Gishwati Mukura National Park
Gishwati Mukura national park is a recently established national park in Rwanda located in the western region of Rwanda, this park encompasses 2 forest reserves that are Gishwati and Mukura forest reserves.
Gishwati forest reserve is located in north-western region of Rwanda near Lake Kivu connecting to Mukura forest reserve, Mukura forest reserve is found in the northwest region of Rwanda.
Gishwati and Mukura game reserve form the 34 square kilometers Gishwati Mukura national park including the buffer zone, these forests lies on the ridge which divides the Congo and Nile water catchment areas along the bio diverse Albertine Rift in the western region of Rwanda.
Mammal species inhabiting in these forests include primates such as chimpanzees, baboons, golden monkeys, L’Hoest’s Monkeys, vervet monkeys, blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys. Other animals found in this park include bushbucks, serval cats, tree hyraxes, black fronted duiker, red river hogs and many more.
Gishwati reserve forest is a very rewarding birding destination habiting over 100 bird species, these birds include ed-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.
Safari activities to do in Gishwati reserve park include golden monkey tracking, bird watching, chimpanzee tracking, hiking to the falls, guided nature walks and community visits.