Which Two National Parks Are Found In Rwanda? Nyungwe National Park & Akagera National Park are both ranked to be among the best safari destinations, which are located in Rwanda. In addition, Nyungwe Forest National Park is famously known as a perfect destination to travel to while on a chimpanzee trekking safari because it hosts a large population of the chimpanzees whereas Akagera National park is a perfect place for a wildlife safari in the country.
Nyungwe National Park.
Nyungwe National Park, which is also commonly referred to as Nyungwe Forest National Park, was first gazetted as a forest reserve in 1903 by the German colonial government and Later in 2004, it was officially established as a national park by the Rwandan Government. In addition, this national park covers a total surface area of about 1020 square kilometers and receives a record amount of 2000mm of rainfall every year. The forest is also Rwanda’s largest water catchment area holding 2/3rds of all the country’s water. Therefore, this large tropical forest also contributes a lot towards the water distribution in River Congo and the Nile River as well. Nyugwe National Park stands at an elevated area at an altitude between 1600 to 2950 meters above sea level.
Nyungwe National Park is located in the Southwestern part of Rwanda sharing borders with Burundi in the South, with Lake Kivu and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the West. The national park is part of the famous Nyungwe Forest which is the largest tropical rain forest in East and Central Africa. It is believed to have been in existence for over thousands of years.
Wildlife in Nyungwe National Park.
Nyungwe national park is home to about 14 primate species, 300 bird species, 2000 plant species, 90 mammal species and 38 reptile species and touring around through different areas of the park will grant one chances to spot some of these species. This national park is truly gifted by nature and tourists visiting the national park have a lot to see and do while in the park for example, there are so many activities which tourists can opt to participate in as they gain new experiences and create remarkable memories and some of these include; the canopy walk, guided nature walks, birding, hiking to Isumo waterfalls, and chimpanzee trekking to mention but a few.
Tourist Attractions in Nyungwe National park.
There are various tourist attractions that visitors in the park can see such as; black & white colobus monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, the Grey cheeked Mangabey, Angola colobus monkey, the Silver monkey, Hamlyn’s monkey, vervet monkey, Olive Baboon and the Red tailed monkey, and numerous bird species such as; Regal Sun bird, Ruwenzori Batis, Black and White casqued Hornbill, Batis diops, Crytospiza Jackson bird and the Yellow- eyed Black Flycatcher among so many more.
Where to stay in Nyungwe national park.
As far as accommodation is concerned, there are so many lodging facilities where tourists can have their stay after their long day of touring around the park and some of these include; Gisakura Guest House, Nyungwe One & Only, Nyungwe Nziza Eco Lodge and Nyungwe Top View Hotel. However, These accommodation facilities that carter for all kinds of visitors are classified into different ranged for example from budget to mid—range and luxury hence giving chance to visitors to choose where to stay according to their preferences and where it matches with their budget.
Akagera National Park.
After exploring through Nyungwe National Park, tourists can then connect to Akagera National Park for a wildlife safari due to the fact that it is situated a few kilometers away. . Akagera National Park is located in the Northeastern region of Rwanda in Kayonza district. And it was officially established as a national park in 1934 by the Belgian colonial government and it is famously known as a refuge for savannah wildlife animals in Rwanda. More so, this is the only national park in the country where visitors have the opportunity to see the Big Five animals, which include; the lion, leopard, buffalo, African Bush Elephant and the Rhino.
Akagera National Park in Rwanda derived its name from River Kagera, which flows through the national park and flows into Uganda. this national park is dominated by swamps, marshland, savannah grasslands, woodland, forests, and there more beautiful physical features with the park such as; lakes and rivers for example; there is a total of around 10 lakes that are situated in different areas within the park, with the most popular ones being; Lakes Ihema, Shakani, and Rwanyakazinga among others.
Activities to do in Akagera National park.
Visitors touring around Akagera National Park can opt take part in a number of interesting and fun-filled activities which include; day & night guided game drives, guided nature walk where they are always accompanied with park guides, behind the scenes Akagera tour, Walk the line tour, boat cruises, camping, sport fishing and others.
Among some of the attractions that visitors can see in Akagera national park include; zebras, giraffes, buffalo, lions, hippos, rhinos, crocodiles, duikers, waterbucks, warthogs, hyenas, antelopes and even the rare Shoebill stock among others. more so, this national park also has unique bird species like; marabou stocks, egrets, crowned cranes, herons, Swamp Fly Catchers, the Red Faced Barbets and so many more species.
Accommodation Facilities in Akagera National Park.
Aakagera national park offers its visitors with many comfortable accommodation facilities which are of different ranges like; mid-range, budget and luxury. In addition, some of these lodging facilities include; Akagera Game Lodge, Magashi Safari Camp, Ruzizi Tented Camp, and Karenge Bush Camp. More so, The national park also has designated camping sites for visitors interested in outdoor camping, and these camping sites include; Shakani Akagera Campsite, Mutumba Campsite, and Muyumbu campsite.
How to get to Akagera National Park.
Visitors travelling from Nyungwe Forest National Park to Akagera National Park are encouraged to use 4×4 wheel drive safari vehicles when travelling by road. It this journey takes about 6½ hours while covering a distance of about 291 kilometers.
Therefore, tourists on a safari in Rwanda can choose to combine a chimpanzee trekking tour in Nyungwe Forest National Park with a wildlife safari in Akagera National Park, which offers them a good experience. In addition, at Explore Rwanda Tours, we offer our clients the best Chimpanzee trekking and wildlife tours to Rwanda, and at very affordable rates.
Contact our trusted tour operators for more information and inquiries about both Nyungwe national park and Akagera national park and then book with our tours and travel companies such as; Explore Tours Rwanda who offer the best tour packages while on your safari in Uganda.