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Nyungwe National Park

Mantled guereza, found in Rwanda © Ryan E. Poplin
Mantled guereza, found in Rwanda © Ryan E. Poplin

Situated amongst tea plantations, the Nyungwe National Park is a high-altitude rainforest reserve in the Rwandan section of the Albertine Rift. Known for its extreme biodiversity, Nyungwe is home to thousands of species, including primates like chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, owl-faced monkeys, and olive baboons, among others.

There are several good trekking trails in Nyungwe, including the Waterfall Trail for bird-watchers, the Gisakura Tea Estate Trail for monkey-lovers, and the Kamiranzovu Trail for elephant spotters. Visitors to Nyungwe National park should be prepared to get wet, as the rainforest receives more than 79 inches (2,000mm) of rain each year.

Address: KN6, Rusizi

Website: www.nyungweforest.com

Telephone: +250 787 724 311

Opening times: Daily 6am-4pm