Nyungwe National Park

One of the oldest rainforests in Africa, Nyungwe is rich in biodiversity and spectacularly beautiful. The mountainous region is teaming with wildlife, including a small population of chimpanzees as well as 12 other species of primate, including the L’Hoest’s monkey endemic to the Albertine Rift.



Primate tracking tops most visitor’s list, but it’s worth lingering a little longer for those with time to relax and take in the primal atmosphere.

There are 75 known mammals in Nyungwe, such as the cerval cat, mongoose, congo clawless otter and leopard to name but a few. Many tend to be shy so sightings are luck of the draw.

Memorable and photogenic moments include walking up to the Isumo waterfall or along the Canopy Walk suspension bridge. Tea plantations border the edges of the park, with a habituated troop of Ruwenzori colobus monkeys at Gisakura as well as forest fringe birds.



Why Visit?

- Energetic and sociable, colobus monkeys travel in troops through the treetops of Nyungwe National Park, making them the most common monkey to encounter


- A rustle of leaves, and then, through the branches, you’ll spot a chimpanzee gazing down from the fig trees. Or perhaps you’ll see a troop of tree-dwelling chimps catapulting off through the canopy.


- Tour the lush tea planation in Nyungwe surrounds, sown into the rich volcanic soil that surrounds the jungle. Take part in an elegant African tea ceremony to discover the taste of Nyungwe tea

When to go?

All year round, however please note that trekking routes could be muddy during rainy season (Apr - May)