Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe Forest Park

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PARK OVERVIEW

Nyungwe Forest National Park is the largest mountainous rainforest in Africa and the largest protected rainforest in East Africa covering an area of about 970 Sq. Km at an altitude of 1600m – 2950m. The park is situated south western area of Rwanda along the Albertine Rift (a series of mountain ranges stretching from Mountain Rwenzori of Uganda up to the Lendu Plateau of Congo). This national park can be reached by both road and air transport and by road transport, it’s about 225km from the capital city.

This national park was established way back in 1933 as a forest reserve and was later on named a national park. Nyungwe rainforest national park is a bio diversified habitat with several wildlife (flora and fauna) species. It is a home to about 13 primates and several animal species like; Chimpanzees, golden monkeys, mangabeys, colobus and vervet monkeys.

Nyungwe Forest National Park

The home of roughly 400 species of chimpanzees, Nyungwe is home to one of East Africa’s last intact populations and boasts two wild chimp communities that welcome guests (one in Cyamdungo and other around Uwinka). Thus, it’s 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. But you’ll probably have to get up around four a.m. to succeed in this very challenging activity as chimps are mostly likely to be seen early in the morning.

If you’re interested in obtaining a permit for chimpanzee tracking, contact the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) at: reservation@rwandatourism.com.

Described by Birdlife International as “the most important site for biodiversity conservation in Rwanda,” the Nyungwe National Park is home to roughly 310 bird species, 27 of which are endemic to the Albertine Rift. Although actually spotting birds in the park’s forests may be challenging, the bird songs you’ll hear during the trek will surely make it more enjoyable. If you would like to learn about birds you might see and hear, book a guide for $50 U.S. at the headquarters of the Rwanda Development Board. The guides so knowledgeable about birdlife in Nyungwe they can identify birds by ear, such as the rwenzori turaco and grey-chested kakamega.
If you would like a permit to go birding in Nyungwe, contact the Rwanda Development Board at reservation@rwandatourism.com.

Nyungwe Forest National Park is a 4-5 hour drive from Kigali on good if sometimes winding roads. There are some attractions en route that include Nyanza King’s Palace and the National Museum should you wish to break the journey. Nyungwe Forest National Park is a 4-5 hour drive from Kigali on good if sometimes winding roads.

Chimpanzee Trekking

The home of roughly 400 species of chimpanzees, Nyungwe is home to one of East Africa’s last intact populations and boasts two wild chimp communities that welcome guests (one in Cyamdungo and other around Uwinka). Thus, it’s 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. But you’ll probably have to get up around four a.m. to succeed in this very challenging activity as chimps are mostly likely to be seen early in the morning.

If you’re interested in obtaining a permit for chimpanzee tracking, contact the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) at: reservation@rwandatourism.com.

Bird Watching

Described by Birdlife International as “the most important site for biodiversity conservation in Rwanda,” the Nyungwe National Park is home to roughly 310 bird species, 27 of which are endemic to the Albertine Rift. Although actually spotting birds in the park’s forests may be challenging, the bird songs you’ll hear during the trek will surely make it more enjoyable. If you would like to learn about birds you might see and hear, book a guide for $50 U.S. at the headquarters of the Rwanda Development Board. The guides so knowledgeable about birdlife in Nyungwe they can identify birds by ear, such as the rwenzori turaco and grey-chested kakamega.
If you would like a permit to go birding in Nyungwe, contact the Rwanda Development Board at reservation@rwandatourism.com.

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Directions

Nyungwe Forest National Park is a 4-5 hour drive from Kigali on good if sometimes winding roads. There are some attractions en route that include Nyanza King’s Palace and the National Museum should you wish to break the journey. Nyungwe Forest National Park is a 4-5 hour drive from Kigali on good if sometimes winding roads.

NYUNGWE HIKING TRAILS

  • Congo-Nile Divide Trail
  • Igishigishigi Trail
  • Karamba Trail
  • Umugote Trail
  • Umoyove Trail
  • Uwinka Trail

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