It’s Rwanda Week here at Ker & Downey. We are taking an in-depth look at the ins and outs of traveling to Rwanda. This incredible country has undeniably become one of Africa’s greatest success stories. Today – Nyungwe Forest, a must-do for a primate safari.
Nyungwe Forest 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 habitats supporting many distinct species. In addition to its primates, find several endemic species not seen anywhere else in Africa, including a dense butterfly population.
Nyungwe Forest became a reserve in 1933 to protect it from increased threats of agricultural clearing. In 2004, it was declared a national park. Since then, it has seen an increase in the number of visitors who travel there each year to seek out chimpanzees.
Indeed, a trek through Nyungwe Forest gives travelers a chance to spot 14 different primate species. These include 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 offers the opportunity to see 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 One&Only Nyungwe House. Perched on the edge of the rain forest, it is the perfect location from which to explore the park. For instance, enjoy nature walks, birding expeditions, and primate tracking with a local guide.
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