RUMANYIKA-KARAGWE NATIONAL PARK
Rumanyika-Karagwe National Park is a brand new transformed park in 2019 and is one of the most crucial locations for the Tanzania Safari Tours. In the beginning, it was a game reserve of 800km.sq and its location had been reduced in size to 247 km.sq after turning into a national park because of human encroachment. It’s nevertheless a lovely location with amazing capacity for specific tourism. The vital middle of the location is a deep valley with a sluggish, winding river at its base, which breaks up into lakes and swamps. The lower slopes of the valley are closely vegetated by means of wooded areas and thick bush. The better slopes of the valley have acacia (Acacia) tall grass woodlands that are voluminous and excellent and are simply stored fairly openly via means of seasonal fires.
Rumanyika National Park is situated adjacent to the Lake Victoria area in Kagera Region, North West of Tanzania. It is adjoining to Biharamulo and Burigi Chato National park, and additionally in the Kishanda valley with inside the same region.
The best time to visit the park
The dry season is from June to October, being the best time to visit Rumanyika-Karagwe National Park. However, much of the park is well-drained and so most parts are easily accessible all year round.
Entrance Fee to Rumanyika-Karagwe National Park
- Above the age of 16 years, for East African citizens, is about 5000TSH, while for non-East African citizens, it is about 30US and for expatriate/residents living in Tanzania, it is only 15US.
- Between the ages of 5 and 15 years, for East African citizens, is 2000Tsh. For non-East African citizens, it is 10US and for expatriates, it is 5US.
- For children below the age of 5, it is free for both East African and non-East African citizens.
What to do at Rumanyika-Karagwe National Park
Hunting is the most popular activity in the Rumanyika Karagwe National Park. People from all over the world come for this adventure activity.
Bird watching is another amazing activity in the park. From June to August, is the best time for enjoying wild flowers and butterflies. After this, from December to February, is the time for birds’ migration. You must absolutely try the Rumanyika-Karagwe National Park Tanzania Safari as it is the most fulfilling tour.
Other tourism activities that can make your trip to Rumanyika-Karagwe National Park unforgettable include game drives, walking safaris, camping, picnics, canoeing, sport fishing, boat excursions, and bush meals.
How to get there
The park can be reached by air; from major Tanzanian cities such as Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, and Arusha, take a flight to Chato Airport or Bukoba Airport, then take a light aircraft to Ithanda Village or Ibanda airstrip, then to Murongo, from where you can easily access the park.
From Bukoba to Murongo is about 220 km, while from Chato to Murongo is 327 km. Also, road access is possible from Uganda and Rwanda through the kikagati border to Murongo. Or from Rwanda through the Rusumo border via Karagwe to Murongo.
What to Expect
The park is endowed with various places of interest where tourists can visit, normally for their intrinsic or exhibited natural or cultural value, historical importance, natural or built beauty, offering leisure, adventure, and delight.
One of the special attractions of Rumanyika-Karagwe National Park is that visitors are able to see a large number of wildlife such as giraffe, buffalo, impala, waterbuck, leopard, zebra, bushbuck, and baboons.
It’s a good opportunity for bird lovers since the park is blessed with large numbers of different bird species. The great cross-section of vegetation types and altitude of the park help and contribute to a great extent to bird abundance and diversity.
Vegetation and beautiful land scape
The Rumanyika-Karagwe National Park has a vast amount of nice vegetation and endowed with a lot of attractive landscape to enjoy.
Where to Stay
Currently, the park has little accommodation and the only available option is to arrange your own camp with the camping ground. But also, you can decide to stay outside the park in the nearest town, which is Morongo, Kayanga, and Bukoba, where there are more options for accommodation, from budgeted to deluxe.