As mentioned above, Nyungwe National Forest is home to more than 13 primate species such as the Rwenzori Colobus, the Golden monkeys, L’hoest monkeys, the Olive Baboons, the red-tailed monkeys, the silver monkeys and many more. These monkeys are most of the time always in troops including one of the largest troop in Africa with over 400 monkeys.
The chimpanzee trekking is a fun but wild experience. Being so close to our DNA, they are quick-witted and shy away from people at first by jumping through trees while making very loud, screechy noises but once you catch up with them, they can prove to be the wildest, awe-inspiring moment of your life. You will see the look of curiosity, wonder in the eyes. The almost human behavior they demonstrate is simply very fun to watch.
Nyungwe National Forest is also welcoming bird watchers. In recent years, this has become quite the experience too. Home to more the 300 bird species, Nyungwe tourists end up being captivated by so many different birds in terms of color, shape, and sound. Some of our originals such as the Rockefeller’s Sunbird and the Chapin’s flycatcher are seen throughout the forest but mostly on the canopy located in Nyungwe.
The canopy was built in 2010. It is the source of an incredible view of the Nyungwe Forest. It is also quite an experience (not necessarily a good one) for people who fear heights. Now, if you have this fear, beware of the guides! It is the highlight of their day. They might move the canopy a little just for a little scare, nothing dangerous (wink wink). It is two hours of walking through the forest from the Uwinka Reception located on the outskirts of the forest. Hiking trails cut throughout the entire forest and are offered with the help of a guide.