Nyungwe National Park

A haven for primates, Nyungwe Forest National Park is located in Africa’s largest mountain rainforest. Virtually untouched since the Ice Age, it’s a biodiversity hot spot, and an excellent destination for tracking chimps and other primates, rewarding birdwatching and unforgettable hikes.

Nyungwe National Park has more than 200 different types of trees and 140 species of orchids (including eight that are endemic). The park contains numerous medicinal plants that have served as remedies for centuries, such as East African satinwood and California Bayberry. Most notably, the park is home to habituated chimpanzees and boasts two wild chimp communities. Summer, when the trees are in full bloom, is a wonderful time for tracking these shy primates. There are 12 other primate species (including the rare L’Hoest’s monkey, owl-faced monkey and a 400-strong troop of habituated Ruwenzori black and white colobus monkeys).

An extensive network of hiking trails covering Nyungwe’s steep landscape makes it an ideal destination for hikers looking for short hikes or multi-day adventures through the lush, mist-cooled tropical rainforest. These trails traverse extraordinarily diverse and scenic landscape – a lifetime bucket-list destination for active travellers.

Highlights In Nyungwe National Park

  • Chimpanzee tracking – follow Nyungwe’s chimps as they move, jump and cavort through the rainforest
  • Explore the forest from an entirely different perspective, the Canopy Walkway. Hanging 60m above the forest floor between giant trees and towers, the canopy walk is a must-do in Nyungwe National Park