The 4 Best National Parks in Rwanda (with Photos)

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.

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.

Best Time

From June through September (Except for Chimp Trekking in Nyungwe Forest)

High Season

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

Low Season

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

Best Weather

From June through 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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