Where to see primates in Rwanda?
Rwanda is located in the Eastern part of Africa ,blessed with various places to do a safari.If you planning to do safari in Rwanda and your still wondering where to see primates in Rwanda well the answers are below;
Volcanoes National Park
Volcanoes National Park is 160 square Kilometers in size; it is the oldest national park in Africa, established in 1929 as the Albert National Park. . Volcano national park is a home of rare mountain gorillas and rich mosaic of montane ecosystem ,which embrace evergreen and bamboo forest ,open grassland ,swamp and health. In 1967 famous for mountain gorillas, the American zoologist, Dian Fossey, who had been doing research on Mountain Gorillas in the forests of the Congo, fled from insecurity and established her research base at a place between Visoke and Karisimbi volcanoes, now known as the Karisoke Research CentreFossey spearheaded the conservation campaign of the Mountain Gorillas and mobilized resources to fight against poaching; a fight she continued until she was murdered in 1985. She is buried at the Karisoke Research Center, next to the grave of her favourite Gorilla, Digit.
The Volcanoes National Park is home to not only the Mountain Gorillas, but also Golden Monkeys, Spotted Hyena, Buffaloes, Elephants, Black-fronted Duiker and Bushbuck. Volcanoes Nd Bushbuck. Volcanoes National Park has almost 200 bird species including 29 endemics to Rwenzori Mountains and the Virungas.
Volcanoes National Park is only a 2-hour drive from Kigali, and as such, allows people to visit the Volcanoes Park for just one day and go on a Gorilla Trek. Volcanoes National Park opens at 7 am; unfortunately, there is no public transport to the park gate from Kigali. In addition to Gorilla Trekking, one of the more popular activities is hiking Karisimbi Volcano (3,800 meters). Also, there is a one-day Mount Bisoke volcano hike, visiting Dian Fossey’s research center and the twin lakes of Ruhondo and Bulera.
The Mountain Gorillas are the most sought-after safari adventure in Africa; these primates only exist in Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The permit fees are higher than any other wildlife permit, first to limit the number of people visiting, to limit stress on these apes and on their habitat, that might result in their change of behavior or even their death. Secondly, the fees are used to help sustain the livelihood of the Mountain Gorillas. There is a maximum of 8 people per day per gorilla group, which low numbers help.
To do this you must follow all rules below;
- If feel fever or any illness, when you’re in the park please stay behind.
- Avoid leaving any rubbish in the park
- Keep voice low until until you’re way 200 metres but it’s okay to ask questions.
- Always move slowly and carefully when taking pictures and a flash photography is not allowed.
- Always wash your hands before you head out to gorillas
- No eating or drinking while near gorillas to reduce the risk of disease transmission.
The Nyungwe National Park
The Nyungwe National Park in the southwest corner of Rwanda, is a vast untouched tropical rain forest, with a high dense canopy. This rainforest is magnificent, not only because of the wildlife that lives within , but also because of the variety of Mahogony trees that tower above.Here in Nyungwe National Park, these huge tall old mahoganies, ebonies and giant tree ferns are like skyscrapers, hovering over one; at the same time there are orchids and other epiphytes clinging to the branches.
In addition to the flora and fauna, Nyungwe National Park(Nyungwe Forest) is renowned for the variety of primates (25% of Africa’s total) that co-exist with the over 300 brightly coloured bird species and hundreds of different butterflies everywhere.
To get a real sense of the magnitude of the forest, one can walk the 50 meter metal suspension bridge that has been built above the canopy; truly an unforgettable experience.
Activities in Nyungwe National Park are for the active trekkers. There are many options available, the most popular being the Chimpanzee Trek but other primates are there to be sought, such as the grey-cheeked Mangabey and Rwenzori Colobus monkeys.
Forest hiking trails are available; a total of 130 Kilometers have been created. The trails last from 1 to 8 hours the Igishigishigi Trail is one of the shortest, includes the canopy walk with spectacular aerial views of the Nyungwe National Park.
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