Our 2 Days Nyungwe Forest Safari takes you to Rwanda’s largest forest to hike through the Igishigishigi trail, then go for a canopy walk and finally track chimpanzees. Nyungwe National Park is located in the Southwestern corner of Rwanda. It was established in 2004 and is said to be one of the oldest and largest afro-montane forests in Africa. Covering an area of 970 square kilometers, it consists of bogs, swamps, grassland, and bamboo forests. The forest sits at an altitude of 3000 meters above sea level and spreads all the way to the border with Burundi, Congo, and Lake Kivu. 2 Days Nyungwe Forest Safari
Nyungwe National Park is home to over 275 species of birds, 400 trees, 75 mammals, 20 reptiles, and 12 species of primates. Among the primate species are 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. Unfortunately, you can’t have everything. Despite having one of the largest numbers of primates in Africa, the park has no gorillas. 2 Days Nyungwe Forest Safari
Our 2 Days Nyungwe National Park Safari starts with a canopy walk and hiking through the Igishigishigi trail. On day two, you will head to the park offices for a briefing on chimpanzee trekking. And after the briefing, you will be taken to the starting point and then into the thick forest in search of the primates. For more activities and a lengthy tour of the park, our 3 Days Nyungwe Chimpanzee tour package is available. 2 Days Nyungwe Forest Safari
You should wake up early enough and prepare to meet our Guide/Driver for a briefing about the tour. The pickup will be at your residence, hotel, or at the airport. After the briefing, the Guide will take you for a short tour of the city of Kigali. Kigali is small but one of the cleanest cities in Africa. The trip will include a visit to the genocide memorial Centre, the city market, and the former presidential palace. 2 Days Nyungwe Forest Safari
Once you arrive at your hotel, you will have lunch and then be taken to the Uwinka visitors’ center to start hiking along the Igishigishigi trail which leads to the canopy walkway. While at the Igishigishigi trail, you will spot several species of trees, birds, and primates for about thirty minutes. You will then step into the canopy walkway for even more amazing views of the forest. The walkway is 60 meters suspended metallic bridge that is built on top of the trees. It offers an aerial view of the forest and its creatures like birds, Colobus monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, baboons, and countless species of plants. After the canopy walk, you will go and relax by the waterfalls. The canopy walk takes about 2 hours depending on your or your group’s pace
Dinner and overnight: At Gisakura Guest House (budget) and One&Only Nyungwe House (Luxury). Other hotel options include Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel (Luxury) and Emeraude Hotel (Budget).
You should wake up early a take your breakfast as you prepare for an adventurous day tracking the primates. Chimpanzee trekking starts at 5 am. The reason why the activity starts early is that meeting the primates is not guaranteed. Starting early increases your chances of finding the primates. 2 days Nyungwe Safari the Driver will take you to the park offices and visitor center in Uwinka for briefing and meeting the Park Rangers/Guides who will be leading you into the forests. The Guides/Rangers will brief you about the rules and requirements for chimpanzee trekking. If there are many travelers booked for the day, you will be divided into two groups – One will start the trek from the Uwinka Visitor Centre and the other from the Cyamudongo area.
As you continue your search for the chimps, you will continue to encounter more beautiful scenery, birds, insects, butterflies, primates, waterfalls and so much more. The nature lover and birder will be very impressed even before finding the chimps. Once you find them in a stationary position, you will only be allowed one hour with them. This one hour excludes the time spent following them as chimpanzees can be very mobile. In that one hour with the primates, you should see them feed, play, build nests, mate, and tease each other. Chimpanzees are our closest relatives – even more than gorillas. Each individual chimp has a unique character. Some are more aggressive while others are calm and mind their own business. The Park Ranger will let you know which individuals to keep away from.
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