Nyungwe Forest National Park is one of the oldest forests in Africa; it covers approximately 980 square kilometers of mountainous forest and boarders with DRC and Burundi. It’s a famous home for about 13 different primates. It’s the best destination for bird watching due to its tropical rain forest. Inhabitant species of birds seen in the forest include Strange weaver, Red-collared Mountain Babbler, the unusual Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Archer’s Robin-chat, Ruwenzori Double-collared, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher,Neumann’s Warbler, Mountain Black Boubou, Rwenzori Batis, Handsome Francolin, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Rwenzori Turacco and many more.
Nyungwe Forest National Park is located in the south western part of Rwanda and it’s the biggest Montane Forest in Central Africa. Due to the steep terrain, a large part of the forest has not been explored. The forest birding tracks are actually discovered along Uwika Campsite and Gisakura House. As you walk through the forest, be knee to see the red throated alethe, an extremely localized bird with a unique blue-white eyebrow. The experience of serious bird watchers is seen from how many destinations they have visited. The most attractive birds seen in this area are the Albertine rift endemics. Commonly seen birds along the trail in the forest include Dusky Tit, White-bellied Creasted Flycatcher, fragile white-tailed blue flycatcher, Lagden’s bush-shrikes, waller’s starlings, slender-billed, Collared Apalis, banded prinia, great blue turaco, dusky crimsonwing, archer’s robin-chat and many others. There are some rare birds that can’t be seen during day; nocturnal bird species include Fraser’s Eagle Owl, Albertine Owlet and Rwenzori Night jar.
Nyungwe Forest National Park came into existence in 2004,it covers an area of approximately 100 km².Its altitude ranges from 1700-2950m and its 225km from Kigali. Tourist activities done include colobus monkey tracking, bird watching, nature walks, climbing mountain Bigugu and chimpanzee tracking
Where to stay
Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel Moderate
Gisakura Guest House for Budget
Nyungwe Forest Lodge for luxury.