Besides the authentic culture, beautiful and cleanest city in East Africa, Rwanda is endowed with beautiful and unique wildlife that is found in the versed landscapes and regions of national parks, game reserves and water bodies.

Rwanda is one of the newest nations in Africa. The country greatly suffered from the tragic genocide in 1994, which left massive destruction of infrastructure, nature and life! Despite all this, the country is continuously picking up and getting back on the map.


Rwanda possesses 711 bird species. 26 are endemic to the Albertine rift together with the Rwenzori turaco and handsome spurfowl among others.

The eastern-side We have the black headed gonolek , cranes and storks the are  swamp and lake associated. Examples of birds found in national include shoebill , secretary-bird,  Albertine-owlet and blue-swallow. Among the vulnerable birds, we find; lesser flamingo, maccoa duck , batter, great snipe, African skimmer among the near threatened and white –backed vulture, Rueppels.s griffon, hooded vulture, Grauer’s  swamp- warblerand , Madagascar pond-heron among the endangered.


And on the mammal side, Rwanda boasts its mammals in mostly the diverse national parks. Volcanoes national park is home of mountain gorillas. And Nyungwe national park consists of 13primate’s species that include the Rwenzori colobus, chimpanzees, Angola colobus, owl-faced monkeys, armored monkeys, and the eastern tree hyrax among others.

These have greatly been an influence in the soloist of tourists across the globe into Rwanda.

In volcanoes national park that is found in the northwest region of the country, it consists of diverts of wildlife that range from mammals, birds, and flora. The main wildlife attraction are the mountain gorillas. There are approx.   340 gorillas habituated in 10-gorilla-families. A Gorilla trekking permit costs $1,500 per person.

The National Parks

Akagera national park consists of savannah tropical mammals such as giraffes, elephants, lions, antelopes, buffalos, eland and impala. And it also consists 530 bird species that include; raptors, papyrus-gonolek, shoebill-stock, lesser kestrel, great-snipe, suaza-shrike and arnot chat among others.

And for Nyungwe national park, it is a primate site. The primates include chimpanzees, silver monkeys, golden-monkeys ,owl-faced mangabey and grey–cheeked mangabey. The park also has over 310 bird species; 25Albertine Rift, 11 Guinea-Congo forest biome and 71biome of Afrotropical highlands.

Other mammals in Volcanoes national park include; forest elephants, bush pigs, spotted hyenas, bush bucks and black fronted duikers.

… Protected Area Sizes

The country also consist of protected areas that are established as national parks n, volcanoes national park that covers an area of 16000, Nyungwe national park covering an area of 101900 ha and Akagera national park 108500 ha. And in addition the forest reserves also consist of wildlife ranging from fauna and flora. For examples Buhanga forest reserve that cover an area of (160), busaga (150), Mukara (1600), Gishwati (700)

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