Chimpanzees are highly intelligent sharing about 94% of our DNA though inconclusive genome differences of 1.2% on average – there are many studies on this subject!
There are also many species of birds found in Nyungwe including the Ruwenzori Turaco, Lagdens bush shrike, Fraser’s Eagle Owl, Ruwenzori batis, red-faced woodland warbler and mountain masked apalis. About 52% of all of Africa’s birds are found in the Albertine Rift of which Nyungwe is the largest protected area within the Rift.
The other primates in Nyungwe include the sun-tailed Gabon Monkey, Mona monkeys, blue monkeys, mangabey and the Preuss’ Cameroon monkey and all of the primates are classed as Old World species. This class lived in large forests before the last ice age after which the forest split into smaller sectors, thereby all species adapting to their own habitats.
The lovely and small Owl-faced monkey is similar and related to the L’Hoest’s monkey, but is rarely seen and very little is known about them. They have a white strip that goes from their lip to the top of their nose.
The Angolan Colobus monkey is large with long black and white hair and a slap-dash eating habit - dropping fruit and berries to the forest floor which other animals and birds consume. Nyungwe is a wonderful addition to the Virunga Mountains where one can see the Mountain gorillas.
And now, Nyungwe has another excellent reason to stay – which is the gorgeous, luxurious Nyungwe Forest Lodge set on a working tea plantation on the edge of the Nyungwe Forest. Here there are various guided walking trails from 1- 7 hours and is perfect for those wanting to simply relax or walk and take in these breathtaking surroundings.
Pictures by courtesy of Kamageo