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Gishwati-Mukura National Park

Gishwati-Mukura national park was established in 2015 after the government passed legislation to safeguard the park’s chimps. It is the smallest park, covering 34 square kilometers and including Gishwati and Mukura forests. Nowadays, it is the least frequented park, with little tourist traffic. The park is located on the ridges of the Congo-Nile strange, allowing you an opportunity to see some of the Albertine region’s fauna.

Many monkeys, reptiles, birds, and tree species may be found in the park.

Gishwati-Mukura National Park's wildlife

The park is largely home to monkeys, maybe because it is a forest and partly because it was encrusted on the villages, driving away most of the big creatures like buffaloes. Chimpanzees, Golden monkeys, L’hoest Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, Olive Baboons, Vervet Monkeys, Black and White Colobus monkeys, and other primates are commonly seen at Gishwati-Mukura Park.


Gishwati-Mukura National Park’s Birds

The following birds may be found in this park: Regal Sunbird, Grauer’s swamp warbler, Ruwenzori Batis, Woodhoopoe, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Martial Eagle, Weird weave, Grey Crowned Crane, Dusky Crimsonwing, Ruwenzori Turaco, Mountain Yellow Warblers, Red-throated Alethe, and more.

Gishwati-Mukura National Park Activities Birding

Nature hikes and walks

Cultural encounters among the villages surrounding the forests.

The Congo-Nile Route can be biked or walked.

Gishwati-Mukura National Park Access

It will take around 2 hours to drive from Kigali to the park. A chartered flight from Kigali to Gishwati-Mukura is a possibility.

Gishwati Lodge is a safari resort and camp located near Nyungwe National Park.

PS: Because Gishwati is less than 30 minutes from Volcanoes National Park and Rubavu, visitors can stay in one of these more established areas and travel to Gishwati-Mukura National Park.