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Nyungwe National Park

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

Situated among 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 such as chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, owl-faced monkeys and olive baboons. Wildlife enthusiasts should note that Nyungwe's trekking trails offer different experiences. By way of a rough guide, bird-watchers should choose the Waterfall Trail, monkey trekkers will appreciate the Gisakura Tea Estate Trail, and elephant spotters ought to walk the Kamiranzovu Trail. We recommend visitors to Nyungwe National Park pack appropriate wet weather gear, as the rainforest receives more than 79 inches (2,000mm) of rain each year.

Website: www.nyungweforest.com