Nyungwe Forest

Nyungwe Forest National Park is a biodiverse and ecologically important protected area in Rwanda, covering an area of approximately 1,020 square kilometers. Located in the southwestern part of Rwanda, the park is home to an impressive range of flora and fauna, making it a popular destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

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Nyungwe Forest National Park is a biodiverse and ecologically important protected area in Rwanda, covering an area of approximately 1,020 square kilometers. Located in the southwestern part of Rwanda, the park is home to an impressive range of flora and fauna, making it a popular destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

The park is primarily covered in dense tropical rainforest, with an altitude range of 1,600 meters to 2,950 meters above sea level. The forest is home to over 1,000 plant species, including a variety of orchids and over 300 species of trees, as well as a range of endemic bird species. Visitors can also encounter a variety of primate species in the park, including chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, and golden monkeys.

One of the park’s main attractions is the canopy walkway, a suspended bridge that stretches over a steep valley offering stunning views of the forest below. The canopy walkway is one of the longest in East Africa, and offers a unique perspective on the forest’s rich biodiversity.

Nyungwe Forest National Park also offers visitors a range of outdoor activities, including hiking, bird watching, and chimpanzee tracking. There are a variety of hiking trails throughout the park, ranging from short walks to longer treks through the forest. Visitors can also participate in guided bird watching tours, which allow them to spot some of the park’s over 300 bird species, including the Rwenzori turaco and the blue-headed sunbird.

Chimpanzee tracking is another popular activity in Nyungwe Forest National Park. Visitors can join a guided tour to trek through the forest in search of chimpanzees and other primates. The tours are led by experienced guides who are knowledgeable about the park’s flora and fauna, and offer a unique opportunity to observe these intelligent and fascinating animals in their natural habitat.

Accommodation in Nyungwe Forest National Park ranges from basic camping sites to luxury lodges. Visitors can choose to stay in a variety of lodges and hotels located both inside and outside the park, offering a range of amenities and services to suit different budgets and preferences.

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