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Nyungwe Nziza Ecolodge is beautifully situated in the southern province of Rwanda, in the Nyamagembe district. It is up close to the Nyungwe Forest National Park, home to chimpanzees. It is well known for primate species as these can only be found here and a few in Cyamudongo forest. The main activity here is chimpanzee tracking in Rwanda. Chimpanzees are tracked in the morning starting with briefing at Uwinka Visitor Center. Tourists have to wake up so early in the morning like at 5:00am to be able to make it to the park headquarters in time.

Nyungwe Nziza Ecolodge

Nyungwe Nziza Ecolodge is attached to the buffer zone that separates Nyungwe Forest National Park and the local community. It is built in a traditional style, with an extra hint of modernity. It being on an elevated hill allows visitors to view the expanse of the tea plantations. The lodge has tented camps fitted solar lamps, both hot and cold running water, comfortable beds, clean bath towels, and an en-suite flush toilet. The main lodge features a restaurant bar, and lounge with staff members who seem to wear a forever smile. The deluxe tents are best fitted with two beds, one large bed or triple rooms. The mouth-watering meals cut across countries and destinations as the cuisines prepared include, Italians meals, Mexican, and the local meals of the Rwandese style culture.

Lodge activities include tracking chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest National Park. Tourists are led through the forest by an experienced ranger who might be having a machete to clear the path. The English-speaking guide will offer the best of knowledge they have known about the conservation area. In most terms one returns and enjoys the surrounding tea plantations.

Key activities while at Nyungwe Nziza Ecolodge include canopy walk, primate trekking, hiking through various trails through the forest (karamba trail, Muzimu trail, Ngabwe trail, Kamiiranzovu trail), treks to waterfalls and birding. The forest hosts 75 different kinds of mammal species such as the  golden cats, duikers, bushbuck, hyrax, clawless otter, genet, civet, mongoose. Primates of 13 species have been recorded here including the owl-faced monkey, vervet monkey, grey checked mangabey, dents monkey, l,hoest monkey, red-tailed monkey. It is home to over 300 species of birds 17 of which are endemic to the Nyungwe Forest like the ross’s turaco, bar-tailed trogon, blue headed sunbird.

Visiting the park can be done all throughout the year but best during the dry season it a time of high tourism which is mostly interesting as you get to interact with other travelers and share the memorable experiences.

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