Cyamudongo Forest

Splendid Glossy Starling

Cyamudongo forest is a small relict forest located in the far southwest of Rwanda, close to the town of Nyakabuye near the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Historically, it was connected to Nyungwe forest to the east, but its vegetation is denser, with fewer clearings. Common tree species include Chrysophyllum gorungosanum, Newtonia buchananii, Alangium chinense and Leptonychia


Birdwatching Cyamudongo Forest Rwanda

Cyamudongo forest holds the only Rwanda record of Red-thighed Sparrowhawk along with many species typical of the Albertine Rift forests, including Kungwe Apalis and Ross’s Turaco. The forest has four species of the Guinea-Congo Forests biome, 8 of the 24 species of the Albertine Rift Mountains Endemic Bird Area and 33 of the 74 species of Afrotropical Highlands biome that occur in Rwanda.

Among other wildlife include the globally threatened Common Chimpanzee (man’s closest relative), a high density of butterfly species and much more.

Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei)

Mountain gorillas are the largest living primates and the world's most endangered apes with a population of less than 800 individuals world over- none in zoos. They are found in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

They share 97% DNA with human beings! They are our closest living cousins after the Chimpanzee, They have up to 25 vocalization for communication

Mountain Gorillas are shy, social and very active during day. They live in families of 8-25 members with one leading male (The Silver Back).

Gorillas have a lifespan of 50 years in the wild. They reproduce at a very slow speed with a gestation period of approximately 8.5 months and an interval of four years to the next birth.

Diet: Mainly herbivores eating fruits, herbs, leaves, stems, roots and shoots. Sometimes ingest small insects like ants and termites.