TANZANIA NATIONAL PARKS
Tanzania National Parks, the Custodians of the National and World Heritage Areas, established in 1959, and countrywide all national parks are under control and supervision of Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA), the parastatal organization responsible for managing the country’s 21 National Parks. As a trusteeship, Tanzania National Parks Authority has the mandate to manage all areas designated as national parks in the country in a way that ensures an appropriation balance between preservation and use.
RWANDA NATIONAL PARKS
Rwanda’s fourth national park, Gishwati Mukura is made up of two separate forests – the larger Gishwati and small Mukura, forming a total of 34 square kilometers plus a buffer zone. The forests sit on the ridge which divides the Congo and Nile water catchment areas, along the incredibly biodiverse Albertine Rift in the west of the country. It is made up of 60 species of tree, including indigenous hardwoods and bamboo. Gishwati is home to a group of 20 chimpanzees which live alongside golden monkeys, L’Hoest’s and Blue monkeys. Birds are well represented too, 232 species have been seen at Gishwati and 163 at Mukura, among then Albertine Rift Endemic species and forest specialists.
UGANDA NATIONAL PARKS
Uganda’s 10 national parks contain a fabulous variety of habitats, ranging from snow – capped Mountain peaks and vast papyrus swamps, to dark tropical forests and open savanna plains. These diverse settings are home to an impressive range of wildlife including 1000 species of birds, with many central African species at the eastern limit of their ranges. Mammals include numerous forest primates, among them chimpanzee and Mountain gorilla, white big game animals are to be found in the Savanna parks.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC) NATIONAL PARKS