Nyungwe is home to a wide variety of primates — The L’Hoest’s Albertine Rift Monkey, the Sun-tailed Gabon Monkey and the Preuss’ Cameroon Monkey among others. These three monkeys were most likely a single species that once lived in a larger forest area before the last Ice Age. Over time, the forest split into smaller areas with each monkey adapting to its smaller habitat and becoming separate species.
Chimpanzees Pan troglodytes
This is the only ape in Nyungwe, with an estimated 500 living in the park. Your guide can help you spot them through their calls, nests, and droppings.
L’Hoest’s Mountain Monkey Cercopithecus lhoesti
Nyungwe is one of the few places in the world where this species is still common. You can often see them by the main road near Uwinka.
Owl-faced Monkey Cercopithecus hamlyni
This elusive monkey is rarely seen. It has a range limited to central Congo, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Burundi.
Angolan Colobus Monkeys Colobus angolensis ruwenzori
Nyungwe is the only forest in Africa where these monkeys form large “supergroups” of over 350 individuals.
Mona Monkey Cercopithecus mona
Although often found in groups with other Monas, individuals can sometimes be seen associating with groups of colobus, blue monkeys, or mangabeys.
Blue Monkey Cercopithecus mitis doggetti
These tree-dwelling monkeys can be found around Uwinka.