2023-2024 Nyungwe Park Entry Fees: Starting January 2023, Nyungwe forest national park will be charging new entry fees for tourists visiting the national park. The national park is the main destination for visitors on a chimpanzee tour in Rwanda.
Rwanda’s Nyungwe forest national park was recently brought under the management of African Parks which also manages Akagera national park-Rwanda’s only savannah national park. Nyungwe national park offers visitors a range of activities such as canopy walk, hiking and guided nature walks, birding and so many more.
Since October 2020, when Nyungwe Management Company was granted the responsibility to fully administer Nyungwe National Park, the previous price, which had not been adjusted in over ten years, has been preserved and will be kept until the end of 2022. One of Nyungwe Management Company’s first priorities in terms of tourism up scaling was the creation of an inclusive tourism development plan that must influence all tourism and hospitality initiatives in and around Nyungwe. The planned new price, which will be implemented beginning in January 2023, is part of the Tourism Department Plan and takes into consideration the anticipated improvement in tourism and hospitality.
So far, approximately 35% of visitors are nationals, and the goal is to increase that percentage with a revised pricing strategy, improved activities, and accommodation development, with the end vision being at least 50% of park visitors being nationals, and an additional nearly 15-20% resident visitors. The price for 2023-2024 Nyungwe national park entry fees is designed to encourage longer visits, with a higher admission charge for the first day or night and a lower fee for successive nights.
2023-2024 Nyungwe National Park Entry Fees.
1. Entry fee
|Entry fee||Details||1 Day/Night||2 Nights||3 Nights|
|Rwandan/EAC Citizen||Per person||~10||10,000||~15||15,000||~20||20,000|
|Foreign Resident in Rwanda /EAC||60||90||120|
|African Citizen (other than EAC)||60||90||120|
|Rwandan/EAC Citizen child 6 – 12||~5||5,000||~7.5||7,500||10||10,000|
|Foreign Resident in Rwanda/EAC
child 6 – 12
|African Citizen (other than EAC)
child 6 – 12
|International Visitor child 6 – 12||50||75||100|
- Special Activities
(Canopy Walkway, Guided Birding, Other primate trekking and night treks) Minimal group size 2 (if one then pays for 2) and max 8. Groups could be joined specifically when on primate or night walking (includes Guide)
|Foreign Resident in Rwanda/EAC||20|
3. Chimpanzee trekking (includes Guide)
- Children 5 or below do not pay entry fees
- Entry fees are not charged beyond 3 nights for up to one week
4. Community freelance guiding fees
|Guides (Community Freelance)||USD|
|Guide for regular forest walks||Per guide / ½ day||15|
|Guide for regular forest walks||Per guide / full day||25|
|Porter||Per porter / ½ day||5|
|Porter||Per porter / full day||10|
|Adults 13+||Children 6 – 12|
|5. Other Activities & fees||USD||USD|
|Camping||Price pp / night||15||7.5|
|Tent hire||Per 4-man (approx. 3m x 3m) canvas tent||20|
Picking up guides and porters before 9 a.m. and returning to the same reception within 5 hours will be deemed a 12 day activity. If a guide or porter is picked up at reception after 9 a.m., he or she will be charged for the whole day unless the guide is returned before midday. If a guide is asked to accompany a guest on one of the multi-day walking paths, a price of 15,000 RWF is charged for the guide’s housing and meals for up to three nights. Porters on multi-day hikes will be charged an extra price of 15,000 RWF for housing and meals for up to three nights. Any additional nights will be charged an additional 5,000 RWF each night.
For every 8 tourists (excluding children 5 and under) there will be a requirement to have a guide. This is to ensure the safety of guests but also ensure the information shared by the guide can be absorbed and heard by all.
The Entry fee inclusive of any trail is payable by all day visitors, or per night for overnight visitors staying inside the park. The fee reduces by 50% for the second and third nights and then free for any subsequent nights for up to one week. E.g. for 1 night in the park (and the 2 days either side) the fee is payable once, for 2 nights it is payable twice, with the second night reduced by 50%. Visitors staying outside the park are considered ‘day visitors’(unless staying in an approved hospitality entity that the park has a signed agreement with) and will be required to pay the entry fee for each day they enter the park.
Children 5 and under are free of charge, no entry fee or activities fees apply with exception of future zipline and rope courses. Activity fees rates for children are applicable for 6 – 12-year-olds. 13-year- olds and above pay adult rates for entry fees and activities.
Residency status must be verified with documentation, or international visitor fees may be charged.
Groups of Rwandan Nationals of more than 20 people automatically receive a group discount of 20% off the normal entry fee price; 8,000 RWF for adults and 4,000 RWF children.
Night walks begin at 5.30 pm and end around 8 – 9.00 pm. You will be expected to meet your guide at the designated reception.
Annual Passes are available and allow unlimited access to Nyungwe for a one-off payment for a period of 1 year. Single, Couple and Family passes are offered. The annual pass fee includes entry permits, but does not include park special activities, however, a 10% discount on park activities is offered to Annual Pass holders. Further terms and conditions apply – please read them carefully before purchasing a pass.
Tent hire does not include any bedding or camping equipment.
Cash is not accepted in the park.