Nyungwe National Park

11 Feb by pamoja

Nyungwe National Park

Nyungwe National Park

Nyungwe National Park

The Nyungwe Forest is located in southwestern Rwanda, on the border with Burundi, where it is contiguous with the Kibira National Park to the south, and Lake Kivu and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. The Nyungwe rainforest is probably the best preserved montane rainforest in Central Africa. It is located in the watershed between the basin of the river Congo to the west and the basin of the river Nile to the east. From the east side of the Nyungwe forest comes also one of the branches of the Nile sources.

Nyungwe Forest National Park was established in 2004 and covers an area of approximately 970 km2 of rainforest, bamboo, grassland, swamps, and bogs. The nearest town is Cyangugu, 54 km to the west. Mount Bigugu is located within the park borders. In October 2020, the Rwanda Development Board signed an agreement with African Parks to assume management of Nyungwe National Park for an initial 20 years. One of the oldest rainforests in Africa, Nyungwe is rich in biodiversity and spectacularly beautiful. The mountainous region is teaming with wildlife, including a small population of chimpanzees as well as 12 other species of primate, including the L’Hoest’s monkey endemic to the Albertine Rift.

How to get to there

Nyungwe Forest NP is in the south of the country 200km/124mi from Kigali, 87km/54mi from Huye and 55km/34mi from Rusizi. The drive takes about four to five hours from Kigali, two to three hours from Huye and about one hour from Rusizi.

Usually, Nyungwe Forest is visited as part of a 4×4 tour around the country with a driver-guide.

Akagera Aviation offers charter helicopter transfers to anywhere in the country, including Nyungwe Forest.

Activities and Attractions

Chimpanzee tracking

Canopy walk

The Canopy Walkway which is part of the Igishigishigi Trail is a high suspension bridge with views over the valley and surrounding forests

Nature trail hiking

Bird watching

Visiting tropical water fall

Camping

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