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One of the best places to visit while in Rwanda is Nyungwe Forest National Park, which is located in the country’s south-western region near its border with Burundi. The tropical rain forest is full of life and is famous for the numerous primate species, 13 of which are found in the national park. The angelic conservation area was created in 2004 as a method to safeguard the animal species that call this area home and covers an area of around 970 square Kilometers. It is one of the best afro forests conserved in Africa between the Congo Nile basin.

Nyungwe Forest National Park is blessed with a biodiverse ecosystem and endemic inhabitants. The Chimpanzee is the most well-known primate of the park, but it also has 12 other species of mammals, including forest elephants and forest hogs, which are shy and difficult to spot but are present in the national park. To date, many tree species have been recorded. The L’hoest monkeys, Chimpanzees, Baboons, Grey Checked Manga Bay, Mona, Blue Monkey, Red Tailed Monkeys, and Large Troops of Black and White Colobus Monkeys are among the animals you may encounter. Other species include, to name a few, black-fronted duiker, tree hyrax, bush pigs, and giant forest squirrels.

This beautiful reserve is home to more than 400 species of birds, most of which are forest birds and endemic birds, such as the olive pigeon, Cinnamon-breasted bee-eater, handsome francolin, blue-headed nectarine, olive blackbird, African sparrow, mountain magpie, white-star robin, etc. In addition to the birds in the national park, look forward to seeing amphibians like frogs, reptiles and beautiful butterflies. Chimpanzee tracking is the most sought-after activity in the national park. Tracking begins at Uwinka Visitor Center, with an early-morning briefing from the park’s rangers. Chimpanzees are known to contain up to 98% of human DNA, characterized by their Acoustical Characteristics, intelligence and social behavior.

The Nyungwe canopy walk is unique to East Africa and is one of a kind in the region. It is a beautiful walk through the park’s suspended trees that is suitable for children as young as six years old. The view of the forest from above will introduce you to a vast area of forest, and there is a chance to see animals living in the forest below, such as primates. You can track black and white colobus monkeys in this area, making it an important place to see these primates. One of the best places to watch birds in Rwanda is there.

The journey to Nyungwe Forest National Park from Kigali takes about 6 hours and passes through beautiful tea plantations against a background of rolling mountains. The park offers accommodations ranging from the best value to luxury, with examples including the One and Only Nyungwe.

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