National Park Nyungwe Forest in south-western Rwanda, is located south of Lake Kivu on the border with Burundi. Opened in 2004, the park covers an area of approximately 970 square kilometers of rainforest, bamboo, grassland, swamps and marshes. Nyungwe is one of the oldest forests in Africa and is one of the last mountain rainforest habitats.
With a biodiversity rich, the park is home to 13 different species of primates (25% of Africa), 275 species of birds, 1,068 species of plants, 85 species of mammals, 32 species of amphibians and 38 species of reptiles. But there are few places to see chimpanzees, and Nyungwe is one of them.
The nearest town is Cyangugu, 54 km west and access can be by road from Kigali or Lake Kivu, although most travelers opt for a chartered flight. There are a number of trails in the forest and with such biodiversity, the forest is a favorite of birdwatchers.
The trails to track chimpanzees start early in the morning and can last for several hours before you find a bunch, but along the way you’ll probably see many other animals, such as blue monkeys! When you find the chimps, have the privilege of spending much time with them without limit. Unlike some tour destinations where tourists are limited to a visit of just one hour, there is no such rule in Nyungwe.