Located in Southwestern Rwanda, Nyungwe Forest National Park is a closed-canopy rainforest home to 13 species of primates, including chimpanzees. Nyungwe is also the largest single forest block in Africa, one of the last high-altitude primary forests, and one of the largest mountainous rainforest on the entire continent. Nyungwe’s biodiversity is astonishing and it is one of the most endemic species-rich areas in all of Africa. Nyungwe is a protected reserve for many species of smaller primates such as the black and white colobus monkey, chimpanzee, and mangabey. In addition to monkeys, the forest includes black-breasted and yellow-backed antelopes, leopards, servals, and porcupines.

One of the Nyungwe Forest highlights is the Canopy Walk which is suspended 130 feet above ground and provides good views over the lush forest. Nyungwe is great for active travelers interested in chimpanzee trekking, colobus monkey and mangabey trekking, the Kamiranzovu swamp, waterfall walks, and many additional guided hiking trails. Permits are to be purchased prior to the trek, allowing for an hour in the presence of the primates.

Nyungwe is known as an excellent hiking location offering spectacular views and a variety of hikes suitable to all fitness levels.

Nyungwe is roughly 4-5 hours by car from Kigali (3.5 from Volcanoes National Park) and guests most often stay at Nyungwe Forest Lodge.

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