Situated in the south-western corner of Rwanda, Nyungwe Forest National Park is a vast tropical rainforest with a high, thick shelter. Spread over 1000sq km Nyungwe Forest National Park, is a protected, unusualmontaneforest ofunrivaled biodiversity. It is the biggest region of montaneforest left in the East or Central Africa. The core of Nyungwe Forest looks like a scene from a story. Tall old mahoganies, blacks and beast tree plants tower above you, while orchids and unique epiphytes adhere to each branch. Magnificently shadedbirds move around, butterflies are everywhere, and walking circumspectly you can encounter greater woods inhabitants, including a grouping of chimpanzee for which Nyungwe National Park is prominent. It is home to more than 240 tree species, 140 orchid species, many butterflies and 275 aviary fauna including goliath hornbills, rare blue turacos, and red-breasted sparrowhawks. Mammals are also common with 13 primate species which accounts 20% of the African aggregate of primate species. The black and whitecolobus monkeys are found in groups of up to 400, which is nearly multiple times the most extreme group size recorded anywhere else. It also has a significantchimpanzeepopulace and two other compromised types of monkeys; ncluding the L’Hoest’s monkey and acrobatic Ruwenzori colobus.
The best time to visit Nyungwe Forest National Park are the drier long periods of June to August or December to January as the dry conditions guarantee easier trekking however, the spotting of primates can be difficult as they might adventure deep into the forest for food. You can also visit during wet seasons of February to May, or from October to mid-December as the nature is at its rich green best also the sighting of primates are easier due to rains however, the treks may get sloppy and challenging.
You can either drive to the park from Kigali, or fly there. Nyungwe Forest National Park is situated close Cyangugu town, about 225km and a 4-5 hour drive from Kigali. You can either take by public transport or rent a vehicle. Similarly, you can take charter flight directly to the park or a scheduled flight to Kamembe airport which only 32 km from the park.
Nyungwe Forest is home to 13 types of primates, including a 400-in number troop of habituated Ruwenzori Black and White Colobus and the habituated chimpanzees. You can also spot 75 types of different mammals 310 bird species and an astonishing 120 types of butterflies in the park. The park has also rich flora with over 1000 plant species.