Rwanda National Parks

Rwanda National Parks & Game Reserves

Top 4 Rwanda National Parks: Akagera National Park, Nyungwe National Park, Volcanoes National Park & Gishwati Mukura National Parks in Rwanda

The National Parks in Rwanda have protected ecosystems and wildlife reserves located within the borders of Rwanda in east-central Africa. In 2012, these protected natural zones include the Volcanoes National ParkAkagera National Park, and Nyungwe Forest  (Rwanda National Parks). Maintenance of the national park system, as well as tourism infrastructure and promotion of the parks, is managed by the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) with assistance from government ministries.

Each park protects a distinct ecosystem and a variety of species. Bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, into which the Virungas volcanic mountain chain extends, Volcanoes National Park is the most heavily patrolled park in the world and the oldest in Africa. In combination with adjoining parks in the neighboring countries, it serves as the world’s only habitat of the mountain gorillas, whose numbers have been increasing here over the past decade. Visitor numbers to the gorillas are strictly limited and passes must be purchased, often well in advance, from RDB. Golden monkeys also inhabit a separate portion of the park.

(Rwanda National Parks) To the southeast along the Burundian border, Nyungwe National Park hosts many chimpanzees and various other primate species in a highland rainforest environment.

The eastern border of Rwanda, along with Lake Victoria and Tanzania, is the location of Akagera National Park and protects a variety of African fauna in a savannah ecosystem, including giraffes, elephant, buffalo, baboons, gazelles, and zebra. Lions originally inhabited the park but were exterminated by poisoning during and after the Rwandan genocide.

Best Time to Visit – Rwanda

The best wildlife-viewing months in Rwanda are during the Dry season, from June to September. Primate walks in the forest are a big part of any safari in Rwanda. The habitat of rainforests is, by default, very wet and one can’t avoid rain completely. Walking in the forest is easier in the Dry season and that is also the recommended time for most primate walks, including gorilla trekking.

Best Time

June to September (Except for Chimp Trekking in Nyungwe Forest)

High Season

June to September (Lodges might be full and gorilla permits must be booked long in advance)

Low Season

March, April, October, November (These are the peaks of the rains)

Best Weather

June to August (Least rain)

Worst Weather

March and April (Most rain, forest trails are slippery)

Volcanoes National Park Rwanda

Nyungwe Forest National Park Rwanda

Akagera National Park Rwanda

Best Tour Packages in Rwanda National Park

Short Rwanda Safaris Tours Holidays

Kigali City tour Rwanda

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.

Wildlife viewing in Akagera National Park Rwanda

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.

Adult Male Mountain Gorilla Silverback [ Gorilla trekking tours in Rwanda]

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. 

Gorillas tours in Rwanda

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 .

Wildlife in Akagera National Park Rwanda

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).

Ellen DeGeneres and wife trek Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda

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.

Rhino tracking in Akagera National Park Rwanda

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. 

Volcanoes National Park Gorillas 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. 

Zebras in Akagera National Park Rwanda

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.

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Long Rwanda Tours Safari Packages – from Rwanda National Parks

Chimpanzee trekking Nyungwe National Park Rwanda

This 6 Days primate trekking safari in Rwanda includes a visit to Volcanoes National Park for gorilla trekking and Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Eastern rhino in Akagera National Park Rwanda Wildlife viewing

6 Days Rwanda Wildlife and Gorilla Safari is an ultimate safari in Rwanda with Game drives in Akagera National Park and Gorilla trekking.

Canopy Walk in Nyungwe Forest National Park

7 Days Rwanda Safari, Primates and Wildlife Tour is a comprehensive itinerary of a wildlife, Gorilla trekking and chimpanzee tracking safari.

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Nyungwe national Park Rwanda

On this 8 Days Rwanda Safari you will experience offers the best eight days in Rwanda with Gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee tracking and Wildlife tour.

nyungwe Park canopy walk

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.

beautiful Lake Kivu in Rwanda

10 Days Rwanda Safari offers the best gorilla trekking, chimpanzee tracking and Wildlife tour in Rwanda with a Kigali city tour, canopy walk and visit to Lake Kivu.

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