TIPS for a responsible safari

TIPS for a responsible safari

It’s hard not to get excited about going on safari; seeing exotic wildlife, sleeping under the stars, for many it’s a once in a lifetime experience, but have you ever stopped to consider what impact your visit has on the park and it’s inhabitants? Parks rely on tourism  income to support conservation activities; every visit to Akagera directly contributes to both conservation of wildlife and work with the communities surrounding the park. But it is important to balance this need for tourism revenue with a respect for the needs of…

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Gishwati-Mukura National Park

Gishwati-Mukura National Park

  In 2015 the Rwandan government passed a law to create a new national park combining the Mukura and Gishwati forests, establishing the Gishwati-Mukura National Park – a forested area which will spread from up in the north of the country near the Volcanoes National Park, all the way down, incorporating the Gishwati and Mukura forests, to Nyungwe Forest. This is a great success story for the conservationists who have been fighting for a long time to protect this strip on the Congo-Nile divide.   In the far north of…

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Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park
Volcanoes National Park To the north lies the most famous destination in Rwanda Volcanoes National Park which has become synonymous with mountain gorilla tracking safaris and no visit to the country would be complete without visiting these majestic primates. It includes Rwanda’s highest point; Mount Karisimbi 4507m and two active volcanoes, Mount Nyiragongo and Mount Nyamuragira. The massif which covers 8000km encompassing six active and three extinct volcanoes is a home to around half of the world’s precious mountain gorilla. This makes Rwanda probably the best place in Africa for a tracking safari. Volcanoes national parks headquarters are based in... Read More

Nyungwe National Park

Nyungwe National Park
Nyungwe National park In the southwest corner of Rwanda Nyungwe Forest National Park is vast untouched tropical rainforest with a high dense canopy. Nyungwe became a national park in 2004 when Rwanda sought to increase its tourism beyond the countries mountain gorillas. Nyungwe National Park is a very rare and important habitat for many species, especially primates and birds. And at over 1000 square kilometers, Nyungwe is Africa’s largest protected mountain rainforest. With about 310 bird species, 26 of which are endemic, Nyungwe is one of the most important and still undiscovered bird watching destinations in Africa. Reaching to almost 3000... Read More

Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park
Akagera National Park Set at a relatively low altitude on the border with Tanzania, Akagera National Park could scarcely be more different in mood to the breezy cultivated hills that characterise much of Rwanda. Rolling hills of acacia bush with panoramic views across scattered grassland, patches of thick forest and a mosaic of swamp-fringed lakes along the meandering Akagera watercourse contribute to this park’s almost unrivalled scenic beauty. Akagera is unique in Rwanda as the only savannah environment in the country. Large herds of buffalo and impala, zebra and topi are commonly seen on the open plains, whilst smaller... Read More