Rwanda Safaris and Wildlife tours

Rwanda Wildlife Safaris; The endless hills across Rwanda are the reasons it has been dubbed “Land of a Thousand Hills”. This landscape makes it an incredibly stunning country. More to this, Rwanda is one of the smallest countries in Africa but is packed with great attractions from the endangered mountain gorillas to golden monkeys and pristine tropical forests. The country also has a rich culture and an interesting history. These and more attract many people to the country for safaris.

Wildlife safaris in Rwanda are interesting expeditions. They allow travelers to see wildlife in their natural habitats. Highlights for Rwanda wildlife safaris are gorilla trekking tours to track the endangered mountain gorillas, chimp tracking tours to track the chimps and game driving to view wildlife in savannah plains. Rwanda has only for national parks where wildlife safaris are undertaken. To help you make the best choice for your wildlife safari in Rwanda, here are the wildlife destinations, the attractions and activities to do while there;

Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes national park is popularly known for its luxury gorilla trekking safaris which allow tourists to hike through the forest and get up close to the endangered mountain gorillas. The park adjoins Virunga national park in the DRC and Mgahinga Gorilla national park in Uganda making the larger Virunga massif that protects the endangered mountain gorillas. A gorilla permit in Rwanda costs US$ 1,500 per person. Other activities to do in Volcanoes national park include golden monkey tracking, Dian Fossey hike, bird watching and cultural experience. Gorilla safaris in Rwanda can be combined with other things like a city tour, game viewing safaris and Uganda safaris.

Nyungwe National Park

Nyungwe national park protects one of the oldest rainforests in Africa which covers a mountainous landscape and has an amazingly rich biodiversity. The park is mostly renowned for chimpanzee tracking and the canopy walk adventure.

Nyungwe national park is home to other 13 primate species, over 320 bird species including Albertine rift endemics and about 120 species of butterflies. Mammals including cerval cat, leopard, congo clawless otter and mongoose are present but rare to spot. The best way to explore this national park is by trekking through the forest, undertaking a nature walk and visiting tea plantations at the border of the park.

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Akagera National Park

This is the only savannah park in Rwanda. If you want to go game viewing in Rwanda, then Akagera national park should be on your bucket list. It comprises savannah, woodland and wetland vegetation which offer shelter to a number of animals such as giraffes, rhino, lion, elephants and antelopes. Hippos and crocodiles thrive in the lakes around the park. A boat cruise along Lake Ihema is a must do to see most of the semi-aquatic wildlife and water birds. It is recommended to use a 4X4 vehicle in Akagera national park.

Gishwati Mukuru National Park

This newly gazetted national park in Rwanda gets its name from the two forests Gishwati and Mukura. The two forests were joined to make the larger Gishwati Mukuru national park. The park is located in the Kivu Belt region in the northwest of Rwanda. It houses a group of chimpanzees which can be tracked with guidance of a local professional guide. The chimps live in the forest along with golden monkeys, blue monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys and about 230 bird species.

To have a more fascinating travel experience in Rwanda, we normally advise our clients to combine their wildlife safaris with other destinations like Kigali Genocide Memorial, King’s Palace Museum, Lake Kivu and Hotel des Milles Collines. When you want to travel to East Africa and want an expert tour operator to handle your Rwanda safari, simply get in touch with us and we shall help you get a remarkable safari experience.

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