View from walkway to Uwinka Campsites and GuestHouse

Uwinka Campsites and Guesthouse

Situated at the park entrance, Uwinka Campsites and Uwinka Guesthouse are perfectly placed from which to take your Nyungwe adventure further.

Welcome to Uwinka

Both the Uwinka Centre and its campsite are set on platforms high amongst the trees so that you are truly in the green, leafy canopy of this ancient forest. Meanwhile, Uwinka Guesthouse, perfect for families, is situated nearby in an open clearing. In this area, a variety of bird and primate species can be seen around the campsite and guesthouse.

Uwinka Campsites

There are two secluded sections of campsites on raised platforms, complete with pleasant gazebos, parking and campfire, 50 metres away from the main road. One campsite consists of three tents and lies near the visitor centre while the second 12-tent section is located 200 metres away deep in the forest with views over the tree canopy and Lake Kivu.

Uwinka Guesthouse

This self-catering cottage consists of two bedrooms that sleep four guests and a living room, kitchen and dining area along with a fireplace for the cool nights.

The café at Uwinka reception has food available for purchase and is open daily from 7am to 5 pm. Fresh vegetables and basic grocery shopping can be purchased in Gisakura town, 5 km away towards Kamembe.


Canopy walk in Nyungwe National Park

Canopy Walkway

This suspended canopy walkway provides an exhilarating perspective, with 360-degree views over the ancient montane rainforest canopy. The walk starts from Uwinka Visitor Centre.

Chimp in the tree in the forest of Nyungwe

Chimpanzee Tracking

Meet one of our three semi-habituated acrobatic chimpanzee communities (Cyamudongo, Mayebe and Gisovu) on an adventurous chimpanzee tracking. Each community is visited by eight people maximum per day.

Beautiful waterfall

Adventure Trails

Nyungwe’s mountainous landscape is an ideal hiker’s destination – the park boasts an extensive network of scenic hiking trails. Ten hiking trails begin from the Uwinka Visitor Centre and three from Gisakura Campsite.

Black and while colobus monkeys in Nyungwe Park

Colobus Monkey Tracking

Track a “super troop” of more than 400 Angolan black and white colobus monkeys, starting from Uwinka Visitor Centre. Another group of 50 can be tracked from Gisakura Campsite reception.

Regal BIrd sitting on a branch in Nyungwe National Park

Specialised Birding Experience

Home to 322 bird species of which 30 are endemic to Albertine Rift region, Nyungwe offers an exceptional birding experience with the help of the park’s expert bird guides.

Beautiful sunset in the forest of Nyungwe

Night walk

Experience the forest at night, where primates such as galagos, pottos, tree hyraxes, anomalures (scaly-tailed squirrels), and other nocturnal wildlife are awake. 

walking the cyinzobe hike by a stream and wooden cottages

Cyinzobe Hike

Walk through the heart of the rainforest with spectacular views, the extensive Kamiranzovu swamp, streams and waterfalls. This catered three-day hike overnights in wooden cottages built at the best trail spots.

People in the tea fields

Community-based Experiences

Discover traditional handcrafts, blacksmithing, pottery making, traditional dances, traditional brewing techniques, or take a Tea Tour. These are available outside Nyungwe, in the villages of Banda and Gisakura. Enquire at the Gisakura Reception Centre.

Hiking in the forest of Nyungwe with a guide

Hike with a Guide

All hiking activities in the park are led by community freelance guides. Available at Gisakura and Uwinka reception centres, they offer a memorable experience in the park.

Chimp Habitat in Nyungwe National Park

Chimp Habituation Experience

Join the trackers as they follow a chimp family through the day, allowing the chimps to become accustomed to human beings and learning all about this fascinating primate.

Cyamudongo Community Centre 

The centre offers handicrafts, coffee and breakfast, a campsite and guesthouse (two cottages). It has a parking lot for guests and driver guides going chimp tracking in the neighbouring Cyamudongo Forest.

Sip a Cup of Coffee

Before or after your hike, chimps or colobus monkey tracking, camping or driving through, enjoy superb Rwandan coffee and buy a gift at the Gisakura, Gisovu and Uwinka coffee shops.

More about Uwinka

Campsite Details

  • Three platforms: 1 x 4 tents; 1 x 3 tents and 1 x 6 tents
  • 13 tents with a total capacity of 50 people
  • One tent can host 4 people depending on demand
  • Pleasant gazebos, parking and campfire area
  • Shared ablution block – toilet and shower

Guesthouse Details

  • 1 cottage comprising 2 bedrooms / one living room, accommodating 4 people
  • En-suite, self-catering
  • Sheets and towels are provided
  • The kitchen is equipped with cooking utensils, cutlery, crockery, pots and pans.
  • Gas is provided for cooking
  • 24-hour mains electricity.
  • Water is stored in tanks and can be used for cooking and washing; boil the water before drinking
  • Water is heated by a solar heater or a geyser


– Wi-Fi is intermittent

–  Tents are included but sleeping bags and mats are excluded. 

How to Get There

Uwinka is situated at the park entrance. It can be reached via Huye, a 5-hour drive, or a 1.5-hour drive from Kamembe, western corridor.

Map depicting Uwinka location

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People Standing on the canopy trail

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