Nyungwe Forest Safari
About The 3 Day Nyungwe Forest Safari
Do you want to discover and trek chimpanzees in Rwanda? If yes, then this 3 Days Nyungwe Forest Safari is the best package for you. The Nyungwe forest chimpanzee safari takes you to Nyungwe Forest.
Nyungwe rainforest national park is the only for its vast montane forest in East Africa. It is also as a home to over 13 primate species and 1068 species of plants. There are 85 species of mammals and 38 reptile species.
Nyungwe forest also has 32 amphibian species, 310 avifaunal species, and many others. Besides, it features the most scenic canopy which is one of a kind in the East African region.
and also the 3rd in the whole of Africa. This Rwanda safari package takes you through chimpanzee tracking. You will enjoy canopy walk and cultural exploration in Nyungwe Forest National Park.
Nyungwe forest safari is a 3 day safari in Rwanda. This Nyungwe forest chimpanzee safari goes to the famous Nyungwe National Park. This African safari tour in Rwanda to Nyungwe Forest starts and ends in Kigali.
Nyungwe forest safari offers you the chance to know more about the forest. You will get to interact with chimpanzees in Nyungwe. There are also other animals within the surroundings.
On the Nyungwe forest safari you have different activities to be done. They include the canopy walk and birding.
Highlights of the 3 Day Nyungwe Forest Chimpanzee Safari
- Canopy walk
- chimpanzee trekking
- Primate tour
- Tea farm walks
Detailed 3 Day Nyungwe Forest Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Kigali – Nyungwe Forest National Park
You will be met by our Rwanda safari rep in the morning. This will be either from your hotel or airport. You will be briefed on this 3 days Nyungwe forest chimpanzee safari. This is to be followed by departure.
You will be headed for the Nyungwe Forest National Park. Stop at the traditional Rwanda King’s palace in Nyanza. Another stop will be at the Cultural Museum in Butare. Later on, drive past green tea fields which are scattered on the hillsides.
You will go through the small wooden houses all the way to Nyungwe. Your arrival will be in the evening where you will check into your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure. Your dinner and overnight will be at Nyungwe Forest Lodge.
About Nyungwe Forest National Park
Nyungwe Forest National Park has the largest remaining tract of montane rainforest. This is in the whole of East Africa. It extends for 1,015 km2 over the mountainous southwest of Rwanda. It forms a contiguous forest block with Burundi’s 370 km2 Kibira Narktional Park.
This Rwanda National Park is the most important catchment area. It supplies water to 70% of the country. Nyungwe’s central ridge divides Africa’s two largest drainage systems. That is the Nile and the Congo, a spring on the slopes of the 2,950m Mount Bigugu. It is now regarded to be most remote source of the world’s longest river.
Nyungwe is a remarkable rich centre of biodiversity. It has more than 1,050 plant species, 250 Albertine Rift Endemics and 200 orchids. It also comes along with at least 120 butterfly species.
The vertebrate fauna includes 32 amphibians, 38 reptiles and 85 mammals. There are 310 bird species of which about 15% are Albertine Rift Endemics here.
At Nyungwe primates are the main attraction. 13 species are present including chimpanzee with a population estimated at 500-1000. Several other monkeys are easy to see. They include the L’Hoest’s monkey and acrobatic Ruwenzori colobus.
Nyungwe is alluring to birders, botanist and keen walkers. There are 130 network of walking trails within the national park. The only sight for suspended canopy walk, the park features few tourist itineraries. This is because the forest trails need a lot of stamina than Volcanoes National Park.
Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest National Park
Start your Nyungwe forest chimpanzee safari with an early breakfast. You will leave for briefing at 0500 hrs at the park headquarters. This is followed by the Chimpanzee tracking activity within the forest.
You will be in search for the man’s closest friends. This is in the company of an armed Forest Ranger. There will also be guides who will show you different forest trail. The chimpanzee trekking activity takes around 3-5 hours.
You will return to the lodge for lunch and some rest. In the afternoon, you will take a guided nature walk with in the forest. This will enable you to spot different bird species with in the forest. Look out for black and white casqued hornbill and Rwenzori Turacco. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Nyungwe Forest Lodge.
Day 3: Nyungwe Forest – Kigali
Your Nyungwe Forest Lodge starts with an early breakfast. You will leave for Kigali arriving in the early afternoon. You will have time for a city tour that goes to Kigali Genocide Center.
You will be dropped off at your hotel in Kigali. For those flying out enjoy a transfer to the airport. This is in time for your scheduled flight back home.
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Nyungwe Forest Safari Costs:
What is included in the Nyungwe Forest Safari cost?
- Accommodation as per the itinerary
- Transport in a 4 X 4 Safari vehicle with pop up roof
- Meals on full board basis while on the Rwanda Safari
- 1 X Rwanda chimpanzee trekking permit per person
- All park entrance fee
- All Government tax
Nyungwe Forest Chimpanzee Safari cost excludes:
- Items of personal use
- Deviation from the above program
- Drinks and beverages
- Tips and porterage
What to Carry on the Nyungwe Forest Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda
- Sun glasses
- Hiking shoes
- Long pants
- long sleeved shirts
- Light and some few heavy clothing
- Sun screen
- Insect repellant
- Comfortable shoes