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Nyungwe National Park has a pleasant climate that makes it perfect for a hiking safari vacation in Rwanda during the dry season. Since its forests lie at heights of 1600 to 2000 meters above sea level, it has a cool, temperate climate that visitors generally find pleasant. Mirroring most of Rwanda, its higher altitude, coupled with a latitude just two degrees south of the equator, makes for particularly comfortable tropical conditions. Daytime high temperatures typically range between 25C and 27C (77F to 81F) degrees, while the nights are cooler and temperatures typically hover around a minimum of 13.5C (56F), and rarely higher than 16C (61F). To ward off any evening chill, your AfricanMecca tour planner will advise you to pack some warm clothing.

With similar climatic patterns in other wilderness parks of Rwanda, the reserve also has two dry seasons and two wet seasons. The best months to visit Nyungwe is during the long dry season that lasts from June to September or during the short dry season from mid-December to mid-February. You can expect some showers during the short season, as it falls in between the two rainy seasons. If your travel plans fall within these months, we recommend you go on a chimpanzee trek tour. You will find that the ground is dry underfoot and it is easier to follow the distinct trails through the undergrowth. The low possibility of rain also ensures that you are not likely to get wet. Note that chimpanzees could wander deeper into the jungle looking for food during this season, so locating them may take longer. Planning to visit during the wet seasons from February to May, when the long rains fall, or from October to mid-December, during the short rains, may make it easier to locate the primates; however, treks are often challenging due to wet mud and overgrowth.

To view the other woodland fauna, it is ideal to holiday in the dry safari season. The foliage is sparser, making it easier to spot birds and smaller life traversing through the undergrowth. You are also likely to encounter fewer mosquitoes. The spurt of new vegetation gives Nyungwe Forest National Park an unimaginable beauty during the wet seasons, with flowers and especially orchids blooming. You might even find it easier at this time to spot the 120 species of butterflies that flutter around the park.

As in other areas of Rwanda, the dry seasons see an increase in visitors to the reserve. June through September are typically summer months in the northern regions of North America and Europe, and families with older children like to visit the continent of Africa for their summer vacation trips. These are also the months least likely to see rain. The latter two weeks of December and first two weeks of January, when northern hemisphere visitors are enjoying festive holidays, are also popular, as Rwanda’s warm climate provides respite from winter.

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WHERE TO STAY IN NYUNGWE
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WHERE TO STAY IN NYUNGWE

Nyungwe has a limited supply of lodges. The two main accommodations are Nyungwe Top View Hill Hotel (value option) and the premier One&Only Nyungwe House, formerly known as Nyungwe Forest Lodge.

SAFARI & TOUR IN NYUNGWE
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SAFARI & TOUR IN NYUNGWE

Nyungwe Forest is known for the 13 species of primates including chimpanzees that flourish. Hidden away in this incredible biome are also small reptiles, amphibians, and 310 species of magnificent birds.

GUIDE ON NYUNGWE PARK
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GUIDE ON NYUNGWE PARK

Situated in the southwestern corner of Rwanda, the stunningly beautiful Nyungwe Forest Park is part of the Albertine Rift eco-region, making it a great part of your African wilderness primate vacation.

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  • AfricanMecca Safaris offers incredibly knowledgeable and skilled services! Our travel arrangements for 2 months of volunteering with TEACH Rwanda in country were made quickly and economically. Honored to work with Raza!
    Janet Brown - TEACH Rwanda Founder - United States
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  • This is to let you know my guests, The Bryant's, had a wonderful time on the trip Samburu, Masai Mara/Kenya, Chobe/Botswana & Victoria Falls/Zambia. Everything was perfect! Thank you.
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  • We have returned from our African adventure and would like to thank you very much for your part in making this such a wonderful experience. We were lucky enough to time the Great Migration from the Serengeti, which was amazing.
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  • Rwanda was amazing. The accommodations, food, and guides AfricanMecca arranged were great. Raza also helped us through the complicated process of getting permits for gorilla trekking. AfricanMecca is a fantastic company to work with.
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI TRIP IDEA FOR NYUNGWE IN RWANDA

When visiting Nyungwe, we recommend combining it with a gorilla and primate safari to Volcanoes (Parc National de Volcans), Akagera and a city tour of Kigali. You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Gishwati-Mukura ending with a beach vacation at Lake Kivu or even extending out to the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.

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