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.
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.
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.