A safari in the Nyungwe rainforest is a wonderful adventure. The forest is in the south west of Rwanda and offers is a once in a lifetime rainforest experience. The Nyungwe rainforest represents the best example of preserved montane rainforest in Central Africa. From the east side of the Nyungwe forest comes one of the branches of the Nile river’s sources – a heartbeat of Africa. The forest can be explored from the spectacular heights of the tree canopy walk way and the biodiversity in the Albertine Rift is exceptional.
The Nyungwe Forest offers the safari-goer a tremendously wide diversity of animal species, making it a priority for conservation in Africa, and a must for the professional and amateur naturalist alike. The forest provides a great span of microhabitats which cater for many different species of plants and animals.
The Nyungwe Forest Park contains a quarter of all of Africa’s primate species – 13 in total, an impressive 275 bird species, over a thousand plant species, 75 mammal species, 32 amphibian and 38 reptile species. Many of these animals are restricted-range species that are only found in the Albertine Rift Montane Forests ecoregion in Africa, and endemism is rife here. The Nyungwe Forest, which reaches its maximum altitude of 3000 meters above sea level, is of particular interest for the presence of colonies of Chimpanzees and Angola Colobus (a species of Colobus now extinct in Angola)
Covering over 1000 square kilomtres, Nyungwe is surely one of the world’s most beautiful and pristine mountain rainforests. It’s believed to be one of Africa’s oldest forests, staying green even through the Ice Age, which explains its diversity.
This majestic rainforest is filled with nature and wildlife experiences for you to emerge yourself in. Hiking or even biking the beautiful terrain, tracking the famous chimpanzees, experiencing the canopy walk, witnessing beautiful birds, relaxing by waterfalls are just a glimpse of activities that Nyungwe offers.
Sounds and views collaborate to create a one-of-a-kind wildlife experience. Exploring through the forest, travellers will witness the lush green mountains and cooling mist in a landscape that won’t be soon forgotten.
Cultural activities are also available to explore and enjoy around the forest.