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Rwanda National Parks

Rwanda dubbed the land of a thousand hills boasts of three well protected national parks located in different parts of the country. The three parks have varied habitats thus supporting varied biodiversity allowing Rwanda to maintain a good count natural flora and fauna in its small protected landscapes.

About Rwanda National Park: A Guide to National Parks in Rwanda

mountain gorilla of volcanoes national park

The Volcanoes National Park in the north-west of the country, with its affluo-alpine vegetation, is the most popular destination in Rwanda since it is home to the critically endangered mountain gorillas and the golden monkeys, which present an ideal ground for Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris and golden monkey tracking in Rwanda. Volcanoes National Park also protects the Virunga mountain chain on the Rwandan site and houses the Dian Fossey site.

In the east of Rwanda, there lies the rolling savannah landscape of Akagera National Park, which is the only refugee refuge for savannah wildlife in the whole of Rwanda.

It has a rich habitat with swamp-fringed lakes along with savannah plains, papyrus swamps, and rolling highlands. Wildlife like Masaai Giraffe, elephants, buffaloes, elephants, lions, roan antelope, and elands, among aquatics like Nile Crocodiles and Hippos, are found in the park.

The humid forest of Nyungwe Forest National Park in the south-west of Rwanda supports 13 primate species, including the common chimpanzees and black and white colobus monkeys. The park is noted to have survived the last ice age and to be one of the largest montane forests in East and Central Africa.

The Uwinka Visitor Center is the starting point for exploring its magnificent canopy walkway, which is 40 m tall and 90 m long, making it the first of its kind in East Africa and the third in Africa.

The three parks have varied habitats, thus supporting varied biodiversity and allowing Rwanda to maintain a good count of natural flora and fauna in its small protected landscapes.

Volcanoes National Park, also known as Parc Nationale des Volcanos in French, is located in the north-west of Rwanda, protecting the Rwandan side of the Virunga massif, thus bordering with Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Congo’s Virunga National Park.

Nyungwe Forest National Park, Positioned in the south-west of Rwanda, the Nyungwe National Park overlooks the Democratic Republic of Congo border to the west and the Republic of Burundi in the south. The Nyungwe is noted to be one of the ancient forests of Africa and is known to have survived the last ice age.

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Chimpanzees In Nyungwe National Park

The Nyungwe forest is noted as one of the largest mountain forests in East Africa and, at the moment, is considered to be the most conserved forest in the Central African Highlands.

Akagera National Park is positioned in the north-east of Rwanda, overlooking the plains of Tanzania. It extends over a geographical spread of 1122 km2 and has been under a public-private partnership arrangement between African Parks and the Rwanda Development Board since 2010.


The park is named after the River Akagera, which is one of the sources of the Nile River, which is the longest in the world. The river feeds into a chain of lakes that mark the floor of the Akagera plains, including Lake Ihema, which is the second largest in Rwanda.

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