Rwanda National Parks

The national parks of Rwanda are protected ecosystems and wildlife reserves located within the borders of Rwanda in east central Africa. In 2012, these protected natural zones include the Volcanoes National Park, Akagera National Park and Nyungwe Forest National Park. Maintenance of the national park system, as well as tourism infrastructure and promotion of the parks, is managed by the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) with assistance from government ministries.

Each park protects a distinct ecosystem and variety of species. Bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, into which the Virungas volcanic mountain chain extends, Volcanoes National Park is the most heavily patrolled park in the world and the oldest in Africa. In combination with adjoining parks in the neighboring countries, it serves as the world’s only habitat of the mountain gorillas, whose numbers have been increasing here over the past decade. Visitor numbers to the gorillas are strictly limited and passes must be purchased, often well in advance, from RDB. Golden monkeys also inhabit a separate portion of the park

Here below are Rwanda National Parks, reserves and Tour destinations that are all worth a visit;

Volcanoes National Park – Rwanda:

Volcanoes National Park has over the years gained fame due to the fact that it is one of only three habitats of the large, hairy and strong Mountain Gorillas, in the world. It is because of this reason that Gorilla Trekking Safaris to this destination, are becoming a tremendously fast rising tourism activity in Rwanda.

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Volcanoes National Park – Rwanda:

Nyungwe forest national park is situated in Rwanda, its one of Africa’s primate leading national parks where you can see various primate species not forgetting chimpanzees. It’s also the largest montane forest remaining in Africa. The park covers an area of 1000 kilometers squared.

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Akagera National Park:

Akagera national park found in eastern Rwanda is a 2500 sq km of mainly Savannah land. The park is named after Kagera River that flows along Rwanda’s eastern boundary with Tanzania. The river feeds into Lake Ihema and other smaller lakes in and around the park.

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Gishwati-Mukura National Park:

In 2015 the Rwandan government passed a law to create a new national park combining the Mukura and Gishwati forests, establishing the Gishwati-Mukura National Park – a forested area which will spread from up in the north of the country near the Volcanoes National Park

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Lake Kivu:

Rwanda’s western side is bounded by Lake Kivu, one of a string of huge freshwater lakes which lie along Africa’s Great Rift Valley. Dominating the border between Rwanda and the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo); Lake Kivu is Rwanda’s largest lake, and the sixth largest lake in Africa.

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