Thinking of a self drive trip to Uganda is the best choice every adventure lover should make, due to the variety of attractions in the country like the 13 wildlife parks all filled with amazing and unique wildlife, diverse culture among others. But before you think of getting online to looking for a car rental company from where you will hire the car to use on your self-drive trip, we recommend that you read through our safety driving tips to have a safe and interesting self drive trip in Uganda. Read about the traffic rules and personal measures to take after as you are driving on Ugandan roads.

Don't drink and drive
In Uganda driving under the influence of alcohol is a big crime and it’s punishable, this was made serious and strict like 2 years back after the increasing accidents which were mostly caused by drunken drivers and the Uganda Traffic Police introduced the breath tasting machines locally known as Kawuntemu. DUI does not only make the driver lose concentration but also reduces driver’s vision and steering stability the thing which causes accidents. Death caused by DUI can easily be avoided if a driver is smart enough to not get behind the wheel when his drunk.

Always wear a safety belt
Driving without a safety belt on is a traffic offense everywhere throughout the world and rightly so since this could be a life saver in case of any collision. Try not to not get caught by highway traffic police just because of a simple action which can also save your life. You should not forget to strap on the belt before you start car or after a stop, in case of any accident the seat belt will be only main thing that can save you from being hurled around or outside through the wind screen. The odds of surviving a crash with the belt on are high plus you will avoid tickets and some money.

Avoid all kinds of distractions
It’s advisable to avoid all the distractions while you’re driving, things like phones and other electronic devices should be avoided. The most known vice that causes distraction and accidents are phone and texting these may appear like simple things but will make you lose concentration and in case of any mistake it may lead to a fatal accident. Thinks like eating, chatting with passengers, applying makeup, adjusting music volume, changing radio channels and even trying to plug in the phone into the charger while driving can also distract that thing which may cause accident. Always keep your eyes on the road not forgetting that a single a single mistake can cause death.

Avoid Over speeding & over taking
More than 70% of the road accidents everywhere throughout the world are brought on by high speeding drivers in a rush or on showoff. Regardless of whether you are in race to get some place in time or simply speeding to awe somebody, you ought to always remember that SPEED KILLS, try to keep the average speed of 80km/hr and just over take when you have a perfect view of the coming vehicles passing by. Take as much time as is needed and spare an existence today.

Don't drive when tired
When organizing a to travel a long trip, it’s advisable to have enough rest and also pack some water and snacks to keep you awake on the drive. Getting in the driver’s seat when feeling tired is huge mistake as you can doze off and you get to realize it when you already knocked another vehicle on the road or when you have lost control of the car. Its advisable that in case you feel sleepy, you can just stop over somewhere and take a short break, stretch your muscles, take an energy drink or eat something and then hit the road again and continue with trip after refreshment.

Look out for bad weather
When going to remote destinations like village or wildlife parks, never forget that the weather can change un-expectedly. Heavy rain and fog are bad conditions to drive in thus you ought to consider reducing the speed to around 30km/hr or even getting somewhere to park and wait for the rain to stop to avoid accident and even getting the vehicle stuck in muddy road.

Travelling and exploring new destinations helps us to leave our boring routine and everyone love to visit news and beautiful places! No matter where you’re travelling to, where you’re coming from whom you’re travelling with and why you’re travelling; there is one thing in common to all voyagers and that is the Luggage. Excursions could either be arranged as well as may appear suddenly and you would prefer not to fret over what you have to pack for your vacation or wind up missing on essential stuff!

So here are a couple of things that as a traveler you can't bear to miss:

Important stuff:
Get your itinerary, tickets, travel maps, camera and it's charger, mobile phone, pair of shades, torchlight, Swiss blade, scissor, watch, bag locks, carry bags, novel (if you are an ardent reader), small journal and a pen, water bottle, candles and match box (to be safe).

Travel bag:
In any which way don't make your vacation irritating by carrying the load of your luggage. What you have to do is to calculate the number of days you’re going to spend on the trip and then carry clothes which are only enough for you thus be sure to have a wheeled bag, duffel bag with wheels and backpack which are easy to carry around. It wouldn't strain your muscles and tire you out. If you’re hiking in the jungle then a backpack would be useful.

Daypacks:
Get a simple day bag so you can have a handy bag to carry on your across your shoulders where you will put your important stuffs to use in the day for example, travel map, snacks, sunglasses, water bottle and leave the big heavy bag in your hotel room.

Money Belt:
Most is most vital! Try not to give yourself to be ransacked a chance to out of your money and ruin your vacation. So don't use your day bags, handbags to stash in your money but use a money belt for the reason.

Shoes:
Exceptionally important part of voyaging - shoes! Wear comfortable shoes and suit yourself to stroll around and explore all places freely. You may, if fundamental, pack a pair of your heels or different shoes in the event that you happen to go to any events that oblige you to wear them generally jettison them with no doubt!

Toiletries/ Medicines/ Misc:
Keep in mind to pack along fundamental toiletries like tooth paste, tooth brush, tissue papers, shaving kit (if required), sunscreen lotion, female hygiene stuff, antiperspirant, lip balm and comb. Travel with medications as per your prescription, glasses, and appropriate clothes – don't convey an excessive clothes, superfluously, towels, one jacket, socks, handkerchief, and so on. Additionally pack some eateries dry fruits, chocolates and snacks. In the event that you are going by air, pack your toiletries in your carryon bag.

Travel Map & Guide Book
In the event that you’re going on a planned trip – purchase the travel maps, guide books in local store at your place and chalk out an itinerary and carry along the itinerary printout with you. In the event that it's out of blue trip purchase a guide, as you can't depend on technology (Google maps and so forth), dependably. Stack in the maps in your daypack alongside camera, phone and other stuff.

Back-up documents
Always remember to get photocopies of passport, personal IDs, tickets and different documents, for example, your Mastercard's car rental insurance coverage information, depending on where you’re travelling to. Carry phone numbers of your bank, Credit Card Company or possibly travel agency in like manner. Leave a photocopy of your passport ID back at home with the destination that it accelerates the replacement procedure in the event that you lose your passport on the excursion.

I am certain the above would come convenient while arranging and packing your next vacation.

There are very many people out there who would like to see the gorillas in their natural environment. I guess you have seen gorilla caged in the zoo and they are normally two or three in the cage. All I can tell you is that these gorillas do not interact as they are supposed to.

Gorillas are nomadic animals which move from one place to the other looking for feeding areas in the jungles and are social animals which enjoy company of very many gorillas that is around 8-10 gorillas in the group. In the jungle is where they feel more comfortable as they independently do their own things other than being restricted like the way they are kept in the zoos.

The life span of a gorilla is normally 45 year in their natural habitat but a gorilla in captivity only spends 35 years on earth according to by the World Wildlife fund (WWF). This means that gorillas have more life when they are in the jungle where they feed on more organic and nutritious foods of the wild fruits, tree shoots, stems, leaves, flowers, vines and the small vertebrates.

In the jungle is where these gorillas normally express their natural intelligence in the way they lead their lives. This is why they are among the closest cousins of man. Due to their intelligence, many people have traveled to their natural habitats to see the gorillas.

There are many kinds of gorillas in the world from the western and eastern lowland gorillas, the cross river gorillas to the mountain gorillas. Gorillas are found in ten African countries; that is, the countries in the western, the central and eastern parts of Africa.

But for our case we shall enlighten you on the mountain gorillas that are found in Uganda, Rwanda and The Democratic Republic of Congo. Here we find over 20 habituated gorilla families available for tourism purposes, mountain gorilla trekking is one of the main foreign exchange earner for those countries.

Rwanda has seven habituated gorilla families found in volcanoes national park in the Virunga region which is straddles Rwanda, Uganda and the DR.Congo and Uganda has ten habituated gorilla families in Bwindi impenetrable national park in the southwestern part of the country and one habituated family at Mgahinga national park in the Virunga region. A 5 day African gorilla safari can combine Bwindi and Volcanoes National parks with 2 gorilla treks in both gorilla destinations.

The only way to see these amazing animals is by taking a gorilla safari that are normally organized by various tour companies and these have affordable tour packages and this can be proofed by going to the internet.

The other way to trek the gorillas, one may get in the Rwanda and Uganda, hire a car in Uganda and take a gorilla tour safari on your own. In other words, it is a self drive gorilla safari.. This is the most adventurous experience one can ever encounter.

Gorilla tours are truly awesome as one get in touch with nature and one of man’s closest cousins in their natural environment.

Phenomenal is one of the many words that can be used to describe the beautiful, breath taking Murchison Falls National Park. Found in Uganda at the northern end of the Albertine rift valley and the largest national park in Uganda. Murchison Falls is one of the places one should go to have a wonderful time and experience the biggest connection with Mother Nature.

With its exotic beauty, Murchison Falls National Park has become one of Uganda’s biggest tourist attractions. There are so many different activities one can do here like; Nature walks, hiking, sport fishing on the Albert Nile where by you stand a chance of catching 20 kg big fish for yourself. A boat cruise at the Albert Nile is worthy a talk as here one get to enjoy the sea bliss as one breathes in the fresh Uganda air and also has a glance on the aquatic life that is hippos from the distance, the elephants at the bank of the river and also so many interesting birds at the shores.

While at Murchison national park, you can get to explore a lot of wildlife and see many different wild animals like; Giraffes, Buffaloes, white hippos and crocodiles on the banks of the longest river in the world, the Nile River when you take a half day game drive. You get to know why these animals are called wild as they hang out in an environment where the fittest and the most resilient survive.

Visiting Murchison Falls National Park would not be complete without getting to see its centre piece, the one thing that makes this place what it is, the Murchison falls. It’s white, rapid waters flowing from the River Nile, gushing down and drifting off into Lake Albert. The sight of this is simply amazing. At the top of the fall, you witness how the mighty Nile forces its way through a narrow stream of about 6 metres down the Lake Albert as it makes a devil like sound and sprouting water fountain as it is subdued in Lake Albert.

Murchison Falls National Park is a place that one should definitely go to, so grab your family or friends and take a trip here to have a fun and delightful time. Many people who have visited this park have had a good experience and the experience has given them a second reason to pay a visit one more time.However note that, some parts of the park are inaccessible during rain season, and you are advise to rent a 4x4 Toyota prado, Land rover, Land Cruiser Hardtop among others. Those are the most common safari vehicles used in Uganda especially in Murchison Falls National Park.

Self drive safaris are taking the lead in Uganda and they are replacing the guided safaris in the country. This is where the tourist drives him / herself on a trip and be in the control of the wheels and has full authority of when to be where and do what on the trip.

Rental cars Uganda Ltd is offering a wide variety of car for you to choose from. Choose from over 20+ car models and hire by day, week, month or year. We are found in most of the cities in the country and most interesting we have extended our services to the neighboring countries like Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. So whenever you feel like travelling around the country, Rental Cars Uganda Ltd will always be near with over 80+ pickup locations. But before you think of hiring a vehicle for self drive, you need to know the fallowing in order to have a successful road trip in Uganda.

Book the vehicle in advance: This is among the important thing you should think about particularly when travelling in peak seasons, for example, Christmas or Easter seasons. If you book a vehicle in advance, you have a strong bargaining power before your self-drive trip to Uganda. When you book and pay commitment fee on your booked vehicle, you reach at the airport when you’re sure that there is a ca car waiting for you and also help you choose a perfect accommodation options base and even plan your travel time well.

Choose a best vehicle: Choosing a perfect car for self drive in Uganda it depends on some factors like; where you’re going to travel i.e if you have intensions of travelling up country like in national parks, it is advisable that you choose a strong 4x4 safari vehicle and if you just want to drive around the town it better you book for a simple vehicle like a Toyota Rav4 because most roads in city area in Uganda are in good conditions. Another factor is the number of people you’re travelling with for example if you’re with more than 4 people you will need a large vehicle like a safari van.

Avoid driving at night: due to the fact that you’re in the foreign country, you should not risk driving at night because most drive don’t respect traffic laws at night and some highways in the country are lacking street signs and lights, and it is not that easy to miss a lodge sign post. In the event that you get any problem in the middle of nowhere at night, Ugandans are so friendly people just feel free to ask anyone to direct you where you can spend the night and then think of continuing with your trip the next morning.

Choose suitable accommodation and keep their contacts: Search for suitable and good accommodation facilities near travel destinations, the staff of Rental Cars Uganda Ltd are knowledgeable enough to help you choose which accommodation to use in which national park, just feel free to ask them for assistance. They can give you all the relevant information about all the destinations you’re going to travel to and where to sleep even they can help you book the lodges and even get for you there contacts so that when you arrive there late you call them and tell them about your late arrival for proper arrangement.

Before you start your day every morning, check your vehicle and ensure that everything is order checklist include indicators, breaks, head lights, oil level, tyre pressure for all wheels and spear tyre and check for any leakage beneath the car. On the first time you pick a car from the car rental agent, check for the fallowing, validity of insurance, status of the tyres, car jack, extinguisher and triangle.

Respect street Signs: Most road in Uganda has street signs, try not to neglect them and drive under the stipulated driving speed. Over speeding in the country is an offense and punished which may delay you and wind up missing your next destination in time. Speed limit on major highways is 80-100km/hr, in trading center its 30-40km/hr, in National Parks 40-50kms/hr, on murram roads 40-60km/hr. It is also advisable that you switch on lights when driving on dusty roads and when it's raining. In national parks, off track driving is not allowed and you will be penalized.

Use of GPS and Road map: Most car hire companies in Uganda offer you GPS navigation and Road Map. These are a must while on a self drive trip. Note that, some destinations may not be indicated on the GPS but the travel road map can be of help. But keep asking the locals for confirmation of the direction to take.

For all car rental services in Uganda, contact us by visiting our website: www.rentalcarsuganda.com or through Email: info@ rentalcarsuganda.com OR call +256773728141.

Uganda displaced Germany as Kenya's top vacationer market, as per another report. The best performing markets include USA, UK and India with Uganda and China taking over Germany and Italy from the traditional top five destinations. The US has displaced UK as the main international tourist market source, industry information reveals.

The tourism industry of Kenya is experiencing positive development trends as international arrivals for January to October 2016 by sea and air closed at 729,682 contrasted with 628,345 in 2015, representing a 16.1% increment.

Kenya Tourism Board information additionally shows arrivals between January and September 2016 rose by 12.5%, to 983,876 contrasted with 874,544 recorded a year back.

"This powerful surge in tourist numbers can be a result of marketing strategies and impetuses started by the ministry of Tourism and the Kenya Tourism Board," the communication from KTB read.

If you’re looking for a car to hire for business or safari travel in Uganda, the best way to save money is to perfectly compare the prices of the car online and not only the rates put on the websites since prices can change at any time based on the economic conditions and the personal needs. These are some of the things you have to know before hiring a car in Uganda. From the size of the car, the number of people you’re going to travel with, prices, special discounts, company status to a required driver documents and extra rates included.

The size of the car matters
Most car rental companies in the country charge you according to the size of the vehicle you want to hire. The size of the car is determined by the number of people it carry, seating capacity and car model type. Large vehicles like minivans and minibuses can carry up to 15 – 50 passengers and small cars like sedans can take a maximum of 5 people and they all charged differently.

Special discounts
Before you hire car in Uganda, another thing you should consider is discount, many companies in Uganda offer special discount to clients in different days, season and the according to the size of the group. At 4x4 Uganda Ltd we offer special discount at any client who is booking the vehicle for long days like 5 and above. Even when you’re in a group when you need like 2 or more cars at once, we have your special discount. For those on weekend getaways still you can also ask for your 30% discount in weekend car.

The number of people and size of luggage you’re travelling with
This is also another factor that can affect the price of the car you will hire, in the way that if you travelling independently or as a couple, you will just need a simple 4 door passenger vehicle like Toyota Rav 4, Premio or any other economical car to save money on rates of fuel and even those small vehicles are offered at low price. But if you’re travelling as a group like family and carrying huge luggage, then you will need a large vehicle like minibus which can accommodate many passengers and luggage even sometimes you might need an extra vehicle to carry your luggage.

Destination where you’re hopping to travel to
This is another important factor you should not undermined when hiring a car in Uganda, for example if you’re going to drive just within the city centre its better you get a simple car like Rav 4, but when you’re going to travel upcountry like to explore Uganda national parks, its recommended that you hire a 4x4 safari vehicle because most roads upcountry are in bad conditions, so you might get stranded there if you take a small car.

Valid driving permit/license is required
This is any another thing you should consider when hopping to hire a car in Uganda. All car rental companies in Uganda before giving you their car, they ask for your valid driving permit and they remain with a photocopy of your driving permit and passport photo, and it’s also recommended to keep the traffic laws and also to be patient when you’re on road.

Car rental Company Status
Before thinking of hiring a car from a certain company, you should first research on that company you want to deal with because there are many fake companies online. So before wiring your commitment fee to any company first make sure the company is fully registered, reliable and if they are offering fair rates.

Ask about the hidden chrages
Before you decide to hire the vehicle from any company in Uganda, you should ask about the priced and hidden charges to avoid disappointments at last time. You should talk about the fuel charges whether it is included on the prices most car company offer rates without fuel and driver so it’s better to talk about it before you hire. Also most companies charge extra money if you return the vehicle past on the agreed date.

Other fees that may apply include; GPS device, Travel map, camping bags among others
For more information about hiring cars in Uganda, visit our website www.4x4uganda.com or send us an Email at info@4x4ugada.com or call us on +256-392-000834 and hire a car of your choice today.

Rwanda formally known as the Republic of Rwanda is an Independent country in the East Africa and is among the smallest states on African Continent. It’s located south of the equator, bordering Uganda in the north, Burundi in the south, Tanzania in the East and DR. Congo in the west. The country is in African Great Lakes Region and its geography is dominated savanna in the east and mountains in the west and due to the rolling landscape the country earned it’s the name ‘land of thousand hills’

Numerous visitors come to Rwanda to trek mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, which has spread the good news about the country as a peaceful and perfect destination for tourists, changing the bad picture made by the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Other than the mountain gorillas, different attractions incorporate the golden monkeys in Volcanoes National Park, birds and wildlife in Akagera National Park, chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest National Park and obviously, the Rwandan interesting culture.

The country is an amazing family tour destination with awesome places to visit, incorporating three wildlife parks with stunning wildlife, Rift Valley lakes, and the busy capital city of Kigali, which is incredible for phenomenal family outing in and around the city.

Here are some of the best and interesting cities to visit with a family in Rwanda

Lake Kivu
late-afternoon-serena-hotel-lake-kivu-rwandaLake Kivu is the among the Africa Great Lakes situated along the border of Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. The lake is among the highest altitude Rift Valley lakes found above 1,460 meters above the sea level. Lake Kivu is large with shallow waters perfect for swimming, kayaking and boat cruise.

There are three tourist towns found at the shore of this lake; including Lake Kivu. Gisenyi is the most famous one. Situated on the northern shores, it is blessed with white sandy shorelines and amazing views of the Rift Valley scenes and the Virunga Volcanoes.

Here, there are a lot of chances for trips and water sports on the lake itself. Gisenyi has variety of vacationer hotels on the lake shores, including Lake Kivu Serena Hotel, Waterfront Resort Lake Kivu and Gorillas Lake Kivu Hotel.

The other town at the shores of Lake Kivu are Karongi, which is effectively reached from Kigali and is clamoring with market and lodgings, and Rusizi on the remote southern shores of the Lake.

Butare Town
rwanda-national-museumThe town of Butare otherwise called Huye, is found in the southern of the country. This once a colonial town offers tourists an insight into the way of life, history and modern day life of the people of Rwanda.

Your family can visit the Rwanda National Museum where you can discover more about the pre and post colonial history of Rwanda and the traditional culture of Rwanda displayed through relics.

Another interesting destination to visit with family in Rwanda is the Gikongoro Genocide memorial found just outside the Butare Town. It is found in just a 15minutes drive from Butare Town. Local tour guides will clarify how the huge number of Tutsi was killed during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.

Huye market is a busy town with bars, restaurants and shops with local and international cuisine to feast on. Tourists can appreciate everything from meat omelets, fish omelets, and boiled cassava, to sandwiches, pork, chicken and vegan dishes. Also the local market can be visited during the day, there are various hotels for overnight stays, including Motel da Munt Huye, Hotel Ibis and Shalom House.

Kigali City
kigali-cityKigali is the capital and business center of Rwanda and also is home to International hotel chains, such as Radisson and Serena, in addition to a host of local casinos, craft shops, shopping malls and bars. There are also good banks and forex bureaus in case you want to exchange, deposit or withdraw money.

In addition to the shop and local markets, a tour around Kigali City also offers tourists a visit to genocide memorial centers. This memorial center is a remembrance of the genocide incident that happened in the country in 1994 that claimed the lives of over 800,000 people with just 100 days.

The Gisozi, otherwise called the Kigali Genocide memorial, is a burial ground where 250,000 Rwandans where killed and buried. In this genocide memorial center there are three exhibitions including educational sections, children’s exhibitions, gardens and archives telling the story of the genocide.

Still on Kigali city tour, you can visit other genocide memorial centers like, Murambi, Ntarama and Nyamata churchs situated in the southern part of the city. These have melancholy displays including skeletal remains of the casualties of the genocide. A visit to these places is a lesson in building reconciliation.

Tours to see the mountain gorillas in Africa have become one of the leading and most adventurous activity in the world. Thousands of visitors to Africa visit Volcanoes National Park Rwanda to take part in the daily gorilla tours to see these gentle giants in their natural habitat.

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Mountain Karisimbi View in Rwanda

While on your gorilla tour in Rwanda, never miss adventurous trek to the peak of mountain Karisimbi, requiring on 2 days and 1 night camping in the mountains.

About Mountain Karisimbi in Rwanda

Mount Karisimbi is the highest of the eight volcanoes in the magnificent Virunga Mountains. It has a huge dome, now dormant, that dominates the range, more in girth than in height.

Karisimbi means White shell in Kinyaruanda, which refers to its often white-capped summit. Interestingly, this cap results not from snow but from hail and sleet which accumulate in the higher elevations from its frequent storms.

Mountain Karisimbi is situated in Volcanoes national Park which is also known as the Parc National Des Volcans, located in northern Rwanda, less than 2 hour drive from Kanombe International Airport.

Mountain Karisimbi stand at an elevation of about 4507m above sea level. The mountain is situated along the border between Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda on the western branch of the Eat African Rift valley.

Climbing Mountain Karisimbi is a strenuous and it requires a minimum of 2 days hike. The climb starts early in the morning taking 6 hours and involves navigating through the Bisoke side before reaching the first stopping place at an altitude of 3,700 metres for overnight camping before finishing off the journey the next day.

The hike to the summit of Mountain Karisimbi rewards the view of several bird species, monkeys and some times mountain gorillas to lucky visitors. As you climb Mountain Karisimbi, be a ware of rain which can come at any time due to the altitude. Therefore, it is advisable to move with rain Jackets.

Some level of fitness is needed to climb mountain Karisoke and it is wise to hire porters to help you carry your day pack and hiking equipment. No prior climbing experience required.

You need 4-5 day safari package in Rwanda to combine gorilla tracking and mountain Karisimbi climbing and the itinerary can be as below in brief;

Proposed Itinerary for Gorilla Tour and Mt. Karisimbi Hiking in Rwanda

Day 1: Kigali city tour, lunch, Transfer to Volcanoes National Park

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking, afternoon relaxation

Day 3: Start Mt. Karisimbi hiking, overnight camping in the mountains

Day 4: Reach the summit, descend to the base, relax at your lodge or drive back to Kigali where the tour ends.

Other Tour Activities around Virunga Region

Your visit to Virunga region not only rewards you with mountain gorilla tracking but also other interesting tour activities such as golden monkey tracking, community tours around the Virungas in Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo, forest hiking, visiting the tombs of Dian Fossey, Mt. Bisoke hiking, Trekking the active volcanoes of Nyiragongo and Nyamurangira in DR Congo and many others.

Similarities between Nyungwe Forest and Volcanoes National Park:

Both Volcanoes and Nyunge forest National Parks are found in Rwanda – the country of a thousand hills.

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Water Channel in Nyungwe National park Rwanda

Both parks host primates. Volcanoes National Park hosts Mountain Gorillas and Golden Monkeys while Nyungwe Forest protects 13 primate species including Chimpanzees, vervet monkeys, mona monkeys, olive baboon among others.

Nyungwe and Volcanoes National Parks are ranked among the world heritage sites. In other words, both parks are world heritage sites.

Both parks protect birds- therefore; birding can be conducted in Nyungwe Forest and Volcanoes National Parks.
Both parks are accessed from Kigali city/ Airport.

Both Parks are known internationally.

The two parks are under control of Rwanda Development Board (RDB) to ensure welfare of all wildlife.

Volcanoes and Nyungwe Forest National Parks were officially opened for tourism activities.

Nyungwe and Volcanoes National Park are home for Rwanda’s major tourist attractions, Chimpanzees and Gorillas respectively.

Both Parks offer employment opportunities to people hence reducing unemployment rates.

Differences between Nyungwe Forest and Volcanoes National Park:

Nyugwe National Park is dominated by rain forest while Volcanoes National park bamboo forests.

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Baby Gorilla in bambou forest Rwanda

Nyungwe National Park is Larger than Volcanoes National park – the park lies within the 2,040 square kilometres (790 sq mi) while Nyungwe forest Spreads over 1,020km².

Nyungwe became a National Park in 2004 as Rwanda sought to increase its tourism beyond the country’s mountain gorillas of Volcanoes National Park, and is certainly worthy of its status because of its spectacular biodiversity While Volcanoes National Park in 1929. There fore, Nyungwe is one of the newly officiated parks in Rwanda.

Nyungwe forest protects 13 primate species more than Volcanoes National Park’s two species (endangered mountain gorillas and rare golden Monkeys).

Nyungwe Forest National park is dominated by tall trees than Volcanoes National Park which is dominated by bamboo.

Volcanoes National Park is situated in Virunga Mountain a range which is not the case with Nyungwe Forest National park.

From Kigali, reaching Volcanoes National park is 2 hours drive while Nyungwe is 6 hours. Therefore, Nyungwe Forest National Park is situated far away from Kigali capital than Volcanoes National Park.

Volcanoes national Park hosts the chief tourist attraction in Rwanda – which is Mountain Gorillas.

Statistically, Volcanoes National park receives more Visitors than Nyungwe Forest National Park. This is because tourists come to Rwanda mostly to see Gorillas – this is according to annual RDB statistical data. It should be noted that, Rwanda has a perfect destination for gorilla tracking in the world in its Volcanoes National park, regarded to be the leading Rwanda safari park, thus receiving a huge number of tourists than other parks.

Volcanoes National Park is situated in the northern part of Rwanda while Nyungwe National park the South West corner of Rwanda.

Volcanoes National park surrounded by volcanic peaks while Nyungwe National park is surrounded by tropical forests.
It is only in Nyungwe Forest National park where canopy walk is conducted.