Nyungwe Forest National Park is located in Rwanda and is one of the world’s most pristine and beautiful rainforests. It is incredibly rich in biodiversity, home to an array of primate, mammal, bird, reptile and flora species. The park covers more than 1000 square kilometres and is made up of mountainous rainforest, swamps, bogs, grasslands and bamboo. Nyungwe is one of the world’s foremost primate destinations, with 13 primate species found in the park, including the famous chimpanzees, as well as a troop of 400 Rwenzori Black and White Colobus Monkeys. The park is a also a premier destination for birding enthusiasts, with over 300 species recorded, including 16 endemic species. Visitors to Nyungwe can experience a host of exciting adventures, including primate tracking, superb hikes, biking, an exhilarating canopy walk, and cultural tours outside the rainforest.

Why we like it

Chimpanzee hotspot, Unspoilt rainforest rich in biodiversity, Premier primate safari destination - 13 primate species

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 1000 km2
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Chimpanzee
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Cyangugu

Accommodation in Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe House

Nyungwe House is found on the edge of Rwanda’s Nyungwe Forest National Park. Nyungwe is the largest mountain rainforest in Africa, and is home to more than 13 primate species, and represents 20% of all the primate species on the continent. The lodge is situated on a tea plantation, and is designed to blend in wonderfully with its beautiful surroundings.…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel

Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel is found in Rwanda, and its location atop a hill provides beautiful and expansive views across beautiful tea plantations down below on one side and forests of Nyungwe Forest on the other. The hotel is situated conveniently close to the Nyungwe Forest National Park entrance which is one of Africa’s main primate safari destinations, with…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe Forest Primates Tour, Rwanda

Nyungwe Forest National Park, located in Rwanda, is one of the world's foremost primate sanctuaries. The park, which is more than 1000 square kilometres in size, is made up of dense forests, bamboo thickets, swamps and grasslands that are home to a fascinating diversity of primate species, the most famous of which is the chimpanzee. Several monkey species are also…

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Duration: 7 days
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Rwanda 12-Day Gorilla and Birding Tour

Rwanda, also known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills’, is rich in natural beauty and wildlife diversity. According to Birdlife International, three national parks in Rwanda are classified as Important Birding Areas (IBAs). These are the Volcanoes National Park, Akagera National Park, and Nyungwe National Park. The country is also a top destination for a primate safari, with the…

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Duration: 12 days
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Rwanda 8-Day Gorilla and Cultural Tour

This safari tour combines adventure and culture to bring you the best of Rwanda. On this tour, you will get a taste of Rwanda’s culture and heritage by visiting the local villages and homesteads, and also experience the thrill of tracking mountain gorillas in the wild. At the local village, you will learn how the locals milk the cows by…

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Duration: 8 days
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Lookout for

L'Hoests Monkey
Rwenzori Colobus Monkey
Red-tailed Monkey
Blue Monkey
Hamlyn's Monkey
Golden Monkey
Congo Clawless Otter

Key Species

Owl-faced Monkey
Colobus Monkey

Rwenzori Turaco
Grey-chested Kakamega
Miombo Wren-Warbler
Blue-headed Sunbird

Great Lakes Bush Viper
Jackie's Reed Frog

Lucky Bean Tree
East African Satinwood
California Bayberry

Bamboo Thicket

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 4
Mammals: 8
Birds: 9
Reptiles: 6
Trees: 9.5
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