hiking, Bird watching, Orchid ogling and the famous canopy walk.



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