Lush green hillsides shrouded with a cooling mist and ancient mountain rainforests filled with an array of rare plant and animal species await in Rwanda’s Nyungwe Forest National Park. Get set to explore the largest mountain rainforest on the continent, home to thirteen different species of primate – including 20% of all the apes in Africa! From once-in-a-lifetime chimpanzee treks and the thrilling Nyungwe Canopy Walk, to discovering the park’s green tea terraces, expect a side to Rwanda that will enchant and thrill you from the moment you arrive.
Chimpanzee and Monkey Trekking
Nyungwe is home to around 13 different species of primate, including chimpanzees, making tracking these fascinating creatures one of the main reasons that many travellers visit the park. Join an expert tracker as you trek through the lush forest in search of these amazing animals as they play and live in their natural habitat. Supergroups of over 300 Colobus monkeys also live within the park, while it is one of the few places on the planet where L’Hoest’s monkeys can be seen. Beyond these, many of the monkey species found in the park are endemic to the region – including the owl-faced monkey.
Nyungwe Canopy Walk
Offering a different perspective of the enchanting forest, the thrilling canopy walk is suspended between huge trees, lying 60-metres above the ground. The only walk of its kind in East Africa, expect to come face-to-face with cheeky primates, beautiful butterflies and rare birds as you walk among the lush green trees.
An unrivalled destination for bird lovers, Birdlife International has named Nyungwe Forest National Park as “the most important site for biodiversity conservation in Rwanda”, due to its 275 recorded bird species of which 27 are endemic.
Hiking and Biking
A paradise for outdoor adventures, there are several hiking trails around Nyungwe, perfect for showcasing the area’s glorious forested landscape. For a faster paced adventure, mountain biking can also be enjoyed along The Congo Nile Trail, characterised by lakeside tracks and primitive dirt roads.
Keeping the area lush, green and biodiverse, the rainforested Nyungwe National Park experiences significant rainfall around the year - approximately 2000mm per annum. Between June to Septmeber and mid-December to February are considered the dry season, though showers are still common during these times. Temperatures vary slightly depending on the altitude and humidity levels, though they remain fairly constant throughout the year, generally between 20 and 30 degrees celcius in the daytime, while the nights are cooler.
British Airways direct from London Heathrow to Entebbe and Nairobi. Onward connecting flights with Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Rwandair Express and Air Uganda from Entebbe to Kigali. Kenya Airways and Rwandair Express from Nairobi to Kigali. There are other routes available to Kigali - just ask your Luxury Travel Specialist.
From London Heathrow to Entebbe and Nairobi: 8 hours, 25 minutes.
Onward connecting flights from Nairobi and Entebbe to Kigali: 1 hour, 20 minutes.
Nyungwe Forest National Park can be reached in around 5 hours by road from Kigali. There is also one scheduled flight per day from Kigali to an airstrip near the park, while helicopter transfers can also be arranged – just ask your Luxury Travel Specialist for more details.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
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Visa and Advance Passenger Information
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Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
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