Nyungwe Forest National Park is located in the south of Rwanda and it is reachable by 5 hours of drive from the capital Kigali. Covering over 1000 square kilometers, the park protects one of the oldest Afro-montane forests dating back to millions of years. It has a remarkable biodiversity which comprises of over 250 types of trees and shrubs and a vast range of plants, over 310 species of birds, 75 species of mammals of which include a remarkable 13 species of primates, and hundreds of butterflies.
Nyungwe is very alluring for her primates, harboring nearly a quarter of Africa’s primates. 13 species of the primates have been recorded there which include: the Eastern Chimpanzees, Black and White Angolan Colobus, Blue Monkeys, Mountain Monkeys, Owl-faced Monkeys, Vervet Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, L’Hoest Monkey, Mona’s Monkey, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Olive Baboon, Bosman’s Potto, Eastern Needle-clawed Galago, and Golden Monkeys (thought to have been sighted but not yet confirmed).
The primates of Nyungwe are the prime attractions of the park for tracking activities. Four primates that have been habituated for the Primate trekking tours are Chimpanzees, Colobus, Mangabeys and Blue Monkeys. However many of the primates can be sighted during nature treks in the forest and the famous canopy walk.