Visit Nyungwe Forest, Rwanda
The Nyungwe Forest National Park protects one of the oldest forests in Africa.
It extends for 970 square kilometres over the mountainous southwest of Rwanda and protects the largest single tract of montane forest remaining anywhere in East Africa. As such, it is a remarkably rich centre of biodiversity, harbouring 75 mammal species, 275 bird species, 120 butterflies and more than 100 varieties of orchid.
As you approach Nyungwe the road winds through the rural Rwandan landscape of rolling tea plantation and terraced hills. Then before you know it, a dense tangle of trees rises from the cultivated fields. For a full 50km the road clings to steep forested slopes, offering superb views over densely swathed hills which tumble towards the distant Burundi border.
Primates of Nyungwe Forest National Park
The main attraction of Nyungwe is the primates. Chimpanzee tracking can be arranged and several other monkeys are readily seen, including the Ruwenzori colobus in troops of up to 400 strong (the largest arboreal troops in Africa) and the beautiful and highly localised l'Hoest's monkey. In addition to these there are silver monkeys, golden monkeys, owl-faced monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys and more.
Nyungwe is also highly alluring to birders, the forest home to 26 Albertine Rift and endemic bird species. The stunning blue turaco is often seen gliding through the trees and forest hornbills can be heard wailing through the canopy.
Suggested Nyungwe Forest itinerary
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Nyungwe Forest, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Nyungwe Forest
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Photos of Nyungwe Forest
Accommodation choices for Nyungwe Forest
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Nyungwe Forest. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Gisakura Guest House likes two kilometres outside the forest close to the Gisakura Tea Estate. The accommodation is extremely basic, but clean and comfortable.
Ideas for experiencing Nyungwe Forest
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Nyungwe Forest, and which use the best local guides.
If you are lucky enough to encounter them, you will spend a really enjoyable hour watching them leap from branches, build nests from leaves in the treetops, and play and groom each other.