Colobus Monkey

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Nyungwe Forest National Park

Tucked away in the middle of tea Plantations, the biggest mountain rain forest on this side of the African continent can be a bit deceptive in its vastness if you simply catch a glimpse of it from a far. Nyungwe forest is probably the most preserved forest in Africa. Some say it is the most important site for biodiversity in Rwanda. It is home to over 1000 species of wildlife after all.
The park has amazing and breathtaking scenery and is a vantage point for picturesque views of the Virungas and the Congo. Nyungwe is nature at its very best. It is lush and beautifully green, often seen with cooling mists in the early mornings and late evening.


Colobus Monkey

There are 13 primate species that are found in Nyungwe forest, including very occasional sighting of the golden monkeys that have been reported Nyungwe forest is also popular for its large numbers of colobus monkeys, in addition to other species like the grey cheeked Mangabeys and Ruwenzori colobus Monkeys. The colobus monkeys can also be seen in large troops of up to 300 monkeys.
Also as you track these playful colobus monkey groups, you will likely see some other monkeys along the trek. These might include; the L’ Hoest’s monkey, the Owl faced monkeys, Mona monkey and the blue monkeys.
Habitat degradation and poaching have a detrimental impact on the population. They are vulnerable to numerous forest predators and are threatened by bushmeat hunting and deforestation.

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Rangers Voice

“ The world is facing a three-fold crisis- Climate Change, Biodiversity loss and pollution. Nyungwe National Park, One of the oldest rainforests in Africa,  is rich in biodiversity and spectacularly beautiful. Colobus Monkey makes it even more spectacular. Glad we can save these species.”
Charles Karangwa
IUCN Kenya Country Representative and Regional Head of Land Systems Africa


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