The Gishwati Forest Reserve is a rainforest extending west beyond Lake Kivu connecting with the rainforests of Congo and south connecting with Nyungwe Forest. The 2012/2013 national budget contains the supplies to turn Gishwati into a full national park. The Gishwati rain forest is located in a 900 ha area of land. An additional 700 ha of agricultural fields and pastures land will soon be recognized to be within reserve boundaries.
Tourism & Conservation
Naming a newly born baby has been part of Rwandan culture and tradition for centuries.
Given the remarkable efforts by the Government of Rwanda, through the Rwanda Development Board, and in collaboration with various conservation partners and local communities , to actively protect the Mountai n Gorillas and their habitat, the old naming century’s tradition was modelled on these species to get the national brand known as “Kwita Izina”.
Nyungwe Forest National Park was established in 2004 and covers an area of approximately 970 km² of rainforest, bamboo, grassland, swamps, and bogs. The nearest town is Cyangugu, 54 km to the west.
Akagera National Park is located in the north east of Rwanda along the border with Tanzania. Although founded in 1934, much of the park was re-allocated as farms and in 1997 the park was reduced in size from more than 2,500 sq km (nearly 10% of the surface area of Rwanda) to its current extent of 1,122 sq km. Since 2010, a joint venture with African Parks has seen Akagera return to its former glories.
Volcanoes National Park (French: Parc National des Volcans) lies in northwestern Rwanda and borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. The national park is known as a haven for the mountain gorilla. It is home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo), which are covered in rainforest and bamboo. The park was the base for the zoologist Dian Fossey.
The diversity and range of museums and heritage sites gives the The Institute of National Museums of Rwanda an opportunity to present more to the global community. Rwanda has traced the history back further to World War I in collaboration with the German Embassy based in Rwanda.
Gorilla tracking in Rwanda is often described as “life changing” and with good reason. With only an estimated 880 Gorillas left in the world, to see these gentle creatures in their natural habitat is a truly unique moment.