Rwanda National Parks

Nyungwe Forest National park

Nyungwe Forest National Park is located in southwestern Rwanda, in the south of Lake Kivu on the border with Burundi. The park was established in 2004 and covers an area of approximately 970 sq. km of rainforest, bamboo, grassland, swamps, and bogs.
The park is located 225 Km from Kigali, 90 Km from Butare and 54 Km from Cyangugu.

What to see / Expect in Nyungwe forest National Park
Nyungwe has a wide diversity of animal species, making it a priority for tourism conservation in Africa. The park inhabits 13 different primate species which is 25% of Africa's total, over 300 bird species, 1068 plant species, 85 mammal species, 32 amphibian and 38 reptile species recorded. Many of these animals are restricted-range species that are only found in the Albertine Rift eco-region in Africa. Among the common primate species here include Chimpanzee, Colobus, Silver Monkey, L'Hoest's Monkey, Golden Monkey, Hamlyn's Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, Dent's Mona Monkey, Vervet Monkey, Olive Baboon, and Grey-cheeked Mangabey among others.

An extensive network of well-maintained walking trails leads through Nyungwe forest to various waterfalls and viewing points. A comfortably rustic rest house and perfectly situated campsite lies alongside the main road, and the reserve can readily be visited as a day trip from the towns of Butare and Cyangugu.

Among the tour activities in Nyungwe Forest National Park include bird watching, Chimpanzee and other primate trekking, day hikes to lake Kivu, Gisakura tea estates and nearby communities as well as Photographying among others.

Where to stay: Accommodation can be obtained in Uwinka Rest House, Gisakura Guest House, ORTPN campsites and Nyungwe forest lodge among others.