Welcome to Nyungwe Forest National Park


Nyungwe's strongest drawcard is the chance to track chimpanzees, which have been habituated over the years to human visits. While chimps tend to garner most of the spotlight here, sightings of troops of other monkeys, including Angolan colobi, Dent's monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, olive baboons, vervet monkeys and diademed monkeys, are virtually guaranteed.

Another highlight is the simple pleasure of hiking along well-maintained trails over the lush, green valleys of the equatorial rainforest.


Top experiences in Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe Forest National Park activities

$442 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2 Days Rwanda Chimpanzee Trekking Safari

Day 1: Drive from Kigali to the beautiful Nyungwe forest This morning we depart Kigali for a 2 day chimpanzee trekking safari in Nyungwe forest national park. There is an optional stopover in  Huye at the ethnographic museum formerly the national museum of Rwanda – You will then have lunch an proceed to the park. In the afternoon, you will take on the canopy walk in Nyungwe forest. The drive to Nyungwe forest is rewarding with views several hills, Lake Kivu and Kibira national park in Burundi. After you will be transferred to your Hotel.End of day one of tourJourney time –  6 hoursMeal plan – Lunch & DinnerAccommodation: Gisakura guest houseDay 2: Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest national parkEarly morning at about 5.00 am depending on location of your lodge, your driver guide will pick you up and transfer you to the briefing point at the Uwinka visitors center in Nyungwe forest before you can start your chimpanzee trekking.  The forest is rich in botanical diversity hosting over 200 species of trees and flowering plants and about 300 bird species.The forest is also home to 13 species of primates including Olive baboons, L’Hoest’s monkeys, Ruwenzori colobus, Vervet monkeys, silver monkey, Grey-cheeked manga-bey, red-tailed monkey etc.  You will most likely sight some of these forest inhabitants on your chimpanzee trekking.After receiving a briefing and depending  on the number of people present for the chimp trek you will be divided into two groups. One will track starting at he Uwinka center and another starting at Cyamudongo – which will require your driver guide to transfer you to the starting point. Your range guide will be in communication with the trackers who live early morning to locate where the chimpanzee nested the previous night. You are allowed to stay with the chimps for only 1 hour after locating them, photography is allowed but be reminded that the flash is prohibited. After you will transferred to Hotel for Lunch or if you have shortage of time you will leave hotel with parked lunch then we will have some rest to make ready return to Kigaliend of Tour Meal plan – Breakfast and Lunch

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Columbus Monkey and Canopy walk in Nyungwe forest national park

Visit: Rwanda TravelColumbus Monkey and Canopy walk in Nyungwe forest national park Early morning at about 5.00 am depending on location of your Hotel, your driver guide will pick you up and transfer you to the Nyungwe National Park and after check in you will go for the briefing point at the Uwinka visitors center in Nyungwe forest before you can start your   trekking.  The forest is rich in botanical diversity hosting over 200 species of trees and flowering plants and about 300 bird species.The forest is also home to 13 species of primates including Olive baboons, L’Hoest’s monkeys, Ruwenzori colobus, Vervet monkeys, silver monkey, Grey-cheeked manga-bey, red-tailed monkey etc.  You will most likely sight some of these forest inhabitants on your chimpanzee trekking.After receiving a briefing and depending on the number of people present for the chimp trek you will be divided into two groups. One will track starting at the Uwinka center and another starting at Cyamudongo – which will require your driver guide to transfer you to the starting point. Your range guide will be in communication with the trackers who live early morning to locate where the chimpanzee nested the previous night. You are allowed to stay with the chimps for only 1 hour after locating them, photography is allowed but be reminded that the flash is prohibited. After thatWill do a Canopy walk which will rest 2 hours and then will take safari back at Kigali where you started your safari.NB: because of shortage of time will park lunch at Huye City. Meal plan – Lunch

$4105 Kid Friendly

10 Days Uganda and Rwanda Adventure Vacation Safari

ItineraryDay 1: Transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park. Visit the Ethnographic museum and Nyanza palace in Butare en routeStop At: Nyungwe National Park, Butare, Southern ProvinceAfter breakfast, embark on the transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park 268km about 6 hours’ drive passing through the lush countryside landscapes of southern Rwanda before making a stop in Butare to visit the Ethnographic Museum which is the largest Museum in Rwanda with over 100,000 artifacts that bring out the history and traditions of Rwanda in detail.After this encounter, you embark on the tour to the Nyanza palace which is a Royal home to the two Kings of Rwanda namely King Musinga and his successor King Rudahigwa. The impressively build Kinyarwanda hut whose architecture dates back to the times of these Kings. There are also the traditional Inyambo Cows with their beautiful horns and can make a considerable parade. Retreat from the activities in Butare and embark on the transfer to Nyungwe Forest National Park for relaxation, dinner and overnightDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel Day 2: Do Chimpanzee trekking in the morning & adventure Nyungwe canopy walkStop At: Nyungwe National Park, Butare, Southern ProvinceAfter breakfast, connect to the Park headquarters for briefing at 8am local time before heading to the forest in search of common Chimpanzees. The forest of Nyungwe is considered as the largest montane forest in the region and is a rich habitat to 310 Species of birds, over 75 mammal Species, 13 Species of Primates of which common Chimpanzees are among along with counts of butterflies, impressive trees and beautiful orchids. The chimp trek tend to last 2 – 5 hours inclusive of one hour direct encounter with the chimps as you see them munch fruit, roll themselves on tree branches, socialize, patrol, copulate among other interesting aspects that will lure you to make full utilization of your Camera space. Retreat from the activity and connect to the lodge for relaxation an lunch. In the afternoon, you connect at Uwinka Visitor Center to embark on the afternoon Nyungwe canopy walk. The two hour walk on top of the forest canopy offers you impressive views of the forest and the species that thrive in it including primates and birds. Retreat from the activity and connect to the lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnightDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Nyungwe Hill Top View Hotel Day 3: Transfer to Lake Kivu (Gisenyi) Drive and walk along the Congo Nile divide trailStop At: Lake Kivu, Kibuye, Western ProvinceAfter breakfast, embark on the transfer to Lake Kivu (Gisenyi) 294km about 7 – 8 hours’ drive driving along the Congo Nile divide with magical sceneries of the water catchment area for these two prominent rivers arising from the heart of Africa. The day long transfer involves getting out of your vehicles and trek for some distance enjoying the thrill of this beautiful landscape on foot. The views of Lake Kivu and the resorttowns of Kibuye and Cyangungu before approaching Nyungwe forest are rewarding. Retire for dinner and overnighDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Hotel Gorillas Lake KivuDay 4: Explore Lake Kivu with Kayaking, wind surfing, catamaran and jet-ski & transfer to Volcanoes National Park in the eveningStop At: Volcanoes National Park, Ruhengeri, Musanze District, Northern ProvinceAfter a thrilling breakfast on the cool morning hours at Lake Kivu, you embark on the adventure exploration on this gigantic lake – the largest in Rwanda. You have various adventure activity options to engage in ranging from Kayaking to Wind Surfing, Catamaran along with Jet Ski that allows you to explore the waters of Lake Kivu in detail. Retreat from the lake experience and embark on the drive to Volcanoes National Park 10km about 2 hours’ drive arriving in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnightDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Hotel La PalmeDay 5: Do gorilla trekking & cross to UgandaStop At: Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Kisoro, Western RegionSettle for breakfast at the lodge at 6am and connect to Kinigi Park headquarters of Volcanoes National Park to catch up with briefing at 8am. The earlier arrival offers you an opportunity to explore the traditional Kinyarwanda performance and the hot cup of Rwandan coffee all presented at a zero cost. After this encounter, you attend to the ranger guide briefing at 8am in the respective gorilla families allocated after which you connect to the trail head to embark on the active gorilla trekking experience. You traverse the jungle full of lush flora, counts of birds (178 species) and the forest animals like duikers. The one magical hour with the gorillas presents a lifetime moment of re-uniting with your long lost cousins. You enjoy them as they forage, the silverback demonstrating its might, the young ones socializing, the female caring for the young and the entire group spread across the forest gathering their nutritious diet provided naturally in their ancient habitat. Retreat from the activity which tends to last 2 – 8 hours according to the movements of mountain gorillas and embark on the drive to Uganda (Mgahinga Gorilla National Park) 68km about 3 hours’ drive crossing at the Chanika border passing along the magical Virunga massif with fascinating scenery before approaching Kisoro and Mgahinga for relaxation, dinner and overnightDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Mount Gahinga LodgeDay 6: Hike Mount SabyinyoStop At: Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Kisoro, Western RegionAfter breakfast, gather at Ntebeko visitor center to embark on the Sabyinyo Volcano hike 3,669m above sea level lasting about eight hours to cover the 14km round trip. The hike to the Sabyinyo Volcano follows an impressive scenic landscape with the views of the gorge and the forested landscapes. The summit is rather rugged with a swamp filled crater that presents magical hiking encounters as you move from one peak to another offering the views of the surrounding area and beyond. Retreat from the climb to mark the end of the encounter.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Mount Gahinga LodgeDay 7: Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi & do whole day Island HoppingStop At: Lake Bunyonyi, Kabale, Western RegionAfter a calm breakfast, embark on the transfer to Lake Bunyonyi 73km from Rushaga and 80km about 2 hours’ drive from Mgahinga passing through the fascinating Kigezi highlands and upon arrival, you embark on the Island hopping experience exploring the main Islands of Lake Bunyonyi including Bwama Njuyera which a re-known traditional leprosy treatment center, the Bushara Island with its striking eucalyptusforest, the Akampane / punishment Island where they used to drop premarital pregnant girls and leave them to die from there and the Bucuranuka / Upside down Island which is known to have turned upside down as a result of old woman’s curses after being denied a chance to enjoy the local brew. The boat cruise on this second deepest lake in Africa as you connect to the corresponding Islands is also rewarding. The Island communities have got impressive traditions which can be explored along with local schools where you get the opportunity to explore the life of the Islanders. Retreat from the activity and retire for relaxation, dinner and overnightDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort Day 8: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park & do night game driveStop At: Lake Mburo National Park, Mbarara, Western RegionAfter a tranquil breakfast, embark on the transfer to Lake Mburo National Park 199km about 5 – 6 hours’ drive. You drive through impressive countryside landscapes of south western Uganda before approaching Mbarara town – the largest in the sub region 45km to Lake Mburo NP. You drive further for 12km to make a traditional lunch at Igongo Cultural Center after which you will connect to Lake Mburo National Park to check in at the lodge and settle for short relaxation and dinner. At 7pm, you embark on the night game drive in the savannah landscapes of Lake Mburo National Park with possibilities of exploring nocturnal Species including hare, porcupine, Aardvack, white-tailedmongoose, honey badger, and side – stripped jackal, bush pig, spotted hyena, serval cat, jenet cat, civet, thick – tailed Galago and black galago. You also have chances of viewing the day hunters and grazers having in a night rest. Retire for overnightDuration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 9: Do morning game walking safari and transfer to KampalaStop At: Lake Mburo National Park, Mbarara, Western RegionAfter your early morning breakfast at 6:00am, you will undertake a 2 hour nature walk-the most interesting game walks in the country that will expose you to various species of primates, birds, antelopes like elands, waterbucks, Impala, Topis, Bush buck, Klipspringer among others, buffaloes, Rothschild giraffe, Burchell’s Zebra, wart hogs among other species not forgetting the beautiful savannah landscape dotted with great acacia. Retreat from the activity which may last 3 hours and embark on the transfer to Entebbe International Airport 280km about 4 – 5 hours’ drive making a stop at Uganda Equator crossing Kayabwe for magical photo shoots where one leg can be placed in north sphere and the other remains in the south. It also am impressive site for purchasing memorabilia to take back home as a remembrance for this safari in Uganda. The lunch will also be arranged at the equator. You arrive in Kampala in the evening for relaxation, dinner and overnightDuration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Cassia LodgeDay 10: Do half day white water rafting & bungee jumping on the Nile River JinjaStop At: Source of the Nile - Speke Monument, Jinja, Eastern RegionTransfer to Jinja early in the morning 80km about 2 hours’ drive from Kampala to catch up with the white water rafting on the famous Nile River the longest on the African continent and the world at large. You get to you rafts with the team of expert guides to traverse the speedy waters clashing the ancient rapids to produce a plume of spray and powerful waves that hit you ruthlessly after encountering you on their way. Rafting on the Nile is a safe and adventurous encounter that qualifies to be among the active adventure vacation safari activities in Uganda. Retreat from the half day rafting experience and connect to the bungee jumping site an afternoon bungee jumpingexperience. You are tied with the latex rubber in the ankles that allows you to slope for over 44m down the waters of the Nile from the cliff safely. You enjoy the great adventure with the wind rushing through your air, the views of the cliff and the views of the sky which combine to generate lasting experience. Retire from the Jinja adventure and return to Kampala to mark the end of the tour.Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

Nyungwe Forest National Park in detail