Gishwati mukura national park
Gishwati Mukura National Park is another national park in the land of a thousand hill Rwanda found in North West of Rwanda in close proximity with Lake Kivu, volcanoes national park and democratic republic of Congo. Gishwati Mukura National Park stretches through Ruhango, muhonyi, kigeyo and Nyabirisi sectors of Rutsiro district covering an area of 992.48 hectares.
Gishwati Mukura Park came into existence after a law for a joint national park passed in 2015, due to illegal activities which were taking in the forests of Gishwati and Mukura such as deforestation, farming, mining and poaching of primates in the forest there was need to put a stop of these activities.in February 2016 the two forests were finally gazetted as a national park thus Gishwati Mukura Park
What to see in Gishwati Mukura National Park
Gishwati Mukura National Park is an excellent breathing tourist destination hosting many attractions which are easily seen while in the park for a safari and these include
Primates are the greatest attraction in Gishwati Mukura Park, the huge population of primates in the forests make it one of great habitants of primates in Rwanda. In the thick forests there live a variety of animals such as chimpanzees, golden monkeys, blue monkeys, L’Hoest’s Monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, and baboons. These exciting primates most especially chimpanzees are easily seen in the park. Apart from primates the park also hosts other animals such as wild cats, duikers.
Gishwati Mukura Park is a home to many bird species which are one of the things you enjoy seeing when you visit the park, the park is greatly dominated by forest trees which are perfect habitant for birds which are estimated to be over 83 species include Albertine rift endemics. These birds include Red-throated Alethe, Ruwenzori Turaco, Strange Weaver, Ruwenzori Batis, Regal Sunbird, Purple-breasted Sunbird, the Grey Crowned Crane, Stripe-breasted Tit, Martial Eagle and many more.
Gishwati Mukura National Park encompasses around two forests that is Gishwati forest and Mukura forest, these forest make the greatest habitant of animals in the park and also create abundance of nature for nature lovers. The forests Gishwati covering an area of 1439.72 hectares and Mukura covering an area of 1987.74 are made over 58 tree species such as bamboos, ferns, Macaranga Kilimand, mahogany, orchids, dombeya torrida, eucalyptus, hagenia abyssinica, Macaranga, Polyscias fulva and many more which used for research and exciting to encounter.
What to do in Gishwati Mukura National Park
As a tourist thinking of visiting Gishwati Mukura Park for safari the first question which runs through your mind is what to do in the park, well Focus East Africa tours is glad to explain to you and also list activities 0to do while on your safari in Gishwati Mukura National Park.
Gishwati Mukura National Park is a great primate habitant in Rwanda and primate watching is the main highlight of the park as it is loved by many tourists visiting the park. The park hosts a variety of primates living in the thick forests dominating the park, these primates include golden monkeys, blue monkeys, L’Hoest’s Monkeys, baboons and chimpanzees which are in a huge population of all other primates. On primate watching expedition you also get to see other forest wildlife like wild cats, duikers and birds, primate watch begins from the parks’ headquarters with briefing and then proceed to the forest where you encounter numerous forest creatures.
Gishwati Mukura National Park is a wonderful tourist destination when it comes to bird watching safaris, the park is fairytale garden for bird enthusiastic as it is a home for over 83 colorful bird species and ranked as one of the best birding areas in Rwanda. Gishwati Mukura Park is dominated by forest trees which habit bird species such as Red-throated Alethe, Ruwenzori Turaco, Strange Weaver, Ruwenzori Batis, Regal Sunbird, Purple-breasted Sunbird, the Grey Crowned Crane, Stripe-breasted Tit, Martial Eagle and many more. Among the bird species there is Albertine rift species which only endemic to Albertine rift.
Rwanda as a country promotes eco-tourism and in the same insight Gishwati Mukura Park offers cultural visits to local communities living adjacent to the park, on cultural encounter safaris in the local communities you can visit local farms in their gardens, witness cultural performances including local dance, drama, songs and storytelling. You also get to learn how to make local crafts and prepare traditional foods, visiting local communities is a way away of supporting the development of local communities, support cultural dances, drama and also promote local art. The initiative of supporting and promoting the local communities is spearheaded by Rwanda Development Board in partnership with The Great Ape Trust
Hiking and guided nature walks
Hiking and guided nature walks in Gishwati Mukura National Park is a very amazing experience, the park consists of well-established trails which run through the thick forests of the park where amazing hiking and guided nature walks take place. One of the most amazing trail to use while on nature walk and hiking in Gishwati Mukura National Park is the trail which leads to the magnificent Kazeneza waterfall, hiking and guided nature walks in Gishwati Mukura National Park offers you amazing and thrilling experience as you encounter the beauty of the park which includes various plant species in the forests such as bamboos, ferns, Macaranga Kilimand, mahogany, orchids, dombeya torrida, eucalyptus, hagenia abyssinica, Macaranga and Polyscias fulva. On the same activity you get to encounter wildlife in the park such as chameleons, insects, birds like Grey Crowned Crane, Martial Eagle, Mountain Yellow Warblers, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Red-throated Alethe, Regal Sunbird, Ruwenzori Batis, Ruwenzori Turaco, Weaver birds, Wood hoopoes, Strange weavers and primates like chimpanzees, blue monkeys, L’Hoest’s Monkeys, baboons which live in the park.
Biking safaris on Congo Nile trail
Biking safaris in Gishwati Mukura National Park takes place on the Congo Nile trail, the Congo Nile trail offers one of most thrilling and best biking experience in East Africa. This trail is passes through the shorelines of Lake Kivu to Nyungwe forest, Congo-Nile trail is situated close to Gishwati Mukura National Park offering you a tourist to experience touring of amazing Rwanda and its beautiful attractions.
When to visit Gishwati Mukura National Park
Gishwati Mukura National Park is open to receive visitors throughout year for a safari, the park experiences temperate type of climate with two wet seasons and two dry seasons. Gishwati Mukura National Park experiences as long and short wet season, long wet season is received from mid-February to May and short rain fall season is received from October to mid-December. Dry season in Gishwati Mukura National Park is experienced as long dry season in the months of June to September and shorter dry season in the month period of mid- December to mid- February, as a travel expert the best time to visit Gishwati Mukura National Park for a best safari experience is in the long dry season in the months of June, July, august to September. The long dry period is best for activities like chimpanzee tracking, birding, hiking and nature walks, in this period the park is apparently dry with less muddy tracks with lesser mosquitoes and bugs. This season also corresponds with the summer months in United Kingdom, North America and Europe which is the best travelling time.
How to get to Gishwati Mukura National Park
Gishwati Mukura National Park is situated in the north-west region of Rwanda about a drive of 2-3 hours’ drive from Kigali the capital of Rwanda to Rutsiro district, the park is accessed by road and by road you can used public or private means of transport to get to the park for an amazing safari.
Where to sleep in Gishwati Mukura National Park
Gishwati Mukura National Park is surrounded by many accommodation facilities which offers a comfortable place to stay for tourists while visiting the park for a safari, these accommodation facilities include Gishwati lodge.