Nyungwe National Park is among the 3 existing national parks in Rwanda and home to the man’s closest cousins-the chimpanzees. It’s the best destination for the primate’s safari in East Africa especially the Chimpanzees. Nyungwe forest is one of the expansive remaining montane forests in Africa and the forest has been in existence since the Ice Age period. It is also highlighted by some researchers that it is one of the sources of the great River Nile because of the alternating hilly, mountainous, and flat terrains in the forest. Nyungwe forest national park was established as a forest reserve in 1903 before it was fully ranked as National Park in 2004. Nyungwe forest national park occupies an area of about 970 square kilometers and is situated in the southwestern part of Rwanda closer to the Cyangungu town near Lake Kivu and adjacent to the borders of Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Nyungwe forest National Park canopy walk is the most breathtaking experience in East Africa; it is the only national park where tourists experience incomparable adventure on a canopy walk. The canopy walk begins at the Uwinka Visitors Center and goes through a hanging setting that is about 45 meters above the ground. From these heights, visitors enjoy the stunning views of the dense rainforest, animal, and bird species. The canopy walk is very entertaining, exciting, and adventurous, though scary for those with a fear of heights. This safari is available throughout the year and starts on any day of the week. This tour starts and ends in Kigali city, pre and after safari, accommodation can be arranged on request and comes with a complimentary airport transfer.
Depending on your location in Kigali, you will be picked up by your safari driver and transferred to Nyungwe Forest National Park. You will have a stopover in Butare, where you will visit the national museum of Rwanda, the king’s palace in Nyanza with lunch en route. Proceed to the park and connect to your booked accommodation for relaxation, dinner, and overnight.
Meal plan: Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Nyungwe Top Hill View Hotel
Enjoy breakfast and go for a briefing about the endangered chimpanzees before entering the forest in search of the active and playful fellows in the Nyungwe forest. The Chimpanzees are not quite easier to spot as they jump from one tree to another, chattering and laughing. Chimpanzee tracking usually takes about 3-5 hours. On finding them, spend an hour while taking pictures and videos. After lunch, you will go on a walking trail that will take you to the Canopy Walk-a swing bridge 50 meters in length that is suspended from large trees. You will be able to see the amazing rainforest with a bird’s eye view, spotting wildlife moving about below you thereafter connect to your accommodation to spend the evening at leisure. You will then return to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Nyungwe Top view Hotel
After breakfast, meet your guide and drive back to Kigali en-route lunch, proceed to Kigali and you will be dropped off at a location you advise. End of the trip.
Meal plan: Breakfast and Lunch