1 Day Nyungwe Forest National Park
Top Destinations/Parks to Visit:
- Bwindi Forest National ParkThe Impenetrable Forest of Mountain Gorillas
- Entebbe International AirportFor your flight departure & arrival plans
Activities to do on this Safari:
- Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi
- Bird watching
1 Day Nyungwe Forest National Park
1-Day Nyungwe National Park is a mini break perfect for a weekend spent out of Kigali City. The Safari takes you to the largest montane forest in Rwanda Nyungwe Forest National Park noted to have survived the last ice age and this filled with great count of bio-diversity including the 1068 plant Species, 13 Species of Primate which include common chimpanzees and Black and white colobus monkeys, 310 bird Species, 38 reptile Species, 85 mammal Species and 32 amphibian species. The 1 Day in Nyungwe National Park incorporates impressive culture and heritage tour in Butare. The exploration to the Ethnographic Museum with over 100,000 artifacts presenting the culture and history of Rwanda in detail along with the tour to the ancient Royal Palace of Rwanda which is a true living testimony of the historic Rwandan monarchy combines with the chimpanzee trekking safari in Rwanda experience to derive ultimate Africa safari memories.
Explore the opportunity to see the Columbus Monkey and Canopy walk in Nyungwe forest national park which starts Early morning at about 5.00 am depending on the location of your Hotel, your driver guide will pick you up and transfer you to the Nyungwe Forest National Park and after check-in you will go for the briefing point at the Uwinka visitors center in Nyungwe forest before you can start your trekking. The forest has botanical diversity hosting over 200 species of trees and flowering plants and about 300 bird species. The forest is also home to 13 species of primates including Olive baboons, L’Hoest’s monkeys, Ruwenzori colobus, Vervet monkeys, silver monkey, Grey-cheeked manga-bey, red-tailed monkey, etc. You will most likely sight some of these forest inhabitants on your chimpanzee trekking. After receiving a briefing and depending on the number of people present for the chimp trek you will be divided into two groups. One will track starting at the Uwinka center and another starting at Cyamudongo which will require your driver guide to transfer you to the starting point. Your range guide will be in communication with the trackers who live early morning to locate where the chimpanzee nested the previous night. You are allowed to stay with the chimps for only 1 hour after locating them, photography is allowed but be reminded that the flash is prohibited. After that will do a Canopy walk which will rest 2 hours and then will take safari back at Kigali where you started your safari.
Facts about Nyungwe National Park
Those especially looking for primates or birds will want to be sure to spend time in Nyungwe National Park. The forest is teeming with a vast array of flora and fauna throughout the park’s 1,000 square kilometers.
Nyungwe’s primates are just one reward for a walk through the forest with its viewing points and waterfalls. There are 13 species, including the chimpanzee, L’Hoest’s monkey and Angola colobus.
Nyungwe forest received only recently the status of National Park and became the largest protected high-altitude rainforest of East Africa. It was particularly important to protect the forest reserve when you know that the highest population pressures in Africa are to be found within the Albertine rift and that the forest is the biggest water reservoir for the country.
Nyungwe National Park, extending for almost 1 ,000km2 across the majestic hills of southeast Rwanda, is the largest ‘island’ of montane forest remaining in East or Central Africa: a rich and ancient centre of unparalleled bio diversity and natural wonders. Transected by the surfaced road between Butare and Lake Kivu, Nyungwe and its array of forest inhabitants are also uniquely accessible to casual visitors.
- A Gorilla permit (at US$600 each)
- Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
- Lunch and bottled drinking water
- A professional English speaking tour driver/guide
- Park entry fees and Guiding
- Ground transport and Flights to Kabale or Kisoro but can be arranged on request
- Accommodation but can be arranged on request
- Personal expenses such as beverages and tips given to staff
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- Local Flight from Entebbe to Kihihi – Western Uganda
- Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
- Nature Treks & Jungle Safari
Best Time to Visit
The best wildlife viewing months in Uganda and Rwanda are during the Dry seasons from June to August and December to February. Primate walks in the forest are a big part of any safari in Rwanda. The habitat of rainforests is, by default, very wet, and one can’t avoid rain completely.
How to Obtain Tourist Entry Visa
The most easier way of getting a visa to Uganda is by purchasing it at the entry point, Entebbe Airport or any border station. This is very possible for tourists. All you need to do is pay USD 50, fill in the application form with passport dates and information. The visa fee of USD 50 usually runs for 90 days.