Nyungwe National Park

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Nyungwe National park

In the southwest corner of Rwanda Nyungwe Forest National Park is vast untouched tropical rainforest with a high dense canopy. Nyungwe became a national park in 2004 when Rwanda sought to increase its tourism beyond the countries mountain gorillas.

Nyungwe National Park is a very rare and important habitat for many species, especially primates and birds. And at over 1000 square kilometers, Nyungwe is Africa’s largest protected mountain rainforest.

With about 310 bird species, 26 of which are endemic, Nyungwe is one of the most important and still undiscovered bird watching destinations in Africa. Reaching to almost 3000 meters above sea level with Mount Bigugu the highest point in the Park, Nyungwe’s forests extend to altitudes occupied by few other forests in Africa.

Nyungwe is also home to one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of chimpanzees and a sometimes noisy, acrobatic combination of other primates such as Rwenzori colobus and L’Hoest’s monkey.

A variety of hiking and walking trails criss-cross the Park leading to a canopy walk, primate tracking adventures, the southernmost source of the Nile and ecotourism attractions. The park includes a colorful array of orchids, butterflies, moths and other insects. The beauty cannot be fully expressed on paper; you just have to plan a trip across the majestic hills of southeast Rwanda.

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