Explore Rwanda’s top Safari destinations : What are the top safari destinations in Rwanda? Rwanda is located in the heart of east African often known as a “Land of a thousand Hills”, bordering with Uganda, Burundi Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Rwanda is a small country of about 26,338 square kilometers but rich with wonders and boasts an array of safari destination. The country is known with its rich biodiversity, captivating landscape and exciting wildlife. Rwanda is a home to one of the world’s remaining population of endangered mountain gorillas only found in volcanoes national park , this endangered mountain gorillas only be found in Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda , Virunga  national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda itself. Besides the captivating mountain gorillas, Rwanda is a home to the Dian Fossey Grave, a late who took research and study about the mountain gorillas, and also harbor one of the remaining golden monkeys. The unspoiled nature is not the only thing Rwanda will amaze you with, the Genocide Memorial, build to honor the victims of the horrific genocide that happened 25 years ago, provides a lot of food for thought. The country has however embarked a lot in maintaining the general hygiene in the central city –ranking the only cleanest city in Africa.  This guide present to you the top safari destinations in Rwanda.

Volcanoes National Park

Undoubtedly, the prized gem of Rwanda’s safari destinations is Volcanoes National Park.  Volcanoes national park situated in the northwestern part of Rwanda covering an area of about 160km2, a most visited Rwanda safari destination famously known for its endangered primates boasting a huge number of visitors worldwide. Volcanoes national park offers visitors with an opportunity to encounter with primate such as mountain gorillas and other creatures. Gorilla trekking is the famous activity offered to visitors while in a Rwanda safari in volcanoes national park, the park is a home over 380 individuals residing in 13 gorilla families found in the mountains of volcanoes national park. Mountain gorilla trekking offers visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Besides the gorilla trekking, the park also offers an opportunity to visitors to track the endangered playful golden monkeys, this fascinating golden monkey are a very unique and loving primates characterized by having a beautiful golden color body only found in Mgahinga national park in Uganda and volcanoes national its self and also visitors in volcanoes national park are fascinated with captivating hikes through the volcanoes mountains which as stunning panoramic views of Rwanda.

 Volcanoes national park is famously known as birders paradise with over 178 bird species that can be seen once you carry out the activity among the bird species that can be spotted include Archers ground robin, red-faced woodland warbler, Ruwenzori double collared sunbird, Collared Apalis, Ruwenzori Turaco, handsome francolin, strange weaver like Archers ground robin, red-faced woodland warbler, Ruwenzori double collared sunbird, Collared Apalis, Ruwenzori Turaco, handsome francolin among others , making it the most visited destination in Rwanda safaris.

 Akagera National Park

Akagera national park is located in the eastern part of Rwanda, Akagera National Park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Covering and area of over 1,200 square kilometers, this diverse ecosystem encompasses savannah, wetlands, and a number of lakes, making it an ideal habitat for a wide range of wildlife. Visitors to Akagera have the opportunity to spot the iconic Big Five such as lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros, as well as other species such as giraffes, zebras, antelopes, and hippos. Boat safaris along the serene waters of Lake Ihema offer a unique viewpoints, allowing visitors to observe crocodiles, hippos, and a number of bird species up close.

 Nyungwe National Park

Travelers seeking for different safari experience, Nyungwe National Park is one of the top safari destinations in Rwanda offering a verdant preserved packed with biodiversity. Nyungwe forest national park is one of the oldest and most pristine rainforests in Africa, Nyungwe is a paradise for nature lovers and birders. The park is home to over 1,000 plant species such as shrubs, bamboo, orchids, Talenna Rwandesis, Mahogany, Miliantus holistic, flowering plants, orchids, giant lobelia among others. The park is famously visited for its captivating primate species, including chimpanzees, the endangered golden monkey, Owl-faced Monkey, Blue Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey but the most famous and popular safari is the chimpanzee trekking.

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Nyungwe National Park Canopy

Nyungwe forest national park is one of the 3 destination in African continent which offer canopy walk safari adventure to traveler’s and the only one in east Africa , the park a haven for over 300 bird species such as  African hill babblers, Archer’s robin chat, Great blue Turaco, Kungwe apalis, Blue headed sunbird, Bar tailed trogon, Dwarf honey guide, Mountain masked apalis, Purple breasted sunbirds, Neumann’s warblers, Kivu ground thrush among others making it the best safari destination in Rwanda . Visitors can embark on guided forest walks, canopy tours, and chimpanzee tracking expeditions to immerse themselves in the rich natural heritage of Nyungwe.

Gishwati-Mukura National Park

 Gishwati-Mukura is another top safari destination in Rwanda, the park is a biodiversity hotspot located in the country’s western region. Giswhati-mukura comprised of stunning montane rainforest and bamboo thickets which act as a haven to numerous species. Gishwati-Mukura is home to an extraordinary array of wildlife, including chimpanzees, l’hoest monkeys, blue monkeys, the vervet monkeys, baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, golden monkeys and a variety of bird species like  Regal Sunbird, Grauer’s swamp warbler, Ruwenzori Batis, Mountain Yellow Warblers, Woodhoopoe, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Martial Eagle, Strange weave, Lagden’s Bushshrike, Dusky Crimsonwing, Red-throated Alethe, Grey Crowned Crane, Ruwenzori Turaco, Hooded Vulture, Gray Crowned-Crane, Grauer’s Swamp Warbler, Tawny Eagle, Mountain Buzzard, . Visitors can participate in guided primate tracking, guided hikes, bird watching excursions, and community tours among others.

Rugezi Swamp

Rugezi Swamp is a hidden gem located in the northern province of Rwanda. Rugezi swamp is famous for its picturesque beauty and rich biodiversity, attracting bird enthusiast and nature lovers from around the world. The wetland is famously known for its plentiful bird species, including the rare papyrus Gonolek, white winged scrub warbler, slender billed starling, papyrus canary, Carruthers’s cisticola, Baglafecht weaver, white collared weaver, and olive back, thick billed seedeater among others as well as a variety of amphibians, mammals, and reptiles making it the ideal destination for bird watching enthusiast that rewards visitors with incredible encounters with abundant bird species.

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