Gishwati-Mukura National Park
Gishwati-Mukura National Park is a protected area located in the northwest of Rwanda. Established in 2015, it encompasses two distinct forest areas, Gishwati and Mukura, which were merged to form the national park. The park covers a total area of approximately 34 square kilometres (13 square miles).
Gishwati-Mukura National Park is known for its significant biodiversity and serves as an important habitat for various wildlife species. It is home to several primate species, including chimpanzees, golden monkeys, and L’Hoest’s monkeys. The park also supports a diverse array of birdlife, with over 130 species recorded, including the Albertine Rift endemic species.
The creation of Gishwati-Mukura National Park aims to restore and conserve the unique ecosystems found within the area. The park plays a crucial role in protecting the water catchment of the Congo and Nile Rivers, as well as providing a habitat for endangered species. Additionally, it contributes to local communities’ livelihoods through sustainable tourism and provides opportunities for research and education.
Visitors to Gishwati-Mukura Park can engage in a range of activities, including guided nature walks, bird watching, and primate tracking. The park offers a chance to explore lush forests, encounter diverse wildlife, and appreciate the beauty of Rwanda’s natural landscapes.