Visit Nyungwe Forest National Park the Home of Primates

chimpanzeeNyungwe rainforest is located in the southwestern Rwanda, at the border with Burundi, south, and Lake Kivu and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, the rainforest is presumably the best saved rainforest in the mountains all through Central Africa. Nyungwe Forest is situated in the watershed between the basin of the river Congo to the west and the basin of the river Nile to the east. From the east side of the Nyungwe Forest comes additionally one of the branches of the Nile sources. Nyungwe National Park was established in 2004 and covers an area of about 970kmĀ² of rainforest, bamboo, grassland, swamps, and bogs. The closest town is Cyangugu, 54km to the west of the park. Mount Bigugu is situated within the park borders.

Nyungwe forest has a variety of animal species, making it a priority for preservation in Africa. Nyungwe Forest is located in a district where vast scale bio- geographical zones meet and the assortment of physical biomes furnish an extraordinary span of micro habitats for different species of plants and animals.

Nyungwe Forest National Park provides home to 13 primate species, 275 species of birds, 1068 plant species, 85 species of mammals, 32 amphibian and 38 reptile species. A large number of these animals are confined range species that can be found in the Albertine Rift montane forest eco-region in Africa. Indeed, the number endemic species in the Nyungwe Forest national park is more amazing than in any other forest in the Albertine Rift Mountains that has been studied. The park has maximum altitude of 3000m above sea level, the park is also particular interest for the vicinity of colonies of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes -Blumenbach, 1775) and Angola (Colobus angolensis -Sclater 1860), the last now extinct in Angola for the powerful hunt for which they were subjected.

Nyungwe Forest National Park in southwestern part of Rwanda has been of a great contribution to the development of tourism industry in Rwanda just because of its large variety of wildlife and animals like chimpanzee, golden monkeys and many others which attract both international and local tourists.

The main tourist activity done in the park is chimpanzee tracking and there are several travel agents which offers tours to this amazing primates park and it is also possible for tourists to visit the park on self drive tour since there are several dependable companies which offers car rental services in Rwanda like; Kigali Car Rental, Rwanda Car Rental, Gorilla Expeditions Ltd, Self Drive Rwanda, African Jungle Adventures, Lets go Tour Rwanda among other companies.

Gorilla Expedition Ltd is one of the leading tour companies operating in Rwanda and Uganda offers affordable Uganda and Rwanda tours to all national parks in both countries and some other part of Africa and also offers car hire services and hotel booking to tourists.