Nyungwe is most alluring for its primates: 13 species in all, including humankind’s closest living relative the chimpanzee, as well as the handsome L’Hoest’s monkey and hundred-strong troops of the delightfully acrobatic Angola Colobus. view more
The most important ornithological site in Rwanda, Nyungwe harbors almost 300 bird species of which two dozen are restricted to a handful of montane forests on the Albertine Rift.
The avian highlight of Nyungwe is the Great Blue Turaco—an outlandish blue, red and green bird which streams from tree to tree like a procession of streamlined psychedelic turkeys. view more
Driver ants may seem like forest pests, but they are one of Nyungwe’s most important carnivores. They’ll eat anything in their path, including snakes, birds, and mammals.
Lots of mammals besides monkeys live in the park, including cats like the serval.
Some northern birds migrate to Nyungwe for the winter, like the European bee-eater Merops apiaster.