Rwanda National Parks

Akagera

Akagera National Park

Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park

Canopy in Nyungwe Forest

Canopy in Nyungwe Forest

The national parks of Rwanda are protected ecosystems and wildlife reserves located within the borders of Rwanda in east central Africa. In 2012, these protected natural zones include the Volcanoes National ParkAkagera National Park and Nyungwe Forest. Maintenance of the national park system, as well as tourism infrastructure and promotion of the parks, is managed by the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) with assistance from government ministries.

Each park protects a distinct ecosystem and variety of species. Bordering Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, into which the Virungas volcanic mountain chain extends, Volcanoes National Park is the most heavily patrolled park in the world and the oldest in Africa. In combination with adjoining parks in the neighboring countries, it serves as the world’s only habitat of the mountain gorillas, whose numbers have been increasing here over the past decade. Visitor numbers to the gorillas are strictly limited and passes must be purchased, often well in advance, from RDB. Golden monkeys also inhabit a separate portion of the park.

To the southeast along the Burundian border, Nyungwe National Park hosts a large number of chimpanzees and a variety of other primate species in a highland rainforest environment.

The eastern border of Rwanda, along River Akagera and Tanzania, is the location of Akagera National Park and protects a variety of African fauna in a savannah ecosystem, including giraffes, elephant, buffalo, baboons, gazelles and zebra. Lionsoriginally inhabited the park but were exterminated by poisoning during and after the genocide. The park is currently being fenced in to allow the reintroduction of lions to be imported from South Africa in 2014.

At the end of June 2015, the African parks in partnership with Rwanda Development Board, has released seven translocated lions into Akagera National Park. The five females from and Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve and two males from Tembe Elephant park,both in South Africa,were brought to Rwanda in a ground breaking conservation effort for the country.

So we expect the cats family  growing in large numbers in few years to come as some of the females were identified pregnant recently in January 2016

National parks and forests

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