• Mountain gorillas, Rwanda

National Parks in Rwanda

Only a few years ago, this was a fairly short topic of conversation as there was pretty much only one park and that was Volcanoes National Park where you could track the gorillas. These days, however, things have changed and the curious traveller has much more to get excited about.

Rwanda’s National Parks offer a diversity often not experienced in East Africa, with rainforest on the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes in the west, the montane forests of Nyungwe National Park in the southwest, and the savannah plains of Akagera National Park in the east. Combined, these national parks provide a stunning journey through one of central Africa’s most thriving destinations.

Rwanda’s National Parks are a testament to the wildlife authorities, being well managed with clear park fees and structures and a selection of comfortable accommodation.

Mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park, Rwanda

Best places in Rwanda to see...

  • Mountain Gorillas - Volcanoes National Park
  • Chimpanzees - Nyungwe National Park
  • Golden Monkeys - Volcanoes National Park
  • Black and White Colobus Monkeys - Nyungwe National Park
  • African Game - Akagera National Park
Zebra in Akagera National Park

Rwanda's National Parks

Volcanoes National Park
A stunning chain of volcanoes that stretch off into the distance, evoking the romanticism of tropical jungle forests and the gentle mountain gorilla giants that inhabit them with-in. Read more about Volcanoes National Park.

Akagera National Park
In 2010, African Parks conservation took over the management of this eastern savannah reserve and in the last 10 years it has gone from strength to strength with the introduction of rhino and lion adding to the already healthy populations of giraffe, zebra, hyena and more. Read more about Akagera National Park.

Nyungwe Forest National Park
Nyungwe is a lovely gallery forest with walking trails. Home to semi-habituated chimpanzees and a friendly group of black and white colobus monkeys. Read more about Nyungwe Forest National Park.


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Impala, Rwanda

Akagera National Park

An eastern savannah reserve with some beautiful scenery and African game including rhino, lion, giraffe, zebra, hyena and more.

Colobus monkey, Rwanda

Nyungwe Forest NP

Nyungwe Forest is home to semi-habituated chimpanzees and a friendly group of black and white colobus monkeys.

Mountain gorillas, Rwanda

Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park is home to the dramatic Virunga Volcanoes and Rwanda's breathtaking mountain gorillas.


Other Places to Visit in Rwanda

Kigali is a vibrant city, a buzzing hub with clean streets and progressive energy. The dark shadows of the horrific genocide in Rwanda are still part of living memory but where mass killings once took place, people come together; the optimism and upbeat outlook of its residents is a reaffirming story of how humanity can recover and thrive. Visitors to the Genocide Memorial won't fail to be moved by the glimpse into the complicated past. As dusk draws in and the sun sets over the thousand hills and thriving bar and restaurant scene see's cocktails featuring gin, hibiscus and jasmine mixed as the last streaks of light colour the sky orange.

Lake Kivu
A picturesque lake with views across to neighbouring DRC. A sleepy town but a nice place to relax after gorilla trekking.

Gishwati and Mukura Forests
The twin forests of Gishwati and Mukura are home to five primate species, including habituated chimpanzees.


Golden Monkey in Volcanoes National Park

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