Nyungwe National Park

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Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe National Park is located in the southwest of Rwanda Covering over 1000 square kilometres, Nyungwe is surely one of the world’s most beautiful and pristine mountain rain forests and It’s believed to be one of Africa’s oldest forests.

Nyungwe National Park is the largest remaining tract of the montane rainforest in East Africa extending for 1,015 km2 over the mountainous southwest of Rwanda. The park is the most important catchment area in Rwanda supplying water to 70% of the country, and its central ridge divides Africa’s two largest drainage systems, the Nile and the Congo.

Species of Nyungwe Forest

Nyungwe Forest is home to habituated chimpanzees and 12 other primates species (including over 400-strong troops of habituated Ruwenzori Black & White Colobus Monkey). The park is also a birder’s paradise with over 300 species, including 16 endemics, and is home to 75 mammal species.

Nyungwe National Park has a remarkably rich biodiversity of more than 1,050 plant species, 250 Albertine Rift Endemics, and 200 orchids, along with at least 120 butterfly species.

Activities and Attractions of Nyungwe Forest

Nyungwe is filled with nature and wildlife experiences for you to emerge yourself in, Hiking and tracking the famous chimpanzees, experiencing the canopy walk, witnessing beautiful birds, and relaxing by waterfalls are just a glimpse of activities that Nyungwe Forest has to offer.

Tourists and other Visitors who visit Nyungwe National Park can now experience the rain forest from this new perspective Canopy Walkway, East Africa’s only Canopy Walkway provides a stunning view of the park’s amazing wildlife and nature

The Walkway is accessible as part of a specialized guided tour along the Igishigishigi, hiking the Imbaraga or Umuyove trails. The Canopy Walkway Tour costs $60 per person, All participants must be at least six years of age and children must be accompanied by adults.

It is not surprising that chimpanzee tracking is a popular activity in Nyungwe (especially when the park’s trees are in full bloom during the summer) as well-trained guides often lead visitors through the park’s forests and while actually viewing chimpanzees is not guaranteed, you’ll enjoy learning about these creatures and their natural habitats from your guides