Gishwati Mukura National Park
Gishwati Mukura is the newest 4th National park which is located in Ngororero and Rutsiro districts in the Western province of Rwanda. Gishwati-Mukura National Park was gazetted in February 2016 as Park on an area of approximately 3,558 hectares, this came after passing the law in September 2015 to have a joint National between Gishwati and Mukura forest. Gishwati Mukura National Park is famously known for its diverse plant species which counts cover 60 species of trees such as the bamboo and wood and a big number of Rwanda safari wildlife species, around 84 bird species.
Gishwati-Mukura National Park is a home to different mammals and primate species that have been seen by conservationists such as Chimpanzees, L’Hoests monkeys, blue monkeys, and golden monkeys, white and black colobus monkeys.
What to do in Gishwati Mukura National Park
Gishwati Mukura National Park has got different numbers of activates which can keep you busy the all week which 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 in Gishwati-Mukura National Park. The most attractions activities within Gishwati Mukura National Park are animal and primate species, bird species and the vegetation species of which 58 tree species are found here. Gishwati Mukura National Park is hosts the high numbers of chimpanzees of which 97.8% are DNA of human of which are habituated for chimpanzee trekking, and such other attractions around the Park includes culture experience with its unique ethics and cultures norms
Gishwati Mukura National Park is among the top birding area in Rwanda and is birding paradise to bird lovers. While here, you can do birding on foot through the dense jungle and over 84 bird species are resident of Gishwati Mukura National Park. The birding trails offer you other animal’s species which you observe g the bird watching experience such as duikers, antelopes, baboons, the Blue monkeys and among others.
Gishwati Mukura National Park is home to different species such as the Chimpanzees, baboons, the Blue monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys, Golden monkeys and other animals like the duikers and cats living 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 within the Park.
Gishwati Mukura National Park is surrounded by local people who do a performance to our dearest visitors, they perform dance and drama, basket waiving, local beers, and farming and among others which defiantly defines the true culture of Rwandans. From here, they got some amount of money which helps them in their standard of living.
Nature walks and Hiking
Gishwati Mukura National Park has got a different number of trails in the park which are used for guided walks and hiking by visitors through the forests. This gives the tourist 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.
Other Parks To Visit while on your safari to Rwanda include Nyungwe Forest National Park which is famous for primates, Volcanoes National Park where gorilla tracking is taking place and Akagera National Park for wildlife animals and game viewing.
How to get to Gishwati Mukura National Park
Gishwati Mukura National Park is found in Northwestern province of Rwanda in Ngororero district with about 2-3 hours drive from Kigali the capital of Rwanda which offers you a spectacular view. And one can also opt to use air transport which is about 45 minutes. Visiting the Gishwati Mukura National Park one can also tie with Rwanda gorilla safari in Volcano National Park, game drive in Akagera National Park or chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe National Park.
Where to stay
Gishwati Mukura National Park has a small number of accommodation facilities to spend a night at. And some of them can be the same used while on a visit to Nyungwe forest but the most recommended one on a visit to Gishwati Mukura is the Gishwati lodge and also there are campsites for budget travelers.
Gishwati lodge is consisting of 6 rustic forest lodges and the visitor gets both an adventurous and luxurious essence. While staying there you will have an opportunity to enjoy quick access to the chimpanzees and golden monkeys.