Colobus monkey trekking in Rwanda

August 26, 2023 | Bujo Safaris

Situated in the southwest of Rwanda, Nyungwe National Park has about 400 colobus monkeys and it is the most visited National Park in Rwanda. The park is located in Rusizi district in the Albertine Rift Valley depressions. 

The unbroken Nyungwe National Park was established in 2005 by the Rwandan government to protect and conserve wildlife species that inhabited the area before especially primates such as the Columbus monkeys. 

Nyungwe national park can be accessed by both air and road transport, with road transport being the mostly used type of transport to access the park. It is approximately 190 kilometres from Kigali city Centre to the park with well tarmacked roads.

The exhilarating Colobus monkey trekking adventure in Nyungwe National Park and how it is done.

Colobus monkey tracking is an exhilarating activity that is done in the densely forested areas of Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda. The activity starts off with nature walks into the jungle through the densely forested areas where the primates stay. They are not only these primates that inhabit the forest as chimpanzees also can be seen the trek. The colobus monkeys are often encountered in the steep areas of the National Park since they inhabit forested areas on the slopes of the mountains of Bigugu.

There are porters situated in these steep areas that help visitors maneuver through the forests even when there’s slippery terrain.  The porters carry visitors at a relatively cheap price in case they cannot walk by their own through the forests and the wetlands that are often flooded and the overflow of water makes the forests impassable making the porters an asset to Colobus monkey tracking. Supporting the porters in the park subsequently supports the local communities at large since they have families to feed which also helps them realize the impact tourism and its activities have on their daily lives and afterwards teaches them to participate in conservation activities in the park. 

Inside the captive Nyungwe National Park, there are trails guiding visitors to the colobus monkey areas which makes it easier for the visitors the track down these beautiful animals and have gratified experiences that are untroubled in the jungles of Rwanda. 

Visitors pay a non-negotiable fee of $50 per person per trek in order to access the golden monkey areas and spend time with them. This is relatively cheaper as compared to the price of tracking down other primates which boosts tourism amongst all classes of people.

 Other activities carried out in Nyungwe National Park.

Canopy walks. These are very exciting and engaging walks that offer visitors opportunities to see the beautiful tropical rainforests of the National Park and the distant volcanoes of Gahinga. Such beautiful views are good for photography on videography.

Birding. Nyungwe National Park is a home to various bird species that account for over 300 species  encompassing great blue turacos. African fish eagles, abyssinian ground hornbill, secretary birds, gray cranes, saddle billed stock, marabou stocks, hammerkops and shoebills. There are gazetted spots in that National Park where these birds can be viewed from each and every angle using state-of-the-art binoculars with no hassle.

Educational trails.  Educational tours are conducted in the National Park by professional tourist guides and researchers who help educate the citizens and visitors about the importance of biodiversity which adds up to conservation practices in the country and in turn protects the habitat for the spectacular wildlife species.

Forest nature walks are also possible in the National Park. Visitors are taken through the dense forests by tourist guides who go on explaining the importance of the trees to humans as the visitors prove it through the feels, breathe that helps them relax and disconnect from the exhausting daily schedules of their lives. It is such sensational experiences that motivate visitors to travel to this place over and over again.

Chimpanzee tracking. The magnificent Nyungwe National Park is a home to chimpanzees that can be tracked down by visitors under the guidance of tourists guides which helps boost the experiences of travelers to this natural area.  Chimpanzee tracking permits are gotten from Rwanda Development Board in advance to limit the number of people going to this natural area which helps minimize the impact of humans the natural habitat with the chimpanzees.

Camping. There are several camping sites in this natural area that offers a tranquil atmosphere for visitors to relax and forget about their worries caused by the day-to-day activities. The views of the beautiful natural areas while at the campsites are worthwhile and worth the effort. Visitors to the National Park usually blend all these activities together which offers them unforgettable experiences in the heart of Africa that are reflections of a life that is well lived.

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