Discover the 4 Best National Parks in Rwanda (Updated 2024)
Discover The 4 Best National Parks in Rwanda (with Photos): Akagera National Park, Nyungwe, Volcanoes, and Gishwati Mukura National Parks in Rwanda. Rwanda’s National Parks safeguard ecosystems and wildlife areas inside the country’s borders in east-central Africa. Volcanoes National Park, Akagera National Park, and Nyungwe Forest were among the protected natural zones in 2012. (Rwanda National Parks). The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) manages the national park system, as well as tourism infrastructure and park promotion, with cooperation from government ministries.
Each park safeguards a distinct habitat and a diverse range of animals. Volcanoes National Park, which borders the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda, and into which the Virungas volcanic mountain group extends, is the most heavily monitored park in the world and the oldest in Africa. It serves as the world’s only refuge for mountain gorillas, whose numbers have been expanding here over the last decade, in conjunction with other parks in neighboring nations. Visitor numbers to the gorillas are highly limited, and passes must be acquired from RDB, frequently months in advance. A different section of the park is also home to golden monkeys.
Nyungwe National Park, located to the southeast along the Burundian border, is home to many chimps and other primate species in a highland rainforest setting. Akagera National Park is located on Rwanda’s eastern border, along with Lake Victoria and Tanzania, and protects a variety of African animals in a savannah ecology, including giraffes, elephants, buffalo, baboons, gazelles, and zebra. Lions once roamed the park, but they were poisoned during and after the Rwandan genocide.
Top Rwanda National Parks
Volcanoes National Park Rwanda
An Insider’s Guide to Visiting Volcanoes National Park Rwanda. Here you will find the most up-to-date information on the park’s attractions, activities, best times to visit, location, and lodging options. Volcanoes National Park Rwanda is located in northeastern Rwanda and has an area of 160 km2 (62 sq. mi).
Akagera National Park Rwanda
The Definitive Guide to Akagera National Park contains everything you need to know about the lovely Akagera National Park in Rwanda and Safaris. Akagera National Park Tour This magnificent Akagera Park is everything you need to know about Rwanda. Here you will find the most up-to-date information on the park’s attractions, activities, best times to visit, location, and lodging options.
Nyungwe Forest National Park
Our Nyungwe Forest National Park Informative Guide contains all you need to know about this lovely Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda. Here you will find the most up-to-date information on the park’s attractions, activities, best times to visit, location, and lodging options. The Nyungwe Forest is located in southern Rwanda, near the border with Burundi, and is bordered to the south by the Kibira National Park and to the west by Lake Kivu and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Gishwati Mukura National Park
The Definitive Guide to Gishwati Mukura National Park Rwanda. Gishwati Mukura National Park, Rwanda’s fourth national park, is made up of two different kinds of wood — the larger Gishwati and the smaller Mukura – totaling 34 square kilometers plus a buffer zone. The woods are located on the ridge that separates the Congo and Nile water catchment zones, along the extraordinarily biodiverse Albertine Rift in the country’s west.
Best Time to Visit – Rwanda
The dry season, from June to September, is the greatest time to see wildlife in Rwanda. A safari in Rwanda would not be complete without a walk with primates in the forest. Rainforests have a naturally wet environment, and it is impossible to avoid rain completely. Walking in the jungle is easier during the dry season, which is also when most primate hikes, including gorilla trekking, are recommended.
From June through September (Except for Chimp Trekking in Nyungwe Forest)
From June through September (Lodges might be full and gorilla permits must be booked long in advance)
March, April, October, and November (These are the peaks of the rains)
From June through August (Least rain)
March and April (Most rain, forest trails are slippery)
Best Tour Packages in Rwanda National Park
1 Day Kigali City Tour Rwanda
Kigali city is a major stop for many Rwanda safaris tourists as they arrive through the Kigali International Airport and therefore a 1 day Kigali city tour is a perfect experience to learn about the history and cultures of Rwanda through the perspective of a local tour guide.
1 Day Akagera National Park Tour
1 Day Akagera National Park is a one day wildlife tour to Akagera National Park of Rwanda. The Park is home to the big five African game and the best spot for a 1 day tour in Rwanda for wildlife viewing in the scenic wilderness. Rwanda doesn’t have several wildlife Parks.
1 Day Gorilla trek Rwanda Safari
1 Day Rwanda gorilla tour is a one day Gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. The 1 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trek is a short gorilla safari best done by tourists already in Rwanda with a very early morning pick up and late evening drop off in Kigali town.
2 Day Gorilla trek Rwanda Safari
Have a memorable Gorilla tour with our 2 Day gorilla trek Rwanda from Kigali. This 2 Day Rwanda Gorilla tour is a short gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda to Volcanoes National Park. Volcanoes National Park or Parc Nationale des Volcans (PNV) is the only park with mountain Gorillas .
2 Days Akagera National Park Tour
Explore wildlife in Rwanda on this 2 Day Akagera National Park tour. Located East of Rwanda, Akagera National Park is the only savannah park where it’s possible to have a game drive in Rwanda. home to Big Five African game (Buffaloes, Lions, Leopards, Rhinos and Elephants).
3 Day Gorilla Safari Rwanda
This 3 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari from Kigali is best for Gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. A Rwanda Gorilla permit costs US$ 1500 each. On this 3 Days Rwanda Gorilla tour you visit Volcanoes National Park which is home to about 400 mountain Gorillas.
3 Days Akagera National Park Safari
3 Days Akagera National Park wildlife safari offers best wildlife viewing in Rwanda’s only savannah park with a possibility of game drives. Located East of Rwanda, Akagera National Park is the only savannah park where it’s possible to have a game drive in Rwanda.
4 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari
4 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari is a Gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda best planned for travelers who would want to have a double Gorilla tracking experience. Double Gorilla trekking is trekking gorillas twice on different days. 4 Days Gorilla safari Rwanda requires purchase of 2 Permits.
4 Day Akagera National Park Tour
4 Day Akagera National Park wildlife safari is the best tour for wildlife game drives in Akagera National Park the only savannah park in Rwanda. Located East of Rwanda, Akagera National Park is the only savannah park where it’s possible to have a game drive for wildlife viewing.
Rwanda Safari Packages in Rwanda National Parks
This 6 Days primate trekking safari in Rwanda includes a visit to Volcanoes National Park for gorilla trekking and Nyungwe Forest National Park.
6 Days Rwanda Wildlife and Gorilla Safari is an ultimate safari in Rwanda with Game drives in Akagera National Park and Gorilla trekking.
On this 8 Days Rwanda Safari you will experience offers the best eight days in Rwanda with Gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee tracking and Wildlife tour.
9 Days Rwanda Safari offers the best gorilla trekking, chimpanzee tracking and Wildlife tour in Rwanda. 9 Days Rwanda tour to Nyungwe Forest National Park.