Nyungwe Forest National Park


Hidden amidst vast tea plantations in south-west Rwanda, Nyungwe Forest National Park is the largest undisturbed mountain rainforest in central and eastern Africa. Home to over 1,000 different species, the forest enjoys one of the highest levels of biodiversity on the continent and is one of the best places to go chimpanzee trekking in Africa. Over 130 kms of walking trails wind their way through ancient fairytale-like woodland beneath towering mahogany and giant ferns. A tailor-made Nyungwe Forest safari feels like stepping into a magical kingdom, one that is a long way from all the crowds.

About Nyungwe Forest National Park

One of the best things to do in Nyungwe Forest is the canopy walkway, which at 50 metres high and 90 metres long offers a unique view of Nyungwe’s primates and birds that reside up here in the forest. A visit to the Uwinka Visitor Centre before entering the forest provides a fascinating insight into this eco-system of broad diversity and depth and can augment your forest experience considerably.

Nyungwe Forest National Park Wildlife Safaris

There are 75 different mammal species and 120 species of butterfly living here in the forest. Up in the canopy 13 different species of primates can be found including the chimpanzee, Ruwenzori colobus, olive baboon, grey-cheeked mangabey, and several monkey families such as L’Hoest’s, golden, silver, Hamlyn’s, red-tailed, vervet and Dent’s mona. 

Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe Forest National Park is the most popular activity here, and it’s also possible to enjoy birding walks, hiking, colobus monkey trekking and visits to the King’s Palace and Museum. 

Birding in Nyungwe Forest National Park 

Nyungwe Forest has been classified as an IBA (Important Birding Area) by Birdlife International. There are 310 recorded species of bird found in Nyungwe Forest National Park, 29 of which are endemic to the Albertine Rift area of Africa. 

Some of the birding specials found in Nyungwe Forest include the Kivu ground–thrush, regal sunbird, Congo-bay owlet, Rwenzori nightjar, Rwenzori turaco, Rwenzori batis and Grauer’s swamp warbler among others.


Best Places to Stay in Nyungwe Forest National Park

There is a small selection of Nyungwe Forest accommodation to choose from. 

Talk with one of our experts today to discuss the best options for you.


Best Time to Visit Nyungwe Forest National Park

Rwanda’s wetter months from October to May are the best time to see chimpanzees and the forest’s birdlife. During the dry periods that typically occur from June to August and December to January, most other primates are easier to see and activities can be more enjoyable.

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How to Book a Nyungwe Forest Safari Holiday

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