Parc National Nyungwe Forest
Good for: Nature Walking
Not good for: Cheap day out
- SW Rwanda
- US$20.00 per day, guided chimpanzee walks US$50.00
Lonely Planet review for Parc National Nyungwe Forest
Spectacular Nyungwe Forest covers 970 sq km (374 sq mi) and is one of the largest protected montane rainforests in Africa, easily the equal of Kibale Forest in Uganda. It offers superb views of the volcanoes of the Parc National des Virunga to the north as well as numerous opportunities to view rare primates, including colobus monkeys and chimpanzees.
The forest is home to huge groups of black-and-white Angola colobus monkeys, several groups of chimpanzees, 50 species of other mammals, 270 species of tree, 275 species of bird, and an astonishing variety of orchids and butterflies.
The cost includes guided or unguided walks on any of the colour-coded forest trails and camping at Uwinka. Chimpanzee tracking starts early in the morning, and colobus walks leave at twice daily. There is no law against spotting primates on an ordinary walk, but there is a better chance of sightings on a guided primate walk.
The park headquarters is at Uqinka, where there is an information centre and a small campsite.