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Nyungwe National Park is found on the splendid hills of southwestern Rwanda at the border with Burundi, to the south, and Lake Kivu and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west.The Nyungwe rainforest is probably the best as well as the largest remanat of preserved montane rainforest in East and Central Africa. 

The national park is located in the watershed between the river basin of the River Congo to the west and the river basin of the River Nile to the east. On the eastern side of the Nyungwe forest rises one of the many branches of the sources of River Nile.

Nyungwe Forest National Park was established in 2004 and covers  approximately  an area 970 km² of rainforest, bamboo, grassland, swamps, and bogs.  Mount Bigugu is located within the park borders.

The nearest town is Cyangugu, 54 km to the west.The Nyungwe forest has a wide diversity of animal species, making it a priority for conservation in Africa.

This  ancient natural wonders has unique biodiversity and is  renowned for its rich diverse  flora and fauna. At least 200 tree species are found in the forest together with hundreds of different flowering plants that include wild begonia, more than 100 species of orchid, and amazing giant lobelias.


Nyugwe forest is found in a region where  several large-scale biogeographical zones converge resulting in a variety of terrestrial biomes which provides a great span of microhabitats for vast and  diverse species of plants and animals.

The park  is home to 13 different primate species which is 25% of Africa’s total primates. 275 bird species, 1068 plant species, 85 mammal species, 32 amphibian and 38 reptile species. Many of these animals are restricted-range species that are endemic to the Albertine Rift montane forests eco -region in Africa. In fact, the number of endemic species found here is greater than in any other forest in the Albertine Rift Mountains that has been surveyed.

The forest, which reaches its maximum altitude of 3000 meters above sea level, is of particular interest for the presence of colonies of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes – Blumenbach, 1775) and Angola colobus (Colobus angolensis – Sclater 1860).

 Nyungwe National Park Rwanda : What Game

  • Thirteen species primates including humankind’s closest living relative the chimpanzee,Lhotse’s monkey troops of the acrobatic Angola Colobus. Nyungwe harbors almost 300 bird species of which two dozen are restricted to a handful of montane forests on the Albertine Rift. Nyungwe is also home to many different arthropods and mammals.

Nyungwe National Park Rwanda: What Activities

  • Hiking trails and Bird Watching. Primate Tracking -Thirteen species of primates inhabit the park.
  • Orchid Ogling - home to 154 species of orchids, eight of which are endemic to Rwanda. The canopy walk – hanging platform which will allow one to view different animal species in Nyungwe forest.

  Nyungwe National Park Rwanda: Best time to visit

  • During the drier months (July-October) are best for gorilla trekking, hiking, and tea plantation tours.For birding, visit December-March.

    Nyungwe National Park Rwanda: Where to stay

  • The Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel
  • The Gisakura Guesthouse
  • Nyungwe Forest Lodge
  • Camping Sites
    • Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel

      Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel is an elegant place. This gem of a hotel is perched on the top of a hill just outside Nyungwe Forest. The hotel is ideally set on top of one of the hills overlooking the forest. The hotel has mesmerizing views that are completely astonishing! From the unique round main house you can see Lake Kivu and across all the way to the Congo - stunning! Nyungwe National Park is found on the splendid hills of southwestern Rwanda and is the largest remnant of mountain forest in east and central Africa. This rich and ancient natural wonders has unique biodiversity is renowned for its rich diversity of flora and fauna. Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel: Highlights The hotel is found the largest single forest block in East Africa and the biggest water reservoir for Rwanda. Experience picturesque view that includes either the sunrise or sunset     Incomparable view of part of the Nyungwe National Park, Kahuzi Biega National Park, Tea plantations, Lake Kivu, the volcanoes and Idjwi Island right from the top of the hill. Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel: Accommodation Twelve cottages here, so the feel is intimate and quiet each has a…
    • Nyungwe Forest Lodge

      Nyungwe Forest Lodge is an eco-lodge built to blend in with the environment and is situated in a tea plantation on the edge of the Nyungwe closed canopy rain forest, home to 13 species of primate including Chimpanzees. The lodge is set in the heart of a tea plantation overlooks the lush green plantation and the forest beyond. Nyungwe National Park is found on the splendid hills of southwestern Rwanda and is the largest remnant of mountain forest in east and central Africa. This rich and ancient natural wonders has unique biodiversity is renowned for its rich diversity of flora and fauna. Nyungwe Forest Lodge: Highlights A top ecotourism destination with a growing network of hiking trails that offer great opportunities for world class bird watching, chimp tracking, monkey watching, and orchid ogling. Camping is also possible at a few sites in the Park. And, of course, the Park also offers the only Canopy Walk in East Africa Nyungwe Forest Lodge: Accommodation All twenty four rooms and suites are forest facing en-suite with indoor shower All of the rooms feature private decks to make the most of the views    Nyungwe Forest Lodge: Activities Chimpanzee trekking and Black and White…