The verdant canopy of Nyungwe Forest National Park’s rises out of the mist like something in a fairytale enticing visitors to come explore the lush rainforest and discover the animals that live there.
Nyungwe Forest National Park was established in 2004 and encompasses 602-square miles of rainforest, bamboo, grassland, swamps, and bogs. The forest is in the watershed between the basin of the Congo River to the west and the basin of the Nile River to the east. Nyungwe is easily one of the world’s most beautiful and pristine mountain rainforests and is believed to be one of the oldest as well. A wealth of mahogany trees, ebony trees, and large green fern trees huddle close together decorated by colorful orchids whose flowers are favored by the large butterfly population.
There is a wide diversity of animals in the forest including thirteen primate species such as chimpanzees, Angola colobus monkeys, silver monkeys, golden monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, Vervet monkeys, and olive baboon. In fact, the forest is home to one of East Africa’s last intact populations of chimpanzees and boasts two wild chimp communities that tolerate visitors. There are also hundreds of butterflies found flitting between the trees.