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Events

  • 17th Rwanda International Trade Fair 2014
    23 July - 6 August 2014
  • Umuganura Festival
    30 July - 1 August 2014
  • East Africa Business Summit
    23-25 October 2014
  • African Leadership Network Annual Gathering
    5-8 November 2014
  • Kibeho Anniversary- Heritage Corridor Exhibition 
    28 November 2014
  • Kibeho Anniversary- Heritage Corridor Exhibition 
    28 November 2014

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Uwinka Visitor Center

The Uwinka Visitor Center in Nyungwe National Park, 17 kms from Gisakura, is a great place to begin your exploration of the Park. The Center, funded by USAID, includes a reception desk showing trails in the park, level of difficulty and approximate time needed to walk each trail. The Center also includes an Interpretation Center with detailed panels summarizing the history, local culture, rainfall, flora and fauna of the Park.

USAID began working in Nyungwe in 2006 with the Destination Nyungwe project, which launched the development of the Uwinka Visitor Center and Canopy Walk. The Nyungwe Nziza Project was launched in April 2010 and is building upon the work of the Destination Nyungwe Project.

 

 

European Roller, Coracias garrulus

Th e nominate race  is a Palearctic
migrant, occurring as a common visitor. It occurs mainly
as a passage migrant between the end of October and mid-
December, and again at the end of March and during early
April. Th ere is one January record from Akagera NP. It has
been recorded throughout the country, but more frequently
in the eastern savannas. The species is very abundant also in
the lower Rusizi plain in Burundi, what indicates a strong
passage along the Rift valley, including the Lake Kivu area.
It occurs in any open habitat, and is more liable to occur in
open grassland than the Lilac-breasted Roller C. caudatus. In
treeless habitats it often hunts from termite mounds. Many
birds occur solitarily, but during days of heavy passage loose
fl ocks of 10–15 birds have been watched. 

Nyungwe National Park

Nyungwe National Park offers a rare and important habitat for many species, especially primates and birds. And at over 1000 km2, Nyungwe is Africa’s largest protected mountain rainforest.

With about 310 bird species, 26 of which are endemic, Nyungwe is one of the most important — and still undiscovered — birdwatching destinations in Africa. Reaching to almost 3000 meters above sea level with Mount Bigugu the highest point in the Park, Nyungwe’s forests extend to altitudes occupied by few other forests in Africa.

Nyungwe is also home to one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of chimpanzees and a sometimes noisy, acrobatic combination of other primates such as Ruwenzori colobus and L’Hoest’s monkeys.

A variety of hiking and walking trails criss-cross the Park leading to a canopy walk, primate tracking adventures, the southernmost source of the Nile and ecotourism attractions. The park includes a colorful array of orchids, butterflies, moths and other insects.   

About Nyungwe Forest

Nyungwe National Park offers a rare and important habitat for many species, especially primates and birds. And at over 1000 km2, Nyungwe is Africa’s largest protected mountain rainforest.

With about 310 bird species, 26 of which are endemic, Nyungwe is one of the most important -- and still undiscovered -- bird watching destinations in Africa. Reaching to almost 3000 meters above sea level with Mount Bigugu the highest point in the Park, Nyungwe’s forests extend to altitudes occupied by few other forests in Africa. Nyungwe is also home to one of Africa's greatest concentrations of chimpanzees and a sometimes noisy, acrobatic combination of other primates such as Ruwenzori colobus and Lhotse’s monkeys. A variety of hiking and walking trails criss-cross the Park leading to a canopy walk, primate tracking adventures, the southernmost source of the Nile and ecotourism attractions. The park includes a colorful array of orchids, butterflies, moths and other insects. The forest has a growing network of walking and hiking trails and a number of camping sites near the Uwinka Visitor Center. Cultural tourism activities are being developed near the edge of the Park. New trails and camping sites are planned and being constructed as part of the USAID-sponsored Nyungwe Nziza Project, as are new ways of both observing and enjoying the Park.

More Forest Facts

An Ancient Forest Nyungwe forest has existed for hundreds of thousands of years, and is one of Africa’s oldest. Thus, there is a possibility that climate change will not affect Nyungwe as much as other forests, as long as it is protected from threats like fires and tree cutting. Why is Nyungwe So Diverse? Scientists think that Nyungwe was one of the few places in Africa to remain green during the last Ice Age. Species took shelter in Nyungwe and never left! What’s Special about a Mountain Rainforest? It is home to a variety of plants, animals, and habitats found almost nowhere else. Nyungwe: Part of Africa’s Great Rift Valley This forest is in the Albertine Rift, a mountainous section of East Africa that, as a whole, harbors more endemic birds, mammals, and amphibians than any other region in Africa. For example: over 1000 species of birds, about 52% of all of Africa’s birds, have been recorded in the Albertine Rift. Nyungwe is the largest protected area within the Albertine Rift, and contains 25 of these endemics, more than any other site in east Africa. What is a Rift? A rift is where sections of the earth are slowly spreading apart over millions of years, creating mountains, lakes, valleys and volcanoes. Lake Kivu Visible from points in Nyungwe, it is one of the Great Lakes of Africa and the fifteenth largest in the world. Dissolved gases in the lake have the potential to generate enough electricity to power Rwanda for 400 years! Mount Bigugu The highest point in Nyungwe, it rises 2950m.

Nyungwe and Water - Lots of Water

Nyungwe is Rwanda’s primary water catchment, sheltering more than two-thirds of all of its waters. Nyungwe receives more than 2000 mm a year of rain and thus is also the source of Africa’s great rivers. Rain that falls on the east side feeds the Nile and on the west runs to the Congo. The Congo-Nile Divide is a mountain range that runs north to south through Rwanda.

 

 

 

 

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