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Rwanda’s Most Expensive Forest Has 4G WiFi, CCTV Cameras, Night Lights

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It takes at least 5 hours driving from the capital Kigali on a smooth 230km tarmac to south-west before entering Rwanda’s 117-year old Nyungwe forest. It is Rwanda’s most protected and expensive natural installation.

In 1903, the German colonial government declared the park as a reserve and a colonial crown land of Nyungwe. Nyungwe became a National Park in 2004- it spreads to more than 1,000 square kilometres.

Not much is known about this forest yet the government pumps a lot of resources in advertising the country’s touristic attractions.

However, the suspension bridge offering a breathtaking canopy walk over Nyungwe forest has overshadowed all other things about this forest.

Nyungwe forest has one of the smoothest roads in Rwanda- the road is so flawless that it feels like driving on house tiles.

Meanwhile, at any time of night it is possible to drive without worrying of darkness in case your car lamps burn out. There are road lights throughout the road in this forest.

Comprising of a 5-star hotel (One & Only Nyungwe House), a canopy walk suspension bridge, a host of attractive birds, chimpanzees, colobus monkeys and a rich ecosystem, Rwanda government has made the security of this forest a priority.

The forest stretches deep south, forming much of the territorial borderline with neighbouring Burundi, a country that has taken on a negative and hostile stance against Rwanda.

Burundi has been in the recent years financed and allowed Rwandan rebels to crossover into Nyungwe forest to launch attacks in Rwanda.

While in this forest, there is evidence of highly armed and trained commandos of the Rwanda Defence Force. They protect every meter of the forest with high-tech equipment.

The recent attempt by rebels to camp in this forest was met with fury and firepower from the Rwandan military. The chief sponsor of Nyungwe forest terror, Paul Rusesabagina and his commander Calixte Nsabimana have been captured and are undergoing trial in Kigali.

Last year Rwandan national parks alone received about 111,136 visitors contributing US$28.9 million from park entries. Parks include; Akagera National Park, Nyungwe National Park, Volcanoes National Park and Gishwati Mukura National Park.

Chimpanzees

Inside Nyungwe forest you have a chance of chimpanzee trekking – It is a park activity of following trails that lead you to a point where you are near and close to the chimpanzees in their natural habitats. You have a chance to view their daily activities from grooming, mating and feeding including fights and nursing babies.

The whole trek lasts around 2 hours and though some parts can be slippery and/or steep, the walk is relatively easy.

Canopy Walk in Nyungwe Forest

It’s quite an experience walking 60m above the forest floor, over the tree canopy, along the 200m, rope-style metal bridge.The canopy bridge leads between some huge, ancient trees, home to many species of endemic plants and ferns, as well as over 300 species of birds, 25 of which are endemic to this area, which is part of the Albertine Rift.

Hotels and accommodation

Kitabi Eco-Center, Nyungwe Forest Lodge, Nyungwe Nziza Ecolodge, Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel. Nyungwe Forest is surrounded by five districts including; Karongi in the North, Nyamasheke in the North West, Nyamagabe in the North East while Nyaruguru in the Southeast of the park.

 

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Ushi Engel

    September 8, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    Had to postpone my trip to Rwanda due to Covid-19 to 2021 and are looking forward to visit Nyungwe Forest and encounter the chimps and monkeys

    • Oscar

      September 8, 2020 at 4:25 pm

      U are mostly welcome am a Driver guide I will be happy to help you where u need.

  2. paul Sieunda odipo

    September 9, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    Ever since 90’s I have been hearing of Rwanda.. I promise this time will visit.. I had been there via kenya a stop over at kigali Int’l Airport for like an hour but it was at around 1900hrs.will visit the park with my family.

  3. Eric Koroma

    September 11, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    What is the price per night of accommodation (Bed&Breakfast)?
    Eric Koroma.

  4. Valence Domitian

    September 12, 2020 at 6:59 am

    Real Mr Kagame is a good reader,he takes that Forest as a Heart of Rwanda be blessed
    Valence Domitian

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