Rwanda safari in Gishwati Mukura National Park : Gishwati-Mukura National Park in Rwanda it the new national park in Rwanda that was created recently in 2015  adding  Rwanda’s  forth national park of the Volcanoes National Park. The opening of Gishwati Mukura National Park by the government of Rwanda was clearly to put the great effort to position the country as a leading tourism destination in East and Central Africa.  Following the launch of the Congo Nile Trail, the restoration of royal heritage sites, opening of the Musanza cave the introduction of excellent bird watching and this new national park.

Gishwati-Mukura National Park is located in the western part of Rwanda Rutsiro districts and Ngororero and covers an area of approximately 13.2 square miles. The park was formed by unifying the Mukura and Gishwati forests which deceit between the Akagera and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. This blend of two major forests has designed a park with unbelievable biodiversity with wildlife such as  like  Red river hogs, bush bucks, serval cats, tree hyraxes and black-fronted duiker calling it home. The park also features 5 primate species such as chimpanzees, baboons, golden monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, L’Hoest’s Monkeys, vervet monkeys, blue monkeys. Gishwati-Mukura National Park is now primarily known as birding haven in Rwanda. Adding on the wildlife and primate species the park also features over 100 species of birds can be seen here. Among such as Mountain Yellow Warbler, Old World Warbler and White-headed Woodhooper. Visitors to the park can also expect to encounter brown forest frogs, toads, chameleons and bush vipers

Gishwati-Mukura National Park in Rwanda offers visitors to this park a number of tourist things and activities including bird watching, primates viewing that include Chimpanzees and monkeys, guided nature walks, camping and picnics. Here are some things you can do while exploring this beautiful park.

When planning to visit Gishwati-Mukura National Park, the most frequently carried out activity in the park is Primate tracking, this is the major driving and commonly activity carries out by most visitors in the park. During this activity you will have a great chance to sight primates such as Golden monkeys, Chimpanzees, blue monkeys, L’Hoest’s Monkeys and baboons. Like  in any other parks primate tracking here  also starts  at 6;00am in the morning accompanied by one  park rangers you will start your walk into the forest to search for the primates during your walk you will also have an opportunity see other mammals including birds and duikers. These amazing experiences will help embark on an unforgettable journey to observe these fascinating primates in their natural habitat.

Bird watching is also a likely activity carried out in Gishwati-Mukura National Park where you can spot over 235 different bird species that have been registered in the park among those  15 bird  species that can only be found in the Albertine Rift, for example, Martial Eagle,  the Grey Crowned Crane, Weaver birds , Mountain Yellow Warblers, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Red-throated Alethe, Regal Sunbird, Ruwenzori Batis, Ruwenzori Turaco, Wood hoopoes, Strange weavers and the Stripe-breasted Tit, Dusky Crimson wing, among others . If you are a birder, this can be a marvelous destination for you with the several migratory, Albertine birds that can all be seen on your visit to the park.

Biking and Cycling along the Congo Nile Trail is also done in Gishwati-Mukura national. This trail provides one of the best biking experiences in East Africa. The trail was designed to pass along the shorelines of Lake Kivu and then through Nyungwe forest. The Congo Nile trail is close to Gishwati-Mukura National Park offering visitors a change to explore rural Rwanda and study how life in rural Africa looks like.

Waterfall hike is also another activity carried out in the park.  Visit to the waterfall is one of the best hiking path in Gishwati-Mukura National Park, you will have an opportunity refreshing hike to the waterfalls and enjoy the scenic beauty of the surroundings. This visit will take you to Kazeneza waterfall located in the middle of the park giving an opportunity for sightseeing and breathtaking views of the park. During your climb, you spot various villas that are just found in Gishwati Mukura National park and Nyungwe National Park like Igishigishigi.

Guided Nature Walk is also the most common activity conducted for visitors in the park. The park has various ingrained trials for you to explore the lush forests, discover unique flora and fauna, and learn about the park’s ecosystem. On this guided nature walk you will have a great opportunity to encounter with natural charm of the forest up close with its amazing creatures such as primates, bird’s butterflies, chameleons and insects. Over 60 plant species can be sighted here including bamboos, ferns, Macaranga kilimand, mahogany and orchids adding on the attractions other new species such as macaranga, hagenia abyssinica, dombeya torrida, eucalyptus, and polyscias fulva have also been put in place in the park, which you will have an opportunity to sight as well.

Rwanda safari in Gishwati Mukura National Park
Rwanda safari in Gishwati Mukura National Park

How access to Gishwati-Mukura National park

 Gishwati-Mukura national park is located on the between Rubavu and Karongi, making it a convenient and easy to access. Rubavu the nearest town is a bout 40mins drive away. You can also drive from Kigali to the park which is about 2 hours’ drive by road. For those interested in flying there is an option of a chartered flight from Kigali to Gishwati-Mukura. You can as well access this park from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Uganda with this making it possible to combine your visit to Gishwati and Gorilla trekking in Uganda

 Accommodation facilities in Gishwati-Mukura National Park

Due to the fact the national park is new, accommodation facilities and camps are under contractions. The best lodge to stay in Gishwati-Mukura National Park is Gishwati luxury lodge. It is the best lodge in the Gishwati-Mukura National park. Gishwati Lodge has about six luxury chalets which house less than 15 guests at a times. There is also an option to stay near Gishwati-Mukura national park like in Emeraude Kivu Resort Nyungwe Top View Hotel, Golden monkey hotel, Peace Guest hotel among others.

Book with as at Achieve Global Safaris and enjoy your unforgettable Gorilla safaris in Rwanda or visit our website for more information.

book a safari