Above Photo- the Nyungwe forest Canopy
National Park was
established as a
national park in 2004. The park has a total area of
Nyungwe forest national parks is located 225 Km from Kigali, 90 Km from Butare
and 54 Km from Cyangugu.
Give it 6 Hrs of driving from Kigali to
Nyungwe forest has an altitude range of between 1600 M-2950 M above sea
level with temperatures varying between 0°C and 30° C; average day temperatures
1800-2500 mm per year. Rainy season is September to May.
Dry season June to August with some dry weeks in December and January.
The main features and attractions in
national park include the following.
Largest montane rain forest remaining in Africa.
Mt. Bigugu (2925M)
In the vicinity Cyamudongo community forest with
resident population of Chimpanzees.
260 species of trees and shrubs.
Over 100 species of orchids and giant lobelias.
275 species of birds recorded Including the Ruwenzori turaco, Ross’s turaco,
Grey –cheeked hornbill, Red-throated alethe, Red-breasted sparrow hawk,
White-headed wood-hoopoe, Kungwe apalis, Ruwenzori batis, Blue-headed and
13 recorded species of primates (25% of Africa’s
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes)
Ruwenzori colobus (Colobus angolensis ruwenzori)
L’Hoest’s monkey (Cercopithecus l’hoesti)
Silver monkey (C.mitis doggetti)
Golden monkey (C.mitis kandti)
Owl-faced monkey (C.hamlyni)
Red-tailed monkey (C. ascanius)
Den’t mona monkey (C. mona denti)
Vervet monkey (C.aetiops),
Olive baboon (papio anubis)
Grey-cheeked mangabey (Cercocebus albigena)
Three species of bushbaby.
golden cat, serval cat, side stripped jackal, Genet, African civet, slender
and marsh mongoose represents the carnivores.
mammals include three species of duikers, two species of flying squirrels,
tree hyrax, and Congo clawless otter.
120 species of butterflies.
Reptiles including three species of horned chameleons.
There are a number of activities that
one can undertake within and in the vicinity of Nyungwe Forest National Park.
Excursions to Kamiranzovu Marsh.
Excursions to Lake Kivu and Gisakura tea factory.
Scaling Mt Bigugu(2925M).
Chimpanzee tracking starts at 06:00
Hrs. Visitors are advised to book
chimpanzee tracking in advance.
Accommodation in Nyungwe Forest National:
The newly opened
an eco-lodge located in the tea estate overlooking
With all the trapping of modern day traveller- wifi internet, tv, health club,
the Lodge goes for USD 500 per night.
The Nyungwe Top
View Lodge at USD 400 Double Full Board is another alternative
Other places of stay are
Uwinka Rest House, Gisakura Guest House, Ortpn campsites.
Primate visits can be undertaken from Uwinka Tourist Centre and at Gisakura
On your way to or from Nyungwe if you have time, you can stop briefly at the
Nyabisindu to visit the Nyanza King’s Palace, the
capital of ancient Rwanda Kingdom.
Butare –visit the Museum, University, cathedral,
arboretum and the curio worshops.
Genocide memorial of Murambi.
The Cathedral of
Kabgayi and the adjacent small enthnographic museum. Kamageri’s Rock (Uratare rwa Kamageri)- on the
roadside after Ruhango towards Gikongoro.
Park fee and other charges