It’s Rwanda Week here at Ker & Downey. We’re taking an in-depth look at the ins and outs of traveling to Rwanda and the incredible country that has become one of Africa’s greatest success stories. Today – Nyungwe Forest, a must-do for a primate safari.
A visit to Nyungwe Forest National Park is a must for anyone looking for a well-rounded primate safari. The forest shelters over 25 percent of Africa’s primate species in its lush forest canopies. Believed to be one of Africa’s oldest forests, its 370 square miles of mountainous rain forest, lush grassland, and swamps create a vast array of habitats that support multiple creatures. In addition to its famous primates, it has a number of endemic plants and animals not found anywhere else in Africa and a dense butterfly population.
To protect Nyungwe Forest from increased threats of agricultural clearing, it was made a reserve in 1933. In 2004, it was declared a national park and since then, it has seen an increase in the amount of visitors who travel there each year to seek out chimpanzees.
A trek through Nyungwe Forest gives travelers a chance to spot 14 different primate species including the L’Hoest’s monkey, owl-faced monkey, black and white colobus, and the ever-popular chimpanzee, with many troops numbering in the hundreds. The park also features a canopy walk – a 295-foot long bridge suspended 130 feet above the ground. The canopy walk gives guests the opportunity to get eye level with the primates and bird life found within the tree canopy.
On our Into the Rwanda Wild and Primate Safari journeys, travelers spend three days at Nyungwe Forest Lodge. Perched on the edge of the rain forest, it’s the perfect location from which to explore the park on nature walks, birding expeditions, and primate tracking with a local guide.
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