Nyungwe Forest National Park is a spectacular protected area located in the southwestern part of Rwanda, bordering Burundi to the south and Lake Kivu and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. Covering an area of approximately 1,020 square kilometers, Nyungwe Forest is one of the oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests in Africa, renowned for its rich biodiversity, stunning landscapes, and unique ecological features. Nyungwe Forest is home to an incredible diversity of flora and fauna, including over 1,000 plant species, 13 primate species, and 75 mammal species. It is particularly known for its primate populations, which include chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, and L'Hoest's monkeys. The forest is also a haven for birdwatchers, with over 300 bird species recorded within its boundaries, including numerous endemic and migratory species. Nyungwe Forest is one of the few remaining montane rainforests in Central Africa, with some areas dating back to the prehistoric era. Its ancient forests are characterized by towering trees, dense undergrowth, and a complex network of streams and waterfalls, creating a lush and verdant environment that supports a wide variety of plant and animal life. Nyungwe Forest National Park offers visitors a truly immersive and unforgettable wilderness experience, with opportunities for wildlife encounters, outdoor adventures, and nature exploration amidst the beauty of one of Africa's last remaining rainforests.

Canopy Walkway

One of the highlights of Nyungwe Forest is its iconic Canopy Walkway, a suspended bridge that offers visitors a unique perspective on the forest canopy. The Canopy Walkway stretches for 160 meters (525 feet) and is suspended 70 meters (230 feet) above the forest floor, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding treetops and wildlife.

Primate Trekking

Nyungwe Forest offers opportunities for guided primate trekking experiences, allowing visitors to track and observe chimpanzees and other primate species in their natural habitat. Chimpanzee trekking is a popular activity in the park, with trained guides leading groups through the forest in search of these fascinating primates.

Hiking and Nature Trails

Nyungwe Forest boasts a network of hiking and nature trails that allow visitors to explore its diverse ecosystems and landscapes. From gentle walks to challenging treks, there are trails suitable for all fitness levels, offering opportunities to encounter wildlife, discover scenic viewpoints, and immerse oneself in the sights and sounds of the forest. ​


Birdwatching is a popular activity in Nyungwe Forest, thanks to its rich avian biodiversity and varied habitats. Birdwatchers can spot a wide range of bird species, including endemic species such as the Rwenzori turaco, the Grauer's rush warbler, and the red-collared babbler, among others. ​

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