National Parks in Rwanda

 

Volcanoes National Park

 

Volcanoes National Park (Also known as Parc National des Volcano) is situated in the northern province of Rwanda (Musanze), along the Virunga conservation area.

This national park borders Congo’s world heritage site, Virunga National Park and Uganda’s second gorilla home, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Volcanoes National Park has long been known as a a haven for the endangered mountain gorilla in Rwanda besides sheltering five of the renown 8 volcano mountains of the Virunga conservation area (Bisoke, Karisimbi, Muhabura, Sabyinyo and Gahinga).

The park was the base for the zoologist Dian Fossey decades ago but apparently holds a lot of Rwanda gorilla tours. Volcanoes National Park is definitely a good place to spend most of your Rwanda safaris should you decide to tip a toe on Rwanda’s soil.

 

Nyungwe Forest National Park

 

Nyungwe Forest National Park lies in the southern province of Rwanda, bordering Burundi to the south then Lake Kivu and the DRC to the west. This rain forest is apparently claimed to be the most preserved in the entire Central Africa.

Despite being far away, most travelers opt to combine a visit to Nyungwe with a Rwanda gorilla tours experience in Volcanoes National Park.

 

Akagera National Park 

 

The Akagera National Park covers 1,200 km² in eastern Rwanda, against the Tanzanian border. It was founded in 1934 to protect animals and vegetation in three eco-regions: savannah, mountain and swamp. The park is named for the Kagera River which flows along its eastern boundary feeding into several lakes the largest of which is Lake Ihema. The complex system of lakes and linking papyrus swamps makes up over 1/3 of the park and is the largest protected wetland in central Africa. Akagera is apparently the best place for wildlife safaris in Rwanda, in fact a destination you should leave aside should you opt to book a Rwanda safaris packages