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Nyungwe National Park
Nyungwe National Park hosts a wide diversity of amazing animal species, making it one of the prime conservation areas in Africa. The park harbors about 13 different primate species and 85 mammal species. Many of these safari animals are restricted-range species specifically dominant in the Albertine Rift eco-region on the African continent.
It is also one of the most sought ornithological destinations in Africa. It harbors over 300 bird species of which two dozen are particularly confined in the montane forested areas in the Albertine Rift. The highlight of a birding safari in the park is spotting the great blue turaco – an outlandish blue, red and green bird which streams from place to place like a demonstration of graceful turkeys.
Chimpanzee Trekking Experience
Although it is possible to trek and see chimpanzees in Nyungwe forest as well as in the adjacent Cyamudongo forest, this is a very hilly terrain (high ridges and deep valleys) in a rainforest and the Chimps are semi-habituated and tend to move far and wide over a large area. This makes the trek difficult and unpredictable. Sighting the chimps is not possible to guarantee. The national park does not practice a refund policy in case of failure to sight. Consequently, we prefer to offer Nyungwe more as a rainforest experience than a chimpanzee trekking destination; with many exciting activities - we recommend Colobus Monkeys trekking, a thrilling adventure on the new Canopy Walk, regular guided Forest Hikes including to the waterfalls, Birding trail and many more – all with the chance to see some of the other primates who ‘call’ Nyungwe home including Black and White Colobus monkeys, Grey cheeked Mangabeys, Blue Monkeys, L'Hoest's Monkeys, etc.
Our exhilarating trek, in the footsteps of the rare and critically endangered Mountain Gorillas, the largest living primate on earth, starts in the cultivated foothills of the Virungas with stirring views in all directions. Upon entering the national park, her paths littered with fresh spoor of the mountains’ elusive buffalo and elephant, trekkers will be immersed in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with colorful bird calls, butterflies, etc. Through gaps in the canopy, the magnificent Virunga peaks, among the highest in Africa yet easily accessible, are glimpsed, beckoning an ascent.
Weaving through overhanging vines, moss-covered hagenia and giant lobelias that thrive in the tropical climate, our experienced trackers, they spent their entire lives in or close to this forest, soon bring us up close with the family.
Golden Monkey Trekking
The very beautiful Golden Monkey has a golden body, cheeks and tail with contrasting black limbs, crown, and tail-end. Not much is known about their behavior; other than they live in social groups of up to 30 individuals and their diet consists mainly of leaves and fruit - it is believed they eat insects too. Restricted to the highland forest of the Virungas especially near bamboo, they share this habitat with their big Brother the Mountain Gorilla, inhabiting a small area that overlaps the territory of one of the Gorilla families Together, they face the same threats; snares, human encroachment etc. and are listed on the IUCN Red List of critically endangered species.
The trek usually takes from 2 to 4 hrs. Once you come to the habituated families, you will spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; adult monkeys frolic in plain view, feeding on bamboo leaves and leaping from perch to perch while females carry their young, completely oblivious of on-lookers.