Visit Nyungwe Forest National Park for Chimpanzee Primates & Canopy Walk
All the national parks in Rwanda, this is the Park which is found too far from the capital city of Rwanda (Kigali) of which it is famous and well known for its chimpanzee tracking activity. The Park is found in the South-west of Rwanda close to Lake Kivu and Democratic Republic of Congo with the border of Burundi in the south of the Park.
The distance of the Park from Kigali is about 225 kilometers which is a 4 to 5 hours drive and it is located near Cyangugu town. Hiring a good 4×4 vehicle from any designated tour agency such as ECO TOURS RWANDA will be the easiest and most comfortable and convenient way of accessing and enjoy the various activities in the Park.
As you are driving to the Park, you can stop at Nyanza Kings palace at Nyabisindi only if you have enough time and you can also continue your drive to visit the national museum of Rwanda where there is quite a lot to view such as; arts and crafts plus many others all which can make your safari so memorable and definitely a superb one.
The major activity in the Park is chimpanzee tracking of which a chimpanzee permit in Rwanda costs US$ 90. Other activities in the Park include; the Canopy-walk which costs US$ 60 paid at the reception centre and the walk lasts for about 2 hours, bird watching since the Park harbors over 275 bird species, game drives and others.
The Park inhabits 13 primate species which is 25% of Africa’s total primate species and some of them include; Common Chimpanzees, L’Hoest’s monkeys, Red tailed monkeys, Golden monkeys, Olive baboons, Vervet monkeys, Silver monkeys, Hamlyn’s monkeys, Dent’s mona monkeys, Grey cheeked mangabey and many others.
Chimpanzee trekkers in the Park will stay in the Park’s best accommodations such as; One & Only Nyungwe house, Gisakura guesthouse, Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel, Gisakura family hostel, Nyungwe house, Uwinka campsite and many others.
After the canopy walks and chimpanzee tracking in the Park, a tourist can visit Lake Kivu which lies at the borders of Congo and Rwanda.
From the Lake, a visitor will view and enjoy a variety of things from there including boat cruises and swimming since there are no predators in the lake such as crocodiles and hippos.