National Parks in Rwanda


Beautiful Rwanda, in the heart of Africa, counts over four extraordinary National Parks in four different regions (western, eastern, north-western, and south-western). All these Parks are outstanding Paradises on Earth and provide jaw-dropping sceneries as well as diverse wildlife.

From trekking to the primates especially chimpanzees, endangered mountain gorillas, and golden monkeys in the verdant jungles, watching a plethora of exotic bird species, to taking a big game safari to see elephants, lions, leopards, Rhinoceros, Cape buffaloes, Masai giraffes, Hippos, Zebras and antelopes, you will most likely to mesmerized every step of the way. Although Rwanda has only four National Parks, it is home to breathtaking scenery and every traveler finds some of the best National Parks in the African Continent.

Below are the best three of Rwanda’s National Parks that you should always add to your bucket list for unforgettable African safari experiences;

Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park’s convenient location, in the north-western side of Rwanda and about a three-hour drive from Kigali City makes it a fantastic safari destination for Rwandan visitors. This 160-square-kilometer Protected Area was gazetted in 1925, making it one of the oldest National Parks in the country. Among this Park’s epic attractions is the mountain gorillas that can be trekked by 96 visitors each day (8 visitors for each of the 12 habituated gorilla families). This Park is also perfect for Volcano tracking, bird watching, golden monkey tracking, and the dike to Dian Fossey Gravesite.

Akagera National Park

At 1122 square kilometers, Akagera National Park is the largest Protected Area in Rwanda and sits on the Eastern side of the country. In this beautiful savannah-dominated Park is where you can see big five game (lions, Rhinos, elephants, leopards, and buffaloes), as well as Masai giraffes, zebras, Topis, warthogs, impalas, giant elands, spotted hyenas and so much more. The main things to do there are game viewing, bird watching, boat rides, hot air balloon tours, guided nature walks, and behind-the-scenes tours among others.

Nyungwe Forest National Park

Situated in the southwestern side of Rwanda and gazetted in 2005, Nyungwe Forest National Park includes over 100 square kilometers of Afro-tropical montane forest hence making it the largest and oldest surviving montane forest in the African Continent. Sheltering over 86 mammal species and 320 bird species, Nyungwe Forest National Park is a wonderful place for chimpanzee trekking, hiking/forest walks on trails that end up to spectacular waterfalls and other beautiful areas of the Park, bird watching, and the famous canopy walk.

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