Nyungwe National Park

Nyungwe National Park, the largest tract of forest in Rwanda, is one of Africa’s vital biodiversity hotspots.

Nyungwe is one of the oldest rainforests in Africa, and the largest expanse of forest in Rwanda, covering 1,019 km2 of dense Afromontane forests, bamboo-covered slopes, grasslands and wetlands. The park feeds two of the world’s largest rivers, the Congo and the Nile, and provides a significant portion of Rwanda’s freshwater. Over 1,100 recorded plant species, 345 bird species and 85 known mammal species, including 13 of Africa’s primates – notably, chimpanzee, Ruwenzori black-and-white colobus and L’Hoest’s monkeys – are found in this exceptional landscape.

Historically, Nyungwe’s rich fauna and flora was exposed to rampant poaching, illegal mining, unsustainable harvesting and agricultural encroachment, endangering the survival of its rich biodiversity. Following a successful partnership with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) in Akagera National Park, in 2020 African Parks was invited by the Rwandan government to sign a 20-year agreement to manage Nyungwe. Together, we are working to restore and protect wildlife, engage with the local communities, and develop a strong tourism offering to improve economic sustainability of the park. Today, the park is building a sense of ownership of conservation among the people who live around it, and developing an ecologically healthy and financially self-sufficient asset.

Nyungwe Highlights

  • In just two years, with sound conservation, tourism and sustainable revenue-generating activities underway, Nyungwe is becoming a biodiversity stronghold, supporting healthy ecosystems to benefit wildlife and people.
  • The number of endemic species found in Nyungwe is greater than in any other forest in the Albertine Rift Mountains.


African Parks signed a 20-year management agreement with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) for Nyungwe National Park in October 2020. Nyungwe is the second national park in Rwanda to fall under our management.

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