Rwanda Development Board (RDB) to boost chimpanzee trekking in Gishwati-Mukura National Park which is set in the western province Ngororero and Rutsiro district just along the Congo Nile Divide. Gishwati-Mukura National Park is Rwanda’s newly founded pristine national park (established in February 2016 to offer refuge to its biodiversity that was nearly getting extinct). This initiative comes after the RDB and Imizi Ecotourism Development Ltd signing a 25-year agreement that aims at enhancing a multi-phased conservation and tourism management programme in Gishwati Mukura National Park. Imizi Ecotourism Devel0pment Ltd will develop and run an exclusive chimpanzee trekking in Gishwati-Mukura National Park which will be done under the Wilderness Safaris brand. Imizi Ecotourism Development Limited is a subsidiary of Wilderness Safaris one of the leading conservation organizations in Rwanda and found in 7 countries in Africa. Wilderness Safaris runs Bisate Lodge in Volcanoes National Park, Magashi Luxury Tented Camp in Akagera National Park.
The RDB will monitor ecology and conservation program set to boost chimpanzee and primate trekking experience in Gishwati-Mukura National Park which covers areas such as park ranger presence, science, involving local community cooperatives, law enforcement, human-wildlife conflict resolutions as well as research and monitoring.
To boost chimpanzee trekking in Gishwati-Mukura National Park means a great opportunity to visitors on gorilla or wildlife safari to Rwanda. It is a remarkable addition to distinct primate adventures such as mountain gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park, chimpanzee tracking in Nyungwe Forest National Park and the big five game exploration in Akagera National Park. According to Hategeka Emmanuel the RDB Deputy Chief Executive Officer, the new initiative in Gishwati Mukura National Park will provide a rare world-class visitor experience and it is aimed at attracting more tourists to Rwanda for safaris. This initiative reinforces Rwanda’s move to position itself as a high-end sustainable tourism destination and implementing it will in the long run benefit local residents living adjacent Gishwati Mukura National Park. Keith Vincent the CEO of Wilderness Safaris added that this development is amazing in the company’s overall strategy to assist take the Rwanda high-end ecotourism experience and its positive effects on the conservation and rural communities far beyond mountain gorilla adventure. Chimpanzee and primate trekking experience in Gishwati Mukura National Park is one of the most fascinating primate adventures that you need not miss to take part while on Rwandan safari. Boosting chimpanzee and primate trekking experience in Gishwati Mukura National Park gets you up close to chimpanzees our remarkable closest relatives in the wild and also other distinct primate species including the black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys among others.
To boost chimpanzee trekking experience in Gishwati Mukura National Park means a great opportunity for visitors to have longer stay as they are exposed to more unique tourist attractions. Gishwati Mukura National Park is composed of 2 different forest reserves-Gishwati Forest Reserve and Mukura Forest Reserve which span about 34 square kilometers. This park is comprised of about 60 distinct tree species and this includes the indigenous hardwoods and bamboo. Gishwati-Mukura National Park offers refuge to about 29 chimpanzees, 232 bird species which are confined within Gishwati and 163 in Mukura sector, several L’Hoest monkeys, blue monkeys a mention but a few.
Gishwati Mukura National Park is a newly established national park in Rwanda and features as the 4th. Since 2014, Gishwati-Mukura National Park has been and still undergoing restoration a project run by Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA). The key tourist activities to take part in Gishwati Mukura National Park include chimpanzee trekking, nature walks, hiking, bird watching, cultural tours, community-based tourism a mention but a few.
Gishwati sector features popular attractions like Pfunda River, Sebeya River, waterfalls, Umushwati tree trail, Rushubi tea trail, Gishwati community trail among others. Mukura sector of Gishwati Mukura National park comprises of Mukura Forest, Mukura bike trail, Secoko River, Rucanzogera River, Satinsyi River, Mukura Area Community trail and many others. Gishwati Mukura National Park comprises of 3 tourism development zones which also feature distinct tourist attractions. They include Umushwati Tourism Zone in the northwest gate, Rucanzogera Tourism Zones in the southern gate and Bitenga or Sebeya Tourism Zone in the northeastern gate of Gishwati-Mukura National Park.