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Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe forest national park is another thought after place to visit while in Rwanda, the park has a large track of Montane Forest with all so many phenomena the park is located in the Southern part of Rwanda about 5 hours’ drive from Rwanda’s capital Kigali.

The park is an exciting place to explore since it has many things to see and do. Nyungwe forest national park is known for housing over 13 species of primates and the most commonly known primates to trek are the chimpanzees our closest relative.

Chimps are so fun to watch as they play in fruitful trees, they can also be found doing their daily activity such as feeding, mothers breastfeed, making nests among many others.  Like the gorillas you are also strictly allowed to stay with the chimps for one hour once they are met.

The one hour spent with the chimps is regarded as an exciting moment! Run and book your Rwanda chimp tour before it’s late. Other primates species you won’t miss to see in Nyungwe forest include the black and white colobus monkey, red tailed monkey, civet monkey, baboons just to mention but a few.

At Nyungwe forest.NP, you can also opt for a canopy walk through the forest; one of only three in Africa. This canopy walk is 50a meters above the ground and is even above the tree tops. In addition to the canopy walk, you can also enjoy nature walks, monkey tracking and birding, Nyungwe is referred as some of the best birding destination in Africa. Nyungwe forest should be a must on your Rwanda safari itinerary.

Wildlife in this beautiful park

Nyungwe forest is home to 75 different species of mammals with most of these being small and or nocturnal making it difficult for sighting. Chimpanzees are the main attraction in nyungwe forest with chimp trekking happening daily early morning. The forest is home to troops of 300 colobus monkeys or more roaming in the trees, giving visitors to the forest another engaging activity.

Nyungwe forest’s 13 recorded primate species 

  • Chimpanzees,
  • Silver monkey,
  • Golden monkey,
  • Owl-faced monkey/ Hamlyn’s monkey
  • Grey-cheeked mangabey,
  • Red-tailed monkey,
  • L’Hoest’s monkey,
  • Vervet monkey,
  • Olive baboon,
  • Dent’s Mona Monkey
  • Blue Monkey
  • Angolan Colobus Monkeys