Gishwati Mukura National Park

About Gishwati National Park

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Gishwati-Mukura National park is the 4th and Rwanda’s newest National Park; famously known for its diverse plant species; over 60 species of trees like the bamboo and wood and a big number of Rwanda safari wildlife species; around 84 bird species. It is located in Ngororero and Rutsiro districts in the country’s Western province; covering an area of about 3,558 hectares. This park would have run extinct since during the 1994 genocide whereby most people left the country others went to the borders of the country; hence some ended up occupying the Gishwati and Mukura areas; they carried out farming, deforestation and illegal mining. Gishwati and Mukura are forests. In September 2015 a law was passed to have a joint National Park, hence the Gishwati-Mukura National Park.
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How to Reach Gishwati N-Park

Gishwati-Mukura National Park is situated on the highest ridges of the Congo-Nile Divide along the incredibly biodiverse Albertine Rift in the west of the country.

The park can be accessed by road or by air and while on road public or private cars can be used, though it is advisable you book through a tour operator. Also the park can be visited on a joint safari  from Uganda after visiting the world’s Endangered Mountain Gorillas, you can travel fro Uganda by road, have a sleep over in Kigali and drive from Kigali to the park in the morning.

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TO DO AND SEE AT GISHWATI MUKURA NATIONAL PARK

Gishwati-Mukura National Park  is endowed with a number of attractions and activities and most of them are seen and done on foot, they provide an unforgettable and adventurous experience that you will take with you home after the amazing safari.

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Chimpanzee Tracking

The park is among the areas with a high population of chimpanzees; these are human’s close relatives, hence most of these have been habituated and are available for tracking. Other attractions are the surrounding communities which have unique ethics and cultures, the golden monkeys, mountain monkeys, blue monkeys among others.

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Bird Watching

Gishwati forest is among Rwanda’s famous birding spots; home to over 100 bird species. It is located in the Northwest of Rwanda in the Albertine Rift region. Rwanda being a small country is gifted with a lot to see including birds and of which these are over 650 species recorded in the country. Most birds are Albertine Rift endemics and others migrate from DR Congo.

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Primate Watching

As earlier said a number of primate species like the Chimpanzees, baboons, the Blue monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys, Golden monkeys and other animals like the duikers and cats live in the park. While in the park you can be able to track chimpanzees and golden monkeys since there are a number of them that are habituated.

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Other Activities

Cultural Experiences

Since the Gishwati-Mukura was occupied by people, as the government and other conservationists tried to revive it again, they had to come up with ways in which the surrounding communities could benefit from tourism hence coming up with products such as traditional healing, dance and drama and handcraft making.

Nature walks and Hiking

There are a number of trails in the park which are used for guided walks and hiking by tourists through the forests. This gives visitors a great view of the beauty of this park while on foot and also some hidden wildlife like butterflies and birds can be spotted during hikes.

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WHERE TO STAY WHILE IN GISHWATI-MUKURA NATIONAL PARK

Being a new National Park; a few accommodation facilities have been established within and near Gishwati-Mukura National Park.

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Gishwati Lodge

The best facility so far to have an overnight stay is Gishwati lodge which is a great dwelling to combine adventure, luxury and conservation while on a visit to Gishwati-Mukura National Park. It is a luxurious lodge with great views of the beautiful landscape of the park; also activities like chimpanzee tacking, nature walks, photography and bird watching can be well enjoyed by visitors staying at the lodge.

Gishwati lodge is an extraordinary and comfortable lodge that provides visitors with an adventurous and elegant feeling; in other wards it is a home away from home. The staff is well skilled and the food served is just tasty.

This luxurious eco-lodge has 6 rustic cottages that accommodate 12 guests; it is a sister property to Bisate lodge located in the habitat of the endangered Gorillas-Volcanoes National Park. This is a great opportunity of you having a combined encounter of the World’s amazing Apes; the Chimpanzees and Mountain Gorillas. Meaning be among the first visitors to spend an overnight at this lodge where you will be able to do both Chimp tracking and Gorilla tracking staying in sister properties.