Nyungwe National Park can be reached by road or air. The Park is approximately 225 kms south of Rwanda’s capital city of Kigali, approximately a four to five hour drive. Traveling south from Kigali, one of the first main cities reached is Huye. While the 132 kms road to Huye is good, there are many sharp turns and winding areas that require slow, careful driving. And then the road through the park will take time to drive, so allow some extra time.
Flying to Nyungwe National Park
RwandAir offers 9-13 flights a week (depending on the season) from Kigali to Kamembe International Airport. The latter is only 32 kms from the Nyungwe Forest Lodge. The Lodge will also arrange 35 minute helicopter transfers to/from Kigali Airport via Akagera Aviation.
Driving from Kigali
Drive SW to Muhanga, then turn southwards to Nyanza, which leads to Huye, From Huye, turn west to Nyamagabe, which is near the Park entrance.
En-route are a number of interesting historical sites, such as Nyanza King’s Palace at Nyabisindi, a reconstructed King’s palace that provides some insight into the past royal life of Rwandan kingdoms. Other sights and attractions include the National Museum, a demonstration of “Intore” dancers, handicrafts shops, an arboretum and the Cathedral all in Huya and Gikongoro’s Genocide Memorial along the way to Nyungwe.
The Kigali Rusizi Road cuts through Nyungwe National Park, so public transport is available. The main road from Kamembe to Bukavu runs through the park; a few bus companies seem to run every two hours or so. Most visitors, though, book through tour operators. Self-Drive car rentals in Kigali are also available.