2 Days Nyungwe Forest National Park safari – Canopy Walk, Igishigishigi trail and Chimpanzees : you will climb via the Igishigishigi route, do a canopy walk, and then go chimpanzee tracking in Rwanda’s largest forest. The Nyungwe National Park is situated in Rwanda’s southwest. One of the largest and oldest afro-montane forests in Africa, it was formed in 2004. Its 970 square kilometer surface is made up of bogs, wetlands, grasslands, and bamboo woods. The forest extends to the borders with Burundi, Congo, and Lake Kivu from its elevation of 3000 meters above sea level.
More than 275 bird species, 400 tree species, 75 mammal species, 20 reptile species, and 12 primates species may be found in Nyungwe National Park. Dent’s mona monkeys, Golden monkeys, Grey-cheeked mangabeys, Hamlyn’s monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys, Olive baboons, Red-tailed monkeys, Silver monkeys, Angola colobus, Vervet monkeys, and the common chimpanzee are among the primate species. You can’t have everything, regrettably. The park lacks gorillas despite having one of the highest densities of primates in all of Africa.
One can engage in a variety of activities while in the Nyungwe forest, such as canopy walks, birding, seeing waterfalls, chimpanzee trekking, monkey viewing, and touring adjacent local towns. Parts of the woodland are traversed by the renowned Congo Nile Trail. In an effort to finish the trail, bikers, hikers, and motorcycle riders frequently pass through the forest. The canopy walk and chimpanzee trekking are the two most well-liked activities in the park.
Day 1: Pickup from Kigali – City tour – Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park – Canopy Walk
You need to get up early enough and get ready to meet our guide/driver for a tour briefing. Your home, a hotel, or the airport will be the location of the pickup. Following the briefing, the guide will give you a quick tour of Kigali. Although Kigali is a small city, it is one of the cleanest in Africa. The trip will also include stops at the former presidential palace, the city market, and the genocide memorial center.
The guide or driver will then begin the trip to Nyungwe Forest, but first they will make a stop at the Butare Museum. One of the best venues to learn about the cultural heritage of the Rwandan people is this museum. You will have the chance to purchase regional crafts and mementos. If there is time, you can also stop at the Nyanza King Palace and Kamegeli Rock. Huye will serve lunch. You will then continue your adventure through the stunning countryside of Rwanda. You’ll understand why Rwanda is known as the “land of a thousand hills.”
After checking in at your accommodation, you’ll be transported to the Uwinka tourist center for lunch before beginning your hike up the Igishigishigi route, which leads to the canopy walkway. You can spend around 30 minutes along the Igishigishigi trail viewing various tree, bird, and monkey species. After that, you’ll enter the canopy walkway for even more breathtaking forest vistas. A 60-meter-long suspended metallic bridge that is constructed on top of the trees serves as the walkway. It provides a bird’s-eye perspective of the forest and its inhabitants, which include birds, colobus monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, baboons, and several plant species. You’ll relax by the waterfalls after the canopy hike. Depending on your pace and that of your party, the canopy walk lasts roughly two hours.
Dinner and overnight at Gisakura Guest House (budget) and One&Only Nyungwe House (Luxury). Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel (Luxury) and Emeraude Hotel (Budget) are two other lodging choices.
Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking – Transfer back to Kigali
On the 2nd day of your 2 Days Nyungwe Forest National Park safari, As you get ready for an exciting day of monitoring the primates, get up early and eat breakfast. At 5 am, chimpanzee hiking begins. Meeting the primates is not assured, which is why the activity starts early. You have a better chance of discovering the primates if you start looking early. 2 days Safari in NyungweThe driver will drive you to the visitor center and park offices in Uwinka so you can have an orientation and meet the park rangers/guides who will take you into the forests. You will receive a briefing from the Guides/Rangers on the guidelines and requirements for chimpanzee trekking. If there are a lot of visitors scheduled for the day, you will be split into two groups; one will begin the trip from the Cyamudongo area, and the other from the Uwinka Visitor Center. In the Nyungwe forest, there are roughly 500 chimpanzees. You will be greeted by the lovely sounds of birds, primates, and insects as you enter the forest. Just like gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park, chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest is unpredictable. Depending on where the primates are that day, the action could last up to four hours. You must follow the chimpanzees across the forest as they travel as they like. They are distinct from gorillas, which often spend more time in one location. The fact that chimpanzees are vocal is a plus. Even before seeing one, it is simple to locate chimpanzees due to their frequent loud screams, hoots, and barks.
You will come across even more breathtaking nature, birds, insects, butterflies, primates, waterfalls, and much more as you seek for the chimpanzees. Even before they discover the chimpanzees, the naturalist and birdwatcher will be highly impressed.
You will only be permitted one hour with them if you locate them in a still state. Since chimpanzees may move around a lot, the time spent pursuing them is not included in this hour. You should spend that hour with the primates watching them feed, play, make nests, mate, and taunt one another.
Even more so than gorillas, chimpanzees are our closest living relatives. Each chimpanzee has a distinctive personality. While some people are calm and unassuming, others are more aggressive. You’ll be informed about who to avoid by the park ranger.
End of 2 Days Nyungwe Forest National Park safari