Nyungwe Forest National Park – Primates, Wildlife, Lodges, Tours

Nyungwe Forest National Park is located in the south of Rwanda and it is reachable by 5 hours of drive from the capital Kigali. Covering over 1000 square kilometers, the park protects one of the oldest Afro-montane forests dating back to millions of years. It has a remarkable biodiversity which comprises of over 250 types of trees and shrubs and a vast range of plants, over 310 species of birds, 75 species of mammals of which include a remarkable 13 species of primates, and hundreds of butterflies.

Primates in Nyungwe Forest

l'hoest monkey nyungwe forest

Nyungwe is very alluring for her primates, harboring nearly a quarter of Africa’s primates. 13 species of the primates have been recorded there which include: the Eastern Chimpanzees, Black and White Angolan Colobus, Blue Monkeys, Mountain Monkeys, Owl-faced Monkeys, Vervet Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, L’Hoest Monkey, Mona’s Monkey, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Olive Baboon, Bosman’s Potto, Eastern Needle-clawed Galago,  and Golden Monkeys (thought to have been sighted but not yet confirmed).

The primates of Nyungwe are the prime attractions of the park for tracking activities. Four primates that have been habituated for the Primate trekking tours are Chimpanzees, Colobus, Mangabeys and Blue Monkeys. However many of the primates can be sighted during nature treks in the forest and the famous canopy walk.

Nyungwe Forest National Park Activities

Primates tours – Chimpanzee, Colobus, Mangabey and Blue Monkey tracking in Nyungwe

chimpanzee in nyungwe national park rwanda

The four primates have been habituated for exciting adventures of tracking them in the Nyungwe forest. Chimp tracking in Nyungwe  is the prime activity in the park, with two communities of the Chimps that have been habituated, one in the Nyungwe Forest and the other found in the annex Cyamudongo Forest.

Canopy Walk

rwanda canopy walk in nyungwe forest

Nyungwe Forest Park has the only canopy walkway in East Africa. This is a must do adventure in the park that offers breathtaking sightings over the forest and a chance to observe many of the forest dwellers that occupy the canopies.

Forest/Nature Walks

There are well maintained forest trails in the park going from 5km up to 10km into the forest that one can trek to enjoy a beautiful nature experience. The forest has that fairytale/pre-historic atmosphere with old trees covered in moss, and rare plants and creatures which are observed during the walks.


Nyungwe Forest Park is one of Rwanda’s Important Bird Areas (IBA), remarkable forest birding especially for the Albertine rift endemic that most birdwatchers go for in the forest.


Pitch camp at one of the prepared spots in the Nyungwe Forest, spend the overnight to experience the unique sounds from the rainforest at night. It is such a beautiful experience that makes you feel like you are one with nature

Nyungwe Forest National Park Lodges

Budget: Gisakura Guest House

Moderate: Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel

Luxury: Nyungwe Forest Lodge

Tours to Nyungwe Forest National Park

2 Days Chimpanzee tracking

3 Days Chimpanzee tracking and Canopy Walk tour

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