Things to do and see in Cyangugu Rusizi – Lake Kivu Rwanda beach safaris
Things to do and see in Cyangugu Rusizi – Cyangugu is also called the least frequented area along Lake Kivu by the guests to Rwanda on any safari, one of the reason would also be its geographical location and the fact that there are fewer lodges as well as hotels to choose from along Lake Kivu. The new hotel is Emerald Kivu resort that overlooks the lake and is so refreshing in addition. You can also add on Cyangugu which is along Lake Kivu after you visit and stay within Nyungwe Forest and it will take you a short drive time.
Things to do and see in Cyangugu-Rusizi lake kivu Rwanda.
Boat ride on the scenic Lake Kivu
Boat ride on the scenic Lake Kivu and proceed to the Island bounding to Gihaya and Nkombo Islands, the nature walks that include some attractive surrounding area that will interest you.
Hiking to Rusizi River.
Ruzizi is also a river which exits out of Lake Kivu and has got may possibilities most especially if you like hiking. You can also visit the hot springs and then take a warm dip, as you enjoy the local culture and get to know about Rwandans and their country.
Being very close to Nyungwe forest national park you can actually stay at the beach hotels in Rusizi Lake Kivu shores and drive to Nyungwe for all activities.
Nyungwe forest national park has highest population of chimpanzees in Rwanda roughly 400 individuals, Chimpanzee trekking is a major activity done in Nyungwe forest national park. On the actual day of trekking, travelers transfer to Gisekura park headquarters where they attend a simple bring about the trekking rules before embarking on a drive to cyamudongo park station which is a 2 hour drive from Gisekura park headquarters.
Nyungwe is a home to over 300 bird species, Nyungwe forest national park is a best birding spot in Rwanda due to its manageable walking terrain compared to volcanoes national park. Out of the total bird population in Nyungwe forest, 121 are forest birds while 27 are endemic to the albertine rift valley. The most spotted birds in Nyungwe forest national park include Rockefellers sunbird, Chapin’s flycatcher, Great blue Turaco, red collared mountain babbler, Rear Grauer’s rush warbler, Rwenzori Turaco, white tailed flycatcher, Rwenzori batis, barred long tailed cuckoo, Rwenzori nigh jar, Rwenzori hill babbler, yellow eyed black flycatcher, Congo bay owlet, mountain sooty Boubou, and the Neumann’s warbler among others. Experienced guides help in spotting these birds as well as explaining the unique characters of each spotted bird in the forest.
Nyungwe forest national park is a home to over 300 monkey species hence a best spot for monkey trekking. While in Nyungwe forest national park, expect to meet different species of monkeys, which include L’ hoest monkeys, black and white colobus, blue monkeys, and red tailed monkeys among others. These monkeys are similar in characters but are only differentiated by their colors. Monkey trekking is a very joyful experience given that monkeys are lively and playful creatures that keep you alert all the time by their continuous movements, shouts while jumping over you across tree branches
Forest walks and hiking trails
a forest walk /hiking trail is the best way to explore in full the beauty of Nyungwe forest national park. The national park has over 13 hiking trails, which are approximately 130 kilometers, which lead travelers into the interior of the forest. Each trail lead to a different point such as waterfalls caves and swamps and each trail offer unique features. The hiking trails include Igishigishigi trail, Bigugu trail, Ngabwe trail, Isumo waterfall trail, Kamiranzovu marsh trail, Karamba birding trail, Source of the Nile trail, Irebero trail, Muzimu trail, Imbaraga trail, Congo Nile trail, Umoyove trail, and Rukuzi trail among others.
the canopy walk is a 200 meters walk above the forest and is only done in Nyungwe forest national park in the whole of east Africa. Travelers walk on the built trail, which hang 60 meters above the forest rewarding them with an aerial view of the national park, wildlife, adjacent communities, Virunga volcanoes and attractions in the neighboring countries. The two hours walk start and end at the national park headquarters at Uwinka information center the national park headquarters and it’s also the end point. Contact Great Adventure Saafris to book things to do and see in Cyangugu Rusizi lake kivu Rwanda.