Nyungwe National Park is tacked away in the southwest corner of Rwanda some 225 km from Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city, 90 km from Butare and 54 km from Cyangugu. Thisvast untouched tropical rainforest with a high, dense canopy covers an area of 1,020 sq km. Nyungwe is a botanist’s paradise with over 140 species of wild orchids and 250 types of trees, as well as many species of ferns.
The park is home to about 310 documented bird species and hundreds of butterflies. Nyungwe National Park is also home to over 75 different species of mammals including 13 primates which form about a quarter of all Africa’s primates.
Primate safaris are very popular at Nyungwe National Park the most popular of which is chimpanzee trekking. The chimpanzees are usually tracked early in the morning in groups of eight and as with the mountain gorillas, visitors are only allowed one hour in their company once they’ve been located.
With about 310 documented bird species, bird watching in the park is highly rewarding. Giant hornbills, great blue turacos and red-breasted sparrowhawks are commonly seen.
Nyungwe National Park is also popular with hiking safaris. With over 130 km of hiking routes created in the park visitors get to explore the hidden and fascinating habitats.