Activities in Nyungwe National Park
Activities in Nyungwe National Park is are the different things that any traveler or tourist can choose to be part of their safari in the forest e.g. the canopy walk, chimpanzee trekking e.t.c. Nyungwe national park will ensure you have an amazing time during your Rwanda safaris with a number of attractions that can be seen in the park including a number of primate species like the primate species that can be seen during the primate safaris in Nyungwe National park and these chimpanzees, vervet monkey, olive baboon, dent’s monkey, mammals can also be seen in the park and these include; bushbucks, warthogs during the wildlife safaris in Nyungwe national park among other attractions. However for tourists to see a number of attractions in the park, they will have to participate in the different activities in Nyungwe which will offer amazing experiences during their tour in the park.
Chimpanzee trekking is the most common activity in Nyungwe National Park that tourists can participate in to have an amazing time during their Rwanda tour. The park is home to over 1000 chimpanzees of which there are two habituated groups that tourists interested in chimpanzee trekking can track. With chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe national park, it should be noted that tourists under the age of 15 years are not allowed to participate in the activity which can be carried out in cyamudongo forest where the first habituated chimpanzee group can be found or Nyungwe forest where another chimpanzee group can be found.
Chimpanzee trekking in the park involves tourists hiking the different hiking trails in Nyungwe national park in order to access the primate species, during the hike to the primates, tourists will see a number of attractions including monkey species like the vervet monkey, mona monkey, black and white colobus monkey, silver monkey, Dent’s Monkey among other monkey species swinging in the branches, you will also get the chance to see a number of bird species which will make the activities in Nyungwe national park quite memorable. As you get closer to the chimpanzee groups, you will hear loud hoots, clapping among other sounds and that will be an indicator that you are in their territory.
Once you get to the chimpanzee groups in the park, you will have the ultimate wildlife experience because you will get to see and observe the behavior of the playful primates from their feeding patterns, their co-existence with one another to their diet, their grooming habits of the infants which is usually done by the adult females of the group and how they construct nests for overnight stay which will be a very rewarding experience and at the end of your Rwanda tour you will be able to know the different interesting facts about chimpanzees in Rwanda.
Among the activities in Nyungwe National park, Birding is one of the most rewarding activities that tourists can participate in to have an amazing Rwanda tour this is because the park is a home to over 310 bird species of which, 25 are Albertine rift endemic species, 11 of the Guinea Congo forest biome and many more which will be rewarding. The different bird species that can be seen during birding in Nyungwe National Park include the Pockefellers’s sunbird, Chapin’s flycatcher, Rwenzori Batis, strange weaver, red-throated alethe, the blue turaco, Ross’s turaco, coqui Francolin, long-tailed cisticola, bubbling cisticola, Miombo wren warbler, Chubb’s cisticola among other the bird species.
Birding in the park can be carried out along the different hiking trails in Nyungwe national where you can see a number of bird species and the hiking trails include; igishigishigi trail where you find the canopy walkway which will not only enable you to see a number of bird species but also an amazing time with the exceptional views that can be seen of the park along the walkway. You can also carry out birding along the karamba birding trail and the Irebero trail and so many more to have an amazing time during Birding in Rwanda.
Tourists can participate in a number of activities in Nyungwe national park but the most rewarding activity is participating in the hikes along the different trails in the park. There are a number of different trails in the park that can be hiked which will open a number of views and attractions that are hidden within the dense forests of the park.
Hiking the different trails in the park is one of the most adventurous activities in Nyungwe national Park that should not miss out on your to-do list of your Rwanda Safaris because of the hidden gems that will be discovered. Some of the hiking trails in Nyungwe national park include; Bigugu trail which will lead you to a number of chimpanzees and animal species like bushbucks, forest elephants and many more. The trail will also enable you to have exceptional views of Lake Kivu Rwanda’s largest fresh water lake.
Karamba birding trail will ensure that you have a chance to see over 100 birding species on your hike because of the numerous bird species that can be seen along the way, Isumo waterfalls trail which lead you to the magnificent waterfalls of the park that will offer exceptional views for photography and picnics, Kamiranzovu trail, Muzimu trail, Ngabwe trail, Umugote trail among other hiking trails in the park that will ensure you have an amazing time in the park through hiking the different trails that will lead you to exceptional views and attractions.
Cultural encounters are another interesting activity in Nyungwe national park that you can participate in to have an amazing time during their Rwanda tour when they choose the park as their ultimate safari destination. There are two cultural villages in Nyungwe national park that can be visited that will offer amazing experiences while in the park these include the Kitabi cultural village and the Banda cultural village.
Tours to the Kitabi cultural village will ensure that you have an insight of Rwanda before the abolition of kingdoms in the country, Kitabi village members will portray how the kingdom in Rwanda operated, the activities the people in the kingdom carried out, for instance, you will be showed how herbal medicine in the early years was made from plants and plant remains, you will also see a number of the villagers making traditional meals and if you are lucky enough you will be taught how to prepare the different local dishes and also have the chance to taste them.
In the Banda cultural village, you will have an amazing time where you will be taught making crafts like weaving baskets, making pots, plates from clay, you will also be taught how to make local dishes, you will be entertained by cultural dances and songs which will make your Rwanda safari memorable and the encounters with the different cultural villages one of the memorable activities in Nyungwe National Park.