HTML Document Buhanga Natural Forest

Release date 22/04/2015
Contributor Djuma Nsanzimana
Geographical coverage Rwanda, natural forest,

Buhanga is inhabited by some species threatened by extinction: the porcupine (Hystrix africae), the jackal, the partridge, and leopard. The forest has two migratory species, African Pitta (Pitta angolensis) and Wahlberg's Eagle (Aquila wahlbergi) and 4 species endemic to the Albertine Rift.  Buhanga is with a greatest originality by the fact that it is seen by history and folk traditions as the cradle of Rwandan civilization.

With its touristic assets, Buhanga mini Park presents natural and cultural opportunities for the promotion of scientific cultural and ecological tourism.

The rational exploitation of tourism in Rwanda constitutes an economic imperative for the country's development. Reference to the rich biodiversity harbored by the three ecosystems, the hydrological and economical roles played by Rugezi wetland as well as cultural values of Buhanga forest reserve, recommendation is about to assign to Rugezi wetland and Buhanga Forest Reserve a higher protection status, through their inclusion as entirely part of Volcano National Park.