- Last Updated on Thursday, 21 February 2013 12:07
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.
- Last Updated on Thursday, 21 February 2013 12:06
Nyungwe is home to at least 310 bird species, 26 of which are endemic to the Albertine Rift Valley. It is one of the best bird watching destinations in Africa. Some of the birds that can be seen here include the Great Blue Turaco, the Crowned Hornbill and the Blue-Headed Sunbird. Here is a partial list of the birds of Nyungwe.
Great Blue Turaco – Corythaeola cristata
Ruwenzori Turaco – Tauraco johnstoni
Black-billed Turaco – Tauraco schuetti
Ross’s Turaco – Musophago rossae
Black and White Casqued Hornbill – Bycanistes subcylindricus
Crowned Hornbill – Tockus alboterminatus
Crowned Eagle – Stephanoaetus coronatus
Forest Buzzard – Buteo oreophilus
Handsome Francolin – Francolinus nobilis
Olive Pigeon – Columba arquatrix
Cinnamon-breasted Bee-eater – Merops oreobates
White-headed Wood Hoopoes – Phoeniculus bollei
Blue-Headed Sunbird – Nectarinia regia
Stuhlmann's Sunbird – Nectarinia afra stuhlmanni
Black-headed Waxbill – Estrilda atricapilla
Olive Thrush – Turdus olivaceus
Slender-billed Chestnut Wing Starling - Onychognathus tenuirostris theresae
White-necked Raven – Corvus albicollis
African Saw-wing – Psalidoprocne pristoptera
Mountain Wagtail – Motacilla clara
Cape Wagtail – Motacilla capensis
Red-throated Alethe – Alehe poliophrys
White-starred Robin – Pogonocichla stellata
Equatorial Akalata – Sheppardia aequatorialis
- Last Updated on Thursday, 21 February 2013 12:03
Nyungwe is home to a wide variety of primates.
Primates in the Park
Source: Part I of a video series posted on YouTube as an educational tool for Rwandan Conservation Educators working in and around Nyungwe National Park. The central theme of this video is Chimpanzee Conservation. This series was produced by the Wildlife Conservation Society.
If you look closely, you may see some of Nyungwe’s 13 species of primates, living quietly throughout the park. L’Hoest’s Albertine Rift / Sun-tailed Gabon / Preuss’ Cameroon These three monkeys were most likely one species that lived in a continuous larger forest before the last ice age. Over time the forest split into fragments and each monkey adapted to its own forest.
Today they are separate species. Chimpanzees Pan troglodytes The only ape in Nyungwe, 500 live in this park. Your guide can help you spot them and their signs: calls, nests, or scat. L’Hoest’s Mountain Monkey Cercopithecus lhoesti Nyungwe is one of the few places in the world where this species is still common. You can often see them by the main road near Uwinka. Owl-faced Monkey Cercopithecus hamlyni This elusive guenon is rarely seen. It has a range limited to central Congo, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. Angolan Colobus Monkeys Colobus angolensis ruwenzori Nyungwe is the only forest in Africa where these monkeys form large “supergroups” of over 350 individuals. Mona Monkey Cercopithecus mona Although often found in groups with other Monas, individuals can sometimes be seen associating with groups of colobus, blue monkeys, or mangabeys. Blue Monkey Cercopithecus mitis doggetti These tree-dwelling guenons can be found around Uwinka. Also Appearing… Red-tailed Monkey Cercopithecus ascanius Vervet Monkey Chlorocebus aethiops Grey-cheeked Mangabey Lophocebus albigena Eastern Needle-Clawed Galago Galago matschiei Greater Bushbaby Otolemur crassicaudatus Dwarf Galago Galago demidoff Olive Baboons Papio anubis [nggallery id=10]
- Last Updated on Thursday, 21 February 2013 12:05
Nyungwe is home to a wide variety of primates.
Thirteen species of primates are known to inhabit Nyungwe Forest, including chimpanzees, owl-faced guenons and Angolan black and white colobus monkeys. In a 2002 report by the Wildlife Conservation Society, they found the latter living in groups of more than 300 individuals. Blue Monkey - Cercopithecus mitis doggetti Golden Monkey - Cercopithecus mitis kandti L'Hoest's Monkey - Cercopithecus lhoesti Owl-faced Monkey - Cercopithecus hamlyni Mona Monkey - Cercopithecus mona Red-tailed Monkey - Cercopithecus ascanius schmidti Vervet Monkey - Cercopithecus aethiops Other Monkeys Greycheeked Mangaby – Cercocebus albigena johnstoni Black and White Colobus – Colobus angolensis rwenzori Prosimians Eastern Needle-Clawed Galago – Galago inustus Greater Bushbaby – Galago crassicaudatus Dwarf Galago – Galago demidovii Baboons Olive Baboons – Papio anubis Apes Chimpanzee – Pan troglodytes
Chimp Trekking in Nyungwe
- Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2014 08:43
Currently, the options in or near Nyungwe National Park are limited to the following:
The Nyungwe Forest Lodge was opened in mid-2010 as the first five star establishment in the region. It was built to blend in with the surrounding environment and is situated in a tea plantation on the edge of the Nyungwe closed canopy rain forest. For further information, see: http://www.nyungweforestlodge.com/. Click here for reviews on TripAdvisor.com.
The Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel opened in early 2011 and offers one of the most commanding views of Nyungwe and Lake Kivu in the distance.
Camping Adjacent to the Uwinka Interpretation Center is a campsite with several individual sites and easy access to the trails. Contact: +250-78-8436763 The Nyungwe Nziza Project and the Rwanda Development Board are actively working to attract investors to develop further accommodations and camping options in and around the Park.