Nyungwe is one of the oldest rainforests in Africa, covering 1,019 km2 of dense Afromontane forests, bamboo-covered slopes, grasslands and wetlands. The park feeds two of the world’s largest rivers, the Congo and the Nile, and provides 70% of the country’s freshwater.
The terrain is rugged and steep, and you will be at relatively high elevation. Wear good hiking shoes and bring warm clothing!
Your day will start with an early breakfast and a briefing at Uwinka tourist information centre.
Of a particular interest are the large social groups of Angolan colobus (Colobus angolensis), which may be over 300 individuals. These are the largest troops of this species known in the world! Nyungwe forest counts 25% of the African Primates!
One of these groups is habituated and we recommend to start your exploration with a guided primate walk in search of the Angolan colobus monkeys. Rangers will tell you approximately where the group is located and the hiking times may vary as the group is travelling continuously looking for food. Be prepared to have a more strenuous hiking! Alternatively if the troop is too far you might go for the chimpanzees habituated close to the Uwinka Centre. Find out more about the habituation process.
In case you tracked and missed the wide group of Angolan colobus after a long and strenuous hiking in the forest, you can have another try in a small forest near to the tea factory where an easier-to-see but resident troop is hosted.
Dinner & overnight at your accommodation