Volcanoes National Park also referred to as Parc National des Volcanos in French is situated in north-west of Rwanda sharing a boarder with Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This protected area is famously known for its mountain gorillas. It also houses five out of eight volcanoes that form the Virunga Highlands. These include; Bisoke, Karisimbi, Muhabura, Sabyinyo and Gahinga. The first gazettion occurred in 1925 where the land mass surrounded by Visoke, Mikeno and Karisimbi, was allocated with intention to minimise gorilla poaching. This earlier gazettion made it the first national park in Africa. In 1929, the boundaries of this protected area were expanded more into Rwanda and the colonial Congo, forming Albert National Park covering 8090 km², managed by Belgian colonial government who were administering the two colonies. After the independence of the two countries, the park was divided into two though the Read More About Volcanoes National Park
Nyungwe Forest National Park covers an area of 970km2. It became a national park in 2004. The park has an elevation range of between 0oC and 30oC, average temperatures 15oC and rainfall between 1800 to 2500mm per year with a rainy season from September to May and dry season from June to August.
Attractions in the park
- Above 100 species of orchids plus giant lobelias.
• Above 260 species of trees plus shrubs.
• Above 275 species of birds recorded comprising of the Ruwenzori turaco, Red-throated alethe, Ross’s turaco, Grey –cheeked hornbill, Red-breasted sparrow hawk, Blue-headed and Regal sunbirds, White-headed wood-hoopoe, Kungwe apalis and Rwenzori batis
• Biggest montane rain forest remaining in Africa. Read More About Nyungwe Forest National Park
Akagera National Park is acknowledged for its diverse wild life species which are attracting very many Safaris to Rwanda. The park is found in the eastern part of Rwanda bordering Tanzania. This National Park was established in 1934 in order to protect the animals and its vegetation. The wildlife in its ecosystem includes the giraffes, herds of buffalo and elephants, baboons, zebras, giraffes, antelopes, leopards, spotted hyenas, lions, hippopotamus, different bird species among others and therefore enriching visitors’ experiences while on their safaris in Rwanda. The park also has beautiful rolling hills of Brachystegia woodland and Acacia providing a beautiful scenery for tourists. Read More About Akagera National Park