Safari Destinations in Rwanda; Volcanoes National Park Rwanda
Volcanoes National Park similarly denoted in French as Parc National des Volcanos is positioned in north-western part of Rwanda sharing the border post withVirunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. Well celebrated for its mountain gorillas, this park also contains five of the general eight volcanic highlands in the Virunga area including; Karisimbi, Bisoke, Sabyinyo Gahinga and Muhabura.
Volcanoes national park first came into existence in 1925 being the first African park to be gazetted with the motive of reducing the Gorilla poaching. It later acted as a center for the American primatologist Dian Fossey who carried out substantive studies about the mountain gorillas. Karisoke area which stands in the middle of Karisimbi and Visoke areas was the Dian’s center upon her arrival in 1967. This station which still stands up to today did enormous work towards conservation of endangered mountain gorillas that was later to capture the public attention in the years that followed. Despite the uncertain death of Dian in 1985, her selfless contribution is still celebrated up to today and her grave lies at the same center thus can be encountered on Rwanda safari.
Volcanoes national park contains arrange of vegetation as a result various altitude ranges. Vegetation zones include the (2400 – 2500 m) – Montane lower forest though depleted by activities of farming, (2500 – 3200 m) – Neoboutonia forest, Bamboo which covers over 30% of the forest land, (2600 – 3600 m) – Hagenia-Hypericum forest while a stretch from 3500-4200 m the park land is characterized by Lobelia wollastonii, Senecio erici-rosenii and Lobelia lanurensis. Grassland with thicket, meadows marshes exist at 4300 – 4500 m.
Concerning wildlife, Volcanoes national park contains the world’s endangered mountain gorillas existing along with various mammals including Golden monkey, buffalo, spotted hyena, black – fronted duiker and bush buck. Though rarely seen, elephants have been listed on the park list while a range of 178 bird species occur within the park of which 13 of them are endemic to the Albertine area.
Akagera National Park: The game in Akagera national park includes; buffalo, elephant, zebra, giraffe and array of antelope. The exciting note is that this park and its enclosed lakes compete favorably in terms of hippopotamus concentrations in Africa. The Nile crocodile has also extended to secure another dwelling in Akagera national park while other shy rare animals like spotted hyenas and leopard have been registered. The ranges of minor predators also exist including mongoose, bush babies, olive baboons, serval cats, genets and silver monkey species. The beautiful slender Impala is the most common of the 12 antelope species recorded in the park. READ MORE
Nyungwe National Park: The adjacent town of Cyangungu is approximately 54 km in the western direction while the Mountain of Bigugu is situated within the park boarders. Being a biodiversity hot spot, Nyungwe is considerd a conservation priority in Africa. The park contains over 13 primate species including; Chimpanzee, L’Hoest’s Monkey Silver Monkey, Adolf Friedrich’s Angola, Golden Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, Hamlyn’s Monkey, Dent’s Mona Monkey, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Vervet Monkey and Olive Baboon; 1068 plant species as it is one of the surviving pre historic montane forests even during the last ice age, 85 mammal species, 275 species of birds marked as an important bird area by the bird international. READ MORE
RWANDA FACTS & OTHER RWANDA SAFARI ATTRACTIONS
Rwanda Facts; Rwanda is also known as the Republic of Rwanda is found in the central and East Africa. The country borders countries like Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania and DRC. The country lies a few degrees in the southern part of the equator and it is a land locked country, with Kigali as a capital city. Rwanda covers an area of 26,338 sq. km therefore can accommodate a number of people and in the larges countries it takes the 149th position in the world. The country has two rainy seasons the first staring from February to June and the other one of September to December. There are also two dry seasons which are from June to September and December to February. READ MORE
Rwanda Culture & History; Rwanda is one of the stronghold countries in Africa with a deep linguistic coherence among its people. It entirely consists of three main tribes; the Tutsis, Hutus, and the Twa but all speak the same language called Kinyarwanda. These three tribes can be identified probably basing on their physical build but they have a strong coloration in terms of values of religion and are averagely spread in the entire territory. However they have deep political differences that are believed to have resulted in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Rwanda culture is not only shaped by the settlers of the land but also the refugees in the diaspora more especially in the adjacent countries of Uganda and Congo who still draw much of their attachment to their mother country – Rwanda. READ MORE
Flights in Rwanda arrive and depart from the largest Airport that is Kigali Airport
From Nairobi 5 major airlines serve the Kigali area and from Dubai 1 major airlines serve the Kigali area.
Flights from Nairobi to Kigali start at 8:35am and the journey is 1 hour. From Dubai to Kigali the flight starts at 6:30am and it takes 6 hours.
The closet flight to Rwanda is Gregoire Kayibanda Airport and that is in Kigali and it flies to 17 cities and a week it arranges 14 domestic flights and 469 international flights. READ MORE