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Nyungwe Forest National Park in a few words...

Nyungwe Forest National Park offers marvellous primate safaris, with a particular emphasis on chimpanzee viewing. Baboon, Hamlyn's monkey, and mangabey are also present in this little-visited forest park. The chimp-tracking safaris take place on foot.

Monkey at Nyungwe National Park
Nyungwe Forest, Rwanda

Nyungwe Forest National Park (Rwanda)

Nyungwe Forest National Park is one of the best places in the world to study and watch a range of different primate species, including the common chimpanzee and baboon and the rarer Hamlyn’s monkey and mangabey.

Nyungwe Forest, whilst easily accessible, is huge and possibly the largest swathe of montane forest left in east or central Africa. The park occupies a region of rainforest, swamp, long grasslands and bamboo in southwest Rwanda.

The wildlife, as you would expect, is very diverse. There are 13 different primate species in the park as well as 85 recorded mammal species. The forests canopy rises high and conceals a prolific bird and plant life among the ebony, mahogany and tree fern.

In and around Nyungwe Forest, Rwanda
Game viewing is on foot. Chimpanzee tracking is very popular and highly recommended. Forest or mountain walks, as well as birding safaris, are also popular.

Accommodation in Nyungwe Forest National Park (Rwanda)

Gisakera Guesthouse Nyungwe

Gisakura Guesthouse

Gisakura Guesthouse is located within close proximity to Nyungwe Forest Park. The only lodge in the area, it offers comfortable but simple accommodation.

Other regions in Rwanda

Akagera National Park

Demarcating Rwanda’s north-eastern border with Tanzania, the landscape of Akagera National Park could scarcely provide more of a contrast to the terraced hills that characterise much of the rest of Rwanda.


The capital and main port of entry to Rwanda, Kigali is a relaxed city with a moderate climate and a good range of hotels. It offers easy access to Akagera, Volcanoes and Nyungwe National Parks.

Volcanic Lakes

Rwanda's lakes offer visitors glimpses into ancient African lifestyles. Here, fishermen still fish in dugout canoes unchanged in design for centuries, while the local populace can be seen working, or sitting on the shores in colourful local dress, smoking traditional wooden pipes.

Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park is situated in the Virunga Mountains in northwest Rwanda. The Virunga Mountains, among the highest in Africa, are home to the rare mountain gorilla. Gorilla trekking safaris are the park's primary attraction, but the region is also home to a diverse range of wildlife aside from the gorillas, including buffalo, hyena, duika and the rare golden monkey.

Example itineraries in Nyungwe Forest National Park

Best of Rwanda pdf itinerary

Best of Rwanda

This comprehensive private tour of Rwanda takes in all the main sights the country has to offer, beginning in Kigali and concluding in the Virunga Mountains, where you have the option to join a gorilla-tracking safari.

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