Nyungwe Forest National Park
Nyungwe Forest National Park is located in the western Great Rift Valley. Also referred to as Albertine Rift flows West Valley. The park stretches from Lake Albert to Lake Tanganyika and the rift has many mountains and lakes that flow west into the Congo River system.
The Albertine rift besides having an amazing landscape is also known for its endemic species of fauna and flora. In the Nyungwe forest, there are about 1,068 plant species and 248 species of orchids and other new species are being found each year.
Also, about 85 mammal species are found in Nyungwe, including 13 primate species. Nyungwe accommodates over 300 bird species, 29 species of them are endemics to Albertine rift this makes Nyungwe the best Ornithologist’s best site, as many are it a birders paradise.
The biodiversity of the park is even further enriched by other landscapes including swamps, marshes, bamboo thickets, heath, open woodland, and many microhabitats. Nyungwe is known for its 13 primate species including the famous chimpanzees, this is the best site for chimps trekking and also the largest troop of the black and white colobus monkeys.
After all activities in the Nyungwe Forest National Park, there are also fragmented forests including Cyamudongo home of the well-habituated chimpanzees and also Gisakura has other fragmented forests where the second habituated small troops of the colobus monkeys live.
Nyungwe forest has over 130km of constructed trails, which allows all travelers of different fitness levels to enjoy its beauty