Cyamudongo Forest

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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.