Nyungwe Forest

Overview

Introduction

Extending across almost 386 sq mi/1,000 sq km, Nyungwe is the largest remaining tract of montane rain forest in East Africa with a checklist of around 280 bird species, including 26 regional endemics, and an astounding variety of trees, orchids and butterflies. The most conspicuous of its 13 primate species include the agile Angola colobus monkey, which occurs in troops of several hundred individuals, and the handsome L'Hoest's monkey. The park also supports a significant population of the common chimpanzee.

A number of guided and self-guided hikes are available, from chimpanzee-tracking in the hills to hiking a lovely waterfall trail ideally suited to bird-watchers. Traditionally home to several Batwa tribes, Nyungwe is also the country's last substantial relict of this type of biodiverse habitat. It lies 85 mi/135 km southwest of Kigali.

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