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Rwanda's National Parks & Reserves

Visit Rwanda's National Parks & Reserves


It was in Rwanda that Africa's very first National Park was founded. Belgian colonialists created Albert National Park in 1925, in an attempt to protect the mountain gorillas that had been discovered on the slopes of the Virunga Mountains just two decades before.

What was once Albert National Park is now Volcanoes National Park. Rwanda's most celebrated wildlife reserve borders Virunga National Park in the DRC and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. Gorilla treks into the rainforest are challenging but hugely rewarding. The sight of a powerful male silverback gorilla and his harem of females is one that you'll never forget.

Nyungwe National Park is a great reason to extend your Rwanda holiday. It's home to several primate species, including large numbers of chimpanzees. Ruwenzori colobus and L'Hoest's monkeys can also be seen from forested hiking trails.

Akagera National Park, close to the border with Tanzania, lies at a lower altitude and has a landscape that differs distinctly from the rainforests to the west. It's acacia woodlands and open grasslands are home to native game that includes buffalos, zebras, giraffes and 11 species of antelope. Named after the Akagera River, a remote headwater of the Nile, the park is also a great spot for birdwatching - rollers, hornbills, and bee-eaters and fish eagles among the species to look out for.


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Top itineraries in Rwanda's National Parks & Reserves

Gorilla, Rwanda

Highlights of Rwanda: Gorillas and Chimpanzees

9-day tailor-made holiday from £6,000 pp incl. flights

This spectacular tour sees you explore Nyungwe National Park where you'll track chimpanzee. Then, relax on Lake Kivu before trekking with gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, deep in the jungles of Rwanda.

One&Only Gorilla's Nest

Rwanda in Style with One&Only

9-day tailor-made holiday from £11,740 pp incl. flights

Track gorillas and chimpanzees deep in Rwanda's verdant rainforests, with stays at some of Rwanda's most luxurious lodges and hotels.

Gorilla, Bwindi Forest

Gorilla and Chimpanzees with Volcanoes Safaris

9-day tailor-made holiday from £10,355 pp incl. flights

An encounter with Rwanda's mountain gorilla's is a truly life-changing experience. Trekking through the jungle of the Parc National des Volcans for an audience with these magnificent creatures is something that will certainly live long in the memory. It's all wrapped up in a luxury tailor-made tour.

Chimpanzee, Uganda

Best of Uganda and Rwanda

14-day tailor-made holiday from £15,330 pp incl. flights

This in-depth independent tour takes in the the highlights of Uganda and Rwanda, offering several chances to meet the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

Top places to stay in Rwanda's National Parks & Reserves

One&Only Gorilla's Nest

One&Only Gorilla’s Nest

Contemporary lodge

This stunning sanctuary, nestled at the foot of the Virunga Mountains, is a wonderfully luxurious base from which to experience one of the world’s great wildlife encounters – a meeting with Rwanda's mountain gorillas.

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Contemporary lodge

This stunning hotel is the first ever community-owned lodge in Rwanda, perched on the edge of the stunning Parc National Volcanoes, the gateway for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of tracking mountain gorillas.

Aerial view, One & Only Nyungwe House, Rwanda

One&Only Nyungwe House, Rwanda

Contemporary lodge

This spectacular lodge is located within a primeval rainforest and perched atop a working tea planation, offering direct access to Rwanda's fascinating wildlife and culture.

Virunga Safari Lodge

Virunga Lodge, Volcanoes National Park

Traditional lodge

The magnificent Virunga Safari Lodge, set on a stunning hillside, has eight bandas with a panoramic view of the Virunga volcanoes and the lakes Ruhondo and Bulera. The terraced gardens on this high ridge are now well established, with a magical sunken paradise garden as their focal point. Aside fro…

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An expert's view: Rwanda

Wexas's Katrin Rummer spent a thrilling week in Rwanda, tracking gorillas, chimpanzees and exploring Rwanda's lush green landscapes. Read her review for tips and an in-depth insight into this extraordinary country.

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