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Top selling activities in Nyungwe forest national park

Top selling activities in Nyungwe forest national park

Top selling activities in Nyungwe forest national park

Top selling activities in Nyungwe forest national park- The park in the southwestern part of Rwanda is the place to be for tourists interested in chimpanzee trekking in the country. Nyungwe forest national park is the only place to trek chimpanzees in Rwanda and is home to over 85 mammals, over 310 bird species, and 38 reptile species.

Nyungwe can be accessed in a single day from Kigali and it can be visited at any time of the year for a number of activities such as chimpanzee trekking, nature walks, birds, and the famous canopy walk. Chimpanzee trekking is as of today the most done activity in the park for it gives you 1 hour of being around these endangered primates learning about their habits, watching them do daily activities, and taking photos.

Top selling activities in Nyungwe forest national park

Chimpanzee trekking

Chimpanzee trekking is one of the top most selling activities in Nyungwe forest national park and this means that when you are intending to visit the park it’s one of the activities you shouldn’t miss out on. Chimpanzees do share 98% human DNA so you need to meet these apes in their natural habitats and see how they do behave. There are 2 chimpanzee fully habituated families open for trekking and the first one is found in Nyungwe forest while the other is found in Cyamudongo forest.

Trekking the endangered chimpanzees of Nyungwe forest national park is done by people above the age of 15 years and all these must possess valid chimpanzee trekking permits. The activity requires one to wake up early in the morning and meet their driver who transports them to the starting point. The briefing is the first thing done and then grouping the trekkers is done before the armed ranger guides lead them into the jungle to search for these apes.

As the trekkers pass through different park trials, there are high chances of meeting park mammals, several primates, different bird species, and vegetation species.  some of the bird species you are likely to see during the trekking of chimpanzees include coqui francolin, bubbling cisticola, blue turaco, long-tailed cisticola, and coqui francolin to mention but a few. When you find the assigned mountain gorilla family, you will be given 1 hour to observe the members, watch them do daily activities, learn about their habits and take photos.

Canopy walk

The metallic walk way in Nyungwe forest national park is one of the things you should try while on a safari in the park. The canopy walk is done at a fee and it starts with a briefing after which the ranger guides lead the tourists on a 90 meter long bridge raised in the sky for 2 hours. The canopy walk gives tourists an aerial view of the park, its surroundings, trees, monkeys, and different bird species.


Birders to Rwanda should take a visit to Nyungwe forest national park because it’s one of the best birding areas with over 300 bird species of which 16 are endemic to the area. There are so many birding spots in Nyungwe forest national park all you need to do is get a ranger guide experienced in birding and he will take you to these spots. You just need to move to Nyungwe with your birding book and a pair of binoculars to see distant bird species

The notable bird species in Nyungwe forest national park include Pockefellers’s sunbird, yellow-eyed black flycatcher, strange weaver, blue turaco, stripe-breasted tit, Rwenzori turaco, bubbling cisticola, regal sunbird, Rwenzori Apalis, red-throated alethe, miombo wren warbler, shelley’s crimsonwing, red sunbird, handsome spurfowl, Albertine owlet, Rockefeller’s sunbird, Kivu ground thrush, blue-headed sunbird, archer’s robin-chat, buff-throated Apalis, Neumann’s warbler, Rwenzori nightjar, dwarf honeyguide, archer’s robin-chat, and red-throated alethe among others. As you carry out birding exercises in Nyungwe you will be able to spot different animals of the park and plants.

Nature walks

While in Nyungwe forest national park, you need to have nature walks in your free time, and by doing so you will be able to go through different trekking trails of the park. The nature walks will expose you to different attractions of the park that will make your safari memorable. Some of the attractions to see on a nature walk include different bird species such as Rwenzori nightjar, dwarf honeyguide, Kivu ground thrush, and blue-headed sunbird among others.

During the nature walks through different hiking trails, you will meet different park animals including those you could have missed out in the trekking such as duikers, elephants, spotted hyenas, giant forest hogs, buffaloes, and much more. You will also be able to pass through different vegetation covers.

The nature walk trails in Nyungwe forest national park include the Ishigishi trails that lead you to the canopy walk, Karamba birding trails where different bird species can be found, and the most important one is the Isumo waterfall trail which leads you to the waterfalls with opportunities of meeting different park animals, birds and plant species on the way.

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