Amazing things to do in Cyangugu town 2024 : Cyangugu is a city and capital of the Rusizi District in Western part of Rwanda. The city situated at the southern end of Lake Kivu and also close to Bukavu Town on the far side of the DRC but estranged from it by the Ruzizi River. Cyangugu also well known as Rusizi, is a nice looking town situated in southwestern Rwanda, near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. Given the fact that Cyangugu city is situated closely with Nyungwe Forest National Park offers a wide range of activities for travelers who want to explore its natural beauty, culture, and history.
Here are some of the amazing things to do in Cyangugu city.
Visit Nyungwe Forest National Park, Nyungwe Forest is one of Africa’s oldest and most pristine rainforests in African continent. A traveler on a Rwanda safaris in Cyangugu city can go on guided hikes through the forest to see a variety of wildlife inhabited , including primates like chimpanzees, colobus monkeys and other primate species various bird species among others .
Nyungwe forest national park has extensive inhabitants of chimpanzee’s primates in Rwanda nearly 400 primates, Chimpanzee trekking is main activity done in Nyungwe forest national park. Nyungwe Forest is renowned for its chimpanzee tracking experiences. You can join a guided trek to sight these interesting creatures in their natural habitat
Nyungwe forest national park is a home to over 300 monkey species therefore is a best place for monkey trekking. Though during a Rwanda wildlife safari in Nyungwe forest national park you will expect to meet different species of monkeys which among include red tailed monkeys,white colobus, blue monkeys and L’ hoest monkeys, among others. These monkeys are similar in characters and behavior but are only differ by their colors. Monkey trekking is an exciting experience given the fact that monkeys are vigorous and jolly animals that keep you active all the time by their steady movements, howl while jumping over you across tree branches.
Nyungwe is a home to over 300 bird species, Nyungwe Forest National Park is a best birding spot in Rwanda due to its feasible walking landscape unlike the Volcanoes national park. The forest harbor about 350 bird species but out of it, 121 are forest birds while 27 are endemic to the Albertine rift valley. The mostly sighted birds in Nyungwe forest national park such as Great blue Turaco, Rwenzori Turaco, white tailed flycatcher, Rwenzori batis, Rockefellers sunbird, Chapin’s flycatcher, red collared mountain babbler, Rear Grauer’s rush warbler, 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. The professional park guides will help in spotting these birds as well as explaining the unique characters of each spotted bird in the forest.
The canopy walk in the forest and is only done in Nyungwe Forest National Park in the whole of east Africa. Travelers walk on the built path. dangling of a about 60 meters above the forest offers opportunity to the travelers 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.
A forest walk is the best way to explore in full the scene of Nyungwe Forest National Park. The national park has over 13 hiking path which are almost 130 kilometers, which lead travelers into the inner side of the forest. Each path constructed takes you to different marks including swamps and waterfalls caves with each path containing unique features on it. The hiking trails on Nyungwe Forest National Park 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.
Visit Nearby hot springs
Tourists in Cyangugu town can also visit Bugarama hot springs which is approximately 60km from the town. Visiting this hot spring is done at a fee of 45 dollars per person and fee combines all the activities and services offered including a local guide fee that tells you different information about how this hot spring came into existence and much more. A visit to Bugarama Hot spring will give an opportunity to experience the spring flow up into a big pool of green-like water.
Given the fact that Cyangugu town is tourist destination, it has collected over 100,000 residents in this place can have a visit to any of the nearby communities. The community tours enable tourists to interact with the local people get to know how they live their day-to-day lives, and see them do home activities such as digging, raring animals, and much more. In the end, they will be entertained by the local traditional dancers through cultural dances and drama.
Accommodation facilities in Cyangugu town
Tourists planning to visit Cyangugu town have several accommodation facilities where they can spend a night or more depending on the budget. The accommodation facilities do range from budget to mid-range to luxury options such as Villa Isango, Chimpanzee Lodge, Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel, Nyungwe Nziza Ecolodge, Kitabi Eco Center, Rwiza Village, Spa Shallum, Rebero Kivu Resort, Delta Resort Hotel, and Kibuye Sweet Home among others. And the accommodation fees ranging according to the preferred facility.