Nyungwe National Park is one of the reasons Rwanda has become the top tourism Destinations because of its bravura natural beauty and unique features. By Pamela Amia





At 6; 30am I and a group of Travel with Darius Tv crew, a Travel show in Rwanda set off from Nyungwe Top Hill View Hotel where we spent a night to Uwinka visitor center, the starting point of the forest.
While there, we met Jean Shumbusho a soft spoken gentleman who introduced himself as the sales and marketing officer at Nyungwe from Rwanda Development Board who asked for our information that is required before entering the park.

                                                                                  Nyungwe Top View Hotel

He then introduced us to Claver Ntoyinkima, a birder who was to be our guide of the day. From the main reception we headed to the reception center for briefing before entering the forest.
Nyungwe Forest National Park is located in the Southwestern Rwanda, at the border with Burundi; to the south Lake Kivu and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the West.

                                                                              Nyungwe Forest National Park

The Rain forest covers an area of approximately 970km2 of mostly, bamboo, grassland, swamps and bogs.
The Nyungwe forest has a wide diversity of animal species, making it a priority for conservation in Africa.
The forest is situated in a region in which several large-scale biogeographical zones meet and the variety of terrestrial biomes provides a great span of microhabitats for many different species of plants and animals.

                                                                             Proper dress code for the trek

The park is also famously known for being the furthest source of the Nile.
It contains 13 primate species, 275 bird species, 1068 plant species, 85 mammal species, 32 amphibian and 38 reptile species. Many of these are restricted rage species that can only be found in the Albertine Rift montane forests ecoregion in Africa.
Canopy Walk
The canopy walk is the most preferred activity for the park visitors both local and international.
The canopy walk is about two hours from the starting point of Uwinka. It’s important to carry a rain coat and trekking shoes as they will make it a bit easy and comfortable for you.
As we began our walk, the guide reminded us that the ground was slippery due to the rains making the ground moist.

                                                                                    The canopy walk
Viewing the canopy on arrival, most especially for people like me that fear heights is a genuine challenge.
“Walk in a straight line behind me and don’t worry, you’re safe; the canopy was made out of very strong material,” our guide reassured.
Like they say when life gives you lemons you make lemonade. l made a decision deep in my heart to be strong and face my life challenge of the day.
l did not look down but later on l got the courage, and beheld an incredible unrivalled natural beauty.

Kamiranzovu water falls

The Kamiranzovu water falls are another beautiful piece of Nyungwe National Park.
Unlike most water falls that are easy to find Kamiranzovu needs one to have courage, patience and energy to discover it.
It takes a 3hours walk in a dense and protected rainforest of Nyungwe to find it

                                                                                              At the water falls

This time we had a different guide, Espoir Hope Muramira from RDB who briefed us and off we walked.
We began the journey at the edge of the forest near tea plantations with a briefing about the forest. Muramira cautioned us to leave the forest the way we found it.
The walk was enjoyable but exhausting because of the hilly land scape.
We made frequent stops to get a break and also talk about the forest, and the guide showed us medical plantations, fruits which primates feed on.
The forest has 1,068 species and 38 reptiles he noted.
The most amazing part about the walk is that you see nothing but the green vegetation and trees.
The original source of the water falls is the marshland called Kamiranzovu in the forest.
On arrival to the falls, Hope told us that the water fall speed depends on the season but lucky for them the forest receives rain nine months a year, so there is a lot of water.
“The falls have two parts the lower part on huge rocks, beautiful spot for lovers of photos and a second side in front of the falling water”
The falls are 50 meters high and the mist feels like raindrops as one approaches the scenic falls.
It’s a Great place to reconnect with nature in the jungle.