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A COUNTRY OF A THOUSAND HILLS and MORE
The only Forest Canopy Walk in East Africa
Nyungwe forest is a beautiful tropical forest teeming with life. There are about 300 bird species and 13 primate species, as well as a host of butterflies and reptiles. This area has several tea plantations next to the forest with beautiful scenery. Nyungwe is also the place for the famous canopy walk, which is a different way of seeing the forest and monkeys as they swing from branch to branch. The Nyungwe Forest National Park protects one of the oldest forests in Africa. It extends for 970 square kilometres over the mountainous southwest of Rwanda and protects the largest single tract of montane forest remaining anywhere in East Africa. As such, it is a remarkably rich centre of biodiversity, harbouring 75 mammal species, 275 bird species, 120 butterflies and more than 100 varieties of orchid.
The main attraction of Nyungwe is the primates. Chimpanzee tracking can be arranged and several other monkeys are readily seen, including the Ruwenzori colobus in troops of up to 400 strong (the largest arboreal troops in Africa) and the beautiful and highly localised l'Hoest's monkey. In addition to these there are silver monkeys, golden monkeys, owl-faced monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys and more. Nyungwe is also highly alluring to birders, the forest home to 26 Albertine Rift and endemic bird species. The stunning blue turaco is often seen gliding through the trees and forest hornbills can be heard wailing through the canopy.
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