It is situated at a distance of 225 km from the capital city of Kigali, 50 km from the southwestern coastal town of Cyangugu and 90 km from Butare. Nyungwe Forest National Park is the biggest mountain rain forest which is still present in the continent of Africa. The Park is located at an altitude of 1600 to 2950 meters and the area experiences an average rainfall of 1800 to 2500 mm every year. The highland forest covers 970 km² and has a unique habitat.
The park has 25 % of the primates of Africa with its 13 recorded primate species including chimpanzees, golden monkeys, mangebeys, colobus and vervet monkeys and three species of bushbaby. The forest is also a haven for birds with over 300 recorded species including the Ruwenzori turaco, Ross’s turaco, Grey–cheeked hornbill, Red-throated alethe, Red-breasted sparrow hawk, White-headed wood-hoopoe, Kungwe apalis, Ruwenzori batis, Blue-headed and Regal sunbirds. Nyungwe Forest has rich and wide species of flora with 200 species of trees and more than 100 species of orchid! The park has an extensive network of walking trails leading through various waterfalls and view points. Nyungwe offers scenic views over the forest, Lake Kivu and part of the Virungas.
Some of the activities where the tourists can participate in the Nyungwe Forest National Park are photography, mount climbing at Mount Bigugu, primate watching and bird viewing. The following are some of the accommodation units used as the safari; Gisakura Guest House, Ten to Ten Paradise, Peace Guest House and many others.