Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe Forest National Park is a genuine rainforest that receives about 2 000 mm of rainfall each year. Additionally it is among the most ancient forests on the entire African continent, and that is among the reason why it features such a great deal of diversity. This National Park, together with other forests in the Albertine Rift, was not affected by the drying-up of the low-land regions in the previous ice age, and for that reason become a sanctuary for forest animals plus plants.

Tourist Attractions within Nyungwe Forest National Park

There are a number of wildlife trails within Nyungwe National Park among which are the following:
Uwinka and the vivid trail

The trails go through the area where about 400 habituated colobus monkeys live. In the rainy season, the chimpanzees normally move into this region, and tourists have the option of paying an extra fee to track these monkeys. You can fairly anticipate seeing a number of primates along one of the colored trails in addition to a great diversity of forest birds (although bird watching necessitates patience and frequently stops to see the various species of birds in the open tree cover. you will several primate during the 2.5 kilometers Blue Trail is recognized as uniquely wonderful trail to see primates and birds, along the 10 kilometer Red Trail you will be able to see chimpanzees and even visit the 4 waterfalls.

Specifically Birdwatchers are encouraged to explore the main-road near the campsite, since they will have the opportunity to see a great profusion of a broader diversity of birds living in the forest. Approximately 500 meters east of the park campsite, this road offers a number of breathtaking views within the ice-covered valleys, and goes by a stand of huge lobelias.
The Waterfall Trail
This amazing trail begins at the ORPTN Rest house and goes for about 3 to 6 hours, based on how frequently you stop and whether you walk or choose to drive from your rest house. The very first part of this trail pursuing the road to the car park and goes past the undulating tea plantations scattered with forest patches that are worth seeing plus the various other monkey species. The small forest stands are as well very rewarding for bird watching; enthusiastic ornithologists could want to gently walk along the trail slowly so as to see the various bird species. The Trail later descends into a forest proper, into leveled contour paths in a series of trees covered with ferns in a narrow valley, and traversing a number of streams, before sharply descending to the bottom of the gorgeous yet small waterfall. Monkeys are usually seen en route (particularly the Angola colobus is the most prevalent) and the sheer slopes offer breathtaking views of the towering canopy. This trail is normally very rewarding as the interior of the forest hosts several birds, with a great possibility of seeing a number of Albertine Rift endemics like the yellow eyed black flycatcher and the Rwenzori turaco.

Gisakura Tea Estate
A relict forest area in this tea estate, just 20 minutes walk from ORTPN Rest house, is home to a permanent resident troop of close to Forty Rwenzori Colobus monkeys. The troop is quite, far compared to the bigger troop of monkeys found at Uwinka, fortunately the somewhat small territory occupied by monkeys makes it much easier to locate and even observe them clearly. Extraordinarily, a single red tailed monkey moves along with the colobus monkeys, and this it has done for six years.  A number of the guides claim that it regarded as the leader. Some other guides may inform you the strange monkey at Gisakura isn’t a red-tailed however, a Mona (also referred to as Dent’s monkey and not likely to be seen in other places throughout east Africa) or may be a hybrid of a red-tailed and a Mona. The evident reason behind this confusion is that a single Mona monkey spends some of its time within exactly the same forest area, and the guides cannot differentiate it from its red-tailed cousin.
Mainly early in the morning, within the forest patch you will have a great opportunity to see various bird species since it is found in the gorge and is surrounded by a road, which makes it easy to go into the inner canopy. The majority of what you observe are forest edges or woodland species (in contrast to forest birds in the interior of the forest), however, numerically this turned out to be the most satisfying place in Nyungwe, with approximately 40 species that can be recognized in just one hour, more importantly the 3 kinds of sun birds, black-throated apalis, 2 crimson-wings, paradise and white-tailed crested flycatcher, 2 greenbuls, Chubb’s cisticola, olive-green cameroptera and the African golden oriole. Please remember that the ORTPN office regards a trip to this forest area as a primate walk so an equivalent fee is priced.

Other Trails

Additional Trails

Kamiranzovu Trail takes you to a distinct ecosystem, a marshy area lying at a comparatively low altitude that is abundant with orchids especially in the rainy season in addition to localized bird species that are associated to swamps. This was once the finest place to observe the Nyungwe elephants, however in the recent years; none has been seen around here. This trail begins with a sheer descent from the tarmac road approximately 12 kilometers from Uwinka and only 6 kilometers from Gisakura.Bigugu tra The Bigugu trail takes you to the Bigugu peak which is at 2,950 meter , making it the highest point in the whole of Nyungwe national park. Appropriate specifically for the realistically fit hikers, this trail begins at approximately 4 kilometers from Uwinka down the Huye, and fortunately this trail is well marked and it normally takes a minimum of 6 hours to accomplish. Geographers can visit the fresh water spring found on mount Bigugu which has greater importance and perhaps the most rural source of the longest river in the world.

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