RWANDA

PARKS & DESTINATIONS

The parks and destinations listed here are some of the best Rwanda has to offer. Ujuzi African Travel is committed to customizing a travel package that meets your travel interests and fulfills your vacation dreams. If a particular place you'd like to visit isn't listed here, let us know and we'll incorporate it into your itinerary.


Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe Forest National Park is located in southeastern Rwanda and is the largest block area of montane forest in East Africa. Nyungwe Forest covers approximately 620 sq miles and is comprised of a complex mosaic of dense vegetation types from tall trees to open, flower-filled marshes.

Nyungwe Forest has uniquely rich flora diversity with over 200 tree species and a wonderful display of flowering plants, including the magnificent giant lobelia and a host of colourful orchids. Nyungwe Forest's fauna diversity is amazing and is one of the most endemic species-rich areas in all of Africa. Eighty-six mammal species reside in the forest and 14 are endemic to the Albertine Rift. Nyungwe Forest National Park is very alluring for the variety of primate species living in the forest. There are 14 primate species, including: chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, L'Hoest monkeys, and the endangered golden monkey. The forest is filled with birdsong from the 280 species present in the park, of which, 26 are Albertine species and 121 are forest species. Nyungwe Forest is the most important ornithological site in Rwanda.

Activities Include: Primate Tracking, Walking/Hiking


Volcanoes National Park

"In the heart of Central Africa, so high that you shiver more then you sweat," wrote the eminent primatologist Dian Fossey, "are the great old volcanoes towering up almost 15,000 feet and heavily covered in rich, green rainforest - the Virungas."

The Volcanoes National Park protects the steep slopes of this magnificent mountain range and the rich mosaic of montane ecosys- tems, which embrace evergreen, bamboo forests, open grassland, swamp, and heath. Volcanoes National Park (Parc National de Volcans) is situated in northwestern Rwanda. It borders Virunga National Park in the Demographic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda. It is a 9-minute drive from Kigali, the Capital of Rwanda. Volcanoes National Park is home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga, and Sabyinyo). The park was first established in 1925 and was the first national park in Africa.

Volcanoes National Park was the base for Dian Fossey, the famous American Naturalist, to carry out her research on gorillas. She arrived in 1967 and set up the Karisoke Research Centre. Dian Fossey is widely credited with saving the gorillas from extinction by bringing awareness of their plight to the international community. Dian Fossey was later murdered by unknown assailants and she is buried near the research center.

Best known for the mountain gorillas, other mammals that reside in the park are the golden monkey, black-fronted duiker, buffalo, spotted hyena, and bush buck. There are 178 recorded bird species with at least 13 species and 16 subspecies endemic to the Virunga and Rwenzori Mountains.

Activities Include: Cultural Activities, Gorilla Trekking, Primate Tracking, and Walking/Hiking