Best Safari Destinations in Rwanda

Many travellers come on holiday to Rwanda to see its famous mountain gorillas, but there is so much more to see on a Rwanda holiday.

The following are the best safari destinations in Rwanda.

  • Akagera National Park

Equivalent to some of Eastern Africa’s savannah reserves, the low-lying park is nestled in the east of the country on the border with Tanzania.

Quick Facts

  1. Spot the big 5
  2. There are nearly 500 bird species found here, including the elusive shoebill.
  • Gishwati-Mukura’s Joint National Park

Here travelers can track habituated groups of chimpanzees, while four other primate species can also be sighted here: the blue monkey, golden monkey, L’Hoest’s monkey and black-and-white colobus. Some 84 species of bird live here

Quick Facts

  1. Some 58 species of tree have and shrub been described by conservationists in Gishwati-Mukura, with plans to introduce 18 more as part of ongoing reforestation efforts.
  2. Gishwati-Mukura is situated on the highest ridges of the Congo-Nile Divide, along with the incredibly biodiverse Albertine Rift.

Set in southwest Rwanda, within a protected national park founded in 2004, Nyungwe is one of Africa’s oldest forests and a rainforest in its purest sense.

Quick Facts

  1. 310 species of bird can be found here, and it is thought there are many more still to be discovered.
  2. There are 75 species of mammal in the park, including 13 primates.
  • Volcanoes Nationa Park

Located in the northwest of Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park, or Parc Nationals de Volcans (PNV), borders neighbouring Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

With three national parks, a thriving capital city, spectacular mountain scenery and some surprisingly diverse wildlife serve as the best safari destinations in Rwanda.


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