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.
Top itineraries in Rwanda's National Parks & Reserves
This spectacular itinerary sees you experience the once-in-a-lifetime event of gorilla trekking deep in the jungle. You'll start in Kigali before heading to Nyungwe National Park where you'll track chimpanzee. Then, relax on Lake Kivu before trekking with gorillas in Volcanoes National Park.
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.
This in-depth 14-day safari takes in the best that Uganda and Rwanda have to offer with several chances to track mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
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Top places to stay in Rwanda's National Parks & Reserves
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…
Opening on 1 October, 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.
In the centre of the Volcanoes National Park, the Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel is beautifully set in landscaped gardens looking over the undulating mounds of the stunning Virunga volcano range, and just moments from jungles dense with mountain gorillas.
Where to go in Rwanda's National Parks & Reserves
While the mountain gorillas of Volcanoes National Park are Rwanda's best-known attraction, the less-publicised Nyungwe National Park is also well worth incorporating into your tailor-made travel itinerary. This dense tropical rainforest is one of the oldest and largest protected montane rainforests…
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