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Nyungwe National Park

Visit Nyungwe National Park


While the mountain gorillas of Volcanoes National Park are Rwanda's best-known attraction, the less-publicised Nyungwe National Park is also well worth incorporating into your tailor-made travel itinerary. This dense tropical rainforest is one of the oldest and largest protected montane rainforests in Africa.

It's a biodiversity hotspot that's home to 280 birds, 120 butterflies and 200 varieties of orchid. Birds include plentiful forest hornbills, the red-throated alethe, great blue turaco and the paradise monarch. Thirteen hiking trails criss-cross the park - some easy, others more strenuous - making trekking a good way to see the wildlife. A canopy walk offers another excellent viewpoint.

But this primal tangle of trees in the southwest corner of Rwanda is best known for its primates. Here can be seen a quarter of Africa's primate species. Africa's greatest concentration of chimpanzees is a major draw, alongside Ruwenzori colobus, L'Hoest's monkeys and several others.

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