NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK

Nyungwe National Park lies in southwest Rwanda, partly abutting the Burundi border
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NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK

 

13 PRIMATE SPECIES, 85 TYPES OF MAMMAL & 257 VARIETIES OF BIRD.

 

Nyungwe Forest is one of the most beautiful regions of Rwanda! Among the area’s highlights are its majestic old ebony and mahogany trees, surrounded by immense ferns and strewn with colorful flowering plants.

The wildlife is pretty spectacular too, featuring a grand total of 13 primate species. The national park covers over a thousand square kilometres, and it’s situated in Rwanda’s south-west. To its south lies the country’s border with Burundi, while Lake Kivu and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are found on the west side. Nyungwe Forest can be accessed via air or road from Kigali International Airport. The drive from Kigali takes 4–5 hours.

Nyungwe was designated a national park in 2010, following restoration work since 1995. The area had suffered fire damage, woodcutting, and poaching, particularly in the years from 1958 to 1973. Fortunately, granting national park status to the forest served to protect both the land and its resident wildlife.

 

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