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Tea plantation, Nyungwe, Rwanda

Nyungwe Forest National Park

The largest single tract of montane forest remaining anywhere in East or Central Africa, Nyungwe is considered to be one of the most beautiful parks in the region.

With over 13 different species of primates found here, including the Rwenzori colobus monkey, L’Hoest’s monkey and vervet monkey, it is still the chimpanzees who take the starring role. The birding here is also superb, with over 300 species and 26 endemics, and also 120 species of butterfly and the occasional, ever-changing chameleon hiding in the bushes.

Nyungwe’s biodiversity is astonishing by African standards and is one of the most endemic species-rich areas in all of Africa. Whilst the terrain and undergrowth make chimpanzee tracking a challenge, the forest is also home to Rwenzori colobus monkeys including a four hundred-strong semi-habituated group thought to be the largest troop of arboreal primates in Africa.

The Ndali Crater Lakes and the Rwenzori Mountains at Sunset, The Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda
The Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda
Blue monkey, Nyungwe Forest National Park, Rwanda
Nyungwe Forest National Park, Rwanda

Why visit Nyungwe Forest

  • Walk through forests full of colour, home to orchids, butterflies and chameleons
  • Keep your feet on the ground but your head in the trees following elusive chimps
  • Spot blue monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys and colourful birdlife from the 70-metre-high canopy walkway
  • One of the country’s best birding spots, with painted turacos and numerous sunbirds
  • Chameleons are considered bad luck; believed to be the incarnation of evil spirits and wizards, changing colour to deceive people

Experiences

Forest Walks

Walk through forests full of colour, home to orchids, butterflies, monkeys and chameleons.

Canopy Walkway

Spot blue monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys and colourful birdlife from the 70-metre-high canopy walkway.

Track Chimps

Keep your feet on the ground but your head in the trees, as you track Nyungwe’s habituated troop of chimpanzees.

Bird Watching

Discover one of the country’s best birding spots, with painted turacos and numerous sunbirds.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Jackie Devereux

I was born in Zimbabwe. With a dad who was in the police force, we moved from place to place. I have always been passionate about travel. My grandparents mentioned that our ancestors set off from the Horn of Africa – Ethiopia – looking for better cattle pastures. They ended up settling in the south-eastern hills of Zimbabwe, in the Great Zimbabwe area.
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Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management. My desire to see more led me to work as a guide for AndBeyond, first in South Africa, then in Tanzania as the company expanded. Here, I lived and worked in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro, guiding and running safari camps.
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Bridget Cohen

Aged five and with my Curious George toy safely tucked under my arm, I set off with my family to travel around Europe in an orange VW minibus. Looking back on the adventures we had along the way, I now know that this was where my love for travel and exploring began.
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Chris Johnston

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.
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Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you.

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