Wilderness Safaris Drives Gishwati Conservation Tourism Programme

As part of a multi-phased conservation and tourism management programme for Rwanda’s Gishwati-Mukura National Park (GMNP), Wilderness Safaris is in the first stage of developing an exclusive chimpanzee and primate trekking experience in Gishwati Forest, in partnership with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and Forest of Hope Association (FHA).

To drive ecotourism to the region, this first phase will start with the opening of the Forest of Hope Guest House and Camp Site at the Gishwati Research Station alongside the park later in the year.

The FHA is a Rwandan NGO focusing on the conservation of GMNP and engaging with local communities, to play an important role in its protection. It is a true example of ecotourism at its best, with the proceeds of every visit contributing to the reforestation, protection and conservation of both the park’s diverse flora and fauna and the upliftment of its surrounding communities.

Operated and managed by FHA, the new Camp Site offers unserviced camping facilities for a maximum of eight campers. The serviced Guest House will feature two double en-suite rooms for a maximum of four guests, offering a basic standard of accommodation, three wholesome meals a day and non-alcoholic beverages. This gives adventurous guests the opportunity to explore everything this wonderful forest has to offer, including the chance to admire and monitor some of the world’s last remaining chimpanzees, golden monkeys and mountain monkeys in their natural habitat; there is also excellent birding as well as authentic cultural exchanges.