3 Day Nyungwe Forest National Park Adventure

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Canopy Walk In Nyungwe Forest

Canopy Walk In Nyungwe Forest

This exciting 3 day Adventure Tour In Nyungwe Forest National park starts and ends in Kigali. Nyungwe Park is a preserved part of rain forest which houses a variety of primate species, including humankind’s closest living relative, the chimpanzee, L’hoest monkeys and hundreds of the delightfully acrobatic Angolan Colobus monkey. Nyungwe counts for 25% of the African Primate population! During this tour you will also visit Butare Museum and the King Palace In Nyanza.

Tour Summary

  • You’ll go to Rwanda Rwanda
  • This tour starts and ends in Kigali (Rwanda) –
  • You’ll visit Nyungwe Forest NP, Nyanza Kingdom palace and Butare Museum
  • Activities: chimpanzee tracking And Canopy walk.
  • Getting around: minivan & normal 4×4 vehicle
  • transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) can be arranged for extra cost
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for extra cost

Day 1: Kigali – Nyungwe with a stop at King Palace in Nyanza

After breakfast in Kigali you will drive to Nyungwe Forest National Park, passing through magnificent views of the beautiful hilly countryside which gives Rwanda its name as “a country of a thousand hills”. During your drive you will visit Nyanza King’s Palace where a guide to take you through the entire palace educating you about the ancient Rwandan Kingdom. The King’s house is one of the magnificent attractions you can never afford to miss. You will then continue on your travels to the National Archaeological Museum in Butare where you will tour the museum and have lunch. After lunch you will continue on to Nyungwe, arriving at Gisakura Guest House late in the evening where you will check-in, have dinner and turn in for the night.

  • Main destination: Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • Accommodation: Gisakura Guest HouseBudget guest house bordering Nyungwe Forest NP without fences
  • Meals & drinks: All meals includedDrinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2: Chimpanzees Tracking and Canopy Walk

You will wake early, around 4:00am, and set off into the forest to track chimpanzees. During your walk inside the forest you may encounter other primates, animals and bird species. In the afternoon you will return to the Guest House for lunch. In the evening you will take off on a canopy walk where you will view a variety of animal species and beautiful landscape. After this walk you will return to the Guest House for dinner and your overnight stay.

  • Main destination: Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • Accommodation: GisakuraBudget guest house bordering Nyungwe Forest NP without fences
  • Meals & drinks: All meals includedDrinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3: Nyungwe Forest National Park – Kigali

You will rise early, have breakfast, check-out and then leave the park, following the Gisakula Tea Estates and Lake Kivu on your trip back to Kigali. You will stop off for lunch on your way; arriving in Kigali in the afternoon where you will be dropped-off at the airport for your flight back home. This is where your safari will end.

  • Main destination: Kigali
  • Accommodation: End of tour (no accommodation)
  • Meals & drinks: Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)Drinking water (Other drinks not included)



  • Park fees (for non-residents)
  • Chimp permits (one per person, non-resident)
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water (on all days)


  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees



Located in the South West corner of Rwanda, Nyungwe National Park is an untouched natural rainforest that is filled with exciting biodiversity.

Covering over 1000 square kilomtres, Nyungwe is surely one of the world’s most beautiful and pristine mountain rainforests. It’s believed to be one of Africa’s oldest forests, staying green even through the Ice Age, which explains its diversity.

Home to habituated chimpanzees and 12 other primates species (including a 400-strong troop of habituated Ruwenzori Black & White Colobus), it’s also a birder’s paradise with over 300 species, including 16 endemics, and is home to 75 different species of mammal.

This majestic rainforest is filled with nature and wildlife experiences for you to emerge yourself in. Hiking or even biking the beautiful terrain, tracking the famous chimpanzees, experiencing the canopy walk, witnessing beautiful birds, relaxing by waterfalls are just a glimpse of activities that Nyungwe offers.

Sounds and views collaborate to create a one-of-a-kind wildlife experience. Exploring through the forest, travellers will witness the lush green mountains and cooling mist in a landscape that won’t be soon forgotten. Cultural activities are also available around the forest.

Chimpanzees Trekking

The home of roughly 400 species of chimpanzees, Nyungwe is home to one of East Africa’s last intact populations and boasts two wild chimp communities that welcome guests (one in Cyamdungo and other around Uwinka). Thus, it’s not surprising that chimpanzee tracking is a popular activity in Nyungwe (especially when the park’s trees are in full bloom during the summer) as well-trained guides often lead visitors through the park’s forests. And while actually viewing chimpanzees is not guaranteed, you’ll enjoy learning about these creatures and their natural habitats from your guides. But you’ll probably have to get up around four a.m. to succeed in this very challenging activity as chimps are mostly likely to be seen early in the morning.

Other Primates

Chimpanzees are far from the only creature that will fascinate wildlife lovers in Nyungwe as with thirteen recorded species, the park is home to East Africa’s most diverse primate population. Nyungwe is the only location in Africa where you’ll find “supergroups” of more than 300 Colobus monkeys and one of the few places worldwide where you’ll see L’Hoest’s monkeys (primarily on the main round near Uwinka). Another rare animal you might also run into is the owl-faced monkey, an Albertine Rift endemic that inhabits Nyungwe’s southern forests. In fact, most of the monkey species found in the park are endemic.


Described by Birdlife International as “the most important site for biodiversity conservation in Rwanda,” the Nyungwe National Park is home to roughly 310 bird species, 27 of which are endemic to the Albertine Rift. Although actually spotting birds in the park’s forests may be challenging, the bird songs you’ll hear during the trek will surely make it more enjoyable. If you would like to learn about birds you might see and hear, book a guide for $50 U.S. at the headquarters of the Rwanda Development Board. The guides so knowledgeable about birdlife in Nyungwe they can identify birds by ear, such as the rwenzori turaco and grey-chested kakamega.

Canopy Walk

Visitors to Nyungwe National Park can experience the rainforest from a new perspective: the Canopy Walkway. Hanging 60 meters above the forest floor between giant trees and towers, East Africa’s only Canopy Walkway provides a stunning view of the park’s amazing wildlife and nature. The Walkway is accessible as part of a specialized guided tour along the Igishigishigi trail or if you’re not part of a tour, hiking the Imbaraga or Umuyove trails.

Conducted year-round, the Canopy Walkway Tour costs $60 U.S. per person. All participants must be at least six years of age and children must be accompanied by adults. You should bring a raincoast as rain frequently falls in Nyungwe.  But if you don’t come with a raincoat, you can rent one as well as walking boots and sticks.

Hiking Trails

Nyungwe’s steep landscape makes it as an ideal destination for hikers – whether they’re novices or experienced – as the park boasts an extensive network of hiking trails. The trails are blessed with an amazingly diverse landscape and represent the most scenic way of exploring the forest. The ones listed below are a must for travelers seeking a challenging, yet enjoyable experience:

Congo-Nile Divide Trail

As the name suggests, you’ll get acquainted with two of the world’s most iconic rivers as this multi-day, 227 km trek curves alongside the Congo and the Nile. Geared towards experienced hikers, you’ll navigate through varied landscapes such as rainforests, bracken fields and bamboo forests during this trek.
For those going on a multi-day trek, you don’t have to reserve a campsite (areas along the trail have been set aside for camping) but you do have to bring your own camping equipment. In addition, a number of shops that supply food and snack have been set up along the trail and there will be nowhere during the trek that you won’t be within 5-10 kilometers of refreshments.


As wonderful as exploring the diverse ecosystem of the Nyungwe National Park is, you really won’t get a feel for the area until you discover its rich culture. The region’s song, dance, music and cuisine are all integral parts of Nyungwe’s culture and walking tours of Banda Village – located 15 km down the mountain from the Uwinka Visitors Centre – represent the perfect setting for learning about an area where people have lived for more than 50,000 years. The tours provide guests the opportunity to participate in activities such as local food tasting and basket weaving and if you’re fortunate, you might able to attend a traditional wedding ceremony and learn about traditional medicine.


Home of the largest block of montane forest in East Africa, the Nyungwe National Park boasts more than 200 different types of trees and 140 species of orchids (including eight that are endemic). The park contains numerous medicinal plants that have served as remedies for centuries, such as East African satinwood and California Bayberry.

3 to 4 Days Are Enough To explore Nyungwe Forest

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