Nyungwe Forest National Park
Nyungwe Forest National Park enjoys some of the richest biodiversity in all of Africa. Often compared with Kibale Forest in Uganda, Nyungwe is one of the oldest green expanses in the continent and includes a very wide variety of rare and endangered species including troops of chimpanzees and other primates.
The Park can be visited year-round and the chimps are often easier to find during the wet season (mid-March to mid-May). It is equatorial rainforest and trails can get extremely wet and muddy, so it is best to have good shoes and a rain jacket.
Chimp's share an estimated 94% of their DNA with humans and many of their behavoirs may remind you of a close cousin. One of the highlights of any trip to Rwanda is the opportunity to get up close and personal with these apes in their natural environment. The habituation process is still ongoing and there can be times when you cannot glimpse them with your eyes, but you will know they are there from the hoots and hollers they make.
Nyungwe actually provides haven to 25% of all African primate species, and you are sure to come across at least one troop of collobus monkeys during your stay in the forest.
Forest Canopy Walk
Today you shall go for East Africa’s only canopy walk. This walk runs along a ridge before climbing a 50m-high platform and a suspended walkway above a steep and deep valley stretching across the massive forest and lasts about 1½ hours. It takes you through some beautiful foliage and animal species. You have a chance to spot blue monkeys and unique birds that dwell in the upper levels of the forest.
This trail begins from Gisakura Guesthouse and demands between 3 and 6 hrs to finish as a round trip depending upon how frequently you stop in addition to whether you drive or walk from the guesthouse. The first part of the trail is basically following the road to the vehicle park and then settles into the forest. Here you have to cross various streams, ahead of a sharp descent to the base of the pretty however small waterfall. Monkeys are frequently detected along the way and the steep slopes provide excellent views into the canopy.