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About Gishwati National Park

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Gishwati-Mukura National park is one of Rwanda’s newest National Park; it is also known for its diverse plant species. over 60 species of trees, a number of Rwanda wildlife and 84 different bird species can all be found in this forest. The park is situated in Ngororero and Rutsiro districts in Rwanda’s Western province, it covers an area of about 3,558 hectares. This park would have run extinct since during the 1994 genocide most people run in here to hide and ended up settling in the forest. They carried out different activities like farming, deforestation and illegal mining.  In September 2015 a law was passed to have a joint National Park, hence the Gishwati-Mukura National Park opposed to what were two different forests Gishwati and Mukura
Gishwati-Mukura National park
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How to Reach Gishwati N-Park

Gishwati-Mukura National Park is on the highest ridges of the Congo-Nile Divide and the Albertine Rift in the west of Rwanda.

The park can be accessed by road or by air and for road transport, you can choose to use public means or private means it is advisable you book through a tour operator or car hire companies. Also, the park can be visited on a joint safari from Uganda after gorilla trekking in Mgahinga you can travel from Uganda to Rwanda by road, have a sleepover in Kigali and drive from Kigali back to Uganda in the morning.

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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 in Gishwati-Mukura National Park

The park inhabits a high population of the endangered chimpanzees. These animals are close to humans, most of them have been habituated and are available for trekking. Habituation is making these chimpanzees get used to human beings and not be scared of them. Other attractions in this national park are the surrounding unique ethics and cultures, the golden monkeys, mountain gorillas, blue monkeys among others.[/cz_title]

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Bird Watching in Gishwati-Mukura National Park

Gishwati- Mukura forest has over 100 bird species. Birders will find this forest very interesting because it gives them an opportunity to see lots of birds recorded in the country. Most birds are Albertine Rift endemics and others migrate from DR Congo. The forest is located in the Albertine region and hence the birds find comfort in residing here.[/cz_title]

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Primate Watching in Gishwati-Mukura N.P

AsThis national forest is home to 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 all live in the park. Chimpanzee and golden monkey trekking plus habituation are the most activities carried out by travelers in this park.[/cz_title]

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Other Activities

Cultural Experiences

Since the Gishwati-Mukura was at some point 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 handicraft making. The locals make some products and sell them to the tourists.

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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Activities in Pictures ~ Gishwati-Mukura

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

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Hotels & Lodges in Pictures

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Gishwati Lodge

you do not have to worry about accommodation when on your safari to Gishwati-Mukura, The park has one of the best facilities so far to have an overnight stay is Gishwati lodge. It is a luxurious lodge with great views of the beautiful landscape of the park; also activities like chimpanzee tracking, 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, luxurious and elegant feeling; in other words, it is a home away from home. The staff is well skilled, deliver service on time 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.  It is easy for 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.

In conclusion, Gishwati lodge is the perfect base/start point for visiting habituated golden monkeys and chimpanzees in their natural habitat within the Gishwati-Mukura. The park also has campsites which are in favor for the budget travelers in for camping[/cz_title][cz_gap]

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