Gishwati-Mukura National park is made up of two forests, Gishwati and Mukuru Forest which were renamed a national park in 2015 for conservation purposes. The Park is very popular for its diverse plant species, there are over 60 species of trees including native hardwood and bamboo; 195 species of birds and a wide range of wildlife. The Park is located in the western Rwanda covering an area of 3,558 hectares on a ridge which divides the Congo and Nile water catchment areas. Community-based and cultural highlights are a key feature of the National Park includes a farm stay, a live cultural dance, handicraft making, beekeeping, a tea plantation tour and the chance to learn from traditional healers who use natural plants to support modern medicine and manufactured drugs.
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Gishwati-Mukura experiences two wet seasons and two dry seasons. Visitors are advised to visit the park during the long dry season and regarded as the best season which is from June September. There is also a shorter dry season that is between mid-December and mid-February, this is also a good time for a safari.
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