Areas, parks & places to visit in Rwanda

Akagera, now a 'Big 5' national park...

Akagera National Park

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The scenic Akagera National Park covers over 1,100km² of low-lying grasslands and woodlands, similar in feel to the 'traditional' safari areas of East Africa. If you're in Rwanda, then it's a good park to visit for a few days big game safari.
The rural areas of Rwanda are densely populated...

Gishwati-Mukura National Park

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A newly established National park connecting the Gishwati and Mukura Forests.
Kigali is Rwanda's capital, and located at the centre of the country ...


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Kigali is the modern capital of Rwanda, and often useful as an overnight stop. It gets relatively few tourists, but if you take a stroll around the lively markets, you'll usually be met with friendliness.
Lake Kivu extends along much of the western length of Rwanda...

Lake Kivu

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Lake Kivu is one of the freshwater lakes in Africa's Great Rift Valley. The real joy of this area is driving along the gently weaving Eucalyptus-lined road through the hills and mountains beside the lake, where every corner of the hills is terraced with bananas.
Visit Nyungwe Forest National Park to encounter primates like the colobus monkey.

Nyungwe Forest National Park

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Nyungwe Forest National Park is the largest swathe of tropical montane forest left in East or Central Africa It's home to a bewildering range of flora and fauna, including 13 primates – and is a great destination for 2-3 days of hiking..
The Volcanoes National Park (Virunga Mountains) is the home of the mountain gorilla.

Volcanoes National Park

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The Volcanoes National Park (Parc des Volcans) was made famous by Dian Fossey's work, and the film Gorillas in the Mist. Along with an array of other endangered species, more than half of the world's last mountain gorillas live here. At present, it's probably the best place in Africa to see them.
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