NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK (NNP)

Extending for 970 kms across the majestic hills of southeast Rwanda, Nyungwe National Park is the largest block of montane forest in East or Central Africa, and one of the most ancient, dating back to before the last Ice Age. It is located in Southern Rwanda bordering Burundi.

Species. A uniquely rich center of floral diversity, the forest has more than 200 different types of trees, and a myriad of flowering plants including the other-worldly giant lobelia and a host of colorful orchids. Nyungwe is most alluring for its primates: 13 species in all, including the chimpanzee, as well as ‘Hoest’s monkey and hundred-strong troops of the Angola colobus. The most important ornithological site in Rwanda, Nyungwe harbours about 275 bird species of which two dozen are restricted to a handful of montane forests on the Albertine Rift. The avian highlight of Nyungwe is the great blue turaco – an outlandish blue, red and green bird which streams from tree to tree. There are 270 species of trees and 70 species of mammals.

Activities. An extensive network of walking trails leads through the forest to various waterfalls and viewing points. The main attraction is the guided walk to view large groups of black and white Angolan Colobus