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Nyungwe Forest National Park

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One of the oldest rainforests in Africa, Nyungwe is rich in biodiversity and spectacularly beautiful, feeding two of the world’s largest rivers, the Congo and the Nile. The mountainous region is teeming with wildlife including a quarter of all Africa’s primates, a small population of chimpanzees and also known as a birder paradise with around 300 recorded species, nearly 30 of which are Albertine Rift endemics. There are also 13 species classified as endangered, vulnerable, or near threatened by the IUCN. The thick vegetation makes finding birds more difficult, but the birder could be highly rewarded with rare species such as the Rwenzori turaco and Grauer’s swamp-warbler.The park encompasses the entirety of the Nyungwe forest, however there are also natural patches of savannah throughout the forest, allowing for even higher species diversity. The range in altitude from 1,900 to 3,000 m also shows changes in vegetation, ranging from tall trees, to ferns, to bamboo. Nearly 1,100 species of plants have been recorded, of which 200 are trees and 140 are orchids. This unique landscape has also produced an extreme level of endemism among plants as well as animals, with more endemic species recorded here than any other forest in the region. Twenty one of the 24 plants endemic to the Albertine Rift region have been recorded in Nyungwe.zori turaco and Grauer’s swamp-warbler.The spectucular mountainous topography and unique biodiversity gives this park enormous potential to come out as one of the continent’s most extraordinary tourism destinations.It covers 1,019 sq km of the southwestern part of Rwanda.

Country
Rwanda
Languages spoken
Kinyarwanda & English
Currency used
Rwf & USD
Area (km2)
1,019 sq km

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