Positioned in the south west of Rwanda, the Nyungwe Forest National Park overlooks the Democratic Republic of Congo border to the west and the Republic of Burundi in the south. The Nyungwe is noted to be one of the ancient forests of Africa and is known to have survived the last ice age. The Nyungwe forest is noted to one of the largest mountain forests in East Africa and at the moment is considered to be the most conserved forest in the Central African Highlands.
Nyungwe Forest is close to the Congo Nile divide which marks the divide between the River Nile water catchment and River Congo. In fact, the forest forms one of the remote sources of the Nile River which is the longest in the whole world. Established in the year 2004, Nyungwe Forest National Park covers a geographical spread of 970km2 comprising of bamboo, rain forest, bogs, grassland and swamps. The park is close to Cyangungu town at 54km distance and the highest point in the park is Mount Bugugu which is within the park boundaries. The forest is has a great deal of bio-diversity conservation which dwell in varied habitats of the park. Nyungwe Forest National Park has thirteen (13) species of primates, 1068 species of plants, 275 species of birds, 85 species of mammals, 38 species of reptiles not forgetting 32 species of amphibians.
The Nyungwe Forest’s lush canopy presents a great canopy that is noted to be the first of its kind in the East African region and the third best in Africa. The 40m high and 90m long walkway is a life time adventure beyond the ordinary.
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